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34 Wild NFL Crimes You Haven’t Heard About

The armada of American athletics has incurred 399 arrests since 2006

Since becoming NFL commissioner on September 1st, 2006, Roger Goodell has kept the league – the armada of American athletics – on course, with $10 billion in annual revenues and unrivaled television ratings. But the crackdown on delinquent behavior he envisioned seven years ago has not made much of a dent, according to data compiled by USA Today. Under his watch, the league has incurred 399 arrests, including 109 for DUIs, 63 for drugs, 44 for assaults, 39 for domestic violence, 33 for guns and 12 for battery. There is, of course, that smattering of the most attention-grabbing and violent crimes: when Braylon Edwards started beef with LeBron James' crew; when Chad Johnson head-butted Evelyn Lozada; when Josh Brent drove drunk, flipped his car and killed teammate Jerry Brown; when Aaron Hernandez overwhelmed the offseason with news of his murder charge; and when Jovan Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend 10 times, then drove to the Chiefs facility and fatally shot himself in head. Oh, there's also that whole concussion thing that the league has been denying, that sly cover-up, that indelible stain, that endless slow drip of football-induced trauma that is on the cusp of flooding the NFL's New York offices. Yet still, for all of the arrests that fans may have heard about, there are dozens more that have been forgotten or never known to begin with. Here are 34 of the most jarring infractions under Goodell's watch. —Hunter Atkins

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