Vikings Extend Lead in Most Arrested Players Competition

Back in October 2011, the Vikings pulled into first place among NFL teams for player arrests. Previous to that, they were tied for first place with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Apparently, Vikings cornerback Benny Sapp wasn’t satisfied with the Vikings’ one-arrest lead, so he helped extend the lead by getting arrested on December 30th:

NFL Player Arrest By Team Thru 2011

That also increases the annual arrest rate under Minnesota’s favorite corporate welfare queen, Zygi Wilf, to an astonishing 3.49 player arrests per year since purchasing the NFL franchise from Red McCombs in the spring of 2005:

Annualized Player Arrests by Owner: Red McCombs vs. Zygi Wilf

After finishing the year with a 3-13 record, Vikings players will have plenty of free time to spend extending the team’s arrest record even further.

2 thoughts on “Vikings Extend Lead in Most Arrested Players Competition”

  1. While obviously this stat is embarassing, it’s important to note that it’s not only Vikings players that get in trouble with the law in the NFL, and there are a lot more law-abiding players on the team than lawbreakers.

    What I find most amazing is how these incidents are perceived based on how the team has done on the field. Take for example the cases of the Vikings’ Chris Cook and the Packers’ Erik Walden. Both were accused of domestic assault and battery. I’m not going to defend Cook at all, he should have been released from the team immediately, under any circumstances, but especially when they are trying to get a stadium deal secured. Cook was suspended without pay from the team, but it was all over the papers of the Twin Cities, all over the net, and is now a commonly used argument for opposition to the proposed stadium. They even showed his face and “rap sheet” on the Monday Night Football game between the Vikings and Packers.

    Walden? Girlfriend suddenly changes her story, he gets the charges dropped by a Green Bay judge, and hardly any mention of it is made in any media outlets.

    Both are in the wrong, both are criminals, and should have their contracts revoked, but I find it interesting how similar stories are viewed so differently, when one is on a struggling team, and one is on the Super Bowl champions. The media loves the Packers, and they can do no wrong. The Vikings? Much like on the field this year, they can’t do much right.

  2. @Chuck, I think there is something to that. Also, I think the chances of a player found sleeping in a ditch being driven home vs. given a free ride to jail will vary by NFL town.

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