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NFL arrests: Minn. governor blames compares offseason to soldiers returning from war

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is one of a glaring number of players making headlines for all the wrong reasons this offseason. (Pat Sullivan/Associated Press)

From Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson facing a misdemeanor charge for resisting arrest at a nightclub to Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant allegedly assaulting his mother, a spike in incidents has pulled the spotlight away from impending training camps.

Minnesota governor Mark Dayton defended Peterson on Minnesota Public Radio on Tuesday, calling the four-time Pro Bowl back “an upstanding citizen and really fine role model.”

Then he drew a curious parallel to explain the cause of the legal troubles that often crop off for football players in the offseason.

“It’s basically slightly civilized war, and then they take that into society, much as soldiers come back, and they’ve been in combat or the edge of it and then suddenly that adjustment back to civilian life is a real challenge,” Dayton said via the Associated Press.

Clearly, that would explain Marshawn Lynch’s DUI charge, which resulted from him nearly hitting two other vehicles while driving in the wrong lane on an Oakland, Calif. highway.

And working in a “civilized war” environment is obviously what led Denver Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil to allegedly pull out a gun during an argument with another driver while both vehicles were stuck in Miami Beach traffic.

DeSoto police say the charges against the Cowboys WR Dez Bryant involve an alleged attack against his mother. (DeSoto Police Department/AP)

“Do this research if we don’t have a season — watch how much evil, which we call crime, watch how much crime picks up, if you take away our game,” Lewis told ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio last May. “There’s nothing else to do.”

Newsflash: The NFL lockout ended nearly one year ago, but the off-the-field issues for players continue.

And while NFL player names are sprouting up in headlines for the wrong reasons, heavy-handed commissioner Roger Goodell has been conspicuously quiet. Did all that doling out of discipline during the fallout from the New Orleans Saints’ Bountygate scandal shatter Goodell’s gavel? Or is this simply the quiet before a storm of fines and suspensions for player conduct?

One thing is clear, Goodell’s tactics don’t seem to be curbing the arrests. So much for “respecting the shield.”

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Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.


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