10. Kobe Bryant
One of the greatest NBA stars ever, Bryant’s name is destined to go down in folklore following his tragic death in 2020. However, the Black Mamba wasn’t a squeaky-clean individual because he faced a major criminal investigation as a younger man. In 2003, the Eagle Sherrif’s office in Colorado arrested him on charges related to the alleged rape of a woman.
After a messy public outcry, Bryant admitted that he had sexual relations with the woman but denied assault charges. In the end, he settled out of court in a civil suit. “I am amazed at the PR work Kobe and his team did to make that situation a complete afterthought for the public,” TimRigginsPanther observed. This is a fair point because it’s impossible to imagine the same thing happening today.