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Old 12-15-2012, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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After the tragic death of Jerry Brown in a drunken driving accident with teammate and friend Josh Brent, a number of articles popped up on the internet about whether or not the NFL has a drinking problem.

NFL players who have been arrested in 2012

I found this list. Many of the arrests involve drinking. This is 37 players just from the last offseason.
We know now that many times erratic behavior is also a result of the long term results of hard hits on the players.
But 37 players? Does the NFL have a drinking problem? Do you possibly think so????
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Old 12-15-2012, 12:13 PM
 
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What % of NFL players get arrested each year?
What % of the general population get arrested each year?
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Old 12-15-2012, 12:15 PM
 
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Yes, the NFL has a drinking problem.....because the whole nation has a drinking problem.
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Old 12-15-2012, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Yes, the NFL has a drinking problem.....because the whole nation has a drinking problem.
Exactly right.
Drinking is a national pasttime.
People actually go out...to drink.

It's one thing to have a drink to enhance a meal or activity.
But it has become an activity in and of itself.
And this is rampant!
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Old 12-15-2012, 05:29 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Here is what I see as the difference between the NFL and the general public:

1. The NFL is constantly sitting the players down and talking about this issue. From NFL employees, coaches, players union, etc. the general public doesn't get that kind of one on one "help".

2. NFL players can afford to not drive. Be it taxis, limos, private drivers. That is not always true of the general public.

3. NFL players have a special number to call where they can get private car service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Confidentiality guaranteed. No questions asked. Don't even have to pay it on the spot.
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Old 12-15-2012, 05:30 PM
 
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If Mr General Public can afford to go out drinking, he can afford a ride home (cab).
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Old 12-16-2012, 03:47 AM
 
Location: The "Rock"
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If Mr General Public can afford to go out drinking, he can afford a ride home (cab).
This Nails it!!!
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Old 12-16-2012, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Redneckville, NJ
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If Mr General Public can afford to go out drinking, he can afford a ride home (cab).
Essentially true, but not completely. I live in a very rural area. There are no buses, trains or taxis here. One would have to hire a private car service. Minimum cost $60.
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Old 12-16-2012, 10:23 AM
 
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I have been there and done that (drunk driving only), but luckily I did not hurt anyone. Now that I am older, I know that I am not invincible. I do not feel its an alcohol problem, but rather its stupidity. Young and dumb!
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Old 12-16-2012, 05:08 PM
 
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Essentially true, but not completely. I live in a very rural area. There are no buses, trains or taxis here. One would have to hire a private car service. Minimum cost $60.
So that would imply that you would have to plan to go out and drink. So you can plan to have a designated driver of some sort.
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