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Top 15 Athletes Who Were Caught Stealing

Thou shalt not steal. It is right there in the Ten Commandments for all to see and read if there are any questions about the matter. Those who would not consider themselves to be religious should not, of course, need to refer to that list to realize that stealing from others is wrong, but we unfortunately do not live in such a peaceful and kind world. Because of that reality and also because athletes are human and flawed beings, there exists a long list of personalities in the sports world being involved in cases that have included accusations of theft and burglary.

Not every athlete who has been caught stealing has taken part in a heinous crime that put him behind bars for years. Some of the instances have been rather silly or even downright dumb. This includes a young man who is just beginning what he hopes will be a successful National Football League career, a former Florida State University quarterback who learned the hard way that you have to pay for seafood at the grocery store regardless of whatever arrangement you may or may not have thought existed at the time. At least we now know that the QB can afford to purchase just about any food item that he wants.

Other stories contain no humorous elements, however, because they are tales of once great athletes who fell apart once they retired as active players or who destroyed their own reputations because of crimes that they committed. Arguably the most famous case involves a man who made his name as a college and professional running back before he entered the entertainment world as an actor. That man had what appeared, on paper, to be an enviable life, but even an escape from what would have been a life-changing conviction was not enough to keep that individual from making a costly decision.

13 15. Nicole Bass

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12 14. Jamie Lawrence

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11 13. Stanley Wilson

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10 11. Robert Swift

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9 10. David Ling

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8 9. Denny McLain

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7 8. Sonny Liston

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6 6. Marlon King

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5 5. Art Schlichter

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4 4. Jameis Winston

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3 3. Lenny Dykstra

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2 2. Clifford Etienne

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1 1. O.J. Simpson

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Whatever you may have thought of “The Trial of the Century,” you would probably have to admit that the evidence against former NFL running back O.J. Simpson was at least a little troubling. Simpson was found not guilty of murder in that case, but he again found himself in trouble with the law following a confrontation that occurred inside of a Las Vegas hotel room in September 2007. Simpson claimed that he was attempting to retrieve his own memorabilia, but he was ultimately found guilty of multiple charges stemming from the burglary. Simpson won parole on some of those charges in 2013, but he is still scheduled to remain behind bars until at least 2017.

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