NEW YORK — Much media attention has recently been focused on off-field violence — some proven, some alleged — involving NFL players.
San Francisco 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald was arrested Aug. 31 on suspicion of domestic violence. A video showing former Baltimore Ravens’ running back Ray Rice punching and knocking out his wife, then his fiancée, was released to the public, and Minnesota Vikings’ running back Adrian Peterson was charged with child abuse.
With these stories simultaneously in the public eye, the conclusion is sometimes drawn that being a professional football player makes one more likely to be involved in off-the-field violence, especially of the domestic sort. However,...READ MORE