In light of all of the football scandals last year, I have decided this year to make a moral judgment on the players I would draft on my team. Namely, I will do google searches on the following –
- Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault is a no draft. Regardless if the individual pressed charges.
- DUI’s will be on a case by case basis, as the police do target people for driving while black.
- Marijuana Charges do not matter. It will all be legal eventually.
- Helping with charity will be a plus. However, it will not cancel out previous misdeeds.
- Their actual football ability is not taken into account.
- Ratings are 1 to 10 with 10 being definitely draft, 5 neutral, 0 stay away.
I am just going to do it in the order that Footballguys Draft Dominator ’15 has in my app for my league settings.
Le’Veon Bell got caught smoking marijuana with LeGarrette Blount while out driving around (I thought this was a fundamental college experience?), was charged with a DUI for the offense, and suspended for the first two games of the 2015 season (even though this happened in August 2014). He also works with PETA. 7/10
Adrian Peterson was prosecuted for child abuse. And is playing football this year. This is a hard NO. Don’t even get me started. -1,000,000,000,000/10
Don’t even get me started.
Jamaal Charles seems to have a very quiet arrest record. He founded the “JC Youth Matters Family Foundation” with the vision of “a community where all youth are motivated physically and mentally to do and be the very best they can be.” A quick search turns up many charity events that Jamaal Charles participates in. 9/10
Eddie Lacy didn’t have any arrest records. Check out this cute video of him riding a tricycle. 10/10 (for the video)
Rob Gronkowski didn’t have an arrest record, and is apparently a virgin? Either he’s telling the truth, or he has my sense of humor. He also hosted a women only football clinic which gets an A plus from me. Gronk-tinis all around. 7/10
Marshawn Lynch plead guilty to a hit and run charge that took place on June 2008 and was arrested for a DUI (0.10 BAC) in 2012. Although his response in to the media before Super Bowl XLIX of “I’m here so I won’t get fined” was hilarious. Plus he was fined for grabbing his crotch for charity. Beast Mode. 5/10
C.J. Anderson didn’t have any arrest records, and had a pretty rough childhood. Kudos to him for working so hard. 7/10
Odell Beckham, Jr. didn’t have any arrest records. Although he did get a $10,000 fine for the Rams-Giants brawl which probably had something to do with his trash talk abilities. He also does the NFL player charity circuit. 7/10
Demaryius Thomas was sued (charges were later dropped against him) by a woman for battery, conspiracy, and negligence due to the actions of his teammate Perrish Cox. It was a classic case of Cox saying he was going to sleep with the girl and she had consented. Thomas wanted nothing to do with it, so he left rather than verifying the girl’s safety (The girl ended up pregnant with Cox’s baby). Like C.J. Anderson, he also had a rough childhood – He was present during a raid on his home which resulted in his mother and grandmother getting sent to prison for distributing crack cocaine (and later commuted by Obama!). He is an advocate for the charity, “Call of Duty,” which benefits military veterans and their families. He should have acted better during the Cox event. 4/10
Dez Bryant had a similar childhood to Demaryius Thomas, which is unfortunate. He was raised by his brother/uncle (yes, he was both). Once he made it into football, he was frequently typecast as a “thug” with a penchant for hookers and blow even though he did neither. He does have an arrest for striking his mother during a family argument. The Rolling Stones has written quite the article about him. He does the standard NFL Charity circuit. Still, he hit his mom. 3/10
Andrew Luck has no arrest record. He has a record like a WASP and does enough charity work to be classified as one. 9/10
Matt Forte has no arrest record, and is a bit judge-y of his teammates that do. 7/10
DeMarco Murray has no arrest record, but he was accused by his teammate for having an affair with his wife. The story seems really strange. Especially the part where his nickname is “Spray Tan.” He also has his own charity, the DeMarco Murray Foundation which provides educational support and resources for youth. 7/10
Jeremy Hill pleaded guilty to misdemeanor carnal knowledge in high school for forcing a 14 year old girl to give him and a teammate blowjobs, but kept his LSU scholarship. He also pled guilty to simple battery after punching a guy outside of a bar. Ugh. -1,000,000/10
This is just for the first rounds, but I did come across some interesting information while searching for NFL arrest records –
- A handful of St Louis Rams player – Stedman Bailey, 286. Tavon Austin, 188. Jared Cook, 380. Chris Givens, and 144. Kenny Britt entered the field with their hands up on Nov 30, 2014 in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
- Joseph Randle is a shoplifter.
- Arian Foster is an atheist (+1 in my book).
- After accounting for incomes, NFL players’ arrest rate is atrocious.
I’m sure I’m not the only one that is disgusted with what players can get away with and still stay in the game.
Comment below and share if you have any additional information.