BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - They're idolized for their skill.
But what happens when their off the field antics, startmaking headlines?
Since January, more than 20 current and former NFL players havebeen in trouble with the law.
Donte Whitner is now charged with aggravated disorderlyconduct and resisting arrest.
For the first time since Donte Whitner was arrested, we're nowhearing from a Lt. in the Cleveland Police Department by phone.
"So whatever the circumstances these officers found themselvesin they felt this was the option they needed to resort to and theydid," he said.
Police tasered and arrested Whitner as they tried to control arowdy crowd outside the House of Blues early Saturday morning.
Donte is just one of several NFL players to have a recent run inwith the law.
NFL players are considered star athletes and role models tokids like these who play for the New York Wildcats, a youthfootball team in Buffalo.
"My favorite player is Adrian Peterson. My favorite footballplayer is Marshawn Lynch," said one child.
But some of their favorite players don't always make the bestmoves off the field.
So why is it that professional football players seem to makemore headlines than players in any other field?
We asked Julie Long, a local Sports PsychologyConsultant.
"It's hard to switch from being aggressive on the field and inthe gym to being just in daily life," said Julie Long. "It justtakes a lot more effort to get yourself out of that athletic stateof mind."
Rene Valazquez is the founder of New York Wildcats and he'salso a coach on the football team.
As a coach and father, he says it's tough to compete with NFLplayers in the eyes of children.
Rene said, "Those guys being role models and they're placed on apedestal as being super stars, so it's kind of difficult attimes."
Whitner is expected to be back in Buffalo Tuesday and he'sscheduled to be in court in Cleveland April 28th.
The Bills tell us the team is holding off on making anycomments until all the facts have been gathered.
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Investigators have pieced together who is responsible for dumping a dog on the side of the road inside a zipped up Coors Light thermal bag.
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The district received more than $5.5 million on Tuesday, which covers its share of revenues from the Seneca Allegany Casino.