Shocking NFL arrest statistics released

A mugshot of former NFLer Josh Brent, who is facing charges after an alleged drunk driving incident...

A mugshot of former NFLer Josh Brent, who is facing charges after an alleged drunk driving incident that killed his teammate Jerry Brown Jr.

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:14 PM ET

A new report suggests the crime rate among professional football players is back on the rise.

On average, according to numbers compiled by USA Today this week, NFLers have been arrested or charged with a crime a little over once a week since Super Bowl XLVII last February.

That statistic includes 10 DUI accusations and murder charges against former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who’s in jail awaiting trial.

Under NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who assumed his current role with the league in 2006, USA Today reported that at least 395 players have been charged with crimes or have been taken into custody.

That number includes 34 gun-related cases.

The recent death of Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jerry Brown Jr., who died last December in an alleged drunk driving incident, points to an even grimmer problem among professional football players.

Since 2006, NFLers have been arrested on suspicion of DUI 107 times, more than once a month.

"The current level of deterrence associated with a DUI is insufficient," NFL senior vice president Adolpho Birch told USA Today. “Instead of fines for first-time drunken drivers, Birch said the league wants mandatory suspensions under the league's substance-abuse policy.”

According to multiple reports, the league is currently in talks with the NFL Players Association to strengthen drunk driving penalties against its players. That decision, however, won’t come until the league and its players’ union come to an agreement on new HGH testing policies.

While arrests among NFLers have declined in recent years, the statistics point to a potential surge in 2013.

Heading into Thursday night’s season opener between the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens, 43 NFLers have been arrested in 2013 – four less than the total from a year ago.


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