Athletes are constantly in the news.
Unfortunately, it’s not for good reasons.
Many of our favourite professional athletes have had some serious brushes with the law. Some of them have faced jail times, and other were let off with fines and community service.
O.J. has had quite a few brushes with the law...
Of course there was the Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman murder trial, Simpson however was found innocent of murder.
But Simpson didn't stay completely out of trouble after this incident. Most recently, in 2008, Simpson was charged with armed robbery and was convicted to 33 years in prison.
Darryl Strawberry has seen his fair share of trouble. His first brush with the law was in 1995, when he failed to pay his child support.
A few years later in 1999 Strawberry was arrested for 'soliciting sex from a policewoman dressed as a prostitute.' For this he received community service and 21 months of probation.
Strawberry violated his probation several times, and ended up in jail for 40 days and on house arrest for two years.
Dykstra has always been known to cause trouble.
But most recently, after years of his life crumbling to the ground, he pleaded no contest to three counts of grand theft auto, and one count of fraud.
He'll be sentenced in January and could face up to four years in prison.
In 1996, former NFL wide receiver Michael Irvin was arrested for possession of cocaine. Irvin famously showed up to his court appearances in mink coats, and was hit with a $10,000 fine, community service, and 4-years of probation.
After retirement, Irvin was arrested in 2005 for possession of drug paraphernalia. The charges were later dropped.
In 2003, Kobe Bryant was arrested and accused of rape. A 19-year employee at a hotel said Bryant raped her, while Bryant said the sex was consensual.
Eventually, the accuser dropped charges, but the case definitely had an impact on Bryant's reputation and image.
Laveranues Coles was arrested while he was playing at Florida State, twice.
The first time came in 1998 when he was arrested for battery after hitting his step-mother outside of her home in Florida.
Coles was arrested along with teammate Peter Warrick at a department store, and charged with grand theft.
The store clerk sold Coles and Warrick more than $400 worth of clothing for just $21. The clerk was arrested as well. Coles and Warrick couldn't play in FSU's national championship game, and Coles was kicked off the team completely.
Former NFL wide receiver Randy Moss has seen his fair share of controversy.
In 2002, Moss was arrested in Minneapolis for assaulting a traffic control agent with his car. For this, Moss spent the night in jail, was released in the morning and had to pay a $1,200 fine.
Tonya Harding is known for the infamous Nancy Kerrigan incident.
But in 2000, she was arrested in her home for domestic abuse. Harding apparently threw a hubcap at her live-in boyfriend and punching him in the face.
Ray Lewis was arrested for murder and aggravated assault charges in 2000. Lewis was present at the scene of a deadly stabbing outside of a party in Atlanta.
Eventually the murder charges were dropped, and Lewis admitted he gave a misleading statement to the cops the night of the stabbing. For this he served 12 months probation and the NFL fined him $250,000.
In the early 90's, Tyson was convicted of rape. For this, he spent three years in prison.
In 2006, Tyson was pulled over after he almost crashed his car into an SUV. He was arrested and charged with a DUI, and drug possession. A few months later he checked himself into a rehab.
Michael Vick was arrested in 2007 after police raided his home and found evidence of dog fighting.
Police also raided another property Vick owned and found more than 60 dogs, many of them looked like they had been abused.
Vick served almost two years in prison. Now he's back in the NFL playing for the Eagles.
Plaxico Burress was arrested in 2008 for illegal weapons after he accidentally shot himself in the leg at a night club in NYC.
Burress was sentenced to two years in prison and was recently released. Now he's back in the NFL playing for the Jets.
Former basketball star Jalen Rose was arrested in March, 2011. Rose was driving his car in Detroit, until he lost control and got into a car crash.
He was later arrested for driving under the influence.
In the summer of 2011, Bengals cornerback Adam 'Pacman' Jones was arrested outside of a bar in Cincinnati.
Jones was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He was also visibly intoxicated.
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