Are criminals the best role models to be protesting police brutality?
Anyone who’s tuned in for a nationally broadcast sporting event, or spent time on social media has likely noticed that many players kneel when the announcers say “please stand for the singing of our national anthem.”
After months of non-stop media coverage, many Americans are asking: “Why do athletes kneel during the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’?”
The controversy over the National Anthem began in 2016, when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick announced his decision to sit down or take a knee during the national anthem to call attention to police violence and injustice in black America.
— Cam Inman (@CamInman) August 28, 2016
Kaepernick started a movement against the police and now there are hundreds of sports players from across the spectrum including children as young as 8 kneeling when the National Anthem plays.
Interestingly enough, many members of the NFL who are protesting police brutality have criminal records – many are repeat offenders of drunk driving, drug offenses, domestic violence, assault and battery, gun violations, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, theft, burglary, rape and even murder.
The Daily Wire reports:
The National Football League is in a golden age right now: It’s been 23 days since one of its players has been arrested.
The average time between arrests is just seven days, while the record without an arrest is slightly more than two months, at 65 days, according to NFLarrest.com, which “provides an interactive visualized database of National Football League player Arrests & Charges,” the site says.
The NFL virtually embraces players who abuse women. Take this report in the Chicago Tribune:
“In the first round [of the 2017 draft], the Oakland Raiders drafted Gareon Conley, who has been accused of rape. In the second round, the Cincinnati Bengals selected Joe Mixon, who in a much-viewed video punches a woman so hard that she falls down unconscious. In the sixth round, the Cleveland Browns selected Caleb Brantley, who was accused of doing pretty much what Mixon did.”
The hypocrisy is so stark that Donald Trump Jr. fired out this fierce tweet on Sunday.
If only Roger Goodell cared as much about domestic abuse and traumatic brain injury as he does about disrespecting America. #nfl
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) September 25, 2017
The top team — at least in arrests — is, weirdly, the Minnesota Vikings, according to NFLarrest.com. Rounding out the Top 5: Denver, Cincinnati, Tennessee and Jacksonville.
By year, 2006 was a doozy: 71 arrests of NFL players. 2013 had 62 arrests, while last year was the lowest in the data base at just 28 arrests.
This year, the players are setting a torrid pace:
- Assault and battery – 7
- Drugs – 6
- DUI – 5
- Domestic violence – 5
- Disorderly conduct – 4
- Resisting arrest – 2
- Guns – 1
- License/traffic – 1
- Other – 1
That makes 32 arrests — and we’re only in Week 3.
The top crimes are:
- DUI – 218
- Drugs -100
- Domestic violence – 98
- Assault – 74
- Disorderly conduct – 44
The most arrests: Adam Jones, with 10. Jones has played for both Tennessee and Cincinnati, and he’s been accused of poking a hotel worker in the eye, punching a woman, spitting in a woman’s face at a nightclub, and was “charged with felony coercion in connection to strip club shooting that paralyzed a man” (take a look at all his arrests here).
The top positions of those arrested:
- Wide receiver – 140
- Linebacker – 119
- Cornerback – 116
- Running back – 99
- Defensive tackle – 80
So, maybe – just maybe – NFL players aren’t the best ones to be preaching to America about the perils of police brutality.