The NFL has had a recent problem with their players getting into bad off-field situations. A lot of those same players end up in trouble with the law. It was hard to narrow it down to the five dumbest arrests, because there were so many. Here is the list.
5. Quentin Groves
This one is quite embarrassing for Mr. Groves. The Cleveland Browns linebacker was arrested on April 17th, 2013 as a part of a prostitution sting in Ohio. Groves was arrested on charges of soliciting a prostitute. According to the police report, he agreed upon a price during a phone call before actually meeting her. He also made arrangements for certain acts and requested "full service." When Groves arrived to the hotel, he knocked on the door and was immediately taken into custody without incident. Although he was eventually released from jail, it still was an embarrassing run in with the police for Groves and the Browns.
4. Mike Goodson
New York Jets running back Mike Goodson was arrested on May 17th, 2013. He was a passenger in a vehicle before he was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphelia, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a loaded gun and a position of a hallow point round. That’s a lot to say the least. A tow truck driver was the one that found the car and called 911 due to concerns about Goodson’s physical condition. He subsequently was transported to St. Clare’s Hospital before being discharged from the hospital and charged with the crimes. It wasn’t too big of deal to Goodson since he was able to leave jail with a $50,000 bail and is still currently a Jets player.
3. Michael Boley
On February 8th of this year, Giants linebacker Michael Boley was arrested in Alabama, where he pled guilty to child abuse. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the first time Boley had been accused of such a crime. In 2011, he was accused for allegedly abusing his then 5-year-old son. This accusation was made by the mother of his son. Boley’s attorney, Randall Kessler told the Daily News those allegations stemmed from a fight over child support payments. Kessler said the mother of Boley's sons had sued him in an attempt to get "five times the child support" she was getting. He also said that the woman never brought up allegations of child abuse during the child support trial.
Boley was eventually released from jail and released by the Giants as well, three days prior to his arrest, on February 5th. The Giants deny that the impending arrest was the reason of release. Boley is still currently a free agent.
2. Ausar Walcott
Doesn’t get much worse than attempted murder and that’s exactly what Cleveland Browns rookie linebacker Ausar Walcott got charged with on June 26th of this year. Walcott who is only 23 years old, alleged punched Derrick Jones, a 24-year-old man, in the head outside a gentleman’s club around 3 a.m. ET. Walcott turned himself in a couple days later and was charged with first-degree attempted murder, second-degree aggravated assault and third-degree endangering an injured victim. Walcott’s bail was set at $500,000.
Walcott was an undrafted free agent from Virginia who was signed by the Browns. After this incident the Browns placed him on waivers the very next day. This wasn’t the first mistake by Walcott, as he was arrested and suspended on charges of assault and battery in college. He was evaluated and was later reinstated to the program. Obviously, he didn’t learn his lesson as his problems continued in his professional career. As far as dumb goes, this is up there.
Titus Young has had a rough 2013. Even before he was charged with his numerous crimes, he was having trouble with his now former team, the Detroit Lions. Coaches and teammates alike accused him of lining up wrong on purpose and taking plays off. It didn’t help that he also punched his fellow teammate Louis Delmas. You couple that with the reduced production from Young, it’s no wonder why his days in Detroit were numbered.
He was eventually released on February 4th and that’s where he got into more trouble. Although he had a very short stint with the St. Louis Rams, he was also released from there. Unfortunately for Young, he not only was unemployed, but would he also would get into trouble with the law. Around midnight on May 8th, Young was pulled over for making an illegal left turn. The cop that stopped him then proceeded to arrest him on the charges of driving under the influence. Young was then issued a citation and released. Two hours later, he was arrested again after being spotted hopping the fence of a tow yard. Young was allegedly searching for his impounded black Mustang that was taken from the arrest two hours earlier. He was arrested yet again.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, Young was arrested for a third time that same week. He was arrested for breaking into a home. He also resisted arrest, as he fought with deputies after a foot chase. Young was charged with attempted burglary, assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest. This image of Young did not match the image of him on draft day, when he was crying and thanking God for the opportunity to play in the NFL. I’m not sure what happened with Titus Young, but these strings of arrests were the dumbest of the year besides the infamous Aaron Hernandez arrest. Hopefully, Young has learned his lesson and will get the help he desperately needs, before it’s too late.