It’s that time of the year once again, NFL fans. The days of football players racking up DUIs, domestic violence arrests and speeding tickets are now upon us. Sure, I’m being a tad sarcastic, but anyone who has paid close attention to the NFL over the past few years knows I’m not kidding.
The first domino of the offseason fell on Sunday, as Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and his wife were arrested outside of an Atlantic City casino. Rice wasn’t his usual self in 2013 considering his yards per carry dipped to a career-low mark of 3.1. However, most NFL pundits agreed to sweep Rice’s sub-par campaign under the rug by using a medley of excuses. Spotty offensive line play, a debilitating hip injury and a Super Bowl hangover were all used to explain the running back’s unforeseeable demise.
Moreover, Rice’s arrest is exactly what NFL commissioner Roger Goodell doesn’t want to hear. After an offseason marred by Aaron Hernandez drama, Goodell now has to worry about All-Pros like Rice getting into trouble a year later.
Sure, Rice isn’t the only NFL player to get arrested over the years and he surely won’t be the last. With that being said, professional football has an epidemic on its hand in terms of high-profile players getting locked up and Rice isn’t doing Goodell any favors.