Much has been made about the Buffalo Bills' legal issues this off-season, from Marshawn Lynch's arrest and suspension to Ko Simpson's New Year's Day proclamation that he's "worth millions" to Donte Whitner's alleged involvement in a near-riot in Cleveland this past weekend. Fans and local media are beginning to question whether or not the Bills value character players and/or are proficient at finding those types of players.
We don't want to, but we'll also mention that former Bills RB Travis Henry is currently facing up to ten years in prison and a $4 million fine after pleading guilty to a cocaine-related drug charge. Yikes.
Thanks to a nice lead this morning from Chris at Arrowhead Pride, we can take a look at all of the Bills' player arrests since the year 2000. Data is from an excellent database set up by the San Diego Union-Tribune. Throughout the past near-decade, the Bills have had twelve separate incidents in which a player has been arrested. Three players are repeat offenders - and unfortunately, two of them are current Bills.
Note that of the twelve incidents, a solid seven of them have occurred since the current coaching/front office regime (Marv Levy included) took over in early 2006.
All twelve incidents are outlined after the jump. Take a stroll down memory lane this morning, folks - and we'll leave this open to discussion in much the same fashion that WGR 550 has over the past day or two - how important is player character to you? Which incident irritates/fascinates you most? Do you even remember some of these guys?
|4/11/2009||Donte Whitner||Buffalo||DB||Arrested, charged with aggravated disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Police shocked him with stun gun outside Cleveland nightclub.|
|2/11/2009||Marshawn Lynch||Buffalo||RB||Arrested on felony gun charge in Culver City, Calif., after police discovered his loaded firearm in vehicle.||Pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge. Sentenced to three years of probation and 80 hours of community service.|
|1/1/2009||Ko Simpson||Buffalo||S_||Arrested, charged with hindering police in Rock Hill, S.C., after police said he tried to interfere with the arrest of one of his friends outside bar.|
|5/31/2008||Marshawn Lynch||Buffalo||RB||His 2008 Porsche Cayenne SUV hit a 27-year-old woman and kept going. The woman suffered a bruised hip and cut on her thigh requiring seven stitches.||Pleaded guilty to failure to exercise
due care toward a pedestrian, driver's license revoked, $100 fine, $50 surcharge.
|2/17/2008||Roscoe Parrish||Buffalo||WR||Arrested on DUI charge around 4:30 a.m. in Miami.|
|8/5/2007||Anthony Hargrove||Buffalo||DE||Arrested, charged with resisting arrest, harassment and criminal mischief after allegedly striking a police officer outside a nightclub.||Pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, $300 fine, 200 hours community service.|
|11/5/2006||Donte Whitner||Buffalo||S_||Arrested, charged with harassment of girlfriend in domestic dispute||Dropped|
|9/10/2003||Rodney Wright||Buffalo||WR||Arrested on four charges, including driving while intoxicated after he was involved in a three-car accident in a suburb of Buffalo.||Released by team later that day, week in jail|
|7/13/2002||Charlie Rogers||Buffalo||WR||Arrested in the parking lot of a New Jersey go-go bar and charged with committing aggravated assault, making terroristic threats, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.||Acquitted|
|7/2/2002||Rodney Wright||Buffalo||WR||Arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run driving and misdemeanor reckless driving after crash in Fresno.||Pleaded no contest, 3 years probation, alcohol treatment|
|6/26/2002||Sheldon Jackson||Buffalo||TE||Arrested on misdemeanor charges of driving with a suspended license and marijuana possession (less than 2.5 grams).||Paid fines|
|10/26/2001||Travis Henry||Buffalo||RB||Pleaded guilty in Hamburg, N.Y., to a misdemeanor charge of attempted sexual misconduct for trying to have sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl in his home Sept. 23, after the girl told him she was almost 18.||100 hours community service|