As reported in a column last weekend, the number of NFL arrests hits high gear from the end of minicamps in June to the open of pre-season camps in late July.
Well this "arrest season" really kicked into high gear this week with the arrest of New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez today in connection with a murder investigation.
Hernandez arrest followed the arrest Tuesday of Cleveland Browns rookie linebacker Ausar Walcot (from the University of Virginia) on an attempted murder charge after he allegedly punched a man outside a bar in New Jersey. The Record (New Jersey) reported the victim remains in critical condition.
In the month of June there have now been five reported arrests of NFL players, which surpasses the four NFL players arrested in June of last year.
This could be a bad omen because the big month for NFL arrests is July. There were 11 reported arrests of NFL players in July of 2012, which was the highest monthly total of the year.
The three other NFL players reportedly arrested this month are: Cincinnati Bengals DB Adam Pacman Jones for assault; Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Jason Peters for drag racing and resisting by flight and Baltimore Ravens running back Damien Berry for failure to appear in court on a driving with a suspended license charge.