(editor's note: Lions CB Aaron Berry was arrested after this was written too. Pay attention to how NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell handles this particularly with the Lions players. As Steelers fans know, a player doesn't need to be convicted, or even charged, with a crime to serve a suspension. Seems like a few candidates in Detroit, and definitely one in Tennessee)
At the time of this writing, NFL players have been involved in 28 arrests since the Super Bowl. Nick Fairley and Mikel Leshoure have been arrested twice this year (Go Lions, Go) with the large majority of players arrested being for DUI. The offenses however, range from assault (with and without weapons) to marijuana possession and everything in-between.
The NFL Code of Conduct is a joke. Not because it's poorly written or holds players to a standard they cannot meet, it's a joke because it seems the players don't respect the NFL. Quite frankly, why should they?
The hypocrisy that flows from the NFL and in particular, Roger Goodell, does little to garner respect from the players in their employ. Everything is subjective in the league. Punishments are not consistent, players have not clear and concise guideline to follow (ie: "If I do 'this'; the consequences will be 'that'.) Of course, this is no excuse to disregard the laws of the land. Players really do need to accept that with great gifts (talented enough to be a professional football player) comes great, PERSONAL responsibility.
The latest poster child for immaturity is Titans WR Kenny Britt. Friday's DUI arrest was Britt's 8th Arrest since joining the ranks of NFL professionals. 8th. I'm no psychologist, nor do I mentor professional athletes; but I feel I have a reasonable amount of common sense and I've successfully raised 6 kids, so I feel somewhat qualified to tell the NFL: Your "children" are thumbing their nose at your Code of Conduct. Your parenting skills are lacking and your punishments are ineffective because they lack consistency. You are not respected because you haven't done a thing to earn it.
Our own Larry Foote tweeted this morning: "my fellow N.F.L. players STOP DRINKING AND DRIVING" Players are more likely to listen to Larry Foote than they're afraid of "stiff penalties" from the League.
Time will tell what the league will hand out as punishment to the players involved in brushes with the law. Sure could change the first 4 games of the year if some of the star's aren't taking the field.