It is no secret that NFL players are generally plagued with legal and criminal issues but a new statistic shows just how wild the players have been acting.
On October 1, it was determined that September 2015 was the league’s first arrest-free month in more than six years.
Reports Mike Rosenberg for The Comeback:
For the first time in more than six years, the NFL has finished a calendar month without any reports of an active player getting arrested.
In fact, going back even further, the NFL is on its longest streak in more than 11 years without an an active player getting arrested. It’s been all of 47 days, as of Tuesday. I’ll pause for applause.
You may be thinking, “I could have sworn I heard something like this recently.” And you’re right! We thought the NFL had gone the entire month of September without an arrest, and my report on this spread to just about every sports site around, and made it all the way to a mock segment during Jimmy Kimmel’s monologue.
Unfortunately for the NFL, a new round of stories emerged a week into October, when news belatedly broke that a Titans rookie WR named Dorial Green-Beckham was arrested for an unpaid traffic ticket in the final hours of September. And so, the NFL’s streak of at least one player per month getting arrested remained alive and well, and continued with another arrest in October.
Naturally, the same thing could happen this time around. We may find out days or even weeks from now that some backup linebacker got a DUI on Thanksgiving or that a rookie special teamer was booked on drug charges at 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 30. And there is always, even in today’s age, a possibility that a player really did get arrested and we just never heard about it.
Which, of course, would cause that banner from the rafters to be snatched down and thrown into Greg Hardy’s closet.
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