Another NFL Player Arrested for Offseason Misbehavior

Terry HenryContributor IMay 24, 2009

NASHVILLE, TN - 2005:  Randy Starks of the Tennessee Titans poses for his 2005 NFL headshot at photo day in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Getty Images)

Former Tennessee Titan, and now Miami Dolphin, Randy Starks was arrested in an incident involving a slow moving semi truck on Sunday morning. 

Starks was apparently driving the semi with 13 passengers in the vehicle (which has a capacity of four).  Police seeing the "rolling party" pursued the vehicle on foot and as they caught the vehicle, it moved slightly to the left, striking one of the officers and pinning him against another vehicle.  Another officer on the scene banged on the window, ordering the vehicle to stop and, after doing so, Starks was arrested. 

This is just another in the series of offseason stories about athletes getting into trouble with the law because of their constant mischief.  It's becoming more apparent that our young athletes' irresponsible behavior is being taken too lightly by the respective sports organizations. 

Too many times there are reports of drunken activities and outright misconduct that are being tolerated. 

One may argue that the leagues need to have stricter penalties and enforcement when the athletes get into trouble. Others may state the obvious, that these are adults and they should be expected to act as such. 

Unfortunately, history is showing that the abundance of financial resources seems to cloud the sensible judgement of some players.  Whatever the case, one apparent fact is that if you or I were doing the same things, our penalties for such behavior would certainly be more severe. 

If local law enforcement will not take expected actions against the immaturity of these players, the leagues' penalty structure needs to make more of an example of them. 

League suspension, fines, and required rehabilitation activities should be the minimum in these cases.  The actions against Pacman Jones were, in my opinion, justified and a great example of how to deal with the outright misconduct we continue to see. 

With the above the law celebrity treatment that we give NFL players, we can likely expect the shenanigans from our young athletes to continue.