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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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Nick Kaczur, April 27, 2008

Kaczur was arrested following a traffic stop in New York after police found a small amount of OxyContin in his truck. The former Patriots lineman pled guilty to a reduced charge of possessing 202 pills labeled as being made in Canada and later helped federal track down Daniel Ekasala, the man accused of supplying him with the opioid.

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Rocky Bernard, April 21, 2008

Bernard, then a Seahawks defensive tackle, was arrested and charged with domestic violence after punching his ex-girlfriend, which "caus[ed] her forehead to hit a glass divider," according to a police report. He later agreed to a court-ordered diversion program.

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James Harrison, March 8th, 2008

Harrison was arrested after slapping his girlfriend; they were arguing about whether or not to baptize his son. Harrison told police he broke through her bedroom door, slapped her in the face and snapped her cell phone in half. All charges were dropped after the former Steelers linebacker completed anger management counseling and psychological counseling.

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Bryant McKinnie, February 24, 2008

A four-time offender in the NFL and a legacy member of the Vikings' infamous "Sex Boat" scandal, McKinnie was arrested and charged with aggravated battery, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest without violence after attacking a bouncer. Miami police said McKinnie spit in the face of a bouncer when he was removed from a club following a street brawl. Then, after heading across the street to another establishment, he returned, allegedly shoved a camera phone into the bouncer's face, picked up a heavy pole and slammed it over his head. A judge ordered McKinnie to complete anger management classes and 25 hours of community service.

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Jerome Mathis, February 18th, 2008

Mathis, who last played in the NFL with the Redskins in 2008, was charged with assault for pushing and choking his pregnant girlfriend. She told deputies that Mathis came home angry and drunk after he couldn't locate his phone charger. He reportedly pushed her onto a bed, started choking her and applied his body weight to hold her down. The charges were later dropped (at her request) after she moved to another state.

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Claude Terrell, October 23rd, 2007

The former Rams lineman pled guilty to assaulting his wife at hotel, where she was found with "obvious signs of physical injury." Terrell last played in '07, but this wasn't his last crime: He was charged in 2011 with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated sexual assault and burglary in connection with an alleged Valentine's Day attack in Texas, where he held a woman at gunpoint and forced her to have sex with him over the course of several hours at her house. (When she returned home, the 28-year-old was waiting for her and had found a .38-caliber handgun in her home, according to a police spokesman, who said the woman endured "a full day of terror.")

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Jeremy Bridges, July 26th, 2007

Bridges was convicted of pointing a gun at a strip club employee the day before his club, the Carolina Panthers, reported to training camp in '07. He was found guilty and given a 60-day suspended sentence and one year of unsupervised probation. He was also ordered to pay a $500 fine and do 60 hours of community service.

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David Kircus, May 20th, 2007

Kircus pled guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge for punching a man and leaving him bleeding in a driveway. The victim also attempted to hold Kircus financially liable for the damages, which necessitated multiple surgeries to repair a broken eye socket and cheek bones. Kircus filed for bankruptcy in 2010, which put the Colorado case on hold, but the victim contended that Kircus couldn't be discharged and requested more than $500,000 in compensation for economic loss, pain and suffering, permanent disfigurement and punitive damages. Kircus, who claimed self-defense, passed a lie-detector test administered by his club, the Broncos, but was released a few months later.

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Lionel Gates, March 29th, 2007

Gates was charged with battery and burglary after kicking a pregnant woman's door in, destroying her property, hitting her in the face and pushing her into a wall after arguing about whether or not he was the father of her unborn child. The former Bucs running back completed a diversion program, an anger management course and paid $3,200 in restitution.

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Dominique Byrd, December 4th, 2006

Former Rams tight end Dominique Byrd pled guilty to two misdemeanors after grabbing a woman's buttocks and smashing a bystander's head with a bottle. The bottle broke and the man needed stitches to close the wound. Byrd served two years probation, attended anger and alcohol treatment and paid a $100,000 civil settlement after the boyfriend claimed he caused "serious, permanent and disfiguring" damage.

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Khalif Barnes, November 10th, 2006

After being charged for driving his silver 2007 Mercedes 101 mph in a 60 mph zone, the former Jaguars tackle unleashed some vitriol for his team's city. As he sat handcuffed in the back of a police car, Barnes railed, "It's all racist. That's all that was right there. All racist. This is unbelievable, man, unbelievable being a pro athlete in Jacksonville. I can't wait to get out of here. Can't wait." Barnes also referred to Jacksonville as a "hick town" and called the sheriff's deputy who arrested him a "white KKK devil who hates all colored people."

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Terrence Kiel, September 26th, 2006

Kiel pled guilty to felony and misdemeanor drug charges for shipping codeine-based cough syrup to Texas. The former Chargers safety admitted to shipping at least two parcels of prescription cough syrup, apparently to be mixed with soft drinks to make a concoction known as "lean."

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