Tuesday, July 17, 2012

NFL's Greatest Threat

As each day goes by, one, two or three NFL players are arrested for some crime or another. These crimes range from DUI's to violent crimes. This offseason has seen players such as Marshawn Lynch, Dez Bryant, Elvis Dumervil, Dion Lewis and others being arrested.

If you follow my busted page (A listing of sports athletes who've been arrested) you will see that NFL players make up over 50% of the crimes that I've listed. The NFL is starting to have a real image problem. I love the NFL but I'm starting to get annoyed with all the criminals in the league.

I've always held the belief that if teams don't care who they draft or sign players with checkered and criminal pasts, then they risk having off the field issues with their players. As a fan I'm getting sick of thugs taking the field and getting sick of all the offseason arrests that have been occurring.

I believe other fans are losing interest as well. I also believe that fans are getting sick of seeing criminals making millions of dollars and then committing crimes. I believe fans are getting sick of seeing criminal NFL players being rewarded with huge contracts, even when they break the law.

I think that this criminal activity is the greatest threat to the NFL. No, it's not concussions. The NFL is handling that issue. The real issue is the criminal element in the sport. The NFL can't control that. Teams can't control that. Sure the league can suspend a player or ban a player for their actions off the field but that doesn't seem to be a deterrent to other players.

If the NFL, the NFLPA and NFL teams can't figure out a solution to this problem, they risk losing their fan base. Before you tell me that other sports have these issues, look at the listing on the busted page. NFL players make up more than all other sports combined when it comes to arrests.

This actually shocked me. It's too bad that some idiots are ruining it for the majority of NFL players that have a good work ethic and stay out of trouble. That's why it's important for all the non-criminal players to work with the league and NFL teams to address the issue.

While I know you can't guarantee that if you draft a seemingly clean kid, that he won't break the law. I believe that in many cases a player's past can tell you a great deal. While I also know that there is a temptation to draft a skilled player with a checkered past, so you can win now, I believe the risk doesn't outweigh the reward.

While the NFL may be the most popular North American sport today, they need to clean up the image of their players before fans like me believe that it's a league of thug criminals and decide not to watch their games anymore.

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