Violent Crime, Brain Trauma and the National Football League
This is a warning. If you continue to read this article, you must know I have not had coffee yet. It is also a draft, and the words that are being typed, are coming straight from my brain, to my fingers at, perhaps a faster speed than that of light. So you must promise to bear with the typos, and the lack of free flowing articulation that comes when there is an editor on staff.
If I told you this was the second attempt to write this article and that I already lost all my words once already, and have no clue how to recover them at the moment, well if you know me, you probably wouldn't be surprised. Yep, this is my second attempt at writing, pre-coffee, this morning. Wish me luck.
I began my last article, the one I lost in a "New York Minute" into the abyss in my laptop, with mention of the article by Brent Schrotenboer [ @Schrotenboer ], you know the one about racial profiling in the NFL arrests. That's because I woke up thinking about the statistics of the arrest records in the database he mentioned. Those arrest records are now on my desk this morning, and I plan on looking at them more closely in the future. My plan, though is not to see if there is racial profiling but it's to look at the types of crimes. I want to see what sort of crimes there are, and how many of those crimes are 'violent' crimes. Perhaps one day I might convince someone in the National Football League to look into the link between brain trauma and domestic violence. I mean they do so much for breast cancer and women, why not see about looking into the role brain trauma might play in crimes such as the one involving victims like Kassandra Perkins, or did somebody do that yet? Surely, I'm not the first to think it is plausible to consider this study worthy.
Taking that one step further that as MRI imaging becomes less expensive we, as a society, consider it as a means to explore the link between brain trauma and violent crime. I had suggested this while a student at Boston University, and I still think it's worthy of consideration. As scary as it might be to know what makes a person tick, we must never fear the advancement of science.
I am going to go get coffee now and revisit the crime stats a bit later. I just wanted to share though, the following, which I found noted by USA Today. You got to remember to read the bottom line. Now if these crimes are for crimes more serious than "common traffic violations" well I don't know, I'm so confused by stats.
These are arrests, charges and citations of NFL players for crimes more serious than common traffic violations. Almost all of the players belonged to an NFL roster at the time of the incident. In rare cases, a free agent is included only if that player later signs with an NFL team. The data comes from media reports and public records. It cannot be considered fully complete because records of some player arrests might not have been found for various reasons, including lack of media coverage or accessible public records. Many resolutions to these cases also are pending or could not be immediately found. The database was conceived and created by sports writer Brent Schrotenboer, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact him with any updates or inquiries.