It’s amazing how many athletes seem to have a god complex. They think they’re all high and mighty, have massive egos, and having thousands of adoring fans chanting their name, cheering on their teams, only serves to give their already inflated egos a boost. It causes some athletes to do stupid things – although that term might be a bit too light to describe some of the activities of these athletes – think they can get away with anything, think they’re above the law. But the law applies to everyone, and boy do these 15 athletes know it. Some athletes have massive egos, but others are just jerks on an epic scale, just horrible people. It’s amazing how sports seem to breed such individuals.
Some of the athletes on this list have done truly abhorrent things. Their sporting careers, regardless of how good they were, have been marred due to their actions, what they got up to in their private lives. They all certainly deserve to be incarcerated. Many feel that some deserve steeper sentences, but hey, that’s an issue for the U.S. justice system. Lots of people will take pleasure in the fact that at the very least, they’re behind bars. These are 15 forgotten athletes who are now only remembered for their crimes, who are currently rotting in jail.
15 Mookie Blaylock
Mookie Blaylock spent 13 years playing in the NBA, and was a pretty decent player with a number of achievements. But not many people will remember him for his prowess on the court. In 2013, he was involved in a car accident in which someone got killed. At the time of the crash, Mookie had a suspended license, and he had a warrant out for his arrest for DUI and drug charges too. Mookie suffered in the crash and had to be put on life support. He eventually pulled through. But the woman in the other vehicle, Monica Murphy, who was a mom to five kids, wasn’t so lucky. Mookie was subsequently sentenced to 15 years for vehicular homicide. He owned up to what he did, and submitted a guilty plea.
14 Rae Carruth
Rae Carruth is a former NFL player, but most people will only know him as a felon, particularly a convicted murderer. In 2001, his NFL career was well and truly over as he was sentenced to 18 years and 11 months for ordering the murder of his girlfriend. Carruth didn’t pull the trigger but he was involved in the drive by shooting. His girlfriend, Cherica Adams, ended up in a coma which she didn’t wake up from. Adams was pregnant with Carruth’s kid at the time, and amazingly, the baby survived, although his son had serious brain damage. It was revealed that Carruth's intention was to kill both his girlfriend and the baby after she decided not to have an abortion. Carruth has been rotting in prison ever since, and is expected to be released on October 22nd, 2018.
13 Eddie Johnson
Eddie Johnson used to play in the NBA and seemingly had everything going for him, had his life in order. But his life off the court was a real mess, and eventually everything caught up with him and it led to his expulsion from the NBA. It was his battle with drug addiction that ruined his career. But he managed to get a pretty extensive rap sheet, one that included over 100 arrests for various different things. Some of these things weren’t minor misdemeanors either. He was arrested for sexually assaulting an eight-year-old girl. That was the last straw as far as the courts were concerned. He was given a sentence of life without parole, and is currently rotting at Santa Rosa Correctional Institution.
12 Dave Meggett
Meggett’s another athlete who couldn’t keep it in his pants. He had a decent career in the NFL, where he played for 10 seasons, but it seems as if he had a lot of trouble adjusting to life off the football field. In 1998, he was involved in an investigation in which he was accused of assaulting an escort. Apparently, it was a three-way sexual encounter, but nothing bame of the investigation. But in 2007, in another incident, he was found guilty of sexually assaulting his former girlfriend. He received two years’ probation. Then, in 2010, came the big one. He received a 30-year prison sentence for burglary with sexual conduct. Dave Meggett is going to be rotting in prison for a long time yet. He’s expected to be released in the summer of 2034.
11 Sam Hurd
Evidently, former American football wide receiver, Sam Hurd, wasn’t happy with the money he’d earned while playing. He decided to make a little extra on the side by getting into the narcotics trade. It was a decision that was to lead to his arrest and subsequent incarceration. In 2011, it came to light that Hurd was seriously connected to a drug dealing gang. He was arresting for attempting to distribute drugs. He subsequently failed drug tests which violated his bond. After initially pleading not guilty, Hurd changed his plea and the federal judge went down hard on him. His representative asked for the judge to be lenient, saying that he had fallen off the wagon due to pressures in his private life. He was sentenced to 15 years.
10 Javaris Crittenton
Javaris Crittenton was full of red flags throughout his NBA career. After flaming out as a draft bust with the Los Angeles Lakers, Crittenton moved on to the Wizards. There, he had his infamous altercation with Gilbert Arenas in the locker room, which involved both men pulling guns on each other. However, that was nothing compared to what Crittenton did that landed him a long-term prison sentence. In August 2011, he was charged with the murder of Julian Jones, a mother of four, whom Crittenton shot while searching for someone who'd robbed him a few months earlier. Crittenton had reportedly joined a gang and that got him into slews of trouble. He eventually pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter with a weapon and aggravated assault with a firearm in 2015. He was sentenced to 23 years.
9 Darren Sharper
Former American football safety and broadcaster, Darren Sharper, is a person many people deem to be the lowest of the low. His crimes are truly abhorrent and make him a pretty nasty individual. He’s been found guilty of helping to drug and rape two women. Then there was another sexual assault allegation made against Sharper in a different state, in which he supposedly drugged and raped a woman. And then there’s the three other sexual assault allegations made in three other states. It seems as if Darren just shifted about from state to state, looking for women he could take advantage of. He’s been found guilty of many of these crimes and has been charged for a string of others too. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2016.
8 Darryl Henley
Former American football cornerback, Darryl Henley, had a decent career in the NFL. But it’s fair to assume that not a whole lot of people will remember Darryl for anything he achieved on the football field. He’ll only be remembered for one thing, and that’s being a felon, a serious felon. 20 years ago, he was convicted for trafficking cocaine. He’s still rotting in prison. Some of you might think that that’s a pretty harsh sentence. But that’s not all he did. During the trial, he attempted to escape the charges laid on him. How? Not by making a run for it. By attempting to have a key witness from the trial and the judge presiding over the trial, murdered. He hired contract killers, but was caught, and is currently serving a 41-year prison sentence.
7 Clifford Etienne
Clifford Etienne was a pretty decent heavyweight boxer. He had 29 wins from 35 fights. But Clifford had plenty of practice fighting before he turned pro. He was in prison, serving a 10-year sentence for armed robbery, and made quite a name for himself behind bars. A professional career was the natural progression. But Clifford just couldn’t stay on the right side of the law. He robbed a business, then car-jacked a woman and her young family, then pulled a gun on police officers. You can add numerous other crimes to this list too, most of which were as a result of a cocaine fueled crime spree. Due to all of his actions, Clifford received a hefty sentence of 160 years, which was later reduced to 105 years.
6 War Machine
War Machine did have a pretty decent career. But no one really gives a toss about what he managed to achieve in the octagon. His career, all of his good work, was blighted by some stupid decisions. War Machine just isn’t a very nice man. He’s been found guilty, numerous times, of assaulting strangers. He can’t just leave the fighting for the octagon, and has to go around fighting everybody, exerting his authority. He’s even choked a man unconscious! He’s now rotting in prison because he beat up his girlfriend, and I mean severely beat her up. When she went to hospital, she was found to have 18 broken bones and a ruptured liver. Earlier this year he was sentenced to 36 years without the possibility of parole.
5 Chad Curtis
Chad Curtis is remembered by Yankees fans for a heroic playoff moment he provided during the team's dynasty in the late 90s. However, he also caused a lot of problems for the team in the clubhouse, and once even had the gall to scold Derek Jeter. Still, he provided a positive memory when he hit a walk-off home run in Game 3 of the 1999 World Series against Atlanta. That's where the positive memories end.
In retirement, while working at a high school as a substitute teacher and trainer, he was accused by several teenage girls of "inappropriate touching". In 2012 he was ordered to stand trial for several counts of criminal sexual misconduct. In 2013 he was sentenced to seven to 15 years in prison. He'll be eligible for parole in September, 2020.
4 Mel Hall
Mel Hall played in the MLB for around 15 years. It was a decent career without being spectacular. He applied his trade in Japan, then came back to the MLB where his career gradually came to a close. After the door was shut on his baseball career, Mel Hall really went off the rails. Some may say that his true colors began to show. He was arrested for sexual assault, and the woman, due to her age, was classified as being a minor. From that moment on, plenty of things regarding his past indiscretions came to light. He was found guilty of sexually assaulting children. In 2009, he received a 45-year prison sentence. He’s incarcerated at Coffield Unit in Tennessee Colony, Texas, and will be eligible for parole after serving 22 years.
3 Oscar Pistorius
This is perhaps one of the most well-known athletes on this list. His trial was massive and received worldwide attention. Oscar Pistorius was a Paralympic champion. He destroyed the field in Paralympic events, and so regularly competed in non-disabled events too. In case you didn’t know, Oscar’s a double leg amputee who took place in sprinting events. Due to his achievements, he achieved hero status. But this hero soon became a villain. On Valentine’s day in 2013, Oscar shot and killed his girlfriend in his home. He claimed he thought she was an intruder, and so shot her dead. He received what many people thought was a paltry prison sentence of six years. This was recently increased to 13 years and five months upon an appeal to the Supreme Court.
2 Art Schlichter
Art Schlichter used to be an American football quarterback. But he wasn’t really known for his prowess on the football field. Art’s career was marred by his gambling addiction. For over four decades, Art was battling this addiction. Actually, he wasn’t so much battling it, just finding ways to fuel it. Art has come into plenty of hot water for all manner of things gambling related. He’s admitted committing over 20 felonies. In 2011, things finally came to a head. He’d just come out of prison and had instantly started gambling again. Art was arrested for fraud, not to mention a number of other things, and was sentenced to 10 years. He also failed a drug test, which added time onto his original sentence.
1 Robert Rozier
There are a lot of names who could have made it to the number one position on this list, but former American football defensive end, Robert Rozier just had to take the number one spot. The guy’s a convicted serial killer, a seriously evil man.
Rozier was always involved in some crime or another. But these were mostly petty crimes. Then he joined a black supremacist group, and graduated to more hardcore criminal offenses. He rose through the ranks of this group, and his mission then became killing white people. In order to adhere to the codes of the brotherhood, he killed seven white people, and was subsequently arrested for murder. He served 10 years of a 22 year sentence, and was released. He then got arrested for fraud, and due to the three-strike rule, got a sentence of 25 years to life.