10 Athletes That Have Been Arrested

  Here are the top 10 athletes that have been arrested; they have made headlines, but not always for their star performances.

  1. O.J. Simpson.  O.J. Simpson is a retired football player who was a running back for the Buffalo Bills and the San Francisco 49ers. He was arrested in 1994 for the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Smith and good friend Ron Goldman.  After a very public trial, he was acquitted.  In 2007 he was arrested for kidnap and armed robbery.  He wasn’t so lucky this time, he was found guilty and sentenced to serve up to thirty-three years in prison.

  2. “Fast” Eddie Johnson.  Eddie Johnson was a NBA player with several NBA teams.  He was arrested and charged with sexual assault on a minor, burglary, and drug possession.  In 2008 he was sentenced to a mandatory life sentence in prison.

  3. Mike Tyson.  Mike Tyson was a professional boxer and at one time the undisputed heavyweight champion. On February 10, 1992 Mike Tyson was charged and convicted of rape and severed three years. 

  4. Michael Vick.  Michael Vick was a football player for the Atlanta Falcons.  He was convicted of being involved in an illegal dogfighting ring in August 2007.  After being released from prison, the Philadelphia Eagles offered Vick a one year contract (2009).

  5. Michael Irvin.  Michael Irvin was a wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys.  In March 1996 Irvin was arrested for cocaine possession.  He pled no contest to the charges and was ordered to community service, probation, and a $10,000 fine. 

  6. Cedric Benson.  Cedric Benson was a NFL Football player for the Chicago Bears.  After being arrested for operating a boat under the influence and driving under the influence he was released from the Chicago Bears.  On September 30, 2008 he Benson signed a contract with the Cincinnati Bengals.

  7. “Pacman” Adam Jones.  Pacman was a NFL Football player for the Tennessee Titans.  After being released from the Titans he was picked up by the Dallas Cowboys.  On January 7, 2009 the Dallas Cowboys announced that they were releasing Jones from the team.  The Dallas Cowboys learned that Jones was arrested as a suspect in a shooting outside an Las Vegas strip club.   

  8. Terry “Tank” Johnson.  Terry Johnson has been arrested four times.  He was a NFL player for the Chicago Bears.  In November 2005 he was arrested for possession of a handgun while in Las Vegas.  On February 12, 2006 Johnson was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and resisting arrest.  On December 14, 2006 police found six illegal firearms in Johnson's home and he was charged with violating probation and possessing unlicensed weapons.  Lastly he was arrested and released without being charged for driving slightly impaired.

  9.  Patrick Kane.  Patrick Kane is a NHL Hockey player for the Chicago Blackhawks.  He was arrested for assaulting a cab driver.  The cab driver didn’t have the twenty cents change that was owed to Kane.  The cab driver suffered cuts to his face.

  10. Shaun Rodgers.  Shaun Rodgers is a nose tackle for the Chicago Bears.  He was arrested on April 1, 2010 at Hopkins International Airport for possessing a loaded hand gun in his carry-on baggage.  No charges have yet been filed.

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