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Tampa Bay Bucs rank high in NFL arrests, but stats are misleading

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The Tampa Bay Bucs rank near the top of the NFL standings in one category, at least, but it can’t be one of which the team is particularly proud.

The Bucs are tied for third in the league as far as players being arrested over the last five years, says a study by former San Jose Mercury-News reporter Mike Rosenberg.

The Bucs had 13 arrests over the last five years, the same as the Colts. They trail the Vikings (18) and the Broncos (16) as far as arrests. The Houston Texans, with one arrest, were the most orderly team in the league.

The stats are a bit misleading, however. Five of the arrests took place in 2013 and three in the later stages of 2010, and they involved such players as Aqib Talib, Mike Williams and Jeramy Stevens. The Bucs have had only two arrests, both of them minor incidents, since the hiring of new coach Lovie Smith.

Then there is this: the list is just raw numbers and says nothing about the severity of the crimes. The Bucs haven’t had anything like New England’s Aaron Hernandez, who was arrested for murder, or then-Baltimore running back Ray Rice or then-Carolina defensive end Greg Hardy, who were arrested for domestic battery.

In the last year, the Colts’ (five) arrests leads Rosenberg’s research. Since 2012, it is the 49ers. Since 2000, the Vikings have had 48 arrests.

Over the last five years, there were 260 arrests in the NFL as a whole.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit [email protected]

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