NFL Arrests: 11 Most Common Crimes Committed by NFL Players

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Well this certainly isn’t how the league was hoping things would go. Two weeks into the 2014 NFL season, and so far the biggest stories are about players who beat their wives and children.

First it was the video of Ray Rice punching his wife in the elevator of an Atlantic City casino. Now Adrian Peterson has been arrested and indicted on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child in connection with some “discipline” the former league MVP handed out to one of his kids.

However, as anyone who follows football can tell you, Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson are hardly the first NFL players to give the league a black eye. NFL arrests are about as common as J.J. Watt swats or Eli Manning interceptions.

Today we’re going to look at the most common crimes committed by NFL players since 2000, adding up arrests, indictments, and citations—but not necessarily convictions, since most NFL players, like all rich and famous people, often avoid actual convictions by agreeing to “diversion programs”. (That is, they get counselling and do community service in exchange for prosecutors dropping formal charges.)

The stats come from USA Today via a very cool interactive NFL crime tracker. Take a look and see just what kinds of criminals you’re rooting for week in and week out.