The NFL had a rough week. Aaron Hernandez’s arrest and arraignment took center stage, while Ausar Walcott’s attempted murder charge and Joe Lefeged’s illegal weapons charge just made it all even worse. Josh Brent of the Dallas Cowboys was back in jail after failing a drug test while out on bail.
And the NFL has a problem, maybe an epidemic on their hands.
“One is too many,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told USA TODAY Sports on Sunday, regarding the arrests. “We have policies and programs that hold all NFL employees accountable and provide them with programs of education and support.”
Though statistically 28 out of 3,000 players currently on NFL rosters is low compared to the rest of society.
“You’re hoping it’s a teachable moment, where they can grasp the topic, understand it for more than it has been sensationalized for, and have a takeaway for them to where their thought process actually gets improved through it,” said Dan Lebowitz, the executive director of Sport in Society at Northeastern University in Boston.