Wednesday, May 09, 2007

All it Takes is a Couple Hundred Bad Apples

From the Associated Press:

Since January 2000, Adam "Pacman" Jones' attorneys count at least 283 NFL players who have been arrested or charged for offenses ranging from drunken driving to domestic violence to weapons possession.

Unlike Jones, none was suspended a full season for personal conduct, a punishment that his attorneys, who are preparing an appeal for the banned Titans cornerback, say was "unprecedented in its severity."


Which was a consequence of a recent NFL inner-sanctum (aka, that around which all else revolves) meeting:

"Two hundred eighty one or two is one thing; but at two hundred eighty three, we have run out of patience (aka, are starting to look bad, even to football fans)."

6 Comments:

Blogger Oroborous said...

Well...

Getting a full-season suspension from the NFL for punching a police officer might be a bit harsh, but it must be noted that Jones regularly finds himself in situations where someone gets hurt.

There have been 10 incidents where he was interviewed by police, most recently in Las Vegas.
Las Vegas police have recommended felony and misdemeanor charges against Jones after a fight and shooting at a strip club that paralyzed someone.

"Pacman" can't contain his brutality to the socially-sanctioned playing field. Or maybe he's taking too many steroids.

Either way, comparing him to someone arrested once for DUI or an unlicensed weapon is extremely disingenuous.

May 09, 2007 1:40 PM  
Blogger Hey Skipper said...

Either way, comparing him to someone arrested once for DUI or an unlicensed weapon is extremely disingenuous.

At the very least.

What piqued my interest most, though, was the 283 arrests since 2000.

Is there any other sport with anything like that arrest rate per active participant?

Boxing comes immediately to mind as a possibility, but other than that?

May 09, 2007 2:25 PM  
Blogger Oroborous said...

Ice hockey ?

Pro wrestling, if we stretch "sport" to include "athletic exhibition".

May 09, 2007 3:42 PM  
Blogger Hey Skipper said...

Pro wrestling, if we stretch "sport" to include "athletic exhibition".

As a libertarian, I will consider many things, but never that.

May 09, 2007 7:57 PM  
Blogger Ali said...

Naah, pro wrestlers tend to be too busy to have time to get in trouble with the law. The ones that do generally retired years ago.

May 10, 2007 4:39 AM  
Blogger Harry Eagar said...

It's sorta like the rise in gunshot wounds, attributable mostly to better , cheaper guns.

Jocks didn't use to be able to hang out in expensive clubs.

And they were easier for their clubs to discipline because if they didn't play they didn't eat.

Once you've got that $5M signing bonus in your pocket, you're a free man.

May 10, 2007 9:33 AM  

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