For some reason, it's rare to turn on the news and not hear about some player getting arrested for one thing or another. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is constantly alerted that yet another NFL player has been arrested or issued a citation.
Whether it be a DUI, battery charges, a stabbing, or just plain-old drama starting, there is always something going on.
Being labeled a "troubled player" is something no player wants to be known as. How many teams look forward to signing a player who has a problem staying out of trouble? Zero.
Now not every team in the league has a troublemaker on the roster, and then some have more than just one.
Here are the top troubled players in the NFL.
You usually hear of people getting arrested for getting into a fight or going to jail for shooting someone. It's rare you hear about self-inflicted gunshots.
On a night out on the town with some friends and teammate Antonio Pierce at a nightclub, Burress was charged with two felony counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree.
At some point, as Burress was being escorted to a VIP area with a drink in one hand, he somehow ended up fumbling his gun, a .40-caliber Glock- and it discharged, hitting his thigh.
Shooting himself ended up in two years of jail-time.
Burress has always been a firecracker.
He's been fined many times for being late to team meetings, and giving lame excuses for missing them. Burress was also fined total of $45K for three violations and penalties in a game vs. the 49ers, including verbally abusing an official during the game, "inappropriate" comments about officiating after the game and $5K for throwing a football into the stands.
Terrell Owens, need there be more said?
TO isn't a guy to get himself in trouble with the law, but he'll be the first one to stir up team-chemistry.
Back in 2004 when the athlete was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles from the San Francisco 49ers, he came into the City of Brotherly Love with a bang.
When asked if quarterback Jeff Garcia was gay in an interview in Playboy Magazine, Owens stated, "Like my boy tells me: If it looks like a rat and smells like a rat, by golly, it is a rat."
Then right after he and the Eagles lost Super Bowl XXXIX, TO criticized Donovan McNabb for his effort during the game. That offseason, Owens made numerous comments about the team that got himself suspended indefinitely, and was released a year later.
Owens is also known for his amusing touchdown celebrations, much like Randy Moss and Chad Ochocinco.
Cedric Benson is no stranger to the police. Benson made a splash in the NFL right after college, and it hasn't stopped since.
Back in 2008 while on his expensive boat with some friends, Benson was arrested for operating the boat while intoxicated. Less than a month later, Benson was arrested for driving while intoxicated. As a result, the judge ordered a built-in breathalyzer in his car.
The list continues.
Just last year in 2010, Cedric had another problem with the booze. This time, it involved a physical altercation in a bar. Benson was arrested last June for allegedly punching a bar tender in the face. Upon leaving the fight, Benson also spit blood onto him as well.
Stay away from the alcohol man, it'll save you money.
The most recent arrest came less than a month ago. Marking his fourth public arrest since being in the NFL, Benson was arrested for a misdemeanor charge of assault causing bodily injury to a family member.
So Cedric, we see you have problems in the summer. Be thankful it's almost fall!
Albert Haynesworth is more of a headache than anything.
Haynesworth has been charged with simple assault after an alleged road rage incident. The report stated that the victim felt Haynesworth was tailgating too close to his car. So what did he do? He flipped Haynesworth off.
I guess he didn't approve of the gesture, so at an upcoming stop-light, Haynesworth got out of his car, "struck" the man, and drove away.
Referring to the "headache" statement, when Albert was first traded to the Redskins, he had some problems right off the bat.
Haynesworth showed up to training camp over-weight, so was sent home. Next week when he returned, he claimed he was "unable to play" due to a neck-injury, that didn't appear to be serious at all.
Just watching him in Washington, you can tell he didn't want to be there, he just wanted the money.
While this leaves the police out, it involves the ambulances.
It seemed almost every week that Pittsburgh Steelers' James Harrison was getting a huge fine from the NFL for a 'hard-hit.'
Harrison is known for playing hard-nose football and won't hesitate to give someone a cheap-shot. He has been notorious for countless helmet-to-helmet hits, which ended up in concussions to the player, and a new NFL rule to prevent this from occurring.
It would be almost impossible to list every fine he has received so far in the NFL (if anyone finds it, post it for me!), but let's just say the amount of money he's paid in fines is more than some people will ever spend.
Last season alone, Harrison was fined $125,000 in just the 2010 season alone.
Not only is hitting people a problem for Harrison, but keeping his mouth shut is too.
During the 2011 lockout, Harrison publicly ripped NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell by saying "If that man was on fire and I had to piss to put him out, I wouldn't do it. I hate him and will never respect him."
Also, Harrison called out Ben Roethlisburger, Rashard Mendenhall, and the New England Patriots.
Not only does this involve Braylon Edwards, but it involves Lebron James as well.
Back when the two players were in Cleveland, the town wasn't big enough for both of them. One night at a night club, things got heated between Braylon Edwards and one of Lebron's friends.
Braylon took a swing at the man, and when Lebron got light of the situation, he called Edwards "childish" via twitter.
Now, I know it sounds petty, but still...you don't mess with The King who is 6' 8'' and 250 pounds.
In the news once more, Braylon Edwards was arrested last year with the New York Jets for a DUI when being pulled over only for having excessive window tinting.
Now with the San Francisco 49ers, let's wait and see what's next with his new team.
This involves no arrest or police either, just DeSean Jackson being an idiot with the football.
DeSean Jackson is a wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles and is one of the cockiest players in the league. While I am i diehard Eagles fan, I love Jackson to the fullest, but he is very cocky.
His quick feet and talent go to his too often, and he pays the price for it.
It dates back to high school during an All-American game where he showboated a little too early. After catching a wide-open pass on the way to the end-zone, Jackson decided to flip into it. Instead, he landed a yard short. In case you missed it: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6rrbz_desean-jackson-all-american-game-fu_sport
Also again, he did a very similar thing in the NFL. During a rival-game with the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys, Jackson caught a 61-yard touchdown pass, but threw the ball before crossing the plane. It resulted then as a 60-yard catch. Here's the play, http://www.faniq.com/blog/Video-DeSean-Jackson-Drops-Football-At-1Yard-Line-While-Celebrating-Touchdown-That-Never-Was-Blog-11902.
The play would've been Jackson's first career touchdown, but it wasn't.
Jackson has also caused some problems in the locker room.
Right after the famous Donovan McNabb trade to the Washington Redskins, Jackson regraded McNabb in comments he publicly made. Then during last season, Coach Andy Reid called out Jackson in front of the team because Jackson 'wanted the ball more.' Jackson also held out part of the 2011 training camp due to contract issues.
Marshawn Lynch is known for a little more than his famous run last year against the Saints in the playofs.
Back in 2006, Lynch was the victim of mistaken identity when unknown assailants shot at his car outside his high school alma mater as he was about to visit his little sister on her graduation day.
A couple months later in 2007, Lynch was accused of sexual assault by his former girlfriend. Lynch was never arrested though and the charges were dropped.
During June 2008, Lynch was investigated for his involvement in a hit and run accident that occurred in Buffalo. Lynch then admitted the statement and was later sued by the victim for negligence.
What's next? Drugs. Lynch was arrested while being pulled over in 2009 for possession of marijuana and having a loaded weapon in the vehicle.
There was also a little petty case where Lynch was accused from stealing $20 from someone, but compared to his other crimes, it's no big deal.
Donte Stallworth is now on the Washington Redskins, after being traded numerous times throughout his unsteady career.
What he is most noted for is DUI and vehicular manslaughter in 2009. That's right.
Stallworth was arrested when his car struck and killed a pedestrian in Miami Beach, Florida. Stallworth admitted to drinking the night prior to the accident.
According to early reports, Donte was legally drunk at the time of the accident; his blood alcohol content was 0.12, over the nationwide legal limit of 0.08.
He was sentenced to only 30 days in jail, 1,000 hours of community service, 2 years of house arrest, 8 years probation, and he also received a life-time suspension of his Florida state driver's license.
See the treatment stars get?
While this may be the only arrest for Quinn Ojinnaka, it's a pretty crazy one.
Last year, Ojinnaka was arrested for throwing his wife down the stairs, and then out of the house. The altercation started over none other than Facebook.
Ojinnaka was catching up with an old female friend of his and his wife didn't like that, so she then attempted to stab him with a pen. Once the police arrived, there were no reported injuries or medical attention needed, but Quinn was still hauled off to jail.
He was released about four hours later after posting a $2,400 bond.
As a result, the Atlanta Falcons (the team he played for at the time) suspended him for the season opener.
Incase your wondering, Ojinnaka is an offensive tackle for the St. Louis Rams.
If this list would've been done a few years ago, Pacman would've been No. 1. He's been out of the media and out of the back of police cars, until recently.
Right off the bat in Pacman's career, he entered the league on probation for a fight he was in while still at West Virginia. Not only was he entering the league on probation, he started his NFL career by holding out because he wanted more money.
During the off-season of his rookie year, Jones was arrested after an incident on charges of marijuana possession and the state pressed charges for felony and misdemeanor counts of obstruction of justice. A couple months later, during training camp, Jones was arrested for disorderly conduct and public intoxication after claiming that a woman stole his wallet.
The list goes on, way on.
In October of 2006, Jones was cited for misdemeanor assault for allegedly spitting in the face of a female student, and was suspended for only one game by the Titans.
Then Jones got himself into a whole heap of a mess with the Las Vegas strip-club shooting which resulted in a one-year suspension.
After that, Pacman played for the Dallas Cowboys, the CFL, became a rapper, and also a wrestler.
Now with the Cincinnati Bengals, Jones was arrested at a bar for disorderly conduct while intoxicated and resisting arrest.
I just don't get it.
What happened to that nice man we all grew to love just a few years ago? It seems ever since his motorcycle wreck, he's grown into a bearded monster.
The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback has been accused of rape twice.
The first time was in July 2009, when a woman filed a civil lawsuit against Roethlisberger, accusing him of raping her in July 2008 in his Lake Tahoe hotel room, where he was staying for a charity golf tournament.
The second accusation came in March 2010, when he was accused of rape in the women's bathroom of a Milledgeville, Georgia night club.
All charges were dismissed and the case was acquitted.
Ladies, avoid going to Pittsburgh.
I don't get why NFL players are always in trouble. They make so much money; you'd think they can just stay out of jail and play football like they're supposed to.
Here is the Tennessee Titans' Kenny Britt.
In April of 2011, Britt was arrested in New Jersey on three counts (including a felony) following an alleged car chase with police.
On June 8, Britt was charged with resisting arrest. Britt then surrendered to police on two outstanding warrants, alleging that he provided inaccurate information on separate driver's license applications.
Now, Britt faces a charge of resisting arrest in his home state of New Jersey earlier this month after detectives suspected he was carrying a marijuana cigar at a car wash. He also recently pleaded guilty to motor vehicle violations related to a speeding arrest.
Guess what? Kenny Britt was also arrested at a Britney Spears concert, by Britney Spears, on stage. That's no joke people.
Brandon Marshall is nicknamed "The Beast" for a reason.
Marshall has been arrested numerous times and takes the cake as the top troublemaker in the NFL.
His journey began in 2004, when he was still a student at UCF, and it all goes downhill from there. Marshall was arrested on charges of assault on a law enforcement officer, refusal to obey, disorderly conduct and resisting an officer.
Instead of describing each and every one, I'll just make a brief list:
- March 26, 2007: arrested on suspicion of domestic violence after his girlfriend reported a domestic dispute.
- October 22, 2007: arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.
- June 12, 2008: ticketed for changing lanes in a prohibited area and was found to be without his license and proof of insurance.
- March 1, 2009: arrested for disorderly conduct after allegedly being involved in a fight with his fiancee.
- April 23, 2011: stabbed near his stomach by his wife during more domestic violence.
Angry man explains his highly appropriate nickname.
To top this off, Brandon is currently seeking medical attention after he was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. Oh by the way, he's making a documentary about it, too. I'd love to see the title of that one!
"I didn't beat my wife, I did."
Marshall certainly is the most troubled player in the NFL.