The NFL is now at the epicenter of the culture war. A backlash against traditional American culture is taking the shape of mass protests by NFL players taking a knee during the National Anthem. Conservative Americans are retaliating by delivering the NFL historically low ratings.
Although the original intention of the National Anthem protest was in objection to alleged police brutality against blacks, new data suggests that professional football players may have reason to hold a personal grudge against law enforcement. According to the Daily Wire, NFL players are arrested every seven days on average.
The figures are compiled by NFLArrest.com, which “provides an interactive visualized database of National Football League player Arrests & Charges.” The website’s findings of the extent of NFL arrests is surprising.
The average length of time between every NFL arrest is a mere seven days. The longest the NFL has ever gone without having one of its players arrested is 65 days. It’s interesting that such a minute portion of the population–comprised of millionaires–should see such a high number of frequent arrests.
According to the data, 2006 was one of the worst years for professional football players–71 arrests were made. Meanwhile, 2013 saw 62 arrests. And this year, the year of NFL protests, we’re at 32 arrests already.
The crimes for which the athletes are apprehended vary wildly. Many of them are violent. The top crimes perpetrated by members of the NFL are, in descending order, DUI, drugs, domestic violence, assault, and disorderly conduct.
The holder of the most-arrests record is Adam Jones, a cornerback who played for the both the Tennessee Titans and the Cincinnati Bengals. He’s been arrested 10 times and been accused of punching a woman and even spitting in another woman’s face.
Jones was even arrested in connection with a strip club shooting that left one man paralyzed. Interestingly, wide receivers are the players who are most often arrested, followed by linebackers, cornerbacks, running backs, and then the defensive tackle position.
One of the most recent cases of NFL run-ins with the law took place last month. According to CBS Sports, Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett accused Las Vegas police of racially profiling him after the Mayweather-McGregor boxing match. He knelt during the National Anthem, saying he was “singled” out for doing “nothing more than being a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
NFL players are arrested every seven days on average. Is their own bad behavior the real reason why they despise the police?
However, Las Vegas police later revealed that officers were on the scene investigating a report of gunshots. Bennett, like other passersby, had taken cover when he heard the apparent gunfire. When the Seahawks defensive end saw the police arrive, he immediately began to run. The officers, perceiving the behavior as suspicious, chased Bennett and then briefly detained him.
NFL players have been engaging in widespread protests against the National Anthem since President Trump called for the firing of players who refuse to stand for the “Star Spangled Banner,” as reported by Christian News Alerts.
Although the President’s detractors have heralded the protests as a victory, the NFL is already beginning to see a drop in ratings, as reported by Deadline.