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I admit I am a basketball fan more than any other sport, so I probably am a little biased here. But, why does the NBA still have this reputation as the "thug" league when the NFL has demonstrated it holds the trophy for that title? 30+ arrests in less than 6 months?

Granted, it is still the minority, but these lawbreaking players really are giving the NFL a black eye. Seems to me when it comes to control of one's league, hence one's product, David Stern can write the book for the NFL brass to read.

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Poolmick

you have 60+ guys on a football team vs 15 or so in the NBA

NBA you see the tats and handshakes before the game.

In the NFL you could put robots in and nobody would notice.

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mrklean

I heard an interesting stat 1% of the nfl has been arrested since the super bowl. You just hear about it more so it seems worse, and this recent one is murder

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Scott K

The media needs to stop reporting that a player got a ticket for speeding, or other silly things. Unless it is murder, drug dealing, or another serious offense, we dont need to hear it, and it is more of personal inforamtion.

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pikestabber

The media needs to stop reporting that a player got a ticket for speeding, or other silly things. Unless it is murder, drug dealing, or another serious offense, we don't need to hear it, and it is more of personal information.

Couldn't agree more. If I get a speeding ticket, do I end up in the paper, or plastered on the news or the web? Than neither should a football player. Granted, they're famous, and I'm far from it, but some things don't need to be reported when it's something we all do at one time or another. It just adds to this sense that it's all thugs in the league and it overshadows the really genuine, community-oriented guys.

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CJH

you have 60+ guys on a football team vs 15 or so in the NBA.

And after the draft it balloons to 90+. (90 x 32 = 2880)

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toughguy

There have been plenty of NBA players with legal issues too.

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nofishfisherman

The problem here is that we are dealing with perception. It may seem like one league has more arrests than another but its all based on what makes the headlines or what headlines we tend to remember.

Here is a quick stat I found about the arrest rates for the 3 major sports.

*I believe these numbers are from 2010 or 2011

NFL 34 arrests/ 1,696 players = 2% arrest rate

MLB 16 arrests/ 750 players = 2.1%

NBA 23 arrests/ 450 players = 5.1%

So in one perspective the NFL does have more players arrested but they also have a pool of players that is almost 4 times the size of the NBA. If you look at the percentages of players arrested the NBA does seem to earn the title of "thug league".

Another interesting stat I found is that since 2000, 1 out of 45 NFL players is arrested for something more significant than speeding or other small offense. However, the general public is arrested at a rate of 1 out of 23 people. So, in reality pro athletes seem to be more well behaved than the general public, we just don't make the news as much when we screw up.

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smartguy

interesting. I'd be interested i seing the types of alleged crimes; violent v. nonviolent. To me, someone in possession of some pot is a different caliber than someone who is accused of a violent crime. I suspect, but do not know, that a high percentage of those NBA arrests are for simple drug possession.

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CJH

I suspect, but do not know, that a high percentage of those NBA arrests are for simple drug possession.

And "Making it Rain"!!!!! grin

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nofishfisherman

I'm guessing most of the arrests in pro sports are either pot or alcohol related although the stuff I was reading didn't break it down by type of offense. They just excluded stuff like minor traffic incidents.

I'm guessing drugs and alcohol are probably the biggest reason the general public is arrested as well though so i'm not sure if it really tells us anything.

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mrklean

Booze and Mary Jane possession seemed to be the most common then weapons after that

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toughguy

Don't forget domestic violence.

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smartguy

I would fathom a combo of two or all three for many of those.

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