Wednesday, March 28, 2007

NFL's Next Top Thug

We've got updated standings, courtesy of ESPN.

[Pacman] Jones has talked to police in 10 separate incidents since being drafted in April 2005 and has been arrested five times. On Monday, Las Vegas police recommended prosecutors file a felony charge of coercion and misdemeanor charges of battery and threat against Jones, stemming from a Feb. 19 strip club fight and shooting.

[Chris] Henry is among nine Bengals players arrested in less than a year. He had four arrests in 14 months, including marijuana possession, a weapon charge and a drunken-driving count that resulted in a guilty plea to reckless operation of a vehicle.

If you're scoring at home -- or, in my case, at work -- here's the updated playoff picture in the race to name the new disciplinary code:

Pacman Jones: 5 arrests in 2 years (.208 arrests/month), 1 (likely 2) felony charges, 2 (likely 3) misdemeanors
Chris Henry: 4 arrests in 14 months (.286 a/m), 2 felonies, 5 misdemeanors 90 days in jail (88 suspended)

How's my math? There needs to be a comprehensive database of this stuff, as it's very hard to keep track and get an accurate count.


Amerigo Vespucci said...

I feel like the a/m ratio is an imperfect measure of an athlete's overall degenerate status. Pacman has to get some points for being in so many shady situations (2 for every arrest - that police know about). I mean, it's like Tank Johnson's bodyguard getting shot or someone in Bassy Telfair's posse shooting up a rapper; it's not an arrest, but major thug points. We need a way to weigh those incidents.

Spinmove said...

A/M ratio's kind of like a batting average. I'm working on coming up with a statistical measure of overall thuginess. Right now, I'm dealing exclusively with VORT (value over replacement thug) and IPA (incidents plus arrests, which factors in every time a player encounters law enforcement, and can be represented by IPA+ when adjusted.

HenryLouisMencken said...

You should somehow differentiate the incidents where a guy is arrested and charged with committing a crime from the times when he is merely arrested or detained for questioning in connection with a crime that has been committed. Earned crimes versus unearned crimes.