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27 active NFL players who have been arrested multiple times

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With football action officially back, the NFL would love nothing more than to sweep all the off-field issues of its players under the rug and lure the focus of fans back to the gridiron. And frankly, after an offseason full of mind-numbing Deflategate coverage, so would we.

However, if there was one thing Deflategate accomplished, it was drawing the media's attention away from the all the real legal troubles NFL players ran into. And boy, was there a lot of that.

In 2015 alone, there have been 31 NFL players arrested, including six instances of domestic violence, five DUIs, three guns/weapons charges, and one shocking case of animal abuse, which featured former Falcons linebacker Prince Shembokilling his ex-girlfriend's five-pound dog out of "self-defense." Atlanta released Shembo once the story broke, but now that he's taken a plea deal, the Falcons are considering bringing him back. Keep in mind that when Shembo was a student at Notre Dame, he also allegedly sexually assaulted a student at nearby St. Mary's College who killed herself two weeks after the incident.

So, forgive us if we think that crime in the NFL hasn't quite gotten the coverage it's deserved this year.

According to the USA Today database used to create our interactive NFL Arrests topic, 132 NFL players have been arrested multiple times since 2000. Aldon Smith became the latest player to add to his criminal record in late August, when he was arrested on his third DUI charge.

While some of these are more serious than others, it's still difficult to comprehend why these millionaires would compromise their lucrative careers by breaking the law multiple times. Then again, while the NFL is worried about how inflated its balls are, many of these players go unpunished by the league for their transgressions.

We'll go through each player in alphabetical order, which means we're starting with one of the most accomplished defensive ends of this century.

Note: Not every arrest listed in this article led to a conviction.

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