Survey: legal issues impact player perception in 57 percent of NFL fans
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In-game performance has a big impact on how NFL players are perceived but legal issues appear to carry nearly as much weight to the average fan.

American ticket vendor TickPick recently conducted a survey of over 1,500 NFL fans to see which actions affect fan sentiment the most. Fifty-seven percent of respondents said a player's run-ins with the law would shape their perception of them, compared to 61.2 percent who stated a player's success in games impacts how fans view them.

Domestic and sexual violence drew more condemnation than drug use across all fanbases:

When it comes to social stances, three-quarters of respondents found it acceptable for players to voice their opinions on issues of racial injustice and police brutality.

Roughly half the fans surveyed said a full-season suspension would be appropriate for players convicted of domestic violence.

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