For quite some time now, the Bengals have been the poster children for off-the-field issues. This has dated back for some time because of the amount of arrests and suspensions that Cincinnati has faced over the years. I broke all of it down in a former article of mine called Pros And Convicts. Yes, the Bengals still get some bad press. Every time an NFL player is in any sort of trouble, if that player has at any point in time played for the Bengals, he is automatically labeled as ‘former Bengal’ (see: Schefter, Adam). This includes the recent conviction of Nate Webster, who was found guilty of a sex crime. Even though Webster played a total of 98 NFL games and only 3 of them for the Bengals.
Let’s also not forget the recent lawsuit against Adam Pacman Jones. He has been ordered to pay over $11 million for his role in a strip club shooting that happened long before he became a Cincinnati Bengal and turned his life around. He will even speak to rookies this year about his past troubles and urge them not to go down the same path as he did early in his career.
There are plenty of other teams in the NFL, however, that could also deserve this type of label. Is it fair? Usually not. But I will briefly run down a list of teams that also could be pegged as the bad boys of the NFL. These teams have been notorious for arrests, suspensions, and fines and have had their fair share of incidents both on and off the field.