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:
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15 Gilbert Arenas
Pulling out a handgun in the Washington Wizards' locker room during a Christmas Eve dispute with Javaris Crittenton was ridiculous in itself, but Arenas makes this list for driving around with a truck full of explosives. The former NBA guard was arrested in 2013 with 100 lbs of illegal fireworks in the back of his pickup truck. Arenas was charged with a misdemeanor fireworks possession. He pleaded no contest and was put on probation and given 10 days community service along with $41,240 in fines, penalties, and fees.
14 Mike Vrabel
You would think an NFL salary would be enough to pay for your own drinks, but the former Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots linebacker was arrested in 2011 for stealing bottles of alcohol from a Belterra Casino Resort & Spa deli in Florence, Indiana. Vrabel claimed the incident was just a misunderstanding. Maybe he misunderstood the old saying, "crime doesn't pay". Vrabel was charged with class D felony theft.
13 Clay Buchholz
The Red Sox pitcher was arrested in 2004 for stealing 29 laptop computers from a middle school and selling them on McNeese State University campus, where he was attending on a baseball scholarship. The arrest led to his dismissal from the school's baseball team and he transferred to Angelina Junior College, which actually allowed him to enter the MLB Draft one year earlier.
12 Damon Stoudamire
In 2003 the former Portland Trail Blazers guard was arrested for marijuana possession for the third time, but the circumstances are what make this one so ridiculous. Stoudamire was arrested at a Tucson airport after nearly 1.5 ounces of the drug he was carrying wrapped in aluminum foil set off the airport security metal detector. Lesson one: don't try to take your drugs through airport security. Lesson two: don't try to get through a metal detector with your drugs wrapped in metal.
11 Shaun Rogers
You know what else they frown upon trying to bring on an airplane? Weapons. The former Cleveland Browns nose tackle was arrested in 2010 at Hopkins International Airport for having a loaded .45-caliber handgun in his carry-on luggage. Rogers was charged with a third degree felony of carrying a concealed weapon. He agreed to enter a diversion program in exchange for the charges being dismissed. Rogers was also fined one game's salary - approximately $400,000 - by the NFL.
10 Dion Lewis
The former Philadelphia Eagles running back was arrested in 2012 along with his brother for pulling a fire alarm after they got locked out of an Albany, New York Hampton Inn and attempts to knock on the lobby door proved fruitless. Not surprisingly, the two brothers were both intoxicated at the time. They were both charged with a felony of falsely reporting a fire and misdemeanor reckless endangerment. The charges were eventually dropped.
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.
You kind of hope he was drinking, because if in his sober judgment, he thought it was okay to grab an officer's behind, you'd hate to think what would happen if he was drunk.
8 Jay Rosehill
While on a roadtrip to Binghamton, New York with the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL in 2007, the defenseman was charged with third-degree grand larceny for stealing a car from the Madame Oar's parking lot and driving it to the Xhibition Gentlemen's Club. Yes, he stole a car to drive from one strip club to another strip club. The kicker- the driving time between the two clubs is approximately 13 seconds. Who would've thought Binghamton would have an area so condensed with gentlemen's clubs?
7 Ed Belfour
In March of 2000, police were called to a Dallas hotel when a woman became frightened by the intoxicated NHL goaltender. After a scuffle with a security guard, Belfour was arrested and charged with assault and resisting arrest. A drunken Belfour offered police $100,000 to make the charge go away and when they declined he upped the offer to $1 billion. Luckily for him, he didn't have to write the massive cheque nor was he charged with bribery. Belfour pleaded guilty to resisting police transfer and was fined $3,000.
6 Lawrence Phillips
Talk about being a sore loser. The former NFL running back ran his car into three teenagers after a dispute following a pickup football game in Los Angeles in 2005. Although the stupidity of that crime is not his only legal problem. At the time of the incident, Phillips was wanted in San Diego for choking his ex-girlfriend. Between the two crimes Phillips is currently serving a 31 year prison sentence. He's also suspected in the 2015 murder of his cellmate.
5 Patrick Kane
In 2011 the Chicago Blackhawks forward and his cousin were arrested for punching a cab driver and taking back their $15 fare when the driver didn't have 20 cents in change. The two were charged with a felony of second-degree robbery and misdemeanors of fourth-degree criminal mischief and theft-of-services. They eventually pleaded guilty to a noncriminal disorderly conduct charge and were given conditional discharges and ordered to apologize to the cab driver.
4 Plaxico Burress
In November of 2009 the former New York Giants wide receiver went into a New York nightclub with a loaded loaded .40-caliber Glock pistol tucked into his waistband. That probably wasn't a smart idea. The gun slid down his pants and when Burress tried to grab it he accidentally shot himself in the leg. Burress was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, but ultimately pleaded guilty to attempted weapons possession and served two years in prison.
3 Antonio Morrison
This one is both absurd in the nature of the crime and the arrest. The University of Florida linebacker was arrested 2013 outside of a Florida nightclub for walking up to a police squad car and barking at a police dog named Bear, who he claimed barked at him first. Morrison was charged with harassing an on-duty animal and resisting arrest without violence. Charges were ultimately dropped and Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell referred to the arrest as a "split-second decision during chaos."
2 Najeh Davenport
The former Green Bay Packers running back comes in at number two for taking a number two. Davenport was charged with a felony of second degree burglary and a misdemeanor of criminal mischief in 2002 for breaking into a Barry University woman's dorm room and defecating in her laundry basket. Davenport agreed to do 100 hours of community service in exchange for the charges being dropped, but he proclaimed his innocence asking, "Where's the evidence? Where's the manure?"
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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