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Boys will be boys?

Aaron Hernandez, who was cut by the Patriots after being charged with murder, is one of 37 NFL players to be arrested this year. (Associated Press)
Aaron Hernandez, who was cut by the Patriots after being charged with murder, is one of 37 NFL players to be arrested this year. (Associated Press)

Aaron Hernandez, who was cut by the Patriots after being charged with murder, is one of 37 NFL players to be arrested this year.

It was a startling two days for the image-conscious NFL.

On Wednesday last week, in Massachusetts, tight end Aaron Hernandez of the Patriots was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder. A day earlier, in New Jersey, rookie linebacker Ausar Walcott of the Cleveland Browns was charged with attempted murder.

Both players were immediately released by their teams, but under the national media spotlight, the NFL was painted as a lawless organization.

There have been 38 arrests of NFL players this year, ranging from disorderly conduct and DUI to domestic violence and assault, according to a database kept by the San Diego Union-Tribune. But having two players arrested on murder charges in two days raised the issue of violent behavior in the NFL to a new level.Full story.

“Generally, the egregious behavior of pro athletes is not much different than men across the landscape,” said Dan Lebowitz, executive director of Northeastern University’s Sport in Society program. “We’re sort of talking about an American culture that’s rife with men behaving badly.This is a social construct problem.”

Agree or disagree? Update: Cops find evidence in Hernadez secret apartment.




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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.