I’m not too sure if there is such a thing as being a "cool" criminal, but you better believe you’re about to learn about some embarrassing or bizarre ones. When it comes to being a professional athlete you need to understand that if you commit a crime or if you have in your past, that people are going to learn about it. This becomes even worse when what you did was so stupid that everyone in the world can’t help but comment on what an idiot you are. Everyone that follows the NFL knows that Josh Gordon should stop smoking weed, but did you know that in University he literally fell asleep in a Taco Bell drive-thru with weed on him?
Even if the crimes that some of these athletes committed were not all that serious, the context behind it could make it be the most memorable thing that they ever do. While some of the athletes on this list were able to recover from their arrests, others were not quite so lucky, or they came after their career had winded down. Want to know what Gilbert Arenas got up to after retirement? Nothing huge, just being caught smuggling one hundred pounds of an illegal substance, but I bet you can't guess what it was.
There is no shortage of variety of crimes committed on the list, but that should make it all the more intriguing. Whether you want to read about from the athlete who drove around with Viagra or William Regal’s unfortunate incident on a plane, there is something in here for you. Everyone is going to have moments in their life that they wish they could take back, but this is even more true when you consider that many of these people had a public image to try and maintain.
Here are 20 of the most bizarre and, in some cases, humorous crimes that have ever been committed by a professional athlete. At least the next time you make a mistake or do something stupid, you can rest easy that you probably won't have to read about it in the paper.
20 Big Show - Allegedly Exposed Himself
19 Aldon Smith - Yelled Bomb At Airport
18 Booker T - Robbed A Wendy's
17 Onterrio Smith - Tried to Travel With Dried Urine
16 Golden Tate - Broke Into a Donut Shop
Golden Tate made a name for himself as being one of the most exciting and dependable players in football for the Seattle Seahawks. One of the lowlights of his time in Seattle though, may be when he broke into Top Pot Doughnuts at 3am. Tate lived above the famous donut shop and stated that the desire for their maple bars was simply undeniable.
“When I got here, it was one of the first things I had," Tate said. "I heard about it. They're irresistible. It was kind of a foolish mistake that won't happen again. If you ever want some maple bars, that's the place to go."
15 Eugene Robinson - Hired a "Lady of the Night"... on the Wrong Night
14 Cam Newton - Stole a Laptop
13 Gilbert Arenas - Had 100 Pounds of Fireworks
12 Titus Young - Arrested Twice on the Same Day
Now call me crazy, but if I was arrested, I imagine that would be a really impactful moment of my life. It may cause me to re-evaluate some things, and I would be shocked if I was arrested again, especially on the same day. But I’m not Titus Young. Young was a talented player out of University, being drafted in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft, but was unable to clean it up off the field. Young was arrested twice on the same day, within the span of 15 hours. To start the day, Young was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence, he was cited and then later released from custody.
11 Cory McGinnis - Broke Into a Pizza Place, Took a Nap
10 Josh Gordon - Fell Asleep in Taco Bell
There is no doubting that Josh Gordon is a talented football player, but he clearly suffers from some substance abuse issues that have gotten him suspended from the league multiple times. Most of Gordon’s incidents are centered around the usage of marijuana, which as you’ll read, also haunted him at Baylor. Gordon was out with teammate Willie Jefferson when they decided that they wanted some Taco Bell.
9 Patrick Kane - Punched a Cabbie
Patrick Kane is one of the biggest hockey stars in the world and is paid handsomely for his skillset. That made the story that emerged in 2009 all the more bizarre. Kane was out in a cab with his cousin when they allegedly had an issue with a cab driver, and ended up assaulting and robbing him over a fare dispute. This is embarrassing and bizarre to begin with, but the story gets even weirder when you find out that Kane and his cousin were furious because the cabbie did not have the 20 cents to give them their change.
8 Raheem Brock - Skipped Out On a $27 Bill
7 Louis Murphy - Arrested Over Viagra
6 Dhani Jones - Dancing in the Streets
5 Chad Johnson - Slapped Attorney's Butt in Court
Chad Johnson has been arrested for a few different reasons, but what is important for this story is that he was in court facing probation violation charges following a domestic violence arrest. The meeting was already not going well for Johnson, with the judge ripping Johnson for not going through his court-assigned courses in a timely manner. Things went from bad for worse, when the judge mentioned that Johnson should thank his lawyer for all the work he put it which led to Johnson patting his attorney on the butt.
This led to the judge to state that she does not feel Johnson is taking this whole thing seriously and refused Johnson’s plea deal, sentencing him to 30 days in jail.
4 Vader - Attacked an Unsuspecting Host
3 Fred Smoot - Organized An Infamous Boat Party
There might not be a more bizarre story in all of sports than the Love Boat scandal of 2005 where 17 players from the Minnesota Vikings set out on a boat with several prostitutes and engaged in multiple public sex acts on the cruise. The fact that this happened in the middle of the season makes it all the more bizarre. Smoot was one of four people that were arrested, and he later estimated that there were at least 100 women present on the boat. The incident was one of the large reasons behind the decision to eventually move on from head coach, Mike Tice.
2 Chris Perez - Ordered Pot To His Dog
1 William Regal - Urinated on a Flight Attendant
If you are going to drink on a plane, it might be best to try and make sure you don’t get too drunk. After all, the last thing you want to be dealing with is jet lag on top of being hungover. That did not stop William Regal from being a bit too liquored up on a flight from Tokyo to Detroit. Regal was urinating in the planes washroom, but elected not to close the door. When a flight attendant came up and tapped him on the shoulder, he turned around and claims that was the last thing he remembered. Regal recalls standing in court and “They were going along the line of prisoners reading out charges. I was laughing, thinking, 'This is all a terrible mistake.' Then they read my charge out: 'Urinating on a flight attendant." ….smooth move William. Let’s hope the flight attendant had a change of clothes.
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