Arrests, jail time newest trends in professional sports

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Fans from all over the world who support, cheer, and occasionally get into heated arguments over their favorite teams, have lately seen the downward spiral of some very high profile athletes.

Since Super Bowl XLVII earlier this year, more than 33 National Football League players have been arrested or detained by law enforcement.

That’s roughly five players a month that we’ve had the luxury of viewing mug shots for on news stations and in the newspaper.
Aaron Hernandez, the former tight end for the New England Patriots, has reached the top of the charts when it comes to scandalous behavior.

In June he was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, in connection with Odin Lloyd’s death, which at that time was his brother-in-law.
Major League Baseball (MLB) also has been suffering from a black eye this season that needs a little mascara.

Within the last two months more than 13 MLB players have been suspended from play, for using performance enhancement drugs (PEDs).

The most notable athletes out of the bunch are third baseman for the New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez, and the Milwaukee Brewers Outfielder Ryan Braun.
Rodriguez, who is the highest paid player in baseball, was suspended for 211 games as punishment for testing positive and violating the league’s standard policy agreement.

Ryan Braun, after coming off of his 2011 Most Valuable Player season he was nearly suspended in 2012 for submitting a urine sample with high levels of testosterone.

Unfortunately for him his luck has run out and he has been suspended for 50 games this year for violating the league’s policy on PEDs.
The National Basketball Association is having an awful off-season by making headlines in the news and online.

Since August six players and a coach have been arrested on charges that range from Assault and Battery to Driving Under the Influence.
Lamar Odom, former forward for the Los Angeles Clippers and husband of reality television star Khloe Kardashian, is allowing the world to know more about him than he ever wanted.

Odom has been exhibiting strange behavior of late; he was arrested in August for a DUI and now stories are flooding the internet about drug abuse.

Odom pulled a disappearing act for several weeks in July and now has been urged to check into rehab by close family and friends.
With the millions of dollars that professional athletes make, you would think better choices and decisions could be made to prevent national attention. I guess contracts and endorsement money just doesn’t excite these guys anymore…instead they’ll rather brandish weapons, take PEDs, use cocaine and throw away careers that they’ve worked so hard for.

No sports fan ever wants to see their favorite athlete get more attention away from the game, than actually playing in the game.