NFL & Criminal Charges infoPlaylist

December 18, 2014 at 12:35 pm Leave a comment 2014 the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell came under intense scrutiny from fans, the media, and the general public for their allegedly poor handling of numerous criminal offenses by players. However, deviant behavior of NFL players and their subsequent punishments has been an issue for much longer than the recent wave of incidents. From drug offenses to cases of violence and even murder, the NFL has long had a history of weak or unclear policy when dealing with crimes committed by players. We have compiled a playlist of articles spanning multiple issues on this topic, including history, policy, and different types of offenses. This playlist is meant to provide information on many different aspects of the ongoing public image crisis of the highest attended and most profitable professional sports league in the world. The sources include some of the nation’s largest news and sports networks as well as professional research and official NFL releases. This playlist was compiled by Towson University students Alexander Laue, Paul Malinauskas, Mario Romeo, Amanda Tobias, Brittany Conner, and Athena Mears in Deborah Shaller’s English 190 class. In addition, the infoPlaylist was edited by Librarian Joyce Garczynski.



  • A list compiled by USA Today of arrests, charges and citations of NFL players for crimes more serious than common traffic violations since January of 2000 (Brent Schrotenboer)
  • A statistical background presented by the New York Times, concerning criminal charges and NFL players dating back to the year 2000 (David Leonhardt)
  • A recent Sports Illustrated article that looks at the past fifteen years of criminal charges and the NFL, emphasizing a lack of punishment (Tasha Meares)
  • A CNN news report that focuses on a continued lack of consistency and lenience regarding criminal charges in the NFL (Michael Martinez)



  • An NBC Sports article detailing the new domestic violence policy the NFL installed following the exposure of the Ray Rice case (Josh Alper)
  • A CBS Sports article in which Adam “Pacman” Jones criticizes commissioner Goodell’s decision-making on punishing deviant individuals (John Breech)
  • The NFL’s official Personal Conduct Policy, as of December 2014 (NFL Press Release)
  • An infographic laying out the new policy in a more-easily understandable way. (NFL Press Release)
  • A CNN article detailing the reasons behind the reversal of Ray Rice’s indefinite suspension for assaulting his wife. (Jill Martin and Steve Almasy)



  • The Chicago Tribune has an article on NFL players who were transporting drugs and trafficking them as well as some other charges  (Dan Pompei, Chicago Tribune reporter)
  • Cleveland Browns Receiver Josh Gordon has recently returned to playing for the team, but was arrested for DWI after being pulled over for going 50 mph in a 35 mph zone in July as reported by ESPN  (ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, Browns reporter Pat McManamon and The Associated Press)
  • The Cincinnati Enquirer wrote an article about an all-star running back for the Cincinnati Bengals, who couldn’t get over his cocaine addiction and is now banned for life from the NFL  (Paul Daugherty, The Cincinnati Enquirer)
  • A New York Times article about how the NFL Player’s Association agreed to new drug policies in 2014 (Ken Belson)


Domestic Violence:

  • A compilation of NFL arrest statistics that shows domestic violence is the most common reason for arrest (Benjamin Morris)
  • An article from Forbes explaining the Adrian Peterson case of domestic violence against his son (Gregory S. McNeal)
  • A CNN report concerning the details of the Ray Rice domestic violence case (Ed Payne and Steve Almasy)
  • A CBS sports article that contains President Obama’s reaction to the Ray Rice case (Ryan Wilson)
  • A New York Times article that shows the perspective of women who have experienced domestic violence from their husbands in the NFL (Steve Eder)



  • A New York Times article describing cases and consequences of violence in the NFL in the late 1990s and early 2000s (Bill Pennington)
  • A CNN report of  compilation of cases of off- field cases of violence in the NFL (Steve Almasy, Elliot C. McLaughlin)
  • An in depth study by Duke University professors comparing criminal violence in the NFL to violence in society (Alfred Blumstein and Jeff Benedict)
  • An opinion piece from Time Magazine that links violence on the field to violent assaults (Jeffrey Kluger)


Sexual Assault:

  • A report about how the 49ers released Ray McDonald amid sexual assault allegations (ESPN)
  • A CNN report on rape and drugging charges against Darren Sharper, a former NFL player and analyst for the NFL Network (Michael Martinez)
  • A USA Today article on the first rape charges in Lake Tahoe against Ben Roethlisberger and the settlement results (Martha Bellisle)
  • Ben Roethlisberger’s apology speech and the full story of the first rape incident in Lake Tahoe (CNN wire staff)

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