Elite athletes appear to have the world at the feet but everyone has their demons. Many of them have experienced substance issues and criminal convictions at various points in their careers and/or lives. The arrests and consequences come in many forms, and usually, always make for a fascinating story. So today, we’re going to look at fans’ perspectives of some of the most high-profile sports criminal cases in recent history.
Some of these athletes committed heinous murders and brutal assaults. Then there are those who were embroiled in illegal actions but didn’t hurt anybody. All of these stories are different, especially when it’s considered what caused these superstars to behave in this way. Check out our list below via Reddit and New Arena.
30. Aldon Smith
Smith is an NFL defensive end who spent the majority of his career with the 49ers before plating for the likes of the Raiders and Cowboys. In 2021, the Seahawks signed him as a free agent, but it instantly seemed a bad idea because Smith is a notorious criminal. He has numerous convictions and surrendered to Louisiana police after allegedly committing battery in a coffee shop.
“This guy has let millions of dollars slip through his fingers because of alcohol and his inability to control himself. This was probably his last chance with the NFL. Hope he gets some serious long-term help,” @Sageness13 tweeted. Smith is his own worst enemy because he can’t stay out of trouble. Many people don’t understand why these millionaires don’t behave properly, but Smith has few if any answers.