NFL Players Arrested for Domestic Violence

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 NFL players who have committed  or are charged with domestic abuse.

Which NFL players were arrested for domestic violence? 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. Maybe it's a consequence of the violent nature of the sport. Given all of the attention NFL football players and domestic violence have received over the past few years, and NFL-specific education programs the league has put in place in recent years, it's surprising that players still end up in the police blotter. Many NFL players have been caught beating their wives or significant others 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.

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. In recent years, NFL stars like Adrian Peterson, Kareem Hunt, and Jerry Jeudy have all been arrested for domestic violence.

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.


  • Adrian Peterson
    Photo: @seahawks / Instagram

    Arrest Year: 2022

    Adrian Lewis Peterson (born March 21, 1985) is an American football running back for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Oklahoma and was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings seventh overall in the 2007 NFL Draft. Peterson set the NCAA freshman rushing record with 1,925 yards as a true freshman during the 2004 season. As a unanimous first-team All-American, he became the first freshman to finish as the runner-up in the Heisman Trophy balloting. Peterson finished his college football career as the Sooners' third all-time leading rusher. Following his first professional season, in which he set an NFL record for most rushing yards in a ...more
    • Birthplace: Palestine, Texas, United States of America
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Team: Washington Redskins
    • Position: Running back
  • Ray Rice
    Photo: Metaweb / CC-BY

    Arrest Year: 2014

    Raymell Mourice Rice (born January 22, 1987) is a former American football running back who played his entire professional career with the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Rutgers and was drafted by the Ravens in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He is the Ravens' second all-time leading rusher behind Jamal Lewis, and is also second in rushing attempts and touchdowns, and third in combined touchdowns. He was a member of the 2012 Ravens team that won Super Bowl XLVII over the San Francisco 49ers. In March 2014, Rice was arrested and subsequently indicted for an incident in which he assaulted his fiancée. The incident became ...more
    • Birthplace: New Rochelle, New York
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Team: Baltimore Ravens
    • Position: Running back
  • Kareem Hunt
    Photo: @bigreem_3 / Instagram

    Arrest Year: 2018

    Kareem AJ Hunt (born August 6, 1995) is an American football running back for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Toledo and was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft. As a rookie in 2017, he led the NFL in rushing yards and was selected to the Pro Bowl. In November 2018, Hunt was released by the Chiefs after a video of a violent incident involving him was released. Hunt attended South High School in Willoughby, Ohio, where he played for the Rebels football team. He rushed for 2,519 yards and 39 touchdowns as a junior and 2,685 yards and 44 touchdowns as a senior. Hunt was rated by Rivals.com as a ...more
    • Birthplace: Elyria, OH
    • Team: Kansas City Chiefs
    • Position: Running Back
  • Jerry Jeudy
    Photo: Denver Broncos / Instagram

    Arrest Year: 2022

    Jerry Davarus Jeudy (born April 24, 1999) is an American football wide receiver for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Alabama, where he was awarded the Fred Biletnikoff Award as the nation's best wide receiver as a sophomore in 2018, and was drafted by the Broncos with the 15th overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft.
    • Birthplace: Deerfield Beach, FL
    • Nationality: American
    • Team: Denver Broncos
    • Position: Wide receiver