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A former NFL player for the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in prison after pleading no contest to charges of attempted murder, prosecutors said.

Brandon Browner, an original member of Seattle’s “Legion of Boom” defensive unit, was arrested July 8 for allegedly breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s home near Los Angeles and threatening to kill her, TMZ reported. Police said the woman had obtained a restraining order against him.

Police said Browner prevented the woman from leaving, dragged her, and attempted to smother her in a car while her two children were present. Browner reportedly then fled the residence with the woman’s $20,000 Rolex watch.

Per Browner’s plea of no contest on the attempted murder charge, prosecutors dropped other charges – including two counts of child endangerment, TMZ reported.

Browner played for Oregon State University before joining the NFL. He was with the Seahawks during their Super Bowl win in February 2014 and was signed to Patriots later that year.



  1. Carl J Bujan

    December 6, 2018 at 12:15 am

    Every 7 days a NFL player is arrested.
    The National Football League is in a golden age right now: It’s been 23 days since one of its players has been arrested.The average time between arrests is just seven days, while the record without an arrest is slightly more than two months, at 65 days, according to, which “provides an interactive visualized database of National Football League player Arrests & Charges,” the site says. Players get arrested for a variety of crimes: drunk driving, drug offenses, domestic violence, assault and battery, gun violations, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, theft, burglary, rape and even murder.
    The top team — at least in arrests — is, weirdly, the Minnesota Vikings, according to Rounding out the Top 5: Denver, Cincinnati, Tennessee and Jacksonville.
    By year, 2006 was a doozy: 71 arrests of NFL players. 2013 had 62 arrests, while last year was the lowest in the data base at just 28 arrests. This year, the players are setting a torrid pace:
    • Assault and battery – 7
    • Drugs – 6
    • DUI – 5
    • Domestic violence – 5
    • Disorderly conduct – 4
    • Resisting arrest – 2
    • Guns – 1
    • License/traffic – 1
    • Other – 1
    That makes 32 arrests — and we’re only in Week 3.
    The top crimes are:
    • DUI – 218
    • Drugs -100
    • Domestic violence – 98
    • Assault – 74
    • Disorderly conduct – 44
    The most arrests: Adam Jones, with 10. Jones has played for both Tennessee and Cincinnati, and he’s been accused of poking a hotel worker in the eye, punching a woman, spitting in a woman’s face at a nightclub, and was “charged with felony coercion in connection to strip club shooting that paralyzed a man” (take a look at all his arrests here).
    The top positions of those arrested:
    • Wide receiver – 140
    • Linebacker – 119
    • Cornerback – 116
    • Running back – 99
    • Defensive tackle – 80
    So, maybe — just maybe — NFL players aren’t the best ones to be preaching to America about the perils of police brutality.

    • Grace Joy

      December 6, 2018 at 3:47 am

      Excellent statement.

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