The Oakland Raiders may have the classic bad boy image with their silver and black color scheme and the dressed up fans in the Black Hole, but the Raiders have been the most well-behaved team in the NFL over the past three years. As things stand right now, the Raiders are the only team in the NFL to not have a player arrested in the past three years. That is a pretty good streak you probably didn’t see coming.
To be clear, that streak is currently active despite the recent offseason trouble Aldon Smith has run into, so there is a technicality at play. Smith spent a night in a San Francisco police station following a car accident involving a driver charged with a DUI, but Smith was not arrested after the car he was riding in collided with a police vehicle. Smith was also not technically a member of an NFL team, although the Raiders own his contract rights.
The Washington Redskins had also gone three years without having a player arrested until linebacker Junior Galette was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor disorderly conduct and failure to comply.
According to data from NFLArrest.com, the Raiders have been shedding that stereotype since 2000. The Raiders have had the 20th most arrests since 2000, showing plenty of teams in the NFL have more of a discipline issue to worry about. The last Raider to face an arrest was Kory Sheets. After being pulled over in Canada, Sheets pleaded guilty to marijuana possession.
So if the Raiders aren’t the bad boys of the NFL, who is? That would be the Minnesota Vikings.
No team in the NFL has had more players arrested than the Vikings since 2000, with the Denver Broncos and Cincinnati Bengals following close behind. The Houston Texans have had the fewest players arrested, although it should be noted the team didn’t start playing football until 2002. The best division for player arrests is the NFC East, with the Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, and New York Giants all in the bottom quarter of the NFL in NFL arrests.
The good news for the NFL is the total number of arrests for NFL players has decreased each of the past three years. The NFL had the fewest arrests on record in 2016 since NFLArrest.com began tracking the information in 2000.