Miraculously, Adam “Pacman” Jones made it through an entire NFL season without getting arrested, but there were a fair number of other players who picked up his slack with their own run-ins with the law in 2011.
Most notably, former Chicago Bears wide receiver Sam Hurd may be in the most amount of legal trouble, facing a possibility of 40 years in prison.
Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cooks’ future is still pending based on the outcome of his upcoming court dates as he faces domestic battery charges.
Former Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Igor Olshansky was the chosen representative of the rather full “marijuana possession” group, as he was caught red-handed in the act, and Raiders star linebacker Rolando McClain rounds out the list, somehow lucking out of any serious legal trouble following a shooting incident that he was involved in during the team's bye week.
These guys’ were not alone as troublemakers in 2011, though. Right around 24 NFL players were arrested during the 132-day NFL lockout, which ended on July 25. This list included a DUI arrest for former Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward, yet another disorderly conduct arrest for Adam Jones and an assault arrest for Bengals running back Cedric Benson.
Once the season got underway the arrests slowed down a little, but the trouble did not come to a complete halt. Somewhere around 15 players were arrested from the official end of the lockout to Jan. 28 when 49ers star rookie Aldon Smith finished out the year with a DUI in Miami following the completion of his season.
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