Top 15 Athletes That You Forgot Committed Terrible Crimes

Let’s face it, there are few professions that have to deal with media scrutiny more than athletes. They are always being criticized, praised or talked about in some way by the media. This amount of public attention, especially in the modern day, makes it very hard for athletes to keep things a secret or out of the public eye.

This is especially true when it comes to athletes committing crimes. When an athlete is arrested or commits a crime, it is often talked about a ton and is rarely forgotten by the public. For example, people have seemingly not stopped talking about Ricky Williams and his marijuana use and the rape allegations that have followed Kobe Bryant for his entire career.

The focus of this article will be on athletes who have committed terrible crimes, but the crimes have either been forgotten by most of the public or they have not followed the athletes throughout their career like it has with most athletes. Of course, there are a ton of horrific forgotten crimes committed by athletes that don’t appear on this list, but it's impossible to include them all in a list of only 15!

15 Keith Wright


14 Brian McGhee


13 Josh Brent

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

12 Johnny Jolly

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

11 Clay Buchholz

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

10 Michael Irvin

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

9 Adam "Pacman" Jones

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

8 Jason Kidd

Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

7 Dany Heatley

Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

6 Lawrence Taylor

Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports

5 Alexander Gustafsson

Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

4 Donte Stallworth

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

3 Floyd Mayweather

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

2 Leonard Little


1 Mike Tyson

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Tyson is likely the hardest hitter in combat sports history and also has a reputation for being a bit of a wild card. From his face tattoo to his sometimes crazy interviews, the media loves to talk about Mike Tyson. However, younger fans are likely unaware of some of the awful things he has done or been accused of. He has been accused/arrested for a ton of things ranging from drug use, to DUI, to assault, to sexual assault and domestic abuse.

Give TheSportster a Thumbs up!

Looking for an AD FREE EXPERIENCE on TheSportster?

Get Your Free Access Now!

More in Entertainment

Top 15 Athletes That You Forgot Committed Terrible Crimes