As the helicopters hovered over Aaron Hernandez and another media stakeout camps on another football player's curb, it should be obvious that such scenes are going to be a constant companion of the NFL. The Pacman Jones and Tank Johnson and and Michael Vick Jovan Belcher stories will continue to repeat themselves because the game has become too high profile. Players are more famous, they feel bulletproof, old associates don't go away and new trouble attaches itself to new fame.
The most popular league in the country has a problem many of its own players don't know how to handle: How do you steer yourself away from the things that can take you down?
— Les Carpenter (Statistics compiled by U-T San Diego and Business Insider) Photos: NFL players in trouble during Godell era | Photos: Hernandez arrested and in custody | Watch: Hernandez release 'right call' for Patriots Aaron Hernandez is led away from his home by police Wednesday morning. (Getty Images) BEREA, OHIO - MAY 11, 2013: Linebacker Ausar Walcott #47 of the Cleveland Browns stretches on the practice field during a rookie mini-camp practice on May 11, 2013 at the Cleveland Browns headquarters in Berea, Ohio. (Photo by David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images) LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 30: Cliff Harris #13 of the Oregon Ducks runs past Chris Pousson #62 of the USC Trojans during the second quarter at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 30, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) ALLEN PARK, MI - MAY 12: Ronnell Lewis #97 of the Detroit Lions does a drill during a rookie mini camp at the Detroit Lions Headquarters and Training Facility on May 12, 2012 in Allen Park, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 14: Fred Jackson #22 of the Buffalo Bills is tackled by Amari Spivey #42 and Alphonso Smith #27 of the Detroit Lions at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 14, 2010 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images) GAINESVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 5: Tight end Brandon Barden #6 of the Vanderbilt Commodores crosses midfield with a pass against the Florida Gators November 5, 2011 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images) LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 10: In this booking photo provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Denver Broncos safety Quinton Carter poses for his mugshot March 10, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Carter is facing criminal charges that he allegedly cheated during a craps game March 9 at a Las Vegas casino. (Photo by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department via Getty Images) TEMPE, AZ - MAY 11: Runningback Javarris James #45 of the Arizona Cardinals practices in the minicamp at the team's training center facility on May 11, 2012 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) LAKE FOREST, IL - APRIL 26: Defensive tackle J'Marcus Webb of the Chicago Bears speaks to media during the 2010 Brian Piccolo Award ceremony at Halas Hall on April 26, 2011 in Lake Forest, Illinois. Players participated in the ceremony one day after a federal judge temporarily lifted the 45-day lockout, the NFL has already asked for a stay on the judges order. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)