Athletes Convicted of Crimes

by fedoratipper - 140 cards (Last updated on Oct 18, 2019)

1. 1985 O-Pee-Chee WWF Series 2 #34 Siva Afi

Aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, and seven counts of kidnapping for acting as a getaway driver
Thanks to switzr1

2. 2001 Bowman #201 Michael Bennett

Burglary, identity theft, and attempted theft
Thanks to EbeSPN

3. 1992-93 Topps #268 Mookie Blaylock

Vehicular homicide after he passed out behind the wheel due to meds which resulted in a head-on collision and the death of Monica Murphy
Thanks to Billy Kingsley

4. 2016 Topps WWE #8 Booker T

Armed robbery
Thanks to trauty

5. 1960 Topps #347 Ed Bouchee

Indecent exposure
Thanks to phillyphan77
Note: I specifically chose this card cause it looks he's thinking of taking it out

6. 1991 Kayo #172 Riddick Bowe

Kidnapping his estranged wife Judy and their 5 children
Thanks to C2Cigars

7. 2012 Topps #316 Brandon Browner

Possession of cocaine and later Attempted murder

8. 2012 Topps #207 Plaxico Burress

Criminal possession of a handgun (AKA the shooting incident), failure to pay taxes, and reckless endangerment
Thanks to switzr1

9. 2018 Topps #523 Matt Bush

DUI with property damage, DUI with serious bodily harm, leaving the scene of an accident, and driving with a suspended license

10. 2002-03 Upper Deck #88 Jason Caffey

Third-degree domestic violence
Thanks to EbeSPN



Jan 11, 2019 - 6:44AM

Mercury Morris, drug trafficking

Aaron Hernandez, very long rap sheet; multiple shootings, assaults, attempted murders, homicides, drunk driving

Ray Lewis, obstruction of justice

Jan 11, 2019 - 6:48AM
Billy Kingsley

What about that Football guy who went to jail for murdering his teammate, I think it was? 

Two NBA players to add- Javaris Crittendon, murder

Mookie Blaylock, was warned never to drive again due to interactions with medicine, did anyway and killed somebody when he passed out behind the wheel.

NASCAR legend Junior Johnson went to federal prison for moonshining, was pardoned by Ronald Reagan

Steve Seligman, who has a card despite not actually qualifying for a race, paid for his race team by smuggling drugs. 

Jan 11, 2019 - 8:27AM

Ray Rice

Craig MacTavish

Jan 11, 2019 - 3:24PM

Lenny Dykstra

Jan 11, 2019 - 4:34PM

Thanks for the suggestions! I'll add all of them.

Jan 11, 2019 - 9:53PM

Rob Ramage impaired driving causing death and dangerous driving causing death (the death was fellow NHL alum Keith Magnuson, his passenger)

Dany Heatley second degree vehicular homicide (the death was teammate Dan Snyder, his passenger)

Marty McSorely assault with a weapon (for striking Donald Brashear in his head with his stick)


Jan 11, 2019 - 10:04PM

Basketball- Fast Eddie Johnson (not to be confused with Eddie Johnson who had a long career and went to Illinois)

Baseball- Pete Rose

Ugueth Urbina

Don Prince

Wrestling- Ken Patera

Masa Saito

Sivi Afi


Jan 11, 2019 - 10:11PM

I was surprised to see she had cards; Tonya Harding, conspiracy to hinder prosecution.
Riddick Bowe, kidnapping
Sonny Liston, robbery

Not sure if it fits the exact criteria of your list. Hurricane Carter, wrongfully convicted of murder, conviction overturned after spending 19 years in prison.

Jan 11, 2019 - 10:39PM

Donte Stallworth, Kevin Mack, Ron LeFlore come to mind.

Jan 11, 2019 - 10:44PM

Didn't Willie Mays Aikens go to prison?

Jan 11, 2019 - 11:12PM

No scans of his only card, but War Machine (MMA) is doing a life sentence: Jon Koppenhaver

Same with Future from wrestling.  No scan, life sentence.  Search "Brian McGhee wrestler" for his crimes.

Jan 11, 2019 - 11:51PM

Doug DeCinces- Convicted of insider trading

Jan 12, 2019 - 7:29AM
tonym this is going to be an interesting list and I'm sure in today's age, it will grow quickly!! but how about:

Rae Curruth- murder - football

Bernard Hopkins, boxing, robbery

Stanley Wilson -football burglary

Dave Meggett- football (sadly) sex w/ minor and burglary

Kieth Wright - football.. i think he did a rainbow on the crime wave, burglary, grand theft, etc etc etc



Jan 12, 2019 - 8:07PM

Thank you for all the suggestions! Some of them I knew (Like Tonya Harding, Dany Heatley, Donte Stallworth) but they didn't cross my mind.

@tonym I already added Rae Carruth

Jan 12, 2019 - 10:23PM

Buck “ Rock and Roll “ Zumhofe . Wrestler . Serving 25 years for criminal sexual contact 

Jan 13, 2019 - 9:12PM

Bud Selig ... knowingly allowed the use of PEDs in MLB until congress got involved. Then he turned on the players.

Jan 15, 2019 - 9:58PM

How did I forget Plaxico Burress?

Also, this site may be useful, though it deals more with arrests than convictions.  It's one I bookmarked on my phone a couple years ago, but appears to still be current.

Jan 15, 2019 - 10:05PM

Selig: As much as that's a "crime against baseball", it's not a actual criminal matter.

Snuka: Charges were dropped, never convicted (I know the family).

Don't forget Ray Rice - "On March 27, 2014, a grand jury indicted Rice on third-degree aggravated assault, with a possible jail sentence of three to five years and a fine of up to $15,000."

Jan 15, 2019 - 10:30PM
Billy Kingsley

Considering we have roughly 180,000 athletes listed across dozens of sports listed, I'm glad this list is so small. 

Jan 17, 2019 - 12:36AM

Booker T (Wrestling) - served 19 months for armed robbery before he started his wrestling career

MVP (Wrestling) - served 9 1/2 years of a 18 1/2 year prison sentence for robbery/kidnapping before becoming a pro wrestler

Christian Hosoi (Skateboarder) - served 4 years of a 10 year sentence for transporting 1.5 lbs of crystal meth

Hank Thompson (Baseball) - served 3+ years of a 10 year sentence for armed robbery

Farmer Weaver (Baseball) - convicted of rape - served 2 years and 10 months of a 5-21 year sentence

Jim Rivera (Baseball) - convicted of attempted rape - served 5 years of a life sentence before making his MLB debut

Jerry Priddy (Baseball) - convicted of extortion - served 4.5 months of a 9 month sentence

Jan 17, 2019 - 12:38AM

John Wetteland has only been charged.  Don't think he's been convicted.

Jan 17, 2019 - 12:39AM

A couple of Cowboys

Michael Irvin

Joseph Randle 

Jan 17, 2019 - 8:59AM

Esteban Loaiza - possession about 44 pounds of cocaine with intent to distribute

Jan 17, 2019 - 9:18AM

Peter Storey - Convicted of keeping a brothel and counterfeiting gold coins.

Jan 17, 2019 - 11:24AM

@trauty Thanks for all the suggestions! I removed John Wetteland, thanks for the update.

Jan 17, 2019 - 12:59PM

Was Tony LaRussa convicted when he was arrested for DUI (observed asleep at the wheel of a running car)? Or was that dropped?

Maurice Clarrett definitely served prison time.

Jim Jackson was arrested but may not have been convicted for waving a gun at another car while driving.

Considering my two favorite teams are Cardinals and Buckeyes these three hurt when they happened

Jan 17, 2019 - 1:05PM

Not an athlete, but team owner Bruce McNall was/is in prison, and he has CFL cards.  Some kind of scam with collectible coins, if I remember right. 

Jan 17, 2019 - 1:39PM

Alameda Ta'amu:  Ta'amu was arrested after he allegedly evaded police while driving intoxicated and struck several parked cars, pleaded guilty to three counts of recklessly endangering another person.

Aldon Smith:  Multiple DUI, possession and weapons convictions, bail violation.

Adam Jones:  Misdemeanor assult, conspiracy to commit disorderly conduct, obstructing police

Dwight Smith:  Pot possession, obstructing traffic, indecent conduct, brandishing a gun

Chris Henry:  Providing alcohol to minors, drunk driving, concealed weapons, pot possession

Bryant McKinnie:  Disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, public nuisance, the "Love Boat" scandal

Fred Smoot:  Disorderly conduct, public nuisance, the "Love Boat" scandal

Moe Williams:  Disorderly conduct, the "Love Boat" scandal

Larry Johnson:  Multiple accounts of domestic abuse and disturbing the peace, brandishing a gun

Everson Griffin:  Driving with a suspended license, tased by police while trying to flee

Koren Robinson:  DUI, probation violation, lead police on a high speed chase

Randy Moss:  Careless Driving after hitting a police officer who stepped in front of his car during an illegal turn.  

Cecil Collins:  Broke into a woman's house, just to watch her sleep.

Barrett Robbins:  Shot three times in fight with police, attempted murder, possession of cocaine

Dwayne Goodrich:  Hit & Run vehicular manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide

Alonzo Spellman:  Charged with interference with a flight crew after a manic episode on a plane, ten counts of eluding police officers after a fight at a convenience store led to a police chase.

Darryl Henley:  Cocaine trafficking, attempting to murder the judge and witness in his case

Jim Dunaway:  Wrongful death of his ex-wife

Tommy Kane:  Manslaughter in the murder of his wife

Cole Ford:  Fired a gun at the house of Seigfried & Roy.


Jan 17, 2019 - 2:44PM
Jan 17, 2019 - 3:04PM

Thank you EBeSPN, brimose, and vudu44! I'll add them.

@switzr1 I'll still add him.

Jan 17, 2019 - 8:26PM

I don't know who Cole Ford is, but that might be the most unusual crime on the list?!?!  Peter Storey is right up there with him though.

Jan 17, 2019 - 9:31PM

Reggie Rogers - vehicular homicide

Titus Young - arrested numerous times (including twice in one day), convicted of assault

Jan 18, 2019 - 11:14PM

@switzr1 I know. When I first saw that, I was laughing my ass off!

@pistonfan Thanks! I'll add both of them.

Jan 19, 2019 - 12:09AM
Billy Kingsley

An interesting thought for a companion list...athletes that were victims of crimes. Jumping to mind immeadately are Tim Duncan and Roy Tyner. Not sure if Mickey Thompson has cards.

Jan 19, 2019 - 3:06PM
Billy Kingsley
Jan 19, 2019 - 8:58PM

@Billy Kingsley I might take that into consideration. Also, thanks for the suggestion.

Jan 20, 2019 - 6:56PM
Billy Kingsley

Slava Voynov, ex-NHL player. 

Jan 21, 2019 - 9:53PM

Working on a list that has to do with career saves (with the All-Time leader about to get elected into the HOF tomorrow), and remembered Jeff Reardon trying to shoplift or something.  Was under the influence of...I want to say some anti-depression medication or something.

Jan 31, 2019 - 11:01PM

with pete rose on the list, all the roid guys need to added

Feb 1, 2019 - 11:13AM

Finnish hockey player Marko Jantunen. DUI and drug use.

Finnish hockey player Jere Karalahti. Drug use and assistance to drug trafficking

Both known cases. Jantunen 3 Nhl games, Karalahti 149 Nhl games

Feb 1, 2019 - 11:26PM

@Duke Thanks for the suggestions.

Feb 2, 2019 - 1:28AM
Billy Kingsley

Alright, I must ask : What is the Love Boat Scandal? The curiously has gotten to me!

Feb 2, 2019 - 12:40PM

@Billy Kingsley The Love Boat Scandal was when a bunch of Minnesota Vikings players had a sex party on a boat with a bunch of prostitutes. 

Feb 20, 2019 - 4:58PM

baseball Ron Lefore - armed robbery

Hank Thompson - armed robbery

hockey   Dany Heatley - vehicular homicide

Feb 21, 2019 - 12:26AM

@jmnovff I've added them already.

Edited on: Feb 21, 2019 - 12:32AM

May 15, 2019 - 12:02PM

Ed Bouchee, Phillies first baseman. He was arrested and pleaded guilty to numerous charges, including indecent exposure, for exposing himself to young girls.

May 15, 2019 - 7:42PM

Isn't the Love Boat thing legal if you're on a boat?  Because of the implication?

May 15, 2019 - 7:49PM

Also, when you thank us under the charge, it makes us sound like we were involved.  "Smuggling cocaine, thanks to Billy Kingsley"

For the record, I'm NOT asking you to change anything.  It just struck me as hilarious when I was reading some out loud.

May 15, 2019 - 8:02PM

@switzr1 The details of that incident, I think are still up in the air. But I know the players were arrested for it. Also, I didn’t notice that it made it sound like you were involved! I’m definitely not changing that

@phillyphan77 Thanks, I’ll add him.

May 16, 2019 - 7:48AM

Interesting list.  This one just happened a couple days ago. Former Brewers pitcher:

Ben Hendrickson - theft by swindle.

May 16, 2019 - 2:38PM
Billy Kingsley

Since you are placing them alphabetically, can you tell us in a comment who is new? If they are a result of a comment we could go off that, but I have no idea who has been added since the last update. 

May 16, 2019 - 2:42PM

@ntlwhlr Thanks, I’ll add him. 

@Billy Kingsley Ed Bouchee, Ben Hendrickson, and Adam Johnson were the most recent people added.

May 19, 2019 - 1:59PM

Unfortunately one of my favourite Sonics players - Shawn Kemp - pleaded guilty to drug possession and later again to misdemeanor marijuana possession in 2005 (from what I've read on Wikipedia). Where I live - The Netherlands - the latter is completely legal though.

Edited on: May 19, 2019 - 2:54PM

May 19, 2019 - 2:09PM

@Aycee Thanks. I’ll add him.

May 30, 2019 - 5:00PM

Robert Swift (Sonics) - Reckless driving/DUI

May 30, 2019 - 5:01PM

@Aycee Thanks! I’ll add him

Jun 1, 2019 - 1:34AM
Big Ray

Lance Rentzel - indecent exposure

Jun 1, 2019 - 9:39AM

Bob Probert - Cocaine possession

Jun 1, 2019 - 10:43AM

Thank you! I’ll add both of them.

Jun 4, 2019 - 10:05PM

Bill Tilden (tennis)

Jun 4, 2019 - 10:30PM

@switzr1 Thanks! I'll add him

Jun 4, 2019 - 11:25PM
Billy Kingsley

I think Robert Swift has more than just reckless driving. Last I knew he was in jail after a police raid at his house

Jun 15, 2019 - 5:37PM

Looking up some old Raptors players, I found Keon Clark apparently served years in prison for 'weapons charges'...

Jun 15, 2019 - 5:39PM

@Aycee Thanks. I’ll add him!

Jun 15, 2019 - 8:34PM

Actually, Pete Rose's crime is incorrect. He went to prison for tax evasion.

Jun 15, 2019 - 9:02PM

@switzr1 I'll update it now. Thanks!

Jun 16, 2019 - 7:59AM

Soccer stars Christiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi took plea deals on tax evasion. 

Jun 16, 2019 - 10:06AM

@Magai Wow, I didn’t know that. I’ll add both of them.

Aug 10, 2019 - 11:40PM
Billy Kingsley

I may have missed him on the list, but legendary drag racer Gene Snow has been arrested multiple times for being a pedophile. According to wiki he never served any time for it, unfortunately.

Aug 10, 2019 - 11:44PM

@Billy Kingsley No, I haven't added him. I will though.

Aug 12, 2019 - 9:57AM

I don't think I saw Jose Lind on the list.  He was arrested for cocaine possesion and then later on he was pulled over for leaving the scene of an accident and driving naked, from the waste down.

Aug 12, 2019 - 9:12PM

@Gunny I haven’t. I will now!

Aug 16, 2019 - 3:12PM

Ed Bouchee  This was the year he was allowed to be traded as his probation ended.  The missing card from 1958 Topps set #145 and was not issued. 

Aug 19, 2019 - 5:53PM

A couple guys with CFL cards.

Cody Ledbetter - Sex with a minor
Trevis Smith  - Aggravated sexual assault
Josh Boden - Suffice to say it has its own wikipedia section

David Sidoo - Yet to be convicted, but charged in the whole Lori Loughlin/Felicity Huffman bribery case

And although Rae Carruth is on this list, his 1998 Fleer Metal Universe card #12 might be the most unfortunate background ever for a card.

Aug 19, 2019 - 6:00PM

Thank you! I’ll add them. Wow, the background on that card is unfortunate.

Aug 21, 2019 - 8:40AM

Octavio Dotel was just arrested fir being involved in a drug trafficking scheme

Aug 21, 2019 - 11:21AM

@IfbBirdsCards I just added him. 

Sep 4, 2019 - 8:52PM

Since Tonya Harding could use some company on the ladies' side of things, you can add Myriam Bedard, Olympic biathelete (in the skiing/shooting sense - get your mind out of the sewers), who got convicted of child abduction in violation of a custody agreement. She has a couple '92 Olympic cards.

Sep 4, 2019 - 8:52PM

(double post)

Edited on: Sep 5, 2019 - 1:01PM

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