8. Reuben Foster, Washington Redskins & San Francisco 49ers:
A current iteration of the NFL’s continuing brush with the law, Foster came into the league amid controversy. He failed a drug test at the NFL scouting combine, and it was later found he gave a diluted sample. But the 49ers drafted him in the first round anyhow and he became a top-level NFL player right away.
However, it didn’t last. Foster was arrested for marijuana possession in January 2018 before he was arrested for suspicion of domestic violence, threats, and assault weapon possession a month later. His girlfriend at the time, Elissa Ennis, said, “Foster did not strike her, injure her or threaten her,” and that she made the domestic violence story up after he threatened to call off their courtship. Her injuries were supposedly from a fight with another woman.
That November he was arrested yet again on probable cause misdemeanor domestic violence charges. The 49ers released him the following day but Washington picked him up off of waivers.