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Athletes NFL Players Arrested for Domestic Violence  

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List Rules Only NFL players who have committed / been charged with domestic abuse

As much as people love the NFL, one of the biggest problems that the league has faced over the years is that its players are more likely, at least publicly, to commit domestic violence. The stories have gotten more coverage over the years, with the attention potentially peaking with the infamous Ray Rice incident that took place in February 2014. Given all of the attention football players and domestic violence have received over the past few years, it's surprising that players can't control themselves and end up in the police blotter. Many NFL players have been caught beating their wives and wind up getting arrested. While the NFL has cracked down on domestic violence, it's likely that it will happen again in the future, especially considering the volatile nature of football players.

If you're an NFL player, you don't want to end up on this list. But, that said, here are the NFL players who have been arrested on domestic violence charges.

Ray Rice is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list NFL Players Arrested for Domestic Violence
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Raymell Mourice "Ray" Rice is a professional American football running back who is currently a free agent. He played college football for Rutgers University and was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He is ranked as the Ravens' second all-time leading rusher behind Jamal Lewis with 6,180 yards, and is also second in rushing attempts and rushing touchdowns, and third in combined touchdowns. Rice was arrested and subsequently indicted for third-degree aggravated assault on March 27, 2014, relating to an incident where he punched his then-fiancée in the face. The blow knocked her unconscious. The incident became a prominent controversy after TMZ released ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: New Rochelle, New York, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Team: Baltimore Ravens

Position: Running back

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Jonathan Dwyer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list NFL Players Arrested for Domestic Violence
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Jonathan Avery Dwyer is an American football running back for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played college football at Georgia Tech. On September 17 2014 Dwyer was arrested and spent a night in jail because of charges of two cases of assault against his wife and 18-month-old son. ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Marietta, Georgia, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Position: Running back

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Ray McDonald is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list NFL Players Arrested for Domestic Violence
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Raymondo Antoine McDonald is an American football defensive end for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. McDonald played college football for the University of Florida, where he was a member of a BCS National Championship team. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft. ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Pahokee, Florida, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Position: Defensive tackle

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Greg Hardy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list NFL Players Arrested for Domestic Violence
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Gregory Hardy, nicknamed The Kraken, is an American football defensive end for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. He played college football for the University of Mississippi. He was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Millington, Tennessee, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Team: Carolina Panthers

Position: Defensive end

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