Congrats NFL! No Arrests for a Whole Month!
As I write this, I'm almost certain that I'll get myself into trouble... maybe with a family member, maybe with my husband, maybe with my co-host... maybe with you!
But I feel moved to share a couple of my thoughts on crime and the NFL.
You, see, no one in the NFL was arrested in September, which is actually a very rare feat.
It's the first time the league went a full calendar month without an arrest since July of 2009! That's over six years!
In fact, last month and July of 2009 are the ONLY months in the past 11 years where an NFL player wasn't arrested!
Last month was the first time in 15 years that the league went a month DURING the season without an arrest.
And, check this out - The NFL has been averaging one arrest per week for the past five years!
Click here for a list of all the NFL arrests. It's everything from assault and battery to drugs, DUI's to domestic violence.
Wanna know which team had the most? The Minnesota Vikings have had 18 arrests during those five years, which is the most of any team. The Denver Broncos are next with 16, followed by the San Francisco 49ers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, both with 13.
And no NFL team has gone the last two years without a player arrested. Come on.
So what do you make of all of this? Are these a bunch of bad guys? Or are they allowed to be bad because of the culture of the NFL?
I have a theory that football players in general get through life a little easier than everyone else. They can let their grades slide a little more, they get more fame, money and recognition throughout high school and college, and if they make it to the pros they get forgiven for whatever crime they commit fairly quickly and without the public remembering just how bad they really were!
Are we raising a culture of men who think that if they are football players they are invincible? Ask Tom Brady, Adrian Peterson, Michael Vick, Ben Roethlisberger, and the list goes on.
So, in my opinion, yes, these guys are committing the crimes and we should blame them, but, I think we need to look at ourselves, too.
If you worship men for playing such a violent, barbaric sport on Sunday and give them tons of money, and access to anything and everything they want and need, while some of them come from literally nothing... how can you expect them to behave like angels on Monday? Then, we buy our kids jerseys with their names on them! And video games, and sneakers, and we perpetuate the hysteria!
Or am I just making another excuse for these players?
I mean, I could be wrong. It's happened before.
In the mean time, lets just celebrate the NFL getting their collective act together for the month of September! Let's see what we can do about October, guys!