Skip to comments.Surprising Numbers About NFL Arrest Rates
Posted on 10/26/2011 8:41:51 AM PDT by discostu
More than a few pundits have condemned miscreants in pro football, but the truth hurts their argument: NFL players are actually incarcerated less than the average citizen.
The numbers don't lie. One in every 45 National Football League players (2.2 percent) is arrested. The national arrest rate is 1 in 23 (4.2 percent), according to the FBI in 2010.
What does that mean? Technically, NFL players get in 47.6 percent less trouble than your average Joe.
When Mike the butcher gets a DUI, it's not news. But when Steve the cornerback gets busted for public intoxication, it becomes a story.
WCCO Minnesota's Jason DeRusha reports that in 2010, the NBA had by far the highest arrest rate (5.1 percent) of the major professional sports leagues in America. Major League Baseball is second with an arrest rate of 2.1 percent last year. Believe it or not, the NFL is last with (2.0 percent) of its players in trouble.
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The median NFL salary is something north of $750,000. I wonder how the NFL arrest rate compares to the rest of Americans at that income level.
Compare apples to apples and do the NFL arrest record against Americans at or above the NFL mean compensation.
Now it’s the Patriots. Every. Freaking. Weekend.
Probably not that different. People at all income levels drive drunk, which is the infraction that causes the most arrests. Also remember that income level includes Hollywood, who easily counter balance any good behavior by regular rich folks.
It’s humans to humans, that is apples to apples. Rich people aren’t that different, they just do the same stupid things with more expensive stuff. Drunk driving on Cristal or drunk driving on Maddog is still drunk driving.
The NFL has gotten the message across to the players that getting into trouble with the law will have severe financial implicatons.
numbers do lie. There are segment of the population with much higher crime rates (inner cities) and individuals that commit multiple crimes. This is apples and oranges. Lets compare the NFL to a community with a like population and see what we get.
I’m sure that’s helped. But with the numbers that low I don’t think they were actually that bad before. There was that nasty run right when Goodell took over, but half those arrests were Chris Henry and Pacman Jones getting busted every couple of weeks (yeah there’s hyperbole there). A lot of it is probably just that them getting busted is a story, you or I getting busted isn’t. When every player arrested is national news it doesn’t take many to sound like a lot.
Actually a lot of the NFL comes out of that part of the world. It’s a lot more apples to apples than you think.
Precisely. If they weren’t making that kind of money, they’d be knocking off liquor stores.
Use your DVR and a one hour game will be a one hour game. This year everybody’s glad to see the Colts, they are a sure W on everybody’s schedule.
I bet the NFL numbers look even better if you compare a like population.
Mike the butcher doesn’t have a million dollar attorney on retainer to get probation for a felony.
more like apples to kittens.
People still go to National Fondling League games?
That is because, like Hollyweird, they are allowed to get away with it far more than average citzens.
Over a million a week in live attendance, plus many many more watch on TV.
Exactly, people hear about Pacman and Henry getting arrested over and over and think “those NFL guys are always getting in trouble” paying no attention to the 1000 guys that didn’t get arrested that summer. The human mind isn’t very good at negative analysis, it knows the information it has and takes that as the whole picture instead of recognizing the small size of the sample set.
Two sentences after you stopped your quote:
One in every 45 National Football League players (2.2 percent) is arrested. The national arrest rate is 1 in 23 (4.2 percent)
Then of course you also have to consider that the NBA arrest rate is higher than the average citizen.
I catch your drift and.......good point.