After Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao finally met face to face in a boxing ring, in a fight that was five years in the making, millions of observers were left disappointed with a bout that provided very little entertainment value and cost $100 to order on pay-per-view. Prior to the fight many people were upset that not only was Mayweather, a convicted abuser of women, still allowed to box, but people were willing to pay a ridiculous amount to watch and support him. Mayweather even went so far as to have the credentials of several critics of his behaviour revoked, including ESPN and HBO's Michelle Beadle and CNN's Rachel Nichols.
Mayweather wasn't the first or last professional athlete to commit a crime. Turning on the news and seeing another star facing criminal charges has become a regular occurrence these days. Sadly, the sports figures we look up to the most, that we rely on to be our heroes and role models can often disappoint us. Athletes are human beings and being a decent human being isn't a prerequisite for the fame and fortune that comes with being born with athletic ability.
As in the case of Mayweather, often times the crimes committed by athletes are ones we've seen many times before: domestic abuse, assault, illegal gun possession, drug possession, murder etc... Those crimes are terrible in nature, but they are offenses that we've become accustomed to hearing or reading about, not just from star athletes, but from people in all walks of life. It's the harsh reality of the world we live in.
Sometimes, however, there are crimes committed by athletes that we don't expect, crimes that make us stop and baffle at their absurdity, crimes committed out of stupidity and in some cases, with the help of alcohol. Here are 15 athletes who've committed such crimes:
15 Gilbert Arenas
14 Mike Vrabel
13 Clay Buchholz
12 Damon Stoudamire
11 Shaun Rogers
10 Dion Lewis
9 Claude Giroux
On July 1, 2014 police were walking through The Great Canadian Cabin, an Ottawa bar, when the Philadelphia Flyers forward grabbed the buttocks of a male officer. After being told to stop, Giroux did it again and was arrested. He spent the night in jail, but in the end no charges were laid. Giroux agreed to donate $20,000 to an Ottawa charity. There was no mention of whether or not Giroux had been drinking, but it was Canada Day in a bar in the Nation's capital.
8 Jay Rosehill
7 Ed Belfour
6 Lawrence Phillips
5 Patrick Kane
4 Plaxico Burress
3 Antonio Morrison
2 Najeh Davenport
1 Dion Rayford
How do you get to number one on this list? Try getting stuck in a Taco Bell drive thru window. In November of 1999 the University of Kansas defensive end was charged with disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property after he got stuck trying to fit his 260-pound frame through the 14 by 46-inch window, which broke from his size. Rayford tried to get at the Taco Bell employees by going through the window after he became angry that his order was missing a chalupa. He was also charged with having an open container of alcohol in his car, but that charge and the disorderly conduct charge were dropped after he pleaded guilty to criminal damage to property.
Rayford received one year probation and was ordered to write a letter of apology to the Taco Bell employees. He also had to pay $579.17 for the damaged window. That could buy a whole lot of chalupas.
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