Evans is another massively polarizing figure who came through the depths of Hell. The British soccer player was one of the highest-paid players on the Sheffield United roster. But he made massive headlines when a court convicted him of raping a 19-year-old woman. He spent two and a half years behind bars before a huge development.
The case went to retrial and this time the judge controversially acquitted him. Women’s rights groups protested because the jury took the alleged victim’s sexual behavior into account. In the end, Evans returned to the soccer field after he cleared his name. Some fans continue to verbally abuse him because it’s hard to shake off the stigma he carries (via The Guardian).