Off-field Violence By NFL players “Not The Norm”

Violent crimes committed by National Football Association players while “off the field”—including murder, manslaughter, robbery and sexual assault—are not as common as they may seem, according to a study published in the journal Deviant Behavior.


Is the NFL’s ‘Crime Epidemic’ Real?

A large number of disillusioned fans (not to mention sports commentators) appear to believe that one of our favorite pastimes has also become a haven for criminal activity—in a proportion far greater than the general population.

Robin Barton

The Duke Lacrosse Scandal Revisited: Five Years Later

On April 18, 2011, Crystal Mangum was indicted for murder in the stabbing death of her boyfriend Reginald Daye. This case isn’t Mangum’s first brush with the law. In 2010, she was convicted of a misdemeanor for setting fire to her house while her three children were inside. But in Mangum’s most famous—or should I say, infamous—interaction with the criminal justice system, she claimed to be the “victim.” Mangum, who is black, accused three white lacrosse players from Duke University of raping her at an off-campus party in March 2006, a fact that’s noted in nearly every article on her current legal predicament.


How Should Sports Media Acknowledge Michael Vick’s Crimes?

As a New York Giants fan, it pains me to acknowledge that Michael Vick has had a great season, leading the Philadelphia Eagles to the playoffs and their first NFC East championship since 2006. Interestingly, 2006 was also the last year that Vick played for the Atlanta Falcons before going to prison for 18 months on federal felony charges for his role in an interstate dog fighting ring. As a dog owner, I had hoped that the National Football League (NFL) would bar Vick from playing professional football again. But apparently NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, like President Obama, believed that Vick deserved a second chance and reinstated him. So the Eagles signed Vick and are now reaping the benefits, as is Vick.