NFL and the NLFPA Mediation Countdown: Lockout Day+17, or Too Much Time, So Much Crime

Since the NFL players have been having more time off, this has produced some lackadaisical behavior in a few of the bad apples in the lot, particularly on the defensive side of the line it seems.

Philadelphia Eagles tackle Jason Peters was recently arrested for loud music and resisting arrest in the town of Shreveport, Louisiana.  Police spokesman Bill Goodin stated that Peters would not willingly hand over his drivers license after police stopped him last Saturday for loud music out of his car.  Although not severe, this is the product of too much time for these NFL players.

A fellow defensive lineman joins him in Johnny Jolly of the Green Bay Packers is charged with possession of controlled substance with intent to distribute in Houston, Texas.  Jolly was recently suspended last season for the violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy, and apparently, he did not learn from his previous mistake.   In July 2008, to compound these violations, he was in possession of codeine, a second-degree felony.

Unfortunately, during this work stoppage, it has given players on both side of the ball too much time on their hands.  One person of the Philadelphia Eagles still bears scrutiny during the lockout — Eagles starting quarterback Michael Vick.  Commissioner Roger Goodell, I imagine, is still keeping a close eye on him, but with this much time, Vick can slowly sneak into trouble once again.  Other players have already demonstrated that a loose leash gives these players more time to get themselves in trouble.

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