Is there a problem? NFL arrest trends


Police believe alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash that killed Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jerry Brown. Another Dallas player, Josh Brent was behind the wheel. {}And some new statistics show that the deadly crash might indicate a bigger problem in professional football.{}In an article asking if the National Football League has a drinking problem, USA Today reports that since January 2000, NFL players have been arrested at least 624 times. Of those, 177 of the arrests were on charges of driving under the influence. So far this year, there have been 42 arrests.{}According to USA Today, the NFL has used discipline and education to tackle the problem. {}They have even offered chauffeur services to keep players from drinking and driving. {}All they have to do is call for a ride. {}NFL players fall into the most at-risk demographic for drinking and driving, with males ages 21-34 responsible for 42% of all fatal DUI crashes. {}However, the NFL is better behaved compared to the general population. Out of about 2,000 NFL players per season, including team practice squads, 14 DUI arrests make for a rate of 0.7%. {}On the flip side, men ages 20-24 and 25-29 each have a DUI rate of double that, at 1.6% and 1.4%, respectively, according to FBI statistics for last year.