The 15 NFL Players Arrested This Offseason (So Far)
If you’re in the NFL, getting arrested during the offseason is kind of like getting fired on a Friday—it’s just better for everyone involved. That’s probably why we see so many NFL players arrested this time of year. They want to get their crimes out of the way in between NFL seasons and so it doesn’t conflict with the legal pain and suffering they’ll inflict on the gridiron.
Today we’re going to run through all 15 of the NFL players arrested this offseason for crimes ranging from relatively minor (marijuana possession) to very serious (dog murder). Read and enjoy—or, I guess, read and be outraged? Telling you to enjoy a list of crimes sounds wrong now that I read it.
Also, if you are currently in the NFL, reading this, and thinking about committing a crime, don’t do it! I don’t want to have to add any more names to this list after I’m done writing it. It’s a big hassle.
Terrence Cody was a defensive tackle with the Baltimore Ravens before his arrest on February 2nd on animal cruelty and drug charges - the day after Super Bowl Sunday. This earned him the distinction of being the first NFL player this offseason to face arrest, but it cost him his spot on the team.
Joseph Randle, Dallas Cowboys running back, was luckier after his arrest on February 3rd, as the marijuana charge ended up getting dropped.
On the same day Joseph Randle was getting arrested on drug charges, Indianapolis Colts linebacker D'Qwell Jackson was taken in on a misdemeanor assault charge after a fight over a parking space.
Letroy Guion, defensive tackle for the Green Bay Packers, was the last in the February 3rd NFL player arrest trifecta, and ended up making a first-time offender plea agreement and paying a $5,000 fine for drug and firearm possession.
Perhaps the biggest name to get arrested so far this offseason is Ahmad Bradshaw, who was arrested for a traffic violation and marijuana possession on February 5th. He pleaded not guilty.
Baltimore cornerback Victor Hampton was doing 100 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone when a trooper pulled him over ultimately arrested him for driving while impaired. He was later cut from the team.
Green Bay cornerback got off with no charges filed after his misdemeanor arrest following an incident at a restaurant.
Originally arrested on a misdemeanor domestic battery charge, 49ers fullback Bruce Miller got the charge reduced to misdemeanor vandalism.
Alex Okafor definitely wins the most badass arrest of the NFL offseason, leading cops on a foot chase through downtown Austin on March 9th. And he's a linebacker!
Like Julius Caesar of old, Antwon Blake should have bewared the Ides of March - instead, he was arrested for public drunkenness.
Don't drink and drive kids, or you could lose your spot on a pro football team. If you don't believe me, just ask Bernard Pierce, who had the upcoming season as a running back with Baltimore to look forward to before his drunk driving arrest in March.
It's hard to stay mad at a guy on a scooter, which is probably why New Orleans cornerback Brian Dixon has gotten to keep his spot on the team after getting arrested for traffic violations while riding one.
Rodney Austin was on the Detroit Lions before he got into a lot of trouble resulting from a complaint made by his ex-girlfriend, including four misdemeanor charges.
Ray McDonald of the Chicago Bears is the only person on this list to be arrested twice so far during the 2015 offseason, but the first arrest for domestic violence and child endangerment was enough to get him cut from the team.
Falcons linebacker Prince Shembo really messed up and the result was the death of his girlfriend's dog, not to mention his arrest for aggravated animal cruelty and getting cut from the team.