15 NBA Stars Who Have Spent Time Behind Bars

By Chipper Murphy

15 NBA Stars Who Have Spent Time Behind Bars

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Legal problems and bad decisions have become an unfortunate trend for professional athletes and NBA players are not an exception from the rule. It's incredible how many of these millionaires make childish mistakes when they have so much to lose and the terrible acts they appear to get away with. Here are 15 NBA stars who have been behind bars.

15. Matt Barnes

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15. Matt Barnes

Matt Barnes
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Matt Barnes was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence in 2010, and for driving with a suspended license and threatening a police officer in 2012. His fiancee later came out and said Barnes had never harmed her, but the TMZ video of his other arrest speaks for itself.

14. Michael Beasley

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14. Michael Beasley

Michael Beasley
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The former No. 2 overall pick has been a huge bust and off-the-court issues have been a major factor in keeping him down. He's been arrested twice for speeding with marijuana in his car, once claiming that the bag belonged to a friend that he had just dropped off.

13. Marcus Camby

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13. Marcus Camby

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Camby was arrested twice for marijuana possession — once in 1997 and again in 2011 — but charges were dropped both times.

12. Javaris Crittenton

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12. Javaris Crittenton

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Javaris Crittenton reportedly joined the Crips while playing for the Los Angeles Lakers. In 2011, he was arrested for the murder of Julian Jones, a 22-year-old mother of four, and released on a 0,000 bond. While out on bond, he was arrested on a drug charge, and is now serving 23 years in prison for voluntary manslaughter with a weapon and aggravated assault with a firearm.

11. Tyreke Evans

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11. Tyreke Evans

Tyreke Evans
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When he was a young kid with the Sacramento Kings back in 2010, Tyreke Evans was arrested at gunpoint for driving 130 mph on the highway.

10. Jordan Hill

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10. Jordan Hill

Jordan Hill
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This past July, Jordan Hill was arrested for reckless driving and speeding while driving 107 mph in a 65 mph zone.

9. James Johnson

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9. James Johnson

James Johnson
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James Johnson was arrested for domestic violence in June of 2014, but the case was dropped when his wife failed to appear in court.

8. Jason Kidd

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8. Jason Kidd

Jason Kidd
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The current head coach and former legendary point guard was arrested for domestic violence against his first wife, who accused him of further violence during divorce proceedings. He was then arrested for driving while intoxicated just three years ago, driving into a telephone pole.

7. Ty Lawson

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7. Ty Lawson

Ty Lawson
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Ty Lawson's problems with alcohol have unfortunately harmed his career and put him on this list. The signs were there dating back to when he was 20 years old and got arrested in college for driving drunk. It was the first of at least four instances where he was arrested on a similar charge.

6. Greg Oden

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6. Greg Oden

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No one ever had a bad word to say about Greg Oden, and everyone wanted one of his many comebacks to work. It was a shock when Oden was accused of punching his ex-girlfriend in the face and arrested for battery. He reached a plea deal and was ordered to complete 26 weeks of domestic violence counseling, alcoholics anonymous classes and 909 days of probation.

5. Lamar Odom

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5. Lamar Odom

Lamar Odom
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Lamar Odom has become one of the league's saddest stories. It arguably started with his DUI arrest in 2013, which happened when speculation about his drug problem began.

4. Jason Richardson

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4. Jason Richardson

Jason Richardson
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In 2009, while a member of the Phoenix Suns, Jason Richardson was driving 90 mph in a 35 mph zone with his 3-year-old son in the car and not in a car seat. His fiancee took custody of the child.

3. J.R. Smith

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3. J.R. Smith

J.R. Smith
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J.R. Smith served 24 days of his 90-day sentence stemming from a car accident in 2007. Smith was driving and went through a stop sign, colliding with another car. Smith's friend, the passenger, died two days later. At the time of the incident, Smith had five license suspensions in eight months. You want to feel sorry for Smith, and then you read that he has been arrested twice for speeding since the tragic accident.

2. Ben Wallace

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2. Ben Wallace

Ben Wallace
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Big Ben was arrested back in 2014 for leaving the scene of an accident and was given a whopping two days in jail. His time was cut even shorter as Wallace was released after a grueling 16 hours.

1. Metta World Peace

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1. Metta World Peace

Metta World Peace
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Metta World Peace was arrested back in 2007 for domestic violence after an incident with his then wife and sentenced to 20 days in jail and community service. Metta only served 10 days but was suspended by the NBA for the first seven games of the 2007-08 season.

Chipper Murphy is a Beat Writer for the New York Knicks on RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy or Google. “Like” him on Facebook.

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