Quick – when I ask you to name the NFL team you think has had the most players arrested over the last 10 years, which team would you pick? If you're like a lot of people out there, you undoubtedly said the Oakland Raiders. But their reputation as a group of thugs and criminals is one that is highly overblown. Despite what many people think, it's actually more myth than reality. In fact, the reality of the situation is that the Raiders, in terms of players arrested and just like their team this season, rank very near the bottom of the league – tied for 20th, to be precise.
Over this past summer, we were inundated with the news of NFL players being arrested. It seemed like we couldn't go a single day without hearing about another football player being arrested for this or for that. And unlike in past years, it wasn't simply practice squadders or special teams scrubs feeling the wrath of the law. No, this offseason saw some of the NFL's biggest names, some of the league's biggest prime time players getting hauled in – some of them on very serious charges.
Players like Ray Rice, Josh Gordon, Justin Blackmon, Aldon Smith, Greg Hardy, Ray McDonald, and Adrian Peterson have all been arrested and charged with crimes ranging from domestic abuse to gun charges, illegal substance charges, and child abuse. The NFL's image has been taking a beating over the last few months because of their handling of some of these cases – most specifically, how they've handled (or mishandled) the case or Ray Rice, the “man” who knocked his then-fiancee, now-wife clean out in an elevator at a casino in Atlantic City.
Maybe it's because of the power of social media, or the reach of the regular media distorting our view, but it seems like there has been a higher than usual number of players arrested over the last year. Whether it's true or not though, quite a few players have created some big problems for themselves and big headaches for their teams by doing something stupid and getting themselves arrested.
So who then, are the teams that have had the most players arrested since 2000? Well read on and find out...
12 10. Indianapolis Colts - 24 Players Arrested
11 9. San Diego Chargers - 26 Players Arrested
10 T8. Cleveland Browns - 28 Players Arrested
9 T8. Chicago Bears - 28 Players Arrested
8 T8. Miami Dolphins - 28 Players Arrested
7 7. Kansas City Chiefs - 30 Players Arrested
6 6. Jacksonville Jaguars - 31 Players Arrested
5 5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 32 Players Arrested
4 4. Tennessee Titans - 33 Players Arrested
3 3. Denver Broncos - 40 Players Arrested
2 2. Cincinnati Bengals - 43 Players Arrested
1 1. Minnesota Vikings - 46 Players Arrested
Behind rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater, the Vikings look like a team on the rise. Another thing that continues to rise in Minnesota is the number of players being arrested on some very serious charges. Unlike a lot of other teams whose players are arrested for alcohol-related things, an alarming number of Minnesota's players have been arrested for being involved in some violent altercations – most notably, star running back Adrian Peterson's recent arrest and forthcoming trial on charges of reckless child endangerment for inflicting injuries upon his child. Or what Peterson call simple discipline. Whatever the case may be, the Vikings are alone in first place on this list with their 46 arrests – though we'd imagine the team's front office would prefer being ranked far lower.
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