Study: NFL Crime Rate Lower Than General Population

By  //  September 17, 2014

UCF-IN-THE-NFL-580In the wake of recent stories involving domestic violence, many fans and members of various organizations and corporations are calling for the resignation NFL  commissioner Roger Goodell.

Despite the popular perception of a crisis, statistical analysis provided from studies reveal that the crime rate of the National Football League is lower than the general population. According to a recent report on, two different studies showed lower crime rates in the NFL than the general population. The first study, conducted by a  Alfred Blumstein & Jeff Benedict, and another published back in July by Benjamin Morris at 

Blumstein and Benedict ‘s study found:

  • The corresponding rate for NFL players, black and white, was less than half the rate for the general population.
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rock-footballMorris’ study found:

  • NFL arrest rates for DUI were about one-fourth the general rate; for non-domestic assault, about one-sixth; for sex offenses, about one-half; and for non-violent gun-related offenses, about one-half.
  • Overall, arrest rates in the NFL are only 13 percent those for the general public among men aged 25 to 30.

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