The NFL offseason can be a more stressful period than the actual season when your team is constantly in the headlines due to player arrests. It’s been 21 weeks since the Super Bowl, 29 NFL players have been arrested.
The latest off-the-field transgression involved Indianapolis Colts safety Joe Lefeged, who was just released from jail today after a Saturday for gun charges.
When Lefeged was pulled over by police, they found a pistol and said that the car smelled of marijuana. Instead of owning up to his mistake, Lefeged attempted to flee the scene.
Three different Cleveland Browns have been arrested, and one of which, rookie linebacker Ausar Walcott, was later cut by the team as he faces attempted murder charges.
And we don’t need to go into the Aaron Hernandez case anymore.
Alas, it brings up painful memories for Cincinnati Bengals fans, who watched as 10 Bengals players accounted for 17 arrests in a 17-month span between December 2005 and June 2007. Bengals stripes were called prison stripes. They had become the laughingstock of not only the NFL, but “professional” sports teams in general.
They seemed anything but “professional”.
But they’ve recovered, and are now one of classier franchises in the NFL in terms of how much their players spend working in the community, and are now in the headlines for stories like Andrew Whitworth paying the funeral expenses of a 16-year-old boy who died after suffering a fractured vertebrae during a spring football practice.
That is the kind of headline the Bengals have consistently been making recently, and by all indications, that’s unlikely to change anytime soon.