This topic is as funny as it is confusing. It's funny because reading about any man with his pants around his ankles trying to explain his way out of being caught with a "woman of the night" is hilarious. But on top of that. confusion sets in, as how difficult can it be to walk into a bar, find a girl who knows you're a pro athlete and then find a hotel room, cab, dark alley or what have you?
Look at the facts; most athletes are attractive and take care of themselves, have plenty of money, and have confidence coming out their ears. These are things that can help make a person attractive and, therefore, there should never be a problem finding a lady to spend the night with.
There is one possible explanation and that is that a woman who is picked up in a bar or similar situation is likely to want breakfast in the morning, a second date later in the week and somewhere down the road, a ring, followed by half of the athlete's stuff. As the greatest actor of our time, the Warlock Charlie Sheen, has said, you don't pay a prostitute to come, you pay her to leave. That may be all the answer we need when it comes to the question "why do athletes need prostitutes?"
Whatever the cause, this has been a trend for decades, and here is our extended list of athletes who have been caught with prostitutes. Remember folks, there may well be plenty more, but these were the sad, unfortunate ones who were caught.
26 Edwin Moses
One of the greatest hurdlers of all time, winning over one hundred consecutive races in the late 70s and early 80s while setting multiple world records, is our first athlete who got caught trying to pay to get off. Moses, a two time Olympic gold medalist, was accused of soliciting a prostitute back in January 1985. He was eventually acquitted and ultimately, the story is that while he had a conversation with a police woman posing as a hooker, there was not enough of a "solicitation" for a conviction, according to The LA Times.
25 Derrick Rose
Derrick Rose is our second entry, having had an amazing year in 2011 which was the same year in which his reputation was somewhat tarnished. A hooker from the Memphis area tweeted that a friend of hers, a rookie in the business, had shacked up with Rose for a night but that he had refused to pay, according to Busted Coverage. She also commented that a good rule for those in her profession is to get money up front. Rose never encountered any real trouble or consequences for this because it was simply a rumor by some barely literate loudmouth on Twitter. Nobody took it too seriously, but the story is somewhat funny.
24 Derek Bell and Scott Sanders
It was around the start of the 1994 MLB season when Derek Bell and Scott Sanders of the San Diego Padres were arrested in the early hours of the morning in New York. They were to play the New York Mets the next day and Sanders was set to pitch. They got into trouble when they spoke with two undercover police officers from the Public Morals Unit, according to The LA Times. The charges were dropped a few months later, but the incident was enough to embarrass the club and it was one reason for Bell's involvement in a trade that took place during the offseason.
23 Greg Anthony
This list will also include former athletes who have gone on to other careers in the sports field, so here is former NBA and UNLV basketball player Greg Anthony, who was caught in early 2015. He is alleged to have responded to a newspaper ad for an escort service, but has had the charges dropped, in favor of some community service, according to CBS Sports. Anthony himself called it a lapse in judgement in his official apology.
22 Greg Raymer
As long as poker tournaments are played on ESPN, they will appear in my articles. I don't like it much either, but apparently card games are now sports. They call him the Fossilman, and, in 2013, he was caught in a prostitution sting in Wake Forest and charged with prostitution and given a $1,000 fine, according to PokerNews.com. Not much considering he won $5 million for his 2004 World Series of Poker win. Is he an athlete? No, but he was featured on a sports network and was caught trying to pay for company, so he makes this list.
21 Warren Sapp
The mouthpiece defensive tackle who is a Hall of Fame inductee, Super Bowl champ, multiple year All-Pro selection and commentator was caught trying to solicit a prostitute the night after the Super Bowl. The details of his evening were told to police that night and the entire tirade was caught on video. He laughed, bragged, cried and talked about canoodling with two hookers the night after the big game. He was fired from NFL Network the next day and has since reached a plea agreement with no jail time, though he has to take aprt in seminars on prostitution and anger management, according to Yahoo! Sports.
20 Dave Stewart
This is one of my favorites on this list. Not because of Stewart's three World Series wins, nor because of my fondness for Stewart as a pitcher; and don't get me wrong, he was talented and had a ton of heart. No, this is among my favorites because Stewart was charged with lewd activities with a prostitute back in 1985. The kicker was that the hooker was a transvestite and Stewart claimed this information was unknown to him until after the arrest, according to The LA Times. There is no limit to the jokes that can be made about this; but to paraphrase a Two and a Half Men episode, I'm willing to bet his prostitute was "tucked, taped and gorgeous."
19 Quentin Groves
Whether you watch NFL football or not, Quentin Groves is probably not a familiar name, but he was far more of a big deal when he was at Auburn. In college, he was one of the best pass rushing forces in NCAA competition, but in the NFL he has been a steady backup at best, playing for six teams in seven years. In 2013, when he was playing for the Cleveland Browns, Groves was caught in a prostitution sting in which he had agreed, via phone, to pay over $100 for sex acts, according to The Huffington Post.
18 The Czech and Mexican National Soccer Teams
Back in 2007, a group of players on the Czech Republic's national soccer team had a few prostitutes show up at their hotel room for Tomas Ujfalusi's birthday, according to Bloomberg. This happened just after a loss to Germany during the qualifying period for the 2008 Euro Championship. The team was fined but the players insisted they had done nothing wrong.
More recently, in 2011, the Mexican team had eight of its players suspended prior to the Copa America. They were training in Ecuador at the time and they were caught with women in their hotel rooms when a manager went to investigate an incident in which players said goods were stolen from their rooms, according to Ibtimes.com.
17 Kevin Stevens
One of the most prominent players of the early '90s, making three All-Star games and winning two Stanley Cups in 1991 and 1992, Kevin Stevens' career took a severe turn for the worse in the new millennium. In 2000, when he was playing for the New York Rangers, and after a couple of months of little play and poor performance, he was found in a St. Louis motel room with a hooker and some heavy drugs, according to SI. He was admitted to a substance abuse program after the incident.
16 Lamar Odom
Lamar Odom, who won two NBA Championships with the Los Angeles Lakers, was caught in 2013 for driving under the influence. It was around this time that analysts recalled that Odom, who was then married to someone named Khloe Kardashian (remember when they ruined Odom's career?), was arrested for soliciting a prostitute back in 1997, at age 17, according to Hollyscoop.com. He hadn't told his wife because it had been a long time ago. I'm going to use that the next time I'm in the doghouse.
15 Andray Blatche
Drafted out of high school in 2005, Blatche was a second round pick by the Washington Wizards, but spent the first year of his career in the development league. He stayed in the NBA until 2014 before going to play in China, where he was selected as a 2015 All Star. Back in 2007, he was caught in a D.C. area sting, trying to solicit sex from an undercover police officer, according to The Washington Post. Rather than jail time or even a fine, the charges were dropped and he was forced to sit through a seminar on the topic.
One of the best players of world football was caught in one of the funniest prostitution controversies that the sports world has ever seen. After picking up three ladies and getting up to the hotel room, he made a discovery, which was that the three ladies were not ladies at all, but sure dressed like it! The three then tried to extort money from the soccer star and one alleged that Ronaldo had tried to hit them, according to BBC. He can't really be blamed, as most guys would probably take a swing at someone for posing as a woman and then trying to extort money.
13 Mario Balotelli
Balotelli is one of the most interesting characters in the world of soccer right now. The Liverpool and Italian national team striker is known to be eccentric to say the least, being mischievous off the field and difficult to control on the field, despite his undeniable skill. Although he was with one girlfriend, Raffaella Fico, for years, he had an affair with Wayne Rooney's cousin and a now-retired escort, Jennifer Thompson, according to The Daily Mail. Nothing problematic has really happened to Balotelli as a result, except for some bad press, which he is used to.
12 Lawrence Taylor
Probably the greatest linebacker in NFL history, LT's real life is in some ways more like that of Luther "The Shark" Lavay, his character in Any Given Sunday. This included the drugs issues and on top of that, in retirement, he got into quite a bit of trouble with an underage prostitute. While he was charged with some serious crimes, he pleaded guilty to soliciting a prostitute and is registered as a low level sex offender, according to The Huffington Post. He received six years of probation.
11 Wayne Rooney
One of the most talented players England has seen also has a colorful story involving prostitutes. He admitted to have solicited them in the early 2000s and was involved in a threesome with a pair of women; Jenny Thompson and Helen Wood, according to The Daily Mail. While it wouldn't have been particularly newsworthy under other circumstances, he was married and his wife was pregnant at the time of the controversy. He and his wife were able to move past these infidelities and are still together.
10 Charles Barkley
Around the end of 2008, the basketball great was caught nearly blind drunk behind the wheel after a police officer pulled him over for running a stop sign. In his drunken stupor, he not only tried to get the cop to help him out of his DUI (by saying he would tattoo the gentleman's name on his posterior) but also admitted his passenger was a hooker, according to Deadspin. He claimed that he had received oral sex from the woman the week before and it was the best he had ever experienced.
9 Darryl Strawberry
While the 1980s treated Darryl Strawberry very well, as he was one of the best in the league and won a World Series in '86, the 90s saw him win two more World Series' with the Yankees, but his performance fell through the floor, as did his personal life.
He knocked up an adult film star in the mid 90s, suffered a bout with colon cancer and was caught in a prostitution sting in 1999, in which he offered an undercover police woman fifty dollars for sex, according to People.
8 Peter Crouch
For those of you who consider yourselves casual or occasional soccer fans, Peter Crouch is that tall English fellow. The name "Crouch" is both his last name and what he has to do in order to enter normal sized doorways. But enough of the terrible one-liners, on to the prostitution scandals.
Peter Crouch has been accused twice, once back in 2010, when he was in Spain for a friend's bachelor party. A 19 year old prostitute who went by the name Monica Mint, claimed that Crouch had paid just under 1,000 pounds for her "company," according to The Daily Mail. A year later he was found to have visited a high class escort in Dubai while on a trip there. This occurred just a few days after his now wife, then fiancee, Abbey (Abigail) Clancy had given birth to their child.
Clancy is a lingerie model and is looking at "gorgeous" in the rear view mirror. This may prove that "for every beautiful woman out there, there is at least one guy fed up with her and looking for more."
7 James Worthy
One of the NBA's all-time greats, James Worthy, is our number seven. The seven-time All-Star and three-time champion got himself into some trouble when trying to contact an escort service back in 1990. The career Laker was arrested in Houston after he contacted and solicited an escort service that the Houston police were eyeing, according to the LA Times. This occurred just hours before a game against the Rockets. He was bailed out quickly and actually only missed the first quarter of the game.
6 Zach Randolph
The Memphis Grizzlies' power forward got himself into hot water back in 2006 when a prostitute claimed he forced himself on her. The story went as follows: Randolph and a friend paid for a live sex show performed by two women. At the end of the show, the two men were not satisfied and then had sex with the women. One of them claimed that Randolph had performed the deed while she had tried to refuse. Her story involved quite a few accusations but little in the way of actual evidence, like DNA or other physical signs of force, therefore cops threw the case out and did not press charges, according to Slam.
5 Denny Neagle
After a thirteen year career that involved two All-Star appearances for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Atlanta Braves, along with a World Series ring with the Yankees, Neagle retired after 2005, having missed 2004 and 2005 due to injury.
Early in 2006, he was arrested after trying to solicit a hooker in Colorado, according to The New York Times. He pleaded guilty and received a slap on the wrist in the form of 40 hours of community service.
4 Alex Rodriguez
While he is considered one of the most talented athletes ever to play professional baseball, A-Rod is also considered one of the sport's most prolific dirtbags. He's been implicated with a couple of high profile perfromance enhancing drug cases and on top of that he was alleged to have been involved with multiple prostitutes throughout his career.
The first story came in 2009 when he was found to have been dating and receiving services from madame Kristin Davis, according to the Daily News. Back in 2013, a book released by writer Michael Gross claimed that A-Rod had hired hookers twice a week, and two by two for years. He played the same game he has tried with PEDs, deny, deny, deny.
3 The 2005 Minnesota Vikings
Back in 2005, about a month into the NFL season, the Minnesota Vikings organization received news that over ten of their players had rented yachts and prostitutes and had a sex party on Lake Minnetonka. The players were accused of various sex acts performed in front of members of the boat crews with hookers but rumors of drug use on board the boats were never proven.
Quarterback Daunte Culpepper, tackle Bryant McKinnie, cornerback Fred Smoot and running back Moe Williams were charged with various counts of lewd conduct, and indecent conduct for their parts in the scandal, according to ESPN.
2 Eugene Robinson
Eugene Robinson is one of the greatest examples of a brilliant undrafted free agent signing in NFL history. He was picked up by the Seattle Seahawks in 1985 after a solid collegiate career at Colgate. He wasn't expected to do much, but went on to have an outstanding eleven years with the Seahawks, two years (and a Super Bowl win) with the Green Bay Packers, before two years with the Atlanta Falcons and a year with the Carolina Panthers.
While playing for the Falcons, he was arrested the night before the Super Bowl in 1999. He had ventured into a rough part of Miami and was caught trying to solicit a prostitute just a day after he had received the Bart Starr Award; praising leadership at home, on the field and in the community, according to The New York Times. Teammates commented that many had found company in that part of Miami with ladies from that area but he was just the one who got caught.
He played terribly in the Super Bowl; missing tackles and blowing a couple of key coverages.
1 Tiger Woods
Probably the most significant public opinion slide in the history of sport belongs to Tiger Woods. Okay, maybe that's too harsh, it's not like he's O.J. Simpson. However. Tiger cheating on his wife with over a dozen women was still a huge surprise.
While he had a decent variation in his women, from marketing managers to cocktail waitresses, he also had several women who were career escorts and some women who he just paid for sex, while quite a few were paid, and well, for their silence. Among the whistle blowers was Hollywood madame Michelle Braun, who claimed that Tiger would often drop thousands of dollars on call girls, often two at a time, as he was (is?) a fan of the girl-on girl action, according to The Daily Mail.