The NFC North... or FBI's Most Wanted?
While the majority of NFL teams used last week’s draft to fill roster holes created by free agency and injury, NFC North teams had a different reason for replacing vacant slots –
This past weekend, Minnesota Viking’s second year RB Caleb King was arrested on suspicion that he beat the living crap out of someone at a birthday party. King’s arrest brings the grand total of crimes committed by NFC North players since the start of last season to 13… or a whopping 52 PERCENT OF ALL CRIMES COMMITTED BY NFL PLAYERS!?
Now I’m no egghead. But I did manage to stay awake just long enough in my community college Statistics class to understand that this ratio is statistically improbable.
The NFL has eight divisions consisting of four teams each. Meaning each division should account for roughly 12.5 percent of all league crimes committed.
Not 4X this amount.
I’m sure MIT geeks will argue that this is a one-year aberration and that over time the law of averages will eventually kick in. But remember, this is the same division that’s given us over a decade of miscreant greatest hits such as the Viking’s “Love Boat Scandal”, Favre’s painkiller and sexting escapades and Mark Chumura’s underage sexual assault charges.
And as if being the undisputed king of deviant behavior isn’t enough, NFC North teams are now shipping guys in to pad their lead.
This offseason the Vikings signed WR Jerome Simpson, who is currently facing Federal felony drug charges. For good measure, the Bears added WR Brandon Marshall – a dude whose rap sheet would earn him “Who’s-Who” honors at Rikers Island.
I’m not even including 2011 Bears’ safety Brandon Meriweather, now a Washington Redskin, arrested just last week on suspicion of DWI.
So what’s the social science behind the numbers?
Well, my hometown of Chicago is always in contention for the “Murder Capitol of America” title. But no Bears’ player has killed anyone… yet.
And Detroit had to build robotic cop to control its violent population. But not even hothead Ndamukong Suh has used a rocket launcher to blow-up a 6000 SUX... yet.
Then there’s Minneapolis (leading the NFC North with 5 arrests) and Green Bay – which are the NFL’s answers to Mayberry.
Leaving me at a complete loss for answers.
Help my sanity by posting a comment why you think the NFC North lead the NFL in criminal activity?
(Thanks to utsandiego.com for a portion of the stats that contributed to my analysis.)