--Lawyers, status, public backlash aid college athletes accused of crimes-- When college athletes, especially big-name stars, are accused of crimes, they often make headlines — not just because of an arrest, but often for avoiding charges or prosecution. Some people believe athletes get special treatment for their status, while others believe they are unfairly targeted. Outside the Lines studied thousands of police reports and court records and discovered that athletes at some schools are indeed less likely to face criminal punishment. However, the reasons why may be surprising.
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