July 21, 2011 So what have you been doing with your time away from
work? Hopefully, you have avoided being arrested. So far this summer 10
NFL players have been arrested for a variety of crimes (one was arrested
1. Cedric Benson from Cincinnati: Arrested in Texas, charged with
assault on a family member.
2. Jerry Hughes from Indianapolis: Arrested on suspicion of public
intoxication near club in Dallas.
3. Marvin White from Cincinnati: Arrested, charged with simple
assault and disturbing the peace after confrontation with management at
his child's daycare center in Louisiana.
4. Adam "Pacman" Jones from Cincinnati: Arrested at 2:35 a.m. on
charge of disorderly conduct while intoxicated and resisting arrest.
5. Hines Ward from Pittsburgh: Arrested outside Atlanta on
suspicion of DUI.
6. Kenny Britt from Tennessee: Surrendered to police on warrants
sworn out April 14. He allegedly made false statements on his driver's
license application, a misdemeanor.
7. Akeem Jordan from Philadelphia: Arrested, charged with
misdemeanor assault and battery in Virginia.
8. Brandon Underwood from Green Bay: Police called to his house in
domestic incident. He was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct
after allegedly ripping necklace off of his wife's neck.
9. Raheem Brock from Seattle: Arrested, charged with theft after
reportedly walking out on $27 bill at the Copabanana in Philadelphia.
10. Javarris James from Indianapolis: Arrested, charged with
marijuana possession in Fort Myers, Fla.
11. Kenny Britt again from Tennessee: Arrested in New Jersey on two
counts of resisting arrest. He allegedly tried to conceal a marijuana
cigar from police, just a day after pleading guilty to careless driving in
What an arrest record does to your employability.
Checking your criminal history is easy to do, inexpensive, and a popular
screening tool of employers. In Pennsylvania for example, anyone can check
your background by using the "Pennsylvania Access To Criminal History"
website and paying $10.00. Criminal
records are not like credit reports. Criminal acts do not fall off of a
criminal record after 3 to 7 years like a bad debt does. Sure, you can try
to get parts of your criminal record
expunged, but depending on the type
of job you want even that may not help you.
Your responsible behavior today can be a determining factor in your
employment tomorrow. It is tough enough to find realistic work right now.
How does one explain to a hiring manager that he was caught skipping out
on a $27.00 dinner bill? Why would an employer want to work beside someone
who hits people in a children's daycare? Don't let things like drunk
driving, smoking dope, or acting stupid when intoxicated ruin your future
employment options and career choices. Even pro football players will be
looking for new jobs someday.