HOUSTON - AUGUST 28: Wide receiver Dez Bryant of the Dallas Cowboys before the preseason game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on August 28 2010 in Houston Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Both the league and the individual agents of every player in the NFL tells those players to stay out of trouble. That's an understatement, perhaps.
The one time of the year they really should work to keep their noses clean, though, is the time right before and right after training camp.
Reporters have little else to write about, and they'll make big deals out of things like "Which NFL City is Better, Baltimore or Chicago?" So what do a slew of NFL players do this week and weekend?
They go out and get arrested.
Broncos OLB Elvis Dumervil is aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a felony, stemming from an alleged road rage incident.
Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch was arrested for suspicion of DWI Saturday morning, which would add to his impressive string of criminal activity, including an arrest for hitting a pedestrian while driving and then driving away, and possession of a firearm.
Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (whom Jerry Jones swore would have his act together when he drafted him) was arrested for misdemeanor domestic violence Monday. This is after he had an altercation with mall security over how far his pants were hanging down last year, and a slew of lawsuits accusing him of owing over $800,000.
None of these actions do much in the way of promoting clarity of thinking or wisdom in decision making, to say the least. But the frequency in which these incident occur in July and toward the end of August is borderline comical.
Maybe it's the players' own warped way of saying "let's just get this season started."