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.