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Arresting developments: Aaron Hernandez just one of 32 NFL arrests since Super Bowl

07.01.13 at 11:42 am ET
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Adam Jones

Adam “Pacman” Jones

Murder. Drunk driving. Marijuana possession. Assault.

Those are just some of the charges brought against NFL players who have been arrested since Feb. 3 — the conclusion of the 2012 NFL season — seemingly an influx in off-the-field trouble that is not showing any signs of slowing down.

According to a U-T San Diego database, which tracks such occurrences, 31 players have been arrested a combined 32 times since the Super Bowl. Fullback Evan Rodriguez was arrested twice before the Bears released him June 10.

Sunday ended a, well, eventful month of interactions between NFL players and authorities. Aside from Aaron Hernandez and his developing murder case, Adam “Pacman” Jones was arrested June 10 after allegedly hitting a woman, and since-released Browns linebacker Ausar Walcott, who signed in May after getting drafted in April, was charged with attempted murder when he reportedly punched a man in New Jersey.

June pales in comparison to May’s 11 arrests, including a seven-day span when five players were charged.

“One is too many,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told USA Today. “We have policies and programs that hold all NFL employees accountable and provide them with programs of education and support.”

U-T San Diego updates its database with information from both news reports and public records.

According to the database, four of the 31 players arrested since the Super Bowl were cut by their team. An additional four had their charges dropped or case dismissed. Most of the cases are still pending.

The NFL does make attempts to help its players be aware of the challenges and temptations that will accompany their fame and money. The league held its annual “rookie symposium” for recent draftees last week, and the players heard from experts and veterans, including Jones, about issues that may plague them.

Still, while the arrests keep coming, it is important to put the number in context.

As the U-T San Diego database notes, that such incidents are getting more and more coverage — and top headlines in particular — of late could increase their perceived prevalence.

Additionally, the NFL does not have a terrible ratio, according to Dan Lebowitz, who runs Sport in Society at Northeastern University, in the USA Today piece. The 31 players arrested represent about 1 percent of the nearly 3,000 currently listed on NFL rosters.

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