Top 15 Modern Day NFL Arrests
15 NFL Arrests
The recent arrest of Josh Brent has brough NFL player conduct back into the spotlight. In the year 2012, there has been 43 NFL players arrested for various offenses. It still seems silly that players getting paid millions of dollars to do what any child would love to do professionally continue to disappoint their teams and fans.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is left with the difficult task of policing players and teams over legal issues. After legal verdicts are handed out, Goodell doles out suspensions and fines in accordance with the NFL rules. Goodell had this to say during the off-season, "Every negative incident undermines the respect we have earned from our fans, erodes the confidence of our business partners and threatens the continued success of the league. As your club concludes its mini-camp, it is essential that you take time to reinforce this message with your staff and players." There was a large number of arrests during the off-season and that trend has now continued into the regular season. Expect the NFL to discuss harsher suspensions and penalties to teams for the 2013 season and off-season if this trend continues.
How bad was Brent's arrest compared to others during Goodell's tenure? Where does Plaxico Burress accidental gun shooting rank? Does Michael Vick make the list for his dog fighting connection? Click through the slideshow to find out where it ranks in my list of top 15 player arrests.
15. Dion Lewis, Philadelphia Eagles
Dion Lewis was arrested in July of 2012. Lewis was accused of pulling a fire alarm in a hotel lobby after he was unable to locate his room key. The Philadelphia Eagles running back was accused with his brothter until video evidence proved otherwise. On video, police officers drew their weapons and pepper spray on the brothers, despite no evidence of the fire alarm ever being pulled. Charges against Lewis were dropped, but not before the embarassment of an arrest. It didn't help that the arrest was around the time Lewis was scheduled to apprea with Boys and Girls Club and discuss making important choices.
14. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was arrested in July 2012 with a disturbing story. Bryant turned himself in after misdemeanor charges for domestic violence wre brought against him. According to Bryant's mother, Dez "tried to kill" her. Cops reported that Bryant's mother had a swollen wrist and thumb after the receiver alledgedly pushed her. Bryant has gone on to a great 2012 season with the Cowboys, with 1028 yards and nine touchdowns through thirteen games.
13. Mikel Leshoure, Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions running back Mikel Leshoure makes this list for being a repeat offender. Leshoure was arrested twice in a month on marijuana charges. The first time Leshoure was arrested after officers found a gram of marijuana in his car. Cops searched the vehicle after Leshoure was caught doing 92 miles per hour in a 70 mile per hour zone. The second time Leshoure was arrested, he alledgedly was chewing on marijuana to hid it when cops approached the car.
12. Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons
The star running back of the Atlanta Falcons, Michael Turner, found himself arrested September 18th, 2012. The running back was arrested for drunken driving and speeding in his black Audi R8. Turner had just helped the Falcons defeat the Denver Broncos and also set the franchise record for touchdowns, with 51. Apparently, Turner celebrated his new record and the win a little bit too much.
11. Louis Murphy, Oakland Raiders
Louis Murphy, a wide receiver with the Oakland Raiders, was arrested after a routine traffic stop. The Raiders player was caught with a rather embarrassing pill bottle. Cops arrested Murphy after he couldn't provide a prescription for a bottle of Viagra, a drug used for erectile dysfunction.
10. Raheem Brock, Seattle Seahawks
Details on the arrest of Raheem Brock have gone back and forth. One thing is certain, the Seattle Seahawks defensive end might be watched when he enters restaurants. Reports have Brock skipping out on a bar tab with a whopping total of $27. Whether or not Brock refused to pay is unknown, but his arguing with cops led to arrest for theft and resisting arrest.
9. Alameda Ta'amu, Pittsburgh Steelers
The arrest of fourth round draft pick Alameda Ta'amu has led to his relegation to the Pittsburgh Steelers practice squad. On October 14th 2012, Ta'amu crashed into several vehicles during a police chase and later ran away from officers. The chase, which began when the Steelers defensvie tackle, was started when he was going the wrong way down a one-way street. Police officers earned their pay that night when it took four officers to take down the 350 pound player. Charges brought against Ta'amu included a DUI, assault by vehicle and fleeing and eluding police. A breathalyzer showed Ta'amu at .196%. Ultimately, Ta'amu was suspended for two games and later released by the Steelers, before they re-signed him to their practice squad.
8. Caleb King, Minnesota Vikings
Take a good hard look at a picture of Caleb King and try to imagine what celebrity he looks like. If you answered Eddie Murphy, you may want to keep that comment to yourself. King was arrested after allegedly punching a man over and over after being told he resembled the popular celebrity. The victim suffered skull and facial fractures and had over fifty stitches. The arrest marked nothing new for the former Georgia University running back. In college, he was arrested for not showing up at a court appearance. The Minnesota Vikings released King after the incident.
7. Chad Johnson, Miami Dolphins
The Miami Dolphins released Chad Johnson after his arrest in 2012. Johnson, formerly known as Ochocinco, was accused of head-butting his new wife Evelyn Lozada. Johnson's new wife's accusation put Johnson in handcuffs, but also led to the cancellation of the reality television show "Ev and Ocho". The alledged head-butt came over an argument about the purchase of a box of condoms.
6. Josh Brent, Dallas Cowboys
The recent arrest of Josh Brent is still fresh in many people's minds. Brent was arrested for intoxication manslaughter after an accident took the life of Dallas Cowboys practice squad member Jerry Brown Jr. Charges are still pending against the Cowboys defensive tackle. Brent was released from jail after posting a $500 thousand bond. Brent also attended the funeral for his former college teammate and current roommate. Brent also pleaded guilty to a DUI back in 2009.
5. Shaun Rogers, Cleveland Browns
Shaun Rogers pulled a dumb mistake when he went through airport security with a loaded gun. Police in Cleveland arrested Rogers, who was with the Cleveland Browns at the time, after finding the .45 caliber handgun in his carry-on luggage. Despite struggling with weight and other issues, Rogers recorded 366 tackles, 38 sacks, four forced fumbles, four recovered fumbles and one interception in his NFL career. Rogers however will be remembered by many for his dumb move in the airport.
4. Jeff Reed, Pittsburgh Steelers
One of my favortie NFL arrests was the embarassing story of kicker Jeff Reed beating up a paper towel dispenser. Official charges were public intoxication, but the real damage done by the former Pittsburgh Steelers kicker was to a empty paper towel machine. The incident happened on February 14, 2009. Reed was successful on 82% of field goals attempted in his NFL career and finished with 959 points.
3. Onterrio Smith, Minnesota Vikings
Apparently Onterrio Smith thought he couldn't pass drug tests in 2005. The former Minnesota Vikings running back was caught with dried urine and a Whizzinator. If you don't know what a Whizzinator is, that's probably a good thing. Smith would later fail several drug tests and was suspended for a full season after his third violation. Smith was taken by the Vikings in the fourth round of the 2003 NFL Draft.
2. Plaxico Burress, New York Giants
Plaxico Burress has one of the most embarrassing professional sports arrests of all time. The New York Giants receiver was arrested after shooting himself in the leg. The accident came from Burress trying to move a gun around in his pants before accidentally making contact with the trigger. The incident came ina club that Burress was initially turned away from due to the weapon he carried. Teammate Antonio Pierce helped Burress leave the club, before the receiver eventually sought medical attention. Burress did not play in the 2009 or 2010 NFL season, but came back playing for the New York Jets and contributing with 612 yards and eight touchdowns. In his long career, Burress has 551 catches for 8475 yards and 63 touchdowns.
1. Michael Vick, Atlanta Falcons
If you've scrolled through all of the slides, hopefully you realized by now that Michael Vick is the winner of the worst NFL arrest. Vick was arrested after violating federal laws involving competitive dog fighting. Vick was responsible for housing and training pit bulls used in fights that were held in several states. One property was used in the years 2001-2007. Bad Newz Kennels also was responsible for killing dogs that lost matches in numerous inhuman ways. In April of 2007, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Vick plead guilty and served 21 months in prison and 21 months under house arrest. The long process and lack of NFL salary also led Vick to claim Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. The quarterback was released from the Falcons after the jail time.
Vick was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles, who he won the 20120 NFL Comeback Player of the Year with. Vick is currently sitting out with an injury and is still hated by many fans and dog lovers around the world.