Woods will never have the notoriety of disgraced former NFL star Michael Vick, but he committed the same crime. He was arrested on charges of animal cruelty in 2004 for operating a dog-fighting ring at his residence Portland, where he played for the local Trailblazers.
He later pled guilty to misdemeanor animal abuse. However, he claimed that he had ‘tried’ to be a ‘responsible pet owner’ his entire life’ (via ABC News):
“I’ve tried to be a responsible pet owner all of my life. Because of that I am very sorry and saddened that my dog, Hollywood, was injured. I also deeply regret the concern this has caused other pet owners and citizens in our community. I fully support the goals of the Humane Society and the fine work it does. For that reason, I have decided to make a financial contribution to the Humane Society in the amount of $10,000.”
That’s all fine and dandy, but this crime and plea makes him one of the worst criminals in the NBA.