Ray Rice, Janay Palmer
Ray Rice arrives with his wife Janay Palmer for an appeal hearing of his indefinite suspension from the NFL, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Domestic violence, weapons charges overrepresented in NFL arrests

COLLEGE PARK – The suspensions of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson underscore a troubling fact: When compared with the general population, NFL players are disproportionately arrested and charged with domestic violence — and murder, weapons charges and sex offenses.

A Capital News Service analysis of crime in the NFL since 2000 also found that that some colleges — including the University of Maryland — had a disproportionate number of players it sent to the NFL arrested.

(Chart: Capital News Service)

(Chart: Capital News Service)

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