Welcome to Crime on Sports. People around the world are arrested everyday for crimes – some are innocent, while some are guilty. In some situations, the accused are guilty, but the crimes they are alleged to have committed are not provable for a myriad of reasons. In worse situations, the accused are innocent, yet they enter into a negotiated plea or are found guilty by a judge or jury.
As a criminal defense attorney in Miami-Dade County, I looked around the landscape of my profession (especially in my local market) and noticed numerous legal blogs. They are generally informative, and provide information about relevant issues and topics a person might be curious about when charged with a crime by a prosecuting authority.
I wanted to create a blog that people could relate to, that people would be interested in, and would allow me to discuss issues in criminal law that would take me outside of my comfort zone in Miami. What better than a blog about crimes and sports? According to a 2013 report by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, the North American sports industry revenue will grow at a compounded annual rate of 4.8 percent to $67.7 billion by 2017. Clearly, we like sports in this country. So while crime is sadly happening every day in this country, we as a society are almost desensitized. We are used to staring at that person pulled over on the side of the road by a police officer, and asking ourselves “what did that person do?” We then immediately direct our attention to the Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, Metallica song on the radio, and go about our daily lives. It’s human nature.
Hence this blog. No matter how major or minor an alleged crime is, due to our rabid love of sports anything that happens to our beloved athletes is newsworthy. It can be as minor as an underage alcohol citation to an Ivy League lacrosse player, or a homicide investigation of a Pro Bowl NFL player – we as a society want to stop and stare and ask, “what did that person do?”
At the essence of this blog, I will discuss the law and how it relates to an athletes arrest. This could be as simple as explaining the crimes and penalties associated with them, or could be me comparing these crimes to similar crimes in different jurisdictions. As this blog develops and grows, I will try to provide more information about these crimes beyond just the general accusations. If possible, I will allow you to go beyond an article and read actual documents generated by police and prosecutors. I hope to discuss the substantive laws and penalties associated with each case. If the situation presents itself, I hope to break news. And of course, in the end I hope to make this blog more popular than Google and “break the internet” with each post.
Small expectations I suppose.