A new study shows that NFL players’ arrest rate isn’t as high as the public’s perception: Via UT Dallas News Center:
“The research found that the overall arrest rate for the general population was nearly twice as high as the rate for NFL players from 2000 to 2013.
“There’s a perception that the NFL has this huge crime problem and that it’s longstanding. That’s what everybody believes,” said one of the study’s authors, Dr. Alex Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology and associate dean for graduate programs in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences. “The data show that it’s not true. Over a 14-year period, for most types of crime, the general population has a greater rate of arrests than players in the NFL.”
The study, “The National Felon League? A Comparison of NFL Arrests to General Population Arrests,” was published online in the Journal of Criminal Justice. Piquero worked with co-authors Wanda Leal and Dr. Marc Gertz, both of Florida State University.
The authors compared arrest rates among 1,952 NFL players to arrest rates among males between ages 20 and 39 in the general population from 2000 to 2013. The researchers measured arrest rates for total crime, property crime, violent crime and public order crime, which includes arrests for drug and alcohol-related offenses, prostitution and disorderly conduct.
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