The NFL has been known for players getting in trouble with the law. But according to the website nflarrest.com there are 1700 NFL players, and that the NFL arrest rate is actual lower than the national average. The numbers are as follows:

  • 1700 NFL players - 1 arrest per week - 0.0588% arrest rate
  • 318,000,000 people in U.S. - 234.556 arrests per week - 0.0738% arrest rate

You can go to the website to get the numbers. But this helps me transition to my problem with Sheldon Richardson. Here's a time line of what happened with Richardson just last year.

  • June 2nd, 2015 - Suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the leagues substance abuse policy
  • July 14th, 2015 - Richardson was arrested for doing the following
    • He was clocked at 143 mph
    • When police tried to pull him over he fled
    • He turned off his lights and blew through multiple street lights in an attempt to avoid the police
    • Eventually turning his lights off and pulling into a drive way
    • Police ended up surrounding Richardson, with guns drawn to get him to exit the vehicle
    • Inside the vehicle smelled like marijuana
    • There was a loaded hand gun in the car
    • AND there was a 12 YEAR OLD CHILD in the car

Go ahead and read that over. Done? Okay, now here is what happened to him. NOTHING from the NFL. And legally here is what he got, Richardson legally owned the gun, so nothing there. That's fine. But he was only charged with reckless driving and resisting arrest. And here was the punishment. He was fined $1,000, received 2 years of probation, and was ordered to undergo 100 hours of community service.

Yup, that is incredibly fitting.