Football is a team sport, but don't tell these players that.
In a day and age where no action goes unnoticed, they find themselves in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. Despite some of these players being the best in the league, their actions have not always put their teams in the best position to win.
Whether it's their decisions off the field or their foolish play on the field, this bunch has established a reputation for being huge distractions for their team.
In 2010 Joey Porter was arrested for suspicion of drunken driving, battery against a police officer and resisting arrest.
He was fined $150,000 in 2007 by the NFL for partaking in a scuffle with then Cincinnati Bengals' offensive lineman Levi Jones in Las Vegas.
Porter made a controversial homophobic slur to describe Kellen Winslow in 2006 and was fined $10,000 by the NFL.
Joey Porter is far from a class act.
Two years in a row, Dunta Robinson has made reckless hits on Philadelphia Eagles wideouts.
In 2010 he delivered a crushing, but illegal, hit on DeSean Jackson that could have resulted in an even more serious injury.
This season he delivered another helmet-to-helmet hit on Jeremy Maclin.
Although some people may believe that these hits are clean, Robinson cannot continue leading with his helmet on these big hits because he might end a career.
Despite being the main source of offensive production in 2003 for the Miami Dolphins and coming off his best two seasons, Ricky Williams decided to retire for a year so he can travel the world—though he said it had nothing to do with failing his drug test.
Making fun of a potential life-ending injury no matter what the circumstances is not acceptable.
It is classless, tasteless and immature.
Johnson deserved the penalty he got and whatever possible fine may be handed down as well.
During the Panthers' Week 5 game against the New Orleans Saints, Jeremy Shockey showed how classless he could be even after so many years in the league.
After scoring a touchdown in the game he gave the Saints' sideline the bird and then refused to shake hands with his former teammates after his team lost.
That is just one case of his over the top antics in his career.
People accepted it before when he was good and steam-rolling defenders. Now he's just a washed-up tight end with too many tattoos.
Sam Hurd has sure gotten himself into a heap of trouble.
Hurd is facing very severe drug charges after he tried to buy a kilo of cocaine from an undercover agent in North Texas. He was reportedly interested in selling 5-10 kilos and 1,000 pounds of marijuana per week in the interest of distributing it around the city of Chicago.
Hurd was also allegedly selling drugs to a significant amount of players
The Bears' wide out can now be facing up to forty years in prison and it seems as if his days with the Bears might be numbered after these very serious allegations.
How does this guy still have a job?
With the amount of legal troubles he has had, it's absurd that he is still on an NFL squad.
Jones was suspended for a season plus for allegedly being involved with a shooting in Las Vegas that left someone paralyzed from the waist down.
Goodell suspended him for all of 2007 and part of 2008. It was the first time in 44 years that a player was suspended for something other than substance abuse.
Marcus Benard really hurt his organization with his actions earlier this year.
While driving with a suspended license he lost control of his motorcycle and is out for the season with a broken hand and broken ribs.
Benard, who is just starting off his career, lost a year of valuable experience in the league and more importantly lost an opportunity to help his team.
Kevin Ogletree was arrested earlier this year for not paying a speeding ticket.
Ogletree is scheduled to make $480,000 this year with the Cowboys.
We pay our speeding tickets, so you have no excuse not to pay yours, Kevin.
In October Ryan McBean was arrested on the allegations of stalking, though he was never charged.
This is not okay in any circumstances.
I guess creeping on quarterbacks wasn't enough for this guy.
When the media and some NFL personnel were calling Ndamukong Suh a dirty player at the beginning of the year, I initially thought that the league was overreacting to his tough style of play.
Man was I wrong.
In the Detroit Lions' Thanksgiving Day game against the Green Bay Packers Suh just lost it. After getting straight man-handled at the line by Packers' OL Evan Dietrich-Smith during a play in the third quarter, Suh then got up and proceeded to slam Smith's head not once, not twice, but thrice against the ground.
Suh then decided that it was a good idea to kick Smith while he was still down on the ground.
Today, Suh was suspended two games by the NFL for his inexcusable actions.
Missing two games in the middle of the playoff hunt for throwing a tantrum of epic proportions. Both classless and selfish.
Erik Walden was arrested after the Packers' Week 11 victory against the Detroit Lions for domestic battery against his girlfriend.
Any type of domestic violence is extremely inexcusable and not classy.
Brian Cushing was suspended four games at the beginning of the 2010 season for using steroids.
'Roids should never be a part of the game and neither should those that use them.
James Harrison said in an interview that Cushing is "juiced out of his mind." That may not still be the case, but once a cheater, always a cheater.
Gary Brackett has improved from last season when the linebacker racked up fines for dirty hits.
Brackett had $60,000 worth of fines which included this blind-side hit that cost him $35,000 alone. He was fined two other times earlier in the season and there was talk of him possibly being suspended for a game.
Play hard, Gary, but don't play dirty.
Starting a war on Twitter is never a good idea.
After Philly's receiver DeSean Jackson tossed the ball at Giants' defensive coordinator Perry Fewell soon after making a big play, kicker Josh Scobee called Jackson a punk over Twitter.
What Jackson did was clearly wrong and immature, but going about anything through Twitter is not very mature either.
Like Brian Cushing, Dwayne Bowe was also suspended four games for using performance enhancing drugs.
Although Bowe has established himself as a great receiver in the league, that suspension will taint the rest of his career.
Yes I know Brandon Marshall has a borderline personality disorder but his track record is insane.
NBCMiami.com just reported that earlier this month he was handcuffed by a taxi driver for not paying the fare for a taxi.
C'mon Marshall...you're a millionaire and you can't pay a $142 taxi fare?
Before Miami's Week 6 game against the Jets he said his goal was to get ejected by the second quarter and not for his team to win. Reach for the stars, Brandon.
Earlier this year, Marshall got into an altercation with his wife and cops found him bloodied up because his wife stabbed him in the wrist and in the stomach. Cops also found the clip of Marshall's gun full of blood, so if his wife didn't call the police, who knows what would have happened?
Need more? I didn't think so.
In no way is an intentional kick to the groin acceptable.
Earlier this year in Week 7 Robison kicked a Packers' offensive guard in the man region. That is not acceptable ever and is just unforgivable.
This offseason, Logan Mankins had millions of people waiting for him. After the owners and players reached an agreement, Mankins still wanted his demands met; he either wanted to become an unrestricted free agent or get $10 million as compensation.
Delaying the end of the lockout and preventing hundreds of fellow players to go back to work just so you can try and seek a settlement is selfish and classless.
Brandon Jacobs has complained about playing time before, but for him to complain about the amount of carries he gets after a win is downright selfish.
After a Week 6 victory against the Buffalo Bills and during the Giants bye week, Jacobs had an interview with Men's Fitness magazine complaining about his playing time.
Well it's a good thing that he's been able to get more carries of late because he sure has impressed.
Santonio Holmes is another wideout with a lot of legal troubles.
In May 2006, Holmes was arrested for disorderly contact.
A month later he was arrested for domestic violence and assault.
Then in 2008 for possession of marijuana.
Holmes then was suspended by the league in 2010 for violating the substance abuse policy.
Although he has composed himself much better as of late with the Jets, his past actions are completely unjustified.
Earlier this season, Will Smith was suspended two games for a banned substance that dates back to 2008.
Smith was then arrested two days after Thanksgiving on charges of domestic abuse.
The Saints need someone of Smith's caliber to remain on the field and his actions both on and off the field are not reflections of the organization.
Not many kickers find themselves in the news, but Janikowski has landed himself in jail numerous times in college and as a pro.
He was arrested four times while playing at Florida State and three times since he was drafted in 2000 by the Raiders.
Earlier this season he was charged with battery from an incident in 2010.
Janikowski is not only one of the best kickers in the league, he is also an uncontrollable party animal that continues to get arrested.
Everyone is aware of Michael Vick's inexcusable actions, but I am going to focus on another Eagles' player.
DeSean Jackson is one of the league's greatest talents at wideout, but his at attitude at times can be really poor.
Before the season started, Jackson threatened to hold out until he received a new contract. By compromising the well-being of the team, Jackson may have added more drama to a team that had very high expectations at the beginning of the season.
When the Eagles played the New York Giants in Week 11, Jackson decided to toss the ball to the chest of Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell after a 50 yard reception. Jackson would receive an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for his actions and his catch would be negated.
His playmaking abilities are unreal but his hot-dog antics can be a huge problem.
This was a close one between Harrison and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, but the difference between the two is that Harrison is a distraction on and off the field.
In 2010 he accumulated more than $100,000 in fines from some big hits he delivered. Although some of these fines may be questionable, at the end of the day he was getting penalized and then fined. Neither is going to help your team out.
Harrison then made an appearance in Men's Journal magazine and fired some shots at commissioner Roger Goodell and even his own quarterback.
What a guy.
The Rams have a pretty well-behaved team.
The only player that accumulated a few fines on the Rams is cornerback Bradley Fletcher.
Fletcher was fined a total of $15,000 in Week 3—$7,500 for a horse-collar tackle and $7,500 for unnecessary roughness.
Through the first three weeks he led the NFC West in penalties and yards off penalties.
Unfortunately for the Rams he suffered a torn ACL and is out for the season.
Vincent Jackson was the other plaintiff in the antitrust case against the owners. He and Mankins were the ones delaying the start of the season.
That means that he was delaying the start of the season and fantasy football drafts.
That, my good sir, is not okay.
If Braylon Edwards is not getting arrested for DUIs or getting into brawls at bars off the field then he is dropping easy passes on the field.
Edwards struggles both on and off the field have been well-documented.
Despite all of his ability, he has had a problem playing up to his potential and his career has been going downhill as of late.
Fortunately for the 49ers he has not gotten into legal troubles while in San Fran...yet. Unfortunately, he has not been on the field much because of a nagging shoulder injury.
Hey, at least he's been good with one of the two.
Raheem Brock was arrested earlier this year for not picking up a $27 tab in a bar in Philadelphia.
What is it with millionaire athletes not wanting to pay for things?
Albert Haynesworth over the past few years has been dreadful.
In February 2009 he signed a 7-year $110 million contract with the Washington Redskins.
Upset by the Skins switching to a 3-4 defense and having to play nose tackle before the 2010 season, Haynesworth skipped the team's conditioning program before the season.
He came to camp overweight and then stunk it up for all of 2010. He was then traded to the Patriots for a fifth-round draft pick in 2013.
He then proceeded to stink it up for the Pats in 2011 before they cut him.
Now he is playing with the Bucs where he will finally live up to his $100 million contract.
Just kidding, no he won't.
Chris Johnson decided to hold out until he received a new contract.
After a lot of deliberation the Titans decided that they would need their running back if they wanted to succeed this year. They gave him a four year contract extension at about $13 million a year.
He then gave the Titans, their fans, and fantasy owners headaches with his lack of production.
Two touchdowns in 11 games won't cut it for the $13 million dollar man.
Donte Stallworth is another athlete who should not be in the NFL.
Stallworth has also had legal troubles including running over a pedestrian with his car. He killed a man and instead of being in jail, he is still playing in the NFL.
Does anyone else find this crazy?
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