National Felons League?

The tragedy of Aaron Hernandez’ arrest on suspicion of murder this week is not that it’s so unusual, but that NFL players seem to be having their mug shots taken with increasing regularity.

According to Business Insider website, 27 active NFL players have been arrested just since the Super Bowl last Feb. 3.

Although that percentage of arrests among the 1,700 NFL players is not out of line with the arrest percentage of the total U.S. population, it is way out of line with the percentage of pampered millionaires arrested. Furthermore, while some of those arrests involve DUIs and minor drug charges, half of the players were arrested on charges involving guns, violence against other people or confrontations with police.

A number of those cases began with disputes in bars or nightclubs, as occurred with Hernandez. It was a nightclub altercation that led to the shooting of Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams in 2007.

Hernandez may be different than most because, if the evidence against him is accurate, he acted with exceptional stupidity in planning and carrying out the murder of Odin Lloyd.

Still, too many young players are involved in violent activities. Football is a violent sport, but top NFL players didn’t previously engage in so much off-field violence. The NFL may need some anger-management therapy for its testosterone-laden young millionaires.


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