What the heck is in the water these days? Athletes always have had a penchant for getting in trouble with the law. But lately it seems worse than normal. Heck, nearly 30 NFL players have been arrested this year. There also have been high-profile arrests in the NBA and Major League Baseball. And don't even get us started on colleges.
Here's a look at just a few of the more notable arrests of late.
The Cowboys wide receiver was arrested Monday, accused of smacking a woman in the face with his ball cap and pulling on her shirt so hard that he ripped her bra. The 911 call sounded like something out of Cops. The worst part? That woman was his mom.
Weaving through would-be tacklers is a good thing. Weaving in and out of lanes with your car is a bad thing. The Seahawks running back was arrested last weekend and charged Wednesday with driving under the influence of alcohol.
The former No. 1 overall pick was trying to revive his career as a reliever with the Rays and was in big-league spring training, but that all changed March 22 when Bush was charged with driving under the influence and fleeing an accident after police said the SUV he was driving hit a motorcycle, severely injuring the 72-year-old driver.
The Broncos defensive end was caught in a trap (get it? Elvis? Caught in a trap?) Saturday when he was accused of lifting his shirt to show a gun tucked in his waistband during a road-rage incident in Miami Beach and arrested. Call him "Dum and Dummer.'' I wish I had thought of that line, but credit goes to WDAE-AM's Darek Sharp.
The new Knicks point guard celebrated his return to the Big Apple area by seeing if he could drive through a tree out in the Hamptons on Long Island. He was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. Gee, ya think?
The Jaguars defensive end was pulled over for speeding and not wearing a seat belt. That's the good news. The bad news was he had outstanding traffic warrants. Maybe Odrick should think about hiring a driver.
The Vikings' star running back was arrested and charged with resisting arrest, but I'm still trying to figure out what the original arrest was for. Don't you have to be arrested for something to be charged with resisting arrest? He was asked to leave a Houston club and didn't. Next thing you know, he's being subdued by three cops. Wait — he can break the tackle of three NFL linebackers but not three Houston cops? Maybe the Bucs should try to sign those officers.
The Jaguars rookie wide receiver is not off to a good start with his team. Blackmon was driving around at 3 in the morning last month in Stillwater, Okla. Doesn't he know nothing good happens after 3 a.m.? Also, nothing good happens when you're accused of driving 60 mph in a 35 mph zone, crossing the center line and having a blood-alcohol level of 0.24, which is way beyond what the law allows before it presumes you can't safely drive.
The Lions defensive tackle was pulled over in late May in Mobile, Ala., and he was mobile all right. Like 100 mph mobile. He was so mobile that, according to law enforcement, he initially refused to stop for a trooper blowing his siren and hitting the emergency lights. Tack on reckless driving, no proof of insurance, having an open container and acting like a knucklehead. (We made up that last charge.)
It's not a great offseason to be a Knicks guard. The Knicks didn't welcome back Jeremy Lin, Jason Kidd drove into a tree, and J.R. Smith was arrested in May in Miami Beach. After a traffic stop, police discovered there was a bench warrant for Smith because he did not have a valid driver's license. If you don't have a license, it's probably a good idea to drive safely enough to avoid being pulled over.
The Reds pitcher was arrested in May in Ohio, accused of driving 93 mph, which is slower than his fastball but faster than the police allow. He also had a suspended Kentucky driver's license. Only University of Kentucky basketball players are allowed to drive around with a suspended license. (Joking!)
tom jones' two cents