10 Top Athletes Who Faced Legal Troubles and Imprisonment

Oct 16, 2023

By: Sahib Preet Singh

Athletes Who Tarnished Their Legacies

The world of sports has witnessed its fair share of triumphs and legends, but it has also been marked by dramatic falls from grace. From celebrated athletes to prominent figures in their respective fields, their journeys have taken unexpected and, at times, tr...

1. Oscar Pistorius

Oscar Pistorius, a celebrated South African Paralympics icon, achieved worldwide acclaim as he overcame physical challenges to compete in both the Paralympics and the Olympics. However, his inspirational journey took a tragic turn when he was convicted of the ...

2. Chris Lewis

Former England all-rounder Chris Lewis, known for his cricketing prowess, faced a stark downfall in life post-cricket. A decade after retiring from international cricket, Lewis found himself in a dire situation. Upon arriving at Gatwick airport from St Lucia, ...

3. Adam Johnson

In a high-profile scandal that rocked the football world, Adam Johnson, a once-prominent figure in the Premier League playing for Manchester City and Sunderland, faced a dramatic fall from grace in 2016. The winger's career came crashing down when he was ...

4. Tony Adams

Former Arsenal captain Tony Adams made headlines in 1990 when he was convicted of drink-driving offenses. In a shocking revelation, Adams was found to be a staggering 27 times over the legal drink-drive limit following a car crash. This led to a 57-day prison ...

5. Salman Butt

Salman Butt, once Pakistan's cricket captain, embarked on a fateful journey to England in 2010. However, his leadership soon turned to infamy as he became a central figure in a spot-fixing scandal that sent shockwaves through the cricketing world. Alongsi...

6. Naseem Hamed

Prince Naseem, the charismatic boxing sensation, once mesmerized the British audience with his flamboyant displays in the ring. However, his soaring career took a tragic nosedive in 2006 when he was incarcerated. Hamed's downfall stemmed from a conviction...

7. Chris Mason

Darts luminary Chris Mason, known for his heated rivalry with Phil Taylor, faced notoriety both on and off the oche. In 2003, Mason's life took a dark turn when he was convicted of aggravated burglary and intent to inflict grievous bodily harm. Alongside ...

8. Michael Vick

NFL quarterback Michael Vick, celebrated for his extraordinary running prowess on the football field, plunged into infamy in 2007. He faced serious legal troubles after his involvement in orchestrating dog fights came to light. Vick's role as a primary fi...

9. O.J. Simpson

O.J. Simpson, a former NFL player, became embroiled in one of the most infamous court cases in sporting history. Accused of the murder of his ex-wife and her friend, Simpson was acquitted in the criminal trial, although he faced civil liability later. Despite ...

10. Plaxico Burress

Former NFL wide receiver Plaxico Burress earned notoriety for a nightclub mishap that landed him behind bars. While partying, his loaded pistol slipped from his waistband, discharging a round into his leg. Despite pleading for medical assistance, the incident ...