The Detroit Lions have a pretty solid track record in comparison to other teams in the NFL in regards to one statistic; arrests. Like every team though, for whatever reason, there are a number of Lions who have had run-ins with the authorities.
From 2000 through 2011 there were only seven arrests of players within the Lions organization, though they also had the embarrassing defensive assistant Joe Cullen incident when he drove to a local fast food restaurant drunk and naked to their credit as well. 2012 really began with a bang and the Lions quickly began to resemble the Oakland Raiders as Mikel Leshoure and Nick Fairley were each arrested twice early that year. Throw those two into the same draft with perennial trouble maker wide receiver Titus Young and offensive tackle Johnny Culbreath who was arrested for marijuana possession and it is quite the notorious class. Thankfully defensive back Aaron Berry, whose rap sheet includes simple assault and a D.U.I., was an undrafted free agent from the season before otherwise it may be the most notorious draft of all time.
The Lions have had their issues, there is no doubt. The most glaring might have been Reggie Rogers, the seventh overall pick of the 1987 NFL draft. Rogers was found to have severe emotional problems that held him out of 10 games his rookie season. Tragedy came when Rogers struck another vehicle while he was behind the wheel and had a blood alcohol content of 0.15, which is almost double the legal limit. Rogers was subsequently released by the Lions, although the reason given was for the injuries he suffered including a broken neck. He was convicted of vehicular homicide and served 16 months in prison before resuming an unremarkable career with the Buffalo Bills and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Despite his conviction, Rogers did not make the cut for the NFL’s all criminal team as compiled by cover32.com writer Carl Pfeiffer. In fact, no member of the Lions did, but, “America’s” team the Dallas Cowboys had four former players make the list and the notorious Raiders had three. Sometimes failing to make an all time greatest list is a good thing, so in this case congratulations to the Detroit Lions.
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