Athletes Behaving Badly: 5 NFL Players in Legal Trouble This Offseason
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It's a little more than two weeks into the NFL lockout, and players are seemingly in love with the freedom from the league's personal conduct policy.
We're only at the beginning of the offseason and several players have already demonstrated that they have no ability to find a productive use for their idle time.
Here's a look those most eager to get into trouble so far...
Cowboys Receiver Dez Bryant's "Pants on the Ground" Incident
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You have no doubt heard about Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant and his "pants on the ground" incident.
Bryant got himself into trouble for wearing very baggy pants very low at an upscale Dallas mall. The wideout and three friends were asked to pull up their pants. In response, Bryant not-so-calmly used some choice words to express his displeasure about the request to mall security, who were in fact off-duty police officers.
Bryant was issued with a verbal criminal trespassing citation after the run-in.
In interviews after the incident, Bryant said that he was not in the wrong because his underwear was never exposed, as was the case with some of his companions.
Philadelphia Eagles Tackle King Dunlap Refuses to Move His Car from a Sidewalk
It's good to see that some players in the NFL have learned to "Just Say No."
Except this isn't always a good thing.
Eagles offensive tackle King Dunlap was arrested in Nashville early this month for refusing to move his car. Dunlap was in town attending the SEC's women's basketball tournament. His car was parked on a sidewalk outside of the arena when he was asked by police to move his vehicle.
Dunlap stated that he needed to be there in order to pick up his wheelchair-bound father. Dunlap was again told to move the car, but refused and was then arrested.
That was clearly a battle he wasn't going to win.
Pro Bowl Tackle Jason Peters Needs to Keep His Music Down
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This is a list where you really don't want to see players from your team represented more than once.
Sorry, Eagles fans, your team has two players who have gotten into trouble so far this offseaon. Over the weekend, Pro Bowl tackle Jason Peters was arrested for an incident that didn't need to turn into an arrest.
Peters was on his way to club as a guest of rapper Rick Ross. He was approached by police for loud music coming from his car. The situation quickly turned sour when Peters refused to show his license to police when asked. This refusal got Peters slapped with a charge of resisting arrest.
Let's recap for Dunlap and Peters: Saying "no" in many instances is the right thing to do. If the situation involves police, however, then you really need to lay low and do what's asked in order to prevent a bad situation from becoming worse.
Green Bay Packers Lineman Johnny Jolly in a Drug Bust
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The world champion Green Bay Packers are not without their share of drama this offseason
Defensive lineman Johnny Jolly got himself into serious trouble this weekend. He was arrested in Houston for possessing 600 grams of codeine. Jolly was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance.
As it is Jolly's second time for being arrested in that city since 2008 for possession of the same drug, Jolly was jailed for his arrest. He is set to appear in court Wednesday morning to face charges.
Tampa Bay Bucs Aqib Talib Wanted by Authorities
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An arrest warrant was issued on Tuesday for Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib.
Talib is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The charges stem from a domestic incident on March 21 involving Talib, his mother, his sister and his sister's boyfriend. Talib is said to have fired a gun at his sister's boyfriend.
Talib's mother was also charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. She has already turned herself in to authorities. Talib is expected to surrender later this week.
The charge faced by Talib is considered a second-degree felony and can carry a jail sentence ranging from five to 20 years.