Nov 17, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson (93) reacts during the game against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati won 41-20. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
While these incidents are not particularly helpful to the team’s image, they have been few and far between since the Lewis reboot in 2011. In comparison, the Ravens have had eight arrests in 2014 and 2015 alone. The Bengals have had only one arrest in 2014 and none in 2015, thus highlighting the results of Lewis’ renewed focus on acquiring good community stewards.
Long story short is in the NFL, arrests are going to happen. This fact is unfortunate and when younger members of society have a great deal of money given to them at an early age, mistakes can and will happen. The important part for the Bengals is they have been better about successfully filtering players at an early point in their careers, especially during the drafting process. Not coincidentally in my opinion, the Bengals record since 2011 is 31-16. Maybe good behavior can result in great results on the field.