By Jack Spencer

As former New England Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez sits in a solitary cell in Massachusetts, and the NFL tries to deal with damage control this offseason, it appears as if the NFL could adopt some profiling. Not racial profiling, but tattoo profiling. The most successful and valuable sports league in the country is in a tailspin. While the MLB deals with PED’s, the NFL is trying to wrap themselves around arrests.

The league is on the top of it’s game right now, but as the Commissioner feels compelled to continually speak about international expansion, things could be slipping away underneath his feet.

CBS Sports reports this afternoon that NFL teams could start using police experts to start investigating tatted up players heading into the NFL Combine. The league has recently suggested that academically ineligible athletes could be unable to attend the Combine as well.

The league is facing some serious issues despite their all time popularity. Hundreds of former players are involved in a class action lawsuit over the concussion issue. The NFL has become front and center this offseason after dealing with arrests. While many players are arrested in the offseason each year, this year drew more attention with the high profile arrest of New England Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez.

All of the speculation about Hernandez is just that, at this point, speculation. The legal system is going to have to be worked out. No one at is convicting anyone based on the evidence presented in the media.

His case however creates an issue for the league. More and more players coming into the league are tatted up, and many of them come from troubled areas. Is the league correct into possibly looking into the tats at the Combine? Yes. the league looks into everything else.

Hernandez was handed a $40 million dollar contract extension, if I owned a NFL franchise, I’d like to know everything about the background of the players I’m paying. While reports suggest Hernandez’s tattoos didn’t have gang significance, every aspect of player’s lives should be examined as they head into the draft, making potentially millions of dollars.

The average, ordinary, work-a-day Joe’s, are being asked to hand over Facebook and Twitter account passwords in certain circumstances of job job interviews. Do you think many of these future NFL players could pass a background check like that for just an ordinary job that the rest of us 99.98% of the public undergoes? Why not check for gang connections? Sorry, you run a 4.3 40, we care nothing about your past. I’m sure this is going to be called racial profiling and all that, but I call it due diligence. We are told by the media daily that society has changed, so the NFL needs to change as well. Lord knows that MLB hasn’t.

We can go back the last 15 years and look at NFL players. If the league is serious about changing the environment, and it seems to be, then it needs to start making a statement and not just about concussions. The NFL is working with youth and high school football, and it’s time to put an end to glorifying the gang tats on National television on a weekly basis during the NFL football season. And to that matter, do these 20-something players realize that they are going to look like one giant ink spot when they turn 60? Might be cool now, but just wait.






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