Many of the NFL’s players are unrepentant lawbreakers and evildoers. In fact, data collected by the USA Today shows that 321 of the league’s players were arrested between the end of the 2009 season through September 2016.
“The average time between arrests is just seven days, while the record without an arrest is slightly more than two months, at 65 days,” according to NFLarrest.com.
Provided the aforementioned statistics are accurate, it’s evident that the NFL employs a small army of degenerates. Although not as serious as violent offenses, Dallas Cowboys’ guard Nate Newton’s crimes were utterly brazen and borderline absurd. The 6-foot-3, 335-pound Newton was arrested for possessing 213 pounds of MJ in St. Martin Parish, Louisiana, on November 4, 2001. Approximately five weeks later, on December 12, 2001, Newton was busted again for transporting 175 pounds of the green. Newton spent two and a half years behind bars in federal prison for a variety of drug infractions.
"I've always been competitive, I've always been in sports,” said Newton, 55, who retired after the 2000 campaign. "I couldn't see myself not being the biggest dope man."
Newton is not a bad individual. On the contrary, the six-time Pro Bowl selection is a decent soul who made a series of poor choices. Unlike Newton, the 20 individuals in the forthcoming list are the worst human beings in NFL history.
19 TERRELL OWENS
Terrell Owens has never been incarcerated or accused of committing a truly deplorable act. Nevertheless, the 6-foot-3, 225-pound Owens is an obnoxious, egotistical, uncaring and irresponsible man. Owens, a six-time Pro Bowler and five-time first-team All-Pro selection, recorded 1,078 receptions for 15,934 yards and 153 scores as a member of five NFL franchises.
“Owens' inability to stick with the Niners, Eagles, and Cowboys is significant because it goes to the heart of the problem that numerous people with whom I have spoken about him have: He was a horrible teammate," wrote Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News.
"He was a divisive force that the people who ran those teams had no problem cutting loose.”
Despite his despicable attitude, Owens earned more than $80 million for his brilliant outings on the gridiron. Unsurprisingly, Owens’ wealth disappeared due to asinine investments and fathering four children with four women.
“This is not an ideal situation having four kids by four different women,” Owens, 43, told Dr. Phil. “I don’t have no friends. I don’t want no friends. That’s how I feel.”
Penniless and friendless, Owens is an incredibly loathsome person with zero redeemable qualities.
18 JOHNNY MANZIEL
Johnny Manziel is one of the most polarizing, troublesome and infuriating figures in the annals of the NFL. The 5-foot-11, 210-pound Manziel was virtually unstoppable from the outset as a quarterback in Kevin Sumlin’s Air Raid attack at Texas A&M. Accordingly, “Johnny Football” became the first freshman to capture the Heisman Trophy award in December 2012. Following his sophomore year in College Station, the Cleveland Browns took Manziel with the 22nd pick in 2014. The diminutive Texan completed 57 percent of his passes for seven scores, against seven picks, for 1,675 yards in 14 games as a Brown. Mainly due to substance abuse and a comical sense of entitlement, Manziel was abysmal in Cleveland before he was cut by the beleaguered franchise in March 2016. Shortly before getting axed by the Browns, Manziel battered his ex-girlfriend, Colleen Crowley.
“He grabbed me by my hair and threw me back into the car and got back in himself,” Crowley said in her affidavit.
“He hit me with his open hand on my left ear for jumping out of the car. I realized immediately that I could not hear out of that ear, and I still cannot today, two days later. Fearful for my life, I hit Respondent several times, hoping I could back out of the car.... Still fearful for my life, I stayed in the floorboard motionless until Respondent pulled me back onto the seat.”
The 24-year-old Manziel is currently a free agent without any known suitors.
17 RAY LEWIS
Badass Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis and two of his acquaintances, Reginald Oakley and Joseph Sweeting, were indicted on charges of double murder and aggravated assault following a Super Bowl party in Atlanta on January 31, 2000. The 6-foot-1, 240-pound Lewis initially refused to cooperate with authorities and the flamboyant, white suit that he wore on the night of the slaughters has never been recovered. Lewis testified against Oakley and Sweating and pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of obstruction of justice. Lewis, who banked in excess of $95 million over 17 seasons as a Raven, said he wasn’t donning appropriate clothes for a bloodbath.
“Remember, I was dressed out, had my jewelry on, my fine mink coat,” said Lewis, 42.
“I wasn’t about to start mixing it up looking like that. That’s the general rule of thumb when you’re doing the town and looking good. The nicer you’re dressed, the less inclined you are to get in a fight.”
After all these years, many feel Lewis got away with a far more serious crime than the obstruction of justice charge he was convicted of.
16 RICHIE INCOGNITO
Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Richie Incognito is an unabashed tormentor. The centerpiece of the biggest bullying scandal in NFL history, the 6-foot-3, 320-pound Incognito harassed and intimidated his former Miami Dolphins teammate, Jonathan Martin, via voicemail, text message and in person. In one particularly alarming voice message, Incognito threatened the 6-foot-5, 312-pound Martin with racial epithets and profane language.
"Hey, wassup, you half n----- piece of s---. I saw you on Twitter, you been training 10 weeks. [I want to] s--- in your f---ing mouth. [I'm going to] slap your f---ing mouth. [I'm going to] slap your real mother across the face [laughter]. F--- you, you're still a rookie. I'll kill you,” said Incognito.
Martin eventually unraveled and permanently retreated from the Dolphins’ facilities in October 2013. Roughly a week later, Miami indefinitely suspended Incognito for conduct detrimental to the team.
“I have no desire to ever see or talk to (Incognito),” said Martin, 28, who contemplated suicide on two occasions in 2013.
“I’ll get nothing from it. That’s in the past. I don’t know what his thoughts are and I don’t really care, honestly. I don’t even know if Richie wants to be a bad person.”
15 JERRAMY STEVENS
Jerramy Stevens is a detestable human being who once moonlighted as a football player. The 6-foot-7, 260-pound Stevens, who married bats*** crazy soccer star Hope Solo in November 2012, has been involved in numerous cases of wrongdoing. A liability behind the wheel, Stevens has been charged with an array of traffic violations, rape and multiple assaults. Although a pathetic excuse for a man, the Seattle Seahawks selected Stevens out of the University of Washington 28th overall in 2002.
“People make mistakes,” said former Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren. “I really trust that everything is behind him. … I think the longer I’m with this decision, I’ll just feel better and better about it.”
Predictably, Holmgren’s judgment was clouded and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers waived a 30-year-old Stevens after a marijuana arrest in October 2010. Most recently, in January 2015, Stevens was cited for suspicion of DUI.
“I fully and willingly accept the consequences of my failure to act responsibly and I am ready to face what is ahead," said Stevens, who purportedly assaulted Solo the day after the lovebirds exchanged vows.
"I look forward to putting it all behind me and moving forward with my life in a positive and productive manner."
14 BEN ROETHLISBERGER
Decorated Pittsburgh Steelers signal-caller Ben Roethlisberger was accused of sexually assaulting a 20-year-old woman in March 2010 at a Milledgeville, Georgia-based nightclub.
"Ben asked us to go to his 'VIP' area (back of Capital),” said the alleged victim.
“His bodyguard came and took my arm and said come with me, he escorted me into a side door/hallway, and sat me on a stool... I told him it wasn't OK, no, we don't need to do this and I proceeded to get up and try to leave. I went to the first door I saw, which happened to be a bathroom. He followed me into the bathroom and shut the door behind him. I still said no, this is not OK, and he then had sex with me. He said it was OK. He then left without saying anything.”
Roughly a month later, on April 13, 2010, the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Roethlisberger was absolved and not charged with rape.
“Big Ben” has reportedly changed his lifestyle and he is now a devoted husband and father. Still, two separate women have accused the 35-year-old Roethlisberger of sexual assault and he got off scot free.
13 LAWRENCE TAYLOR
Lawrence Taylor is arguably the premier defensive force in the annals of the NFL. The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Taylor, who the New York Giants drafted out of North Carolina with the second pick in 1981, is also one of the most controversial figures in league history. Taylor immediately embraced the swamps of Jersey and earned NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honors in 1981. The ferocious Virginian, a 10-time first-team All-Pro and 1986 Most Valuable Player award winner, revolutionized the linebacker position and was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in August 1999. In spite of his numerous achievements, L.T. battled substance abuse and legal issues from the moment that he arrived in Gotham. While Taylor’s rap sheet is extensive, his most egregious act occurred in May 2010 when he was arrested and charged with third-degree rape for allegedly having sexual intercourse with a 16-year-old girl.
"I guess you call it a crime," said Taylor, 58, who filed for bankruptcy in October 1998.
"It's one of those crimes you don't think about. You never think you're gonna get busted because everyone does it until you get busted, and then it's more embarrassing than anything else."
Taylor avoided jail time by pleading guilty to two misdemeanors.
12 BILL ROMANOWSKI
Bill Romanowski typifies the adverse side effects of abusing performance-enhancing drugs. During an Oakland Raiders scrimmage in 2003, the 6-foot-6, 230-pound Marcus Williams blocked the 6-foot-4, 255-pound Romanowski. A certifiable loon, Romanowski became enraged and brutishly mangled Williams’ face with a punch.
“Don’t ever f—in’ hold me!” screamed Romanowski, 51, while standing over an unconscious, grotesquely bludgeoned Williams.
Romanowski, who in December 1997 spit in the face of San Francisco 49ers receiver J.J. Stokes, shattered Williams’ eye socket and chipped his tooth. At the age of 25, a thug in pads ended Williams’ football career.
“I’d been in some tussles,” said Williams. “But that ain’t what this was. I was like, goddamn. I knew I didn’t do anything to deserve that. That wasn’t a fight. It was an assault.”
Williams retained the services of an attorney and sued Romanowski for $3.8 million in damages. While Williams was only granted $340,000, he didn’t care because he “just wanted to prove what was right and wrong about football.”
11 MICHAEL IRVIN
Famed Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin is an immoral man with few admirable qualities. The 51-year-old Irvin has been accused of committing a variety of sexual assault and drug crimes over the past two decades. However, Irvin was at his most vile at the Dallas Cowboys’ training camp in July 1998. While waiting to get a haircut, offensive guard Everett McIver heard his name called and he sat in the barber’s chair for a trim. At this moment, Irvin entered the room and screamed “seniority!”
McIver scoffed at Irvin’s nerve and sense of privilege and didn’t budge. Irvin continued to rant and yelled, “Seniority! Seniority! Punk, get the f*** out of my chair! Either I get cut right now, or nobody does.” Enraged, the 6-foot-5, 325-pound McIver got out of the chair and punched the 6-foot-2, 207-pound Irvin in the face. Irvin managed to regain his balance and he then sliced McIver across the neck with a pair of shears.
“Blood immediately shoots all over the room,” said veteran cornerback Kevin Smith. “And we’re all thinking the same thing – ‘Oh, s***.'”
According to medical practitioners, Irvin barely missed severing McIver’s carotid artery, which would have killed him.
10 ADRIAN PETERSON
New Orleans Saints running back Adrian Peterson was suspended by commissioner Roger Goodell for the majority of the 2014 season for barbarically striking his 4-year-old son with a tree branch. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Peterson pled no contest to a misdemeanor charge of recklessly assaulting his child in November 2014.
“While an adult may have a number of options when confronted with abuse — to flee, to fight back or to seek help from law enforcement — none of those options are realistically available to a 4-year-old child,” Goodell told Peterson in his suspension letter.
“The well-being of your children is of paramount concern. We are unaware of any effort on your part to acknowledge the seriousness of your conduct and your responsibility to demonstrate a genuine commitment to change.”
The 32-year-old Peterson was reinstated by Goodell in April 2015 and, approximately two years later, he inked a two-year agreement to become a Saint, before recently being traded to Arizona.
9 JOE MIXON
If Joe Mixon couldn’t run with a pigskin, he’d be an absolute nobody. Outrageously, because the 6-foot-1, 228-pound Mixon is dynamic on the gridiron, he’s a millionaire. The Cincinnati Bengals selected Mixon, who completed the 40-yard-dash in 4.45 seconds at the draft combine, with the 48th pick in April. Shortly thereafter, on June 2, the Bengals signed Mixon to a four-year contract valued at $5.45 million. According to scouting gurus, the University of Oklahoma star would have been chosen in the first round if he didn’t savagely slug a woman named Amelia Molitor in July 2014. Molitor claims that Mixon shattered her face because she refused to go home with him.
"So when I said, 'I'd never in a million years go home with you,' he said, 'So you'd rather go home with that f---ing fa----?'" said Molitor, who suffered four facial bone fractures.
"And I got really mad, so I faced Joe and I was like, 'Don't f with me. Do not mess with my friend. Don't mess with me. Just don't. Just stop, go away.' And he's like, 'Oh, you're a bad b----, what are you going to do about it?'"
Mixon proceeded to strike Molitor and leave her requiring hospitalization and surgery.
8 RAY RICE
Blackballed Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice is the face of the league’s domestic violence epidemic. Troublingly, the 5-foot-8, 205-pound Rice is strictly the poster boy of abuse because surveillance footage captured him rendering his fiancée unconscious with a single right hook. In actuality, Rice is one of countless NFL players who have attacked women. The only difference is his incident involved footage for all to see.
Rice initially received a two game suspension from the NFL, but after footage was released to the public, the NFL suspended Rice indefinitely and pretty much ended his career. In reality, many NFL players had even worse cases of domestic abuse than Rice, yet still remain in the league. It's a little contradictory that Rice was the only one blackballed when countless others have committed similar acts, or even worse.
Regardless, it’s safe to predict that the 30-year-old Rice will never collect another NFL paycheck.
7 GREG HARDY
Greg Hardy looks, talks and acts like a villain. The 6-foot-5, 280-pound Hardy, who the Carolina Panthers chose out of the University of Mississippi with the 175th pick in 2010, created a buzz on the field in Charlotte. With his career on the upswing, Hardy and an associate asked a woman named Nicole Holder and her friend to visit the defensive end’s apartment for drinks in May 2014. As night progressed into the wee hours of the morning, Hardy and Holder were the only two people still awake. Hardy brought Holder to a bedroom and he, apparently out of nowhere, snapped.
“It all happened very, very quickly,” Holder told police.
“None of it really made much sense. I tried to get up, he pushed me. Then I started fighting back, he threw me into the bathroom, I hit the back of the shower wall and fell into the bathtub where he pulled me out. His pupils were tiny. I mean he looked ... crazy.”
Once removed from the shower, Hardy continually slammed Holder onto a bed with a stash of high-caliber firearms atop it. Holder sustained bruises all over her body from being manhandled by Hardy. Somehow Hardy wasn't blackballed for the incident and got a contract with the Dallas Cowboys. The 29-year-old Hardy has been a free agent since April 2016.
6 ADAM ‘PACMAN’ JONES
Adam “Pacman” Jones should be prohibited from freely roaming the streets. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Jones, who the Tennessee Titans took out of West Virginia sixth overall in 2005, is a repulsive person. A notorious ruffian in Morgantown, Jones was suspended from the league for the entire 2007 season and part of 2008 for his cruel and immoral behavior. Beyond assault, felony vandalism, drug, obstruction of justice, disorderly conduct and public intoxication arrests, Jones instigated a shootout in February 2007 that left an innocent man paralyzed from the waist down. A Las Vegas judge ordered Jones to pay $12.4 million in damages to the two strip club employees injured in the gunfire. Unmoved by his prior actions, Jones headbutted a Cincinnati police officer in January 2017.
“Suck my d–-, how about that,” Jones, 34, said to the cop that he attacked. “You a b—h, bro. B—h ass n—a, I hope you die tomorrow.”
Somehow, Jones continues to hold a job in the NFL.
5 DARREN SHARPER
Darren Sharper is a sexual predator. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Sharper, a member of the 2000s NFL All-Decade Team, drugged and raped at least nine women in four states. For his "horrible conduct'' and "disgraceful abuse of trust,'' Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor sentenced Sharper to a 20-year prison term in November 2016.
"I started vomiting, my head was pounding and I had trouble seeing clearly,'' said one victim.
“It was the worst night of my life. The only good thing about this situation is that this disgusting low-life human will be sent to prison for many years and is likely he will never be able to do to this to another woman again. I hope this scumbag will now feel as worthless as he has made me feel.''
In a useless remark, Sharper said he wanted to "apologize a thousand times.''
4 LAWRENCE PHILLIPS
Lawrence Phillips is one of the more tragic, and unsettling, stories in NFL history. The 6-foot, 225-pound Phillips was an elite physical specimen who overpowered defenders with his phenomenal strength and running abilities. While Phillips amazed on the field as a Nebraska Cornhusker, the irreparably damaged man also mortified students across Lincoln’s campus. Most frighteningly, Phillips dragged his ex-girlfriend, Nebraska basketball player Kate McEwen, down three flights of stairs before smashing her head into a mailbox. The St. Louis Rams ignored Phillips’ propensity for violence and drafted him sixth overall in 1996.
Phillips’ demons doomed him from the outset and NFL decision makers considered him unemployable following a stint with the San Francisco 49ers in 1999. After briefly resuscitating his career in the CFL, Phillips was incarcerated for a host of vicious crimes. While behind bars, Phillips’ psyche continued to deteriorate.
"I feel myself very close to snapping,'' wrote Phillips in a letter dated March 5, 2015. "My anger grows daily as I have become fed up with prison. I feel my anger is near bursting and that will result in my death or the death of someone else.''
Approximately five weeks later, Phillips strangled the life out of his cellmate, Damion Soward. Phillips then took his own life in his Kern Valley State prison cell in January 2016 at the age of 40.
3 AARON HERNANDEZ
According to Psychology Today, “A serial killer is defined as someone who commits more than three murders over a period that spans more than one month. For the most part, serial killers commit murder for some sort of psychological benefit.”
Hence, a legal loophole notwithstanding, Aaron Hernandez was in all probability a serial killer. The 6-foot-2, 245-pound Hernandez, who the New England Patriots selected out of the University of Florida with the 113th pick in 2010, was arrested and charged in June 2013 for shooting to death Odin Lloyd. While on trial for Lloyd's murder, Hernandez was indicted for the July 2012 double homicide of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.
For the Lloyd slaying, Hernandez was found guilty of first-degree murder in April 2015 and sentenced to serve life in prison without the possibility of parole at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Lancaster, Massachusetts. Five days after he was curiously acquitted for the killings of de Abreu and Furtado, Hernandez hanged himself in his prison cell on April 19 at the age of 27.
In a letter penned to his fiancée shortly before committing suicide, Hernandez wrote, "I told you what was coming indirectly! This was the Supremes, the Almightys plan, not mine!"
2 O.J. SIMPSON
Unlike his lovable, hapless character in ''The Naked Gun,'' O.J. Simpson is a homicidal maniac. A serial domestic abuser, the 6-foot-1, 210-pound Simpson was found liable for the murders of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson in a February 1997 civil lawsuit.
'The jury decision of last Tuesday was the only decision important to us, to find the killer of my son and Nicole responsible,'' said Goldman's father, Fred. ''The money is not an issue. It never has been. It's holding the man who killed my son and Nicole responsible.''
Roughly a decade after the civil lawsuit, Simpson was found guilty of kidnapping and armed robbery in Las Vegas. Following nine years of imprisonment, a Nevada parole board decided to free the “Juice” on July 20th, 2017.
"I've basically spent a conflict-free life," Simpson said during his parole hearing. "I'm not a guy who lived a criminal life. I'm a straight shooter."
Simpson was officially released on Monday, October 2.
1 RAE CARRUTH
The world would be a better place if Ray Carruth never existed. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound Carruth, chosen by the Carolina Panthers out of Colorado 27th overall in 1997, impregnated a woman named Cherica Adams. Carruth, who as a rookie signed a four-year contract worth $3.7 million plus bonuses, decided he couldn’t afford to have a child. Consequently, Carruth hired a hitman, Van Brett Watkins Sr., and helped ensure that the triggerman had an ideal angle to shoot Adams four times.
Prior to dying, Adams called 911 and identified Carruth as one of the men involved in the ambush. While Adams fell into a coma, doctors successfully delivered her baby, Chancellor Lee Adams, via emergency Caesarean section. Although Carruth’s son survived, Chancellor suffered permanent brain damage and cerebral palsy. Following nearly two decades behind bars, Carruth is scheduled to be released from prison in 2018.
“That’s his father. It’s a part of him. Chancellor wouldn’t be who he is without Rae. I want them to bond, or at least to meet again,” said Chancellor’s grandmother, Saundra Adams.
“Rae is still in denial about his part in Cherica’s murder. Not that Chancellor would change that. But if anybody were to ever touch Rae’s heart, to make him want to be truthful, I think it would be Chancellor.”