Dolphins' Relative Incident Free Offseason

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July 27 2012; Davie, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins heach coach Joe Philbin looks on during practice at the Dolphins training facility. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

There appears to be a new Sheriff in Dolphinland.  His name is Joe Philbin (Dolphins Head Coach).  Sheriff Joe has preached to the media that he wants players of “high character” — players that put team, organization, community, and family first.  And, players seem to be hearing the message echoing Sheriff Joe’s wants in recent media availabilities.

“High character” means, at a minimum, not being arrested!  That means not using drugs, not drinking and driving, not beating up your wife or girl friend, not brandishing a firearm in a night club, etc.  What a novel idea — not breaking the law!  And, it seems to be working.  The Dolphins have had a relative incident free off-season.

According to Business Insider, “fewer than half the teams in the NFL — 14 to be exact — have not had a player arrested this off-season — at least, not yet”.  This is kind of a sad state of affairs in the NFL.  Here is a summary of the list they compiled of NFL players who have been arrested this off-season, up until July 16th.

February 8th:  Ray McDonald (49ers) — DUI.
February 10th:  Rey Maualuga (Bengals) — assault.
February 13th:  J.T. Thomas (Bears) — drug possession.
February 18th:  Mikel Leshoure (Lions) — drug possession.
February 23rd:  Nate Collins (Jaguars) — drug possession.
February 25th:  Leroy Hill (Seahawks) — drug possession.
February 26th:  Jarriel King (Seahawks) — sexual assault.
March 12th:  Mikel Leshoure (Lions) — 2nd drug possession.
March 17th:  Samson Satele (Colts) — disorderly conduct.
March 30th:  Koa Misi (Dolphins) — battery (2011 incident).
April 3rd:  Nick Fairley (Lions) — drug possession.
April 7th:  Darrius Heyward-Bey (Raiders) — DUI.
April 26th:  Brandon Meriweather (Redskins) DUI.
April 28th:  Caleb King (Vikings) — assault.
May 27th:  Nick Fairley (Lions) — DUI, evading police.
June 2nd:  Jerome Felton (Vikings) — suspicion of DUI.
June 3rd:  Justin Blackmon (Jaguars) — DUI.
June 10th:  David Diehl (Giants) — DWI.
June 23rd:  Aaron Berry (Lions) — suspicion of DUI.
June 23rd:  Muhammad Wilkerson (Jets) — careless driving.
July 2nd:  Eric Wright (Buccaneers) — suspicion of DUI.
July 3rd:  Kiante Tripp (Browns) — burglary.
July 7th:  Adrian Peterson (Vikings) — resisting arrest.
July 8th:  Dion Lewis (Eagles) — pulling fire alarms.
July 14th:  Elvis Dumervil (Broncos) — aggravated assault with a firearm.
July 14th:  Marshawn Lynch (Seahawks) — DUI.
July 16th:  Dez Bryant (Cowboys) — domestic violence.

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