Professional athletes are used to being in the spotlight, while in the game and also in their personal lives. Not only does the attention revolve around famous athletes, but it can also revolve around their family. Children of professional athletes grow up going to games, living a beyond comfortable lifestyle, and can be used to getting what they want. They travel with their family all over the country or world, depending on their parent’s claim to fame.
When the average teenager or young adult makes a mistake or gets into trouble, it usually circulates around town. Over time, someone else screws up and your fumble is forgotten about. However, when a professional athlete’s teen travels down the wrong path, it makes national headlines. These types of headlines don’t fade away, as they’re on every news, sports, and social media site you can think of. Although some of the circumstances on this list are not by any means typical acts of teenagers, I’m sure we could all take a walk down memory lane and reminisce on some of the things we did as teens that we’re not so proud of, but at least we weren’t publicly embarrassed and shamed because of them! As for the more serious crimes on this list, no sympathy is given. Here are 15 athletes who have experienced what it’s like to have national or global embarrassment due to their precious offspring.
15 Deion Sanders, Sr.
Primetime, the former MLB and NFL star, has five children, one who is following in his footsteps, as Deion Sanders Jr. plays football for the SMU Mustangs. We're sure his father is overjoyed to watch his son play one of the sports he shares a passion for. However, his father definitely isn’t impressed by his son’s Twitter page. Deion Sr. publicly shamed his son on Twitter by saying:
@DeionSandersJr you're a Huxtable with a million $ trust fund stop the hood stuff! Lololol. Son. #Truth
— Deion Sanders (@DeionSanders) April 2, 2015
14 Wayne Gretzky
13 Scottie Pippen
12 Mychal Thompson
11 Yannick Noah
10 Floyd Mayweather Sr.
Floyd Mayweather Sr. was a competitive boxer in the 80s before becoming the world's famous trainer that he is today. His son, Floyd Jr, is an undefeated boxer who's one of the best boxers of all-time.
There are two different ways to look at this one. Firstly, you can claim that Floyd Jr. is an embarrassment to his father due to the way he flaunts his money, the fact that he hangs out with Justin Bieber or the fact that he's incredibly arrogant. Though he's incredibly talented, he's not well liked and could be an harassment in that sense.
On the other hand, you can see Floyd Jr. is an embarrassment due to the domestic violence case that he's dealing with at the moment. According to Yahoo! Sports, he's been charged with domestic violence six times and served a couple of months in prison based on one of the claims.
9 Joe Montana
8 Bobby Bonds
7 Ed Spiezio
Ed Spiezio is a retired MLB player who played for the Cardinals, Padres, and White Sox who passed on his talent and love for baseball to his son, Scott Spiezio. Scott played professionally from 1996-2007. In April of this year, Scott got himself into a bit of trouble. Apparently he went on a window-smashing spree and was tased by Illinois police, according to TMZ. It turns out he was smashing his neighbour’s windows and his own girlfriend called the cops on him. He tried to play cat and mouse with the boys in blue, but let this be a lesson; the man with the taser always wins.
6 Kellen Winslow Sr.
5 Nick Saban
4 Sandy Alomar Sr.
3 Joe Bryant
2 Lawrence Taylor Sr.
1 Nick Van Exel
Nick Van Exel is a retired NBA player who now coaches in the Development League, whose son, Nickey, was found guilty of murder in 2010 for shooting his best friend, according to The Dallas Morning News. What was the motive for the crime? Nickey believed his friend planned on snitching about armed robberies the two had participated in that year. Nickey claimed the murder was an accident, however, his actions following the murder showed otherwise. Nickey wrapped his friend in plastic, pulled him to his garage, and put him in the back of his Chevy SUV. He then dumped the body and went back to the scene to clean. This murder sounded like something from a Dexter episode, not an innocent accident.
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