The 15 Most Embarrassing Off-Field Blunders by Professional Athletes

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The 15 Most Embarrassing Off-Field Blunders by Professional Athletes

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There are too many moments in sports when athletes make mindboggling plays that do nothing but embarrass the heck out of the athlete who made it. Then there are the moments off the field in which professional athletes make such a stupid decision that it haunts them for the rest of their lives. There is no question that the 15 athletes listed on the slideshow regret the embarrassing off-field blunder that altered either their life or playing career.

A majority of the professional athletes mentioned in the countdown are on the list because of an arrest in their past. Some of those arrests led to prison time, which led to the careers of the mentioned athletes to come to an end. Obviously, there is nothing more embarrassing than a career that pays millions and millions of dollars end with a dud because an athlete could not handle his irresponsible behavior. It is actually very sad because a majority of the athletes were still young men who still had plenty to accomplish in their career as well as their life.

It should be pointed out that not every professional athlete in the slideshow got arrested. With that being said, a reason why most of made the countdown is because of an arrest due to a very embarrassing moment in their life.

Make sure to click through the slideshow to see the 15 athletes who made the most embarrassing off-field blunders in the history of sports. Also, make sure to comment below on any athlete that you thought deserved to make the list.

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15. Jeff Reed Beats Up Paper Towel Holder

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In 2009, kicker Jeff Reed was taken into custody after he allegedly beat up a paper towel holder in a Sheetz convenience store bathroom. The thorough beating cost him $543.50 in which he had to pay to the store.

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14. Isaiah Rider’s

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Why does Isaiah Rider have the privilege of being on the countdown? The former basketball player has been reportedly arrested 832 times, which includes a public gambling charge and a convicted assault charge, among many other things.

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13. Pat McAfee Charged with Public Intoxication

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Punter Pat McAfee decided to embarrass the heck out of himself after a solid night of drinking. Police found him soaking wet and without a shirt, which led to the belief that he had been swimming in a canal while under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested for public intoxication and had to serve a one-game suspension.

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12. Patrick Kane Punches Cab Driver Over 20 Cents

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Wild and crazy man Patrick Kane is no stranger to alcohol. The center/right winger is a well-known partygoer in the Chicago area, which seems to get him into trouble more often than not. Kane and his cousin, James M. Kane, were arrested in 2009 after they punched a cab driver. What was the reason for the arrest? The driver was unable to give $0.20 back on the $14.80 cab fare after the Kane’s paid with $15.00.

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11. Richard Collier Passes Out In Drive Through


Richard Collier was arrested after he was found passed out in a fast-food-drive-through in Jacksonville after he had too much to drink. He got his driver’s license suspended for six months and had to pay a $650 fine as well as take part in 50 hours of community service.

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10. Louis Murphy Busted With Illegal Viagra Prescription

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In 2011, wide receiver Louis Murphy was charged with drug possession without a valid prescription and resisting arrest. The prescription drug that got him into a heap of trouble and embarrassment was Viagra.

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9. Barret Robbins Goes AWOL


Oakland Raiders center Barret Robbins became a household name after his stunt the night before the team’s berth in Super Bowl XXXVII. Robbins apparently didn’t take his anti-depressant medication and wound up inebriated in Mexico. The worst part was that he had reportedly told his wife that he thought he was celebrating a Super Bowl victory when in reality the game hadn’t even been played yet.

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8. Randy Moss Pushes Traffic Control Agent with Car

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Randy Moss has seen his fair share of trouble on and off the field. One of his lowest moments came in 2002 when he assaulted a traffic control agent with his car. The agent attempted to prevent Moss from making an illegal turn. He didn’t comply and instead knocked her onto the hood of his car and pushed her a half block before his car came to a halt.

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7. Kobe Bryant Finds Himself In Trouble

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Kobe Bryant’s world almost came crashing down when he was arrested for sexual assault in 2003. Bryant continuously stated he thought the encounter to be consensual. He was never convicted as the incident was settled after the accuser filed a civil lawsuit. Nonetheless, it was an incredibly embarrassing moment for Bryant as well as the NBA.

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6. Jayson Williams Kills Limo Driver


Jayson Williams was arrested after he shot and killed a limousine driver at his house. While giving a tour of his mansion to the people of his NBA charity basketball team, Williams accidentally fired a shotgun that killed the driver. He was charged with reckless manslaughter and four counts of trying to cover up the driver’s death. He was convicted of aggravated assault and sentenced to five years in prison, which ended on April 13, 2012.

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5. Najeh Davenport Arrested for Criminal Mischief


In one of the more bizarre off-field incidents to occur in the NFL, running back Najeh Davenport was charged with burglary and criminal mischief after he broke into a woman’s dorm room at Barry University. The weird part occurred when Davenport decided to use the woman’s laundry basket as a way to relieve himself.

The charges were dropped after he completed 100 hours of community service. However, not before he left the media with the following dime of a quote: “Where’s the evidence? Where’s the manure? I know I didn't do it – I just wanted to get it over with.”

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4. Travis Henry Drug Trafficking Operation


Travis Henry was arrested for drug trafficking and being part of a cocaine trafficking ring. He was charged with conspiracy to possess cocaine with an intention to distribute. He was sentenced to three years in federal prison and had to pay $4 million in fines for his crimes. The Pro Bowl running back had signed a $22.5 million contract the year prior to his arrest.

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3. Brett Favre Photo Scandal

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Everyone knew Brett Favre’s photo scandal was going to be on the list, it was just a matter of where. The legendary quarterback thought that his fame could get any woman that he wanted. However, Jenn Sterger didn’t want any part of Favre’s sexting scandal or his inappropriate photos and voicemails. The NFL decided that Favre wasn’t in violation of any league rules, but they did fine him $50,000 for his failure to cooperate.

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2. Plaxico Burress Shoots Himself

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Wide receiver Plaxico Burress went from a Super Bowl champion to a football player who was on his way to prison after his accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound at a nightclub in New York City. It only got more embarrassing after the incident took on a life of its own. Several television shows poked fun at Burress, while the New York media had a field day. Burress served two years in prison after he was convicted of criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment.

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1. Michael Vick Dog Fighting Ring

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By far the most embarrassing off-field blunder committed by a professional athlete is that of Michael Vick and the dog fighting ring he was involved with for several years. Vick went to prison because he financed the operation and took part in illegal gambling. He also was seen participating in the dog fights in which several pit bulls were killed.