slideshow: 13 athletes who have killed, raped, robbed and more

slideshow

slideshow: 13 athletes who have killed, raped, robbed and more

  • Javaris Crittenton (Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty) Former NBA player Javaris Crittenton made headlines last year when he and Washington Wizards teammate Gilbert Arenas pulled guns on each other over a gambling dispute. Earlier this week, Crittenton was arrested by the FBI in Los Angeles after a few days on the run from the law. The 23-year-old Crittenton is accused of shooting an innocent woman to death in a drive-by shooting.
  • Rae Carruth (Craig Jones/Getty) In 2001, former Carolina Panthers wide reciever Rae Carruth was convicted of plotting to kill his pregnant girlfriend in an effort to avoid paying child support. Carruth's girlfriend, who was six months pregnant, was driving home after watching a movie when she was shot four times. She slipped into a coma and died a month later. Doctors were able to save her son, Chancellor Lee Adams, but the boy, who is now 10 years old, suffers from cerebral palsy.
  • Ugueth Urbina (Matthew Stockman/Getty) Ugueth Urbina, a former relief pitcher who once played for the Chicago White Sox and Philadelphia Phillies, is apparently a real life "Machete." During a party in his native Venezuela, Urbina learned that one of his ranch workers stole a gun from the property. Incensed, Urbina and a few other men rounded up a group of ranch workers, attacked them with machetes and set them on fire. Urbina is serving a 14-year sentence in a Venezuelan prison for attempted murder.
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  • Lawrence Phillips (Mike Powell/Getty) Lawrence Phillips, a college football star at Nebraska, was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon after driving his car onto a Los Angeles football field and injuring three teenagers. Phillips reportedly tried to run over the teens because he was frustrated with losing a pickup game that he participated in.
  • Mark Rogowski Mark "Gator" Rogowski was a superstar skateboarder in the '80s, along with future legends Tony Hawk and Christian Hosoi. In 1992, Rogowski was convicted of raping and murdering a friend of his ex-girlfriend. Rogowski, who was arrested after confessing to police, said he committed his heinous crime as a way to get revenge on his ex-girlfriend.
  • Jayson Williams (Getty Images) Former NBA player Jayson Williams is serving a six-year prison sentence for shooting a limo driver to death with a shotgun. Williams, who pled guilty to aggravated assault last year after a lengthy court proccess, says he was showing his shotgun off to house guests when he accidentally fired the weapon and shot the limo driver, Costas "Gus" Christofi, in the chest.
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  • Mike Danton (Bill Greenblatt/Getty) Former NHL player Mike Danton served five years in prison for hiring a hitman to kill his agent, David Frost. Danton, who was released on parole in 2009, later claimed that his father, not Frost, was the intended target. Danton currently plays professionally in Sweden.
  • O.J. Simpson (Getty Images Sport) In 1994, NFL Hall of Famer O.J. Simpson was arrested for murdering his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman. A year later, in one of the most publicized trials in American history, Simpson was acquitted. In 2007, he was arrested for leading a group of men to steal sports memorabilia from a man at gunpoint in a Las Vegas hotel room. A year later, Simpson was convicted of armed robbery and kidnapping. He is currently serving a 33-year prison sentence in Nevada but is eligible for parole in 2017.
  • Mel Hall (T.G. Higgins/Getty) Mel Hall, a journeyman MLB player who once played for the New York Yankees, is serving 45 years in prison for raping a 12-year-old girl he coached. When Hall was on trial, two other women came forward with similar claims of sexual abuse. Hall's ex-wife and two daughters both testified on his behalf, saying that Hall was incapable of doing such things.
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  • Lawrence Taylor (Rick Stewart/Getty) One of the most feared linebackers in NFL history, Lawrence Taylor had multiple run-ins with the law after his retirement. In 2009, Taylor was arrested for having sex with a 16-year-old prostitute. Earlier this year, Taylor pled guilty to a misdemeanor in the case and was sentenced to six months probation. Taylor also had to register as a sex offender.
  • Mike Tyson (Holly Stein/Getty) In 1991, champion boxer Mike Tyson was arrested for raping an 18-year-old woman in an Indiana hotel. Tyson insisted that the woman, Desiree Washington, made up the claim to defame him. A year after his arrest, Tyson was convicted and sentenced to six years in prison. He was released from prison after three years.
  • Michael Vick (Jim McIsaac/Getty) In 2007, NFL star Michael Vick was convicted on felony charges related to a dogfighting ring organized by Vick and his associates. In 2009, Vick was released after serving 23 months in prison. That same year, he signed a two-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, sparking controversy over whether he should be allowed to return to the NFL. Last year, Vick's return to form earned him the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award.
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  • Adam Jones (Kevin C. Cox/Getty) In 2007, NFL player Adam "Pacman" Jones was arrested in Las Vegas after a nightclub melee. Jones allegedly grabbed a club dancer and slammed her onto a stage when she began gathering money that Jones had thrown in the air. Jones pleaded guilty to "conspiracy to commit disorderly conduct," a misdemeanor that earned him a year-and-a-half-long suspension from the NFL. Earlier this year, Jones was arrested in Cincinnati for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
They may have money, they may have fame, but some professional athletes just can't keep from running afoul of the law. Here are 13 who went beyond the usual drug or gun bust.
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