Sometimes it seems like professional athletes making headlines for a DUI arrest is such a common occurrence that it almost doesn't qualify as news. An example could be the recent arrest of a rookie wide receiver for the Jaguars of the National Football League, which followed a similar drunk driving arrest of a young defensive lineman for the Lions.
DUIs by professional athletes might seem more common than DUIs by the rest of us. However, a recent study shows that it might be our perceptions -- and media reports -- leading us to believe that drunk driving among professional athletes is anything more than a talking point.
While drunk driving poses serious threats to the safety of intoxicated drivers as well as other people on the roadways, a study of recent drunk driving arrests shows that professional athletes get arrested at a lesser rate than the general public.
Professional football players had the highest ratio among the four major sports in the United States, with 1 in 160 getting arrested during a one-year period -- just better than the national average of 1 in 149 people getting arrested for DUIs. Professional basketball players were next with one arrest out of every 237.5 athletes, followed by professional baseball players at 1 in 433.
Professional hockey players, meanwhile, did not tally a single drunk driving arrest over a one-year period.
While the sample sizes of these sports are admittedly small, the fact remains that despite what the media portrays, professionals athletes receive fewer DUI arrests than the general public.
Source: SB Nation, "Are Pro Athletes More Likely To Get Arrested For DUI?" Jon Bois, June 6, 2012