10 Pro Athletes Who Were Once Arrested

Celebs December 20, 2017 By Vincent

They may be treated like demi-Gods with millions of dollars in the bank, and many more adoring fans but even sports stars are human and with that humanity comes its faults and foibles. Sometimes these people get into scrapes with the law, and here we look at a few who have been arrested.

1. Allen Iverson

The basketball star got into some trouble in high-school when he got into a fight in a bowling alley and beat up some other kids. This led to an arrest and a prosecution of five years behind bars.


Iverson never served this though because the governor pardoned the conviction because no white kids were arrested and so it was evident there was a racial divide in the enforcement of the law.

2. Sally McNeil

The professional bodybuilder dropped a 70-pound weight on her ex-husband's car from a balcony, pulled a gun on him and had to be subdued by pepper spray when the police arrived.


Sadly, the sports star would later kill her ex-husband with a shotgun on Valentine’s Day of 1995 after claiming he had been abusive to her.

3. Plaxico Buress

The NFL star turned himself into the police after a bizarre incident saw him shoot himself in the leg with a concealed weapon that he took into a nightclub.

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Confessing to the charges of criminal possession of a handgun, he was also charged with reckless endangerment and entered a plea deal to get two years behind bars. He returned to the NFL afterward.

4. Rae Carruth

Another NFL player, Rae Carruth was desperate to not pay child support to the woman he had been casually dating, and so he had arranged to have her murdered whilst heavily pregnant.


The woman died but the child survived and Carruth' was sentenced to a minimum of 40 years and three months.

5. Darryl Strawberry

The baseball player was a hero in New York and won championships with the Mets but he also struggled with drug addiction, and the star repeatedly broke probation which saw him suspended on multiple occasions.


At one point,  he served almost a year for charges of solicitation of prostitution and drugs, and many wondered what would have become of his career if he'd kept out of trouble.

6. Sonny Liston

The man of which Muhammed Ali said "I act crazy, he is crazy," Sonny Liston purportedly had a contract owned by mafia bosses and had learned to box while doing a stint in prison.

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He once fired two blanks at Ali's head, assaulted a police officer and stole his gun and also impersonated a police officer.

7. Jayson Williams

A former NBA star of the New Jersey Nets, it all went downhill for Williams when he accidentally killed a limousine driver while he was showing off his new shotgun to friends.

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He was acquitted of manslaughter but still had to serve five years.

8. Maurice Clarett

Maurice Clarett led Ohio State to the national championship and was well on his way to being a full-blown star of the game.

However, he got involve in a  hold-up of a bar which led to a highway chase and the police finding loaded guns in his SUV. 

9. Floyd Mayweather

Floyd “Money” Mayweather was undefeated in the ring due to his handy hands but boxing inside the arena and outside of it are two different things, and he had to serve 90 days when he pleaded guilty to a reduced battery charge.

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It came about from a fight with his wife, and the judge said when sentencing, “No matter who you are, you have consequences to your actions when they escalate to this level of violence." 

10. Oscar Pistorius

A darling of the Paralympics for showing what people with special abilities could achieve, the paraplegic runner was so good, he even competed in the Olympics. However, when he shot his girlfriend through the door of his bathroom, it ignited one of the most hotly debated trials in years.

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Pistorius claims he thought she was a burglar and that it was not pre-meditated murder, which he did not get convicted for but two years later a court overturned the initial manslauter sentence, which will see the fallen star spend the next 13 years behind bars for murder.

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