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Monday, March 22, 2010
Report: Brown arrested for DUI


Running back Ronnie Brown reportedly became the second Miami Dolphins player to be arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol within a month and the third Dolphin to be taken into custody over the past six weeks.

Jeff Darlington of the Miami Herald reports Brown was arrested Friday night near Atlanta while on a visit to his hometown. Dolphins cornerback Will Allen was charged with DUI on Feb. 20 in Miami.

Brown's arrest by itself shouldn't be alarming. He has been a role model up until this point. His arrest is inconsistent with everything else we've come to know about him.

But it's the latest in a long line of run-ins with the law for Dolphins since 2008.

Defensive tackle Tony McDaniel (domestic violence last month), defensive end Randy Starks (aggravated battery of a police officer), former fullback Reagan Mauia (battery) and former defensive back Will Billingsley (domestic violence) have gotten into trouble.

A man accused Allen of pulling a gun on him in a dispute over gambling debts in the spring of 2008. A couple of months earlier, inside linebacker Channing Crowder drew heat when he wrecked his SUV into a palm tree and, according to the police report, abandoned it by the side of the road with the keys in the ignition and a gun inside.

Several Dolphins players and even an assistant coach were charged with crimes in 2007 -- before the current front office and coaching staff took over.

Is that a troubling amount of indiscretions?

I ask because I'm not sure anymore.

Maybe this is a representative snapshot of the NFL.