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CRAWFORD BLOG | USA Today with a sobering look at NFL drinking and crime

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USA Today published an eye-opening piece of reporting this morning, gathering NFL arrest statistics since 2000.

The NFL is our national pastime. And questions of discipline come up from time to time when there are high-profile incidents, like the DUI automobile accident of Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent, which killed teammate Jerry Brown last week.

From the story:

Brown's death marked the third time since 1998 that an NFL player killed another person because of suspected DUI. Brent's arrest also marked the 18th time this year that an NFL player has been arrested on suspicion of DUI — up from seven in 2011 and not far behind the worst NFL DUI years in recent history: 20 in 2006 and 19 in 2009. On average, NFL players are arrested for DUI about 13-14 times a year.

While it's important to note that the DUI arrest rate for NFL players still is below that of the general population, it's still a problem for the league.

USA Today research showed that 42 NFL players have been arrested for various transgressions this year, and 624 since January of 2000.

Read more, including the league's response, here.

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