Head coach Bill Parcells had to wait a little bit longer than most expected him to be inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His speech during Saturday night's enshrinement ceremony, clocked at just over 20 minutes, was worth the wait. Parcells provided excellent insight into the inner workings of an NFL team, the locker room and even the support staff that assists, and wisely ignores, coaches on what he referred to a "Blue Mondays". The legendary head coach of the New York Giants, New England Patriots, New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys opened by explaining why he had chosen former Giants defensive end George Martin to present him for induction to the Hall of Fame. Parcells said that Martin was a co-captain of the Giants teams during the mid-1980s and, in that role, had duties to the team, the coaching staff and his fellow teammates, each of whom he looked out for and that was a primary reason for those teams and Parcells were successful. Parcells also mentioned Giants Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor. "When they put my bust in the Hall tomorrow, I'd like to be somewhere near Lawrence Taylor so I can keep an eye on that sucker," Parcells said of Taylor, whose off-field partying habits were well-chronicled during and after his career.
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Your browser does not support iframes. With one big piece of news that Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller is facing a four-game suspension, every good team in the AFC perked up a bit. There were two clear favorites in the AFC this season: Denver and New England, in that order. The last month hasn't been very good to either of them. The Patriots obviously cut tight end Aaron Hernandez, one of their best players. And now comes word that Miller, who could make an argument as the best defensive player in the NFL (though he'd lose that argument to J.J. Watt), could be suspended four games for violating the league's drug policy, according to multiple reports including the Denver Post . According to the Post's Mike Klis , Miller had tested positive for marijuana and amphetamines as a rookie in 2011. He is appealing, and it's not unheard of that a player wins an appeal. Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman did last year. So there's hope for Miller and the Broncos. If Miller wins his appeal, the Broncos can carry on as the clear favorites. But if he is suspended four games, does that change the AFC race?
July 18 (The Sports Xchange) - Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent announced his retirement two days before the team was due to report to training camp so he can focus on his off-field issues. Brent is facing intoxication manslaughter charges stemming from a car accident in December in which Jerry Brown, a practice squad linebacker for the Cowboys and a close friend, was killed. He then allegedly tested positive for marijuana twice and was held in jail for 11 days for violating the terms of his bond release before being released last weekend. ...
Former New York Giants linebacker Barrett Green has sued the Washington Redskins, former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and tight end Robert Royal for a knee injury he sustained in a game late in the 2004 season. Now the Redskins are asking the judge to dismiss the lawsuit. According to Jessica Gresko of the Associated Press,…
The son of Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor was arrested Sunday for felony statutory rape, sodomy and child molestation charges, the New York Daily News reported.

It’s not exactly difficult  for one to correlate NFL players with getting arrested. While some experts may argue that the commonly held belief that pro football players have frequent problems with the law is a myth, good luck convincing the public that all football players are law abiding angles.

Sorry boys, OJ Simpson kind of ruined it for the rest of you.

According to a recent article in Christian Science Monitor, Dan Lebowitz, executive director of Northeastern University’s center for Sport in Society says, “[Professional athletes] are in the public eye and their profile is extremely high. We are talking about very young people with a lot of public scrutiny, and some handle it better than others.” If the destructive combination of high pressure, youthful mischief, and large paychecks weren’t enough obstacles, pro athletes based in New York have a whole other set of issues. In just the past five years, there have been a whopping 1,635,279 arrests in New York. With a climbing crime rate, these New York NFL players have a tough time staying out of trouble.

Here are three Giants players with some pretty shocking crimes on their arrest records.

 

1) Linebacker Michael Boley

Giants linebacker Michael Boley made headlines when he was arrested on charges of child abuse just three days after being cut from the organization. The 31-year-old former linebacker agreed to a deal with prosecutors, according to initial reports. In exchange for a guilty plea, he was ordered to enroll in a pre-trial diversion program and once completed, charges would be dropped. The charges alleged physical abuse of one of Boley’s six children.

Surprisingly, the incident was not Boley’s first brush with the law. In 2008, he was arrested and charged with battery of his wife, Chantelle.

 

2) Defensive End Jeremiah Parker

Jeremiah Parker received more notoriety for his criminal record than for his short-lived stint as an NFL defensive end. Parker only played four games with the NY Giants before he was released in 2000 for “personal problems.”

Three years later in 2003, Parker was sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in the death of his ex-girlfriend’s 4-year-old son. Parker was ultimately convicted of endangering the welfare of a child in the second degree. The same jury also acquitted him of the first and second degree manslaughter changes that the prosecution was pushing for. According to reports, Parker would punish the 4-year-old boy by locking him in a refrigerator, and violently whipping him with a belt. Prosecutors argued the boy suffered from months of abuse before he died in 2001.

 

3) Wide Receiver Plaxico Burress

In a rather embarrassing legal slip up, Burress accidentally shot himself in the leg at a nightclub — not a good look for a professional football player. Is it still considered a violent offense when you accidentally victimize yourself? Burress was charged with attempted criminal possession of a weapon.

While Burress’ legal snafu occurred a few years ago, once this ambitious wide receiver was out on parole, he got right back into professional sports. At 35, Buress now plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers. In an unexpected turn of events, this heat packing pro baller just announced that he is now a luxury sock designer. Click here if you don’t believe me.

More To Come

Pro athletes making bad decisions is certainly nothing new. Last month, Lions receiver Titus Young was arrested three times in one week! Tales of celebrities falling from grace are sure to keep making headlines and captivating readers. While some of these stories are little more than hyped up celeb bashing, the athletes listed above did some truly horrible things, and deserve to be called out for their atrocious behavior. There’s a difference between mean-spirited voyeurism and justifiably exposing a dangerous individual.

Let’s hope none of our children are staring up at a Michael Boley poster on their wall, wanting to be just like him.

Jessica Ruane is a San Diego Chargers fan. She blogs about crime, family, and personal safety for online companies. Check out her favorite Twitter feed to learn some cool safety tips!

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