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The canard of a league overrun with thugs is a cheap, knee-jerk reaction to a few isolated cases that suck attention.

The outrage, really, is misplaced. Violence isn’t the NFL’s property. Not even close.

While Hernandez waits in jail without bail, his onetime acquaintance Odin Lloyd is dead. His body was discovered June 17 in a North Attleboro industrial park, shot five times with a .45 caliber pistol. In the brutal death, Lloyd is far from alone.

Since June 17, five people have been killed, for instance, in Washington. Dawon Markham, Malika Stover, Tywayne Thompson and Quentin White were shot and killed. Ernest Hart was stabbed to death.

We rarely, if ever, hear their names. Don’t have talking heads screaming for a solution.

The five died. The violence rumbles on.

At least 40 shootings, 16 deadly, have torn through Baltimore in the past two weeks. The city saw 217 people killed there in 2012.

In the first six months of the year, 843 shootings took place in Chicago and the carnage, believe it or not, represented a drastic improvement from 2012.

Where is the national hand-wringing that followed Hernandez’s arrest?

The NFL isn’t immune from complex, deep-rooted issues and spasms of violence that plague our communities. The problem doesn’t belong to the NFL. The problem belongs to us all.