NFL player arrests continue, as the Falcons’ Moore the latest to be booked

Atlanta Falcons safety William Moore (25) runs upfield after intercepting a pass from Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck during the third quarter of their NFL football game in Seattle, Washington, December 19, 2010. REUTERS/Robert Sorbo (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

This math equation should be taught at the grade school level because it’s as basic as it gets:

NFL Players + Too Much Money + Too Much Time on their Hands = Bad News.

Falcons’ safety William Moore became the 11th player arrested since the lockout began on March 11th when he was booked on Tuesday in Gwinnett County, Georgia. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Moore was charged with speeding, driving with a suspended license and failure to appear. But hey, at least he didn’t enter into a car chase and get arrested for eluding a police officer.

The 2009 second round pick became the Falcons’ starting strong safety last year, registering 72 tackles, five interceptions and one forced fumble. He is viewed as one of the bright young stars on an improving Atlanta defense and seeing as how this was his first offense, he’ll probably escape punishment from the league. Of course, that really isn’t the crux of the issue, now is it?

On Tuesday I wrote a piece about how it was in the best interest of the owners to stall during the lockout. The longer this dispute goes on, the more leverage they can create. Some of these young players are reckless when it comes to their spending habits and clearly can’t stay out of trouble. In the span of 40 days, 11 players have already been arrested. What will that arrest number look like after 80 or 100 days?

The longer the owners wait, the more likely these players who are currently running amok will continue to make fools of themselves. That’s not to say that I advocate the owners stalling or that I’m on their side. No, I think both sides should want to get a deal done immediately to avoid further embarrassment. But if I were an owner I wouldn’t be in a rush to see the lockout end.

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