Over the summer I couldn't help noting the rash of arrest reports involving pro and college athletes. It seemed like there was one every day. So I decided to take a closer look. With the help of my trusty research assistant Jeff Gasser, I spent the past month looking up publicly recorded cases of athletes charged with serious crimes. My new story on SI.com reveals what I found. Here's a hint --- I was wrong about an athlete being arrested every other day for a serious crime. It's actually one every other day. And I'm only talking about pro and college football and basketball players.
Over the weekend I did an interview on NPR with Bill Littlefield, the host of 'Only a Game.'" Most of our conversation dealt with athletes and violence against women. You can check it out here.
(Jeff's interview begins approximately 14:30 into the full recorded broadcast)
I’ve spent the better part of 15 years writing about athletes and crime, particularly violence against women. It’s a problem that just doesn’t go away. Starting today I’ll have a regular column at SI.com called SPORTS AND SOCIETY. In it I’ll be taking a closer look at the off-the-field behavior of pro and college athletes. My debut piece is ‘A Double Standard when it comes to Athletes and Domestic Violence’ is here http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/jeff_benedict/08/18/krod.stephenson/index.html?eref=sihp