Every offseason, a concentrated run of player arrests inevitably results in critics bemoaning the NFL's "culture." They conveniently forget that NFL player arrest rates are well below normal by every metric, and that legal problems aren't confined to those on the field.

Just since the start of last season, we've seen the Vikings owners found liable for "organized-crime type" fraud, the Browns owner facing a possible federal indictment, and today, Colts owner Jim Irsay arrested and charged with DUI and possession. Seems like a pattern to me. Let's revisit this piece from last summer, when only one website was brave enough to ask the question:

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