Commentary: Crime in the NFL

RAY RICE, former running back for the Baltimore Ravens (left) and Adrian Peterson, current running back for the Minnesota Vikings (right) are at the center of the crime and domestic abuse conversations in the NFL. Images courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

RAY RICE, former running back for the Baltimore Ravens (left) and Adrian Peterson, current running back for the Minnesota Vikings (right) are at the center of the crime and domestic abuse conversations in the NFL. Images courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Francesco Campese

Sports Correspondent

 

More than 789 arrests of NFL players have been made since 2000. Charges range from murder, to DUI and everything in between.
Recent domestic violence charges against Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy, and Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson have caught America’s attention.

According to Bleacherreport.com, these three most recent cases of domestic violence are part of over 100 domestic violence cases involving NFL player since 2000. The numerous arrests leave fans wondering, “What is the NFL doing to stop this epidemic?”
Ray Rice was released by Baltimore Sept. 8th and Adrian Peterson has been suspended from all team activities by Minnesota.

Other famous NFL criminal cases include: Ray Lewis’s murder charge in 2000, Aaron Hernandez’s murder charges in 2012, and Josh Gordon’s DUI and drug charges this past July. Is there something about playing professional football that breeds criminals?
The NFL has the highest criminal arrest rate of all American sports.

What does the future hold for the NFL?

Roger Goodell, commissioner of the NFL, needs to come down hard on these players to increase the consequences of NFL players committing felonies; hopefully lowering the high crime rates.

 

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