By Tyler on August 14, 2014
Nearly all athletes are genuinely nice people, but some can't seem to stay out of trouble, and thus they find themselves stuck inside a courthouse on a consistent basis. These 15 athletes specifically find themselves sitting inside a courtroom far too often, with many of these men ending up behind bars for an extensive period of time.
Arenas was arrested in January of 2010 for pulling out a gun in the Washington Wizards' locker room and again in 2013 by the LAPD for illegal possession of fireworks. Neither instance resulted in jail or prison time, but they did scare off NBA teams, and effectively signaled the end of Arenas' days as a star basketball player.
Hernandez is currently being held in jail on one single murder charge and another murder charge, and the former New England Patriots star has been charged with assault for a jailhouse fight along the way. And while we are a long way from figuring out if the 24-year-old is actually guilty, things certainly don't look good, and Hernandez is spending massive amounts of time in courtrooms.
Daly is known for his wild lifestyle, which has seen him get arrested for domestic assault in 1992, public drunkenness in 2008 and being drawn into the courtroom after being assaulted by his second wife in 2007. In recent years the 48-year-old has cleaned up his act, but for a while Daly was a regular in courtrooms.
Cantona was arrested for assault in both 1995 and 2014, and although neither instance resulted in jail time, both cemented the former Manchester United star's reputation as a wild child.
Harding was convicted of hindering a police investigation in 1994 after helping stage an attack on Nancy Kerrigan, and she was later arrested and convicted on two DUI charges in later years.
Rodman was arrested for domestic assault in November of 1999, a DUI in December of 1999, interfering with a police investigation in 2002 and two more domestic violence charges in 2003 and 2008. Suffice to say, the 53-year-old was dealing with some personal troubles along the way, but he nevertheless became a regular in courtrooms.
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Strawberry's MLB career and life spiraled out of control at one moment, as he was charged with failure to pay child support, soliciting a prostitute, possession of cocaine, hit-and-run and filing a false police report. Fortunately, the 52-year-old has gotten his life back on track in recent years, and he now lives a drug free life.
Blackmon was arrested for DUI in both 2010 and 2012, and then arrested for possession of marijuana in 2014. These incidents have given the wide receiver a bad reputation, and earned him plenty of hours in courtrooms.
Adams is referred to by many as the father of skateboarding, but he dealt with drug addiction and legal problems for most of his life, which was highlighted by an assault charge in 1982, drug charges in the late 1990s and going to prison in 2005 because of methamphetamine charges. Fortunately, Adams has gotten his many hours in the courtroom out of the way, and he is now sober.
Clarett was charged with filing a false police report in 2003, then arrested in 2006 on two counts of aggravated robbery and one count of carrying a concealed weapon. These issues effectively ended Clarett's ambitions of playing in the NFL, and resulted in some prison time.
Taylor has been arrested twice for buying cocaine from undercover cops, once for filing a fake tax return and once for soliciting an underage prostitute. Along the way, Taylor racked up plenty of hours in courtrooms, although he has avoided extensive time behind bars.
Tyson has previously been arrested on charges of rape, road rage, possession of cocaine and DUI, and the former boxing star has spent plenty of time in courtrooms and behind bars as a result.
Gooden suffered from legal troubles towards the end of his MLB career, picking up charges of DUI, driving with a suspended license, domestic assault, probation violation and a DWI between 2003 and 2010.
Jones has been arrested on nine different occasions during his NFL career, becoming the face of what many view as an NFL playing corps that is out of control. The Cincinnati Bengals cornerback has spent massive amounts of time in courtrooms along the way, although he has never done time behind bars.
No athletes in sports history has become as visually attached to a courtroom as Simpson, who was acquitted of murder after a lengthy trial in 1995. Simpson was later arrested and charged with 10 different crimes in relation to a 2007 robbery, and he is currently in prison after accepting a guilty plea, hopefully ending his many days inside a courtroom.
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