Looking to Develop a Crime-Free Work Place? Try the National Football League
October 26, 2011
So here’s something that will shock you. Did you know that average National Football League player is less likely to be arrested than your average Joe? WCCO, the CBS affiliate in Minneapolis has the stats to prove it.
The numbers don’t lie. One in every 45 National Football League players (2.2 percent) is arrested. The national arrest rate is 1 in 23 (4.2 percent), according to the FBI in 2010.
What does that mean? Technically, NFL players get in 47.6 percent less trouble than your average Joe.
When Mike the butcher gets a DUI, it’s not news. But when Steve the cornerback gets busted for public intoxication, it becomes a story.
WCCO Minnesota’s Jason DeRusha reports that in 2010, the NBA had by far the highest arrest rate (5.1 percent) of the major professional sports leagues in America. Major League Baseball is second with an arrest rate of 2.1 percent last year. Believe it or not, the NFL is last with (2.0 percent) of its players in trouble.
Each NBA team can have a maximum of 15 players on its roster, with 12 dressing for each game. With 30 teams, that equates to 450 players. Only 23 were arrested in 2010.
NFL teams are allowed 53 players on their rosters (plus five man practice squad). With 32 teams, that calculates to a total of 1,696 players. The League saw only 34 players arrested a year ago.
In Major League Baseball, there are 750 players — 30 teams with 25 players each. That doesn’t include the 40-man roster, which if included, would up the total players to 1,200. Sixteen baseball players were arrested for major drug and violent crimes in 2010.
Now unfortunately for the Minnesota Vikings, the stats don’t fare so well. Since 2000, 1 out of every 15 players has gotten arrested. Yikes! Check out WCCO’s video below.