The NFL has had it’s hands full with players being arrested this season. So far over 25 arrests this year, and the NFL says that one is too many. Reddit user ChrisTroy , tried his hand at some data visualization to help us understand the NFL arrest epidemic.
The Aaron Hernandez saga has the NFL’s spotlight squarely on him, and for the NFL that isn’t a good look.
Here are the charts, via Business Insider:
Amount of arrests per team in the new millennium. I think it comes as no surprise that the Cincinnati Bengals are atop this chart. As a Dallas native and Cowboys fan I was shocked to see them so low on this chart.
Another interesting trend is that the AFC West is the division with the most arrests, but their NFC counterparts (the NFC West) has the least amount of arrests. Ruins any excuses of location for the AFC West.
Also you’re more likely to get arrested if you play in the AFC than the NFC apparently. Defensive players also get arrested more often than offensive players.
Players tend to get arrested more during the offseason than during the season. Particularly right after the season (think students partying when school lets out) and right before the season (before students go back to school).
How long it’s been since someone on your team has been arrested (he posted this 3 days ago):
But if there is a silver lining to all these charts, it’s that the trend in NFL arrests is actually slowing down. Having peaked in the mid 2000′s.
If only no one else gets arrested in the NFL this year, it will be the lowest arrest total the NFL has seen in this millennium.