Darren Sharper and the 15 Biggest Troublemakers in the NFL

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Darren Sharper and the NFL's 15 Biggest Troublemakers

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The news in the sports world has not been pleasant lately. First, Jonathan Martin leaves his teammates because of a bullying scandal. Then Ray Rice allegedly assaults his fiancee and could face some serious punishment from the NFL. Next, Richie Incognito loses it after bullying Martin, taking to Twitter on a rant and smashing his Ferrari with a baseball bat before checking into rehab. Lastly, Darren Sharper has turned himself in after warrants for his arrest were released for alleged rape charges against him.

It hasn't been a banner year when it comes to athletes staying out of trouble, but it has been a banner year for NFL arrests. Since the beginning of the 2013 NFL season, it seemed like the arrest number was going to grow and grow with no end in sight -- and that was exactly what happened.

Sharper isn't technically an NFL player anymore, but he was in the league not too long ago and he's still associated with the league -- also, he's giving the league an extremely bad name. While it seems like the arrest numbers are continuing to grow because of random arrests from seemingly clean players, there are a select few players who can be deemed "troublemakers".

The troublemakers aren't all strictly troublemakers off the field, but on the field as well. Some guys on this list of troublemakers don't have much of an arrest history, but it was the fashion in which they got in trouble that makes them troublemakers. Some guys are just pests on the field to the point where it causes animosity between them and their opponent.

Let's take a look at Darren Sharper and the 15 biggest troublemakers in the NFL today. Let me know if I have missed anyone.

Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also reach him at connor.muldowney@rantsports.com.

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Honorable Mention: Richie Incognito

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Ah, the Richie Incognito saga. How could we forget. First, he "bullies" Jonathan Martin. Next, he gets suspended from the Dolphins. Third, he's exposed on the Ted Wells report and his nasty text messages were made pubic. Following that, he went on a Twitter rant about Martin one day and then apologized then next. Lastly, he beat his Ferrari with a wooden baseball bat and then checked into rehab. Just another day in the life of Incognito.

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15. Cortland Finnegan

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Finnegan has been fined thousands upon thousands of dollars for being a troublemaker on the field. In fact, he was fined $5,000 in 2010 for throwing New York Giants' wide out Steve Smith to the ground by his helmet. That's not all, though. He was also fined $25,000 for an on-field altercation with Houston's Andre Johnson in which the two players threw punches at each other.

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14. John Boyett

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John Boyett had been drafted as a safety by the Indianapolis Colts and had yet to play a single snap in the NFL before being waived after an arrest outside of an Indianapolis bar. The 23-year-old rookie apparently told police "You can't arrest me, I'm a Colts player." Well, they did arrest him and a few days later, he was no longer a Colts player.

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13. Michael Vick

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Michael Vick was one of the most famous arrests of any NFL player in recent memory. In fact, Vick was arrested on dogfighting charges in 2007 and missed two years of playing professional football. That's just one major incident that trumped the rest of his minor ones -- like flipping the bird at fans and passing STDs to unsuspecting women.

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12. Von Miller

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Miller was arrested in August 2013 after trying to buy a gun from a Colorado gun store when a background check revealed he had an outstanding arrest warrant for failure to appear in court. If that wasn't stupid enough, Miller also tried to cheat an NFL drug test and was subsequently suspended for six games in 2013.

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11. Plaxico Burress

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Plaxico Burress brought a gun to a nightclub while hiding it in his jeans -- yes, a gun at a nightclub -- and ended up shooting himself in the leg and spending some time in prison.

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10. Aqib Talib

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Talib has always been kind of a thorn in the side of the NFL since his career began. In fact, he got into a physical altercation with fellow Buccaneers rookie Cory Boyd in 2008, he beat up a cab driver in 2009 and he was also accused of firing a gun at his sister's boyfriend. Yikes.

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9. Aldon Smith

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Aldon Smith couldn't avoid trouble if he tried. He has been charged with two DUIs, was stabbed at a house party while allegedly trying to break up a fight and was charged with three counts of felony possession and carrying an assault weapon in October 2013.

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8. Pacman Jones

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Pacman is one of the biggest troublemakers in all of sports -- although he has calmed down in recent years. It seems like he has done it all. Jones has been accused of involvement in a shooting in Las Vegas, allegedly hit a woman at a nightclub and was questioned about an Atlanta nightclub shooting that involved members of his entourage.

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7. Josh Brent

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Josh Brent plead guilty to a DUI charge in 2009 -- but that didn't stop the big Cowboys defensive lineman. In fact, he was driving a car with his teammate, Jerry Brown, as the passenger when he crashed the car and Brown was killed. The car was traveling at speeds of over 100 mph in a 45 mph zone. He was found guilty of intoxication manslaughter but is only serving 180 days in jail along with 10 years of probation.

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6. Ben Roethlisberger

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You know it's bad when the NFL commissioner says he's "disappointed" in you. That's exactly what happened to Ben Roethlisberger when the quarterback's personal life was made public following a couple sexual assault allegations.

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5. Ray Rice

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Ray Rice was caught on video dragging his fiancee out of an elevator that he allegedly assaulted her in. Police have said that they have video of the NFL running back assaulting his fiancee during an altercation and that could land him in some serious trouble.

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4. Darren Sharper

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Sharper retired from football and became an analyst for the NFL Network, but his idiotic behavior is enough to put him on this list. The former NFL hard-hitter had been charged with two counts of rape by use of drugs and five other felony charges in February and he turned himself in later in February 2014 for two more counts of rape. If convicted, he could get life in prison.

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3. Titus Young

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Young was arrested twice in one day and three times in a week-long span. Yeah, that requires an adequate amount of troublemaker genes as well as a large amount of stupidity. No team has wanted to take a risk on him since all of the arrests and failures to appear in court.

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2. Sam Hurd

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Sam Hurd was sentenced to 15 years in prison after he was convicted of being a kingpin of a big-time Chicago drug spree. The literal term was that he was sentenced on federal drug charges. Either way, his playing days are over.

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1. Aaron Hernandez

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Aaron Hernandez has been charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd and he could face life in prison, if convicted. However, you would think he'd be trying to be on his best behavior in jail, but he has already been put into isolation following a fight with a fellow inmate.


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  • WTF, Dave!?!?

    this isn’t a smallest to biggest list is it? Because you have a couple of rapists, one a serial rapist and a guy convicted for severe animal cruelty lower than a guy who verbally bullied another grown man?

  • JT

    How in the world is Ray Carruth not on this list?Carruth was found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder, shooting into an occupied vehicle, and using an instrument to destroy an unborn child. He was sentenced to 18 to 24 years in prison. He was found not guilty of first-degree murder, and so was spared the death penalty.

    • http://www.rantsports.com/blog/author/connormuldowney/ Connor Muldowney

      While Darren Sharper was a stretch because he retired a couple years ago, I can’t include a guy who played 15 years ago on the list of current NFL troublemakers. He would be on an all-time list, though.