Premier League soccer players earn an outrageous amount of money and drive really nice cars. So it’s no surprise that thieves and criminals will mark them as targets. Mesut Ozil’s story is straight out of a John Wick movie. It’s got knife-wielding motorcyclists and a street fight.
When Ozil and his fellow Arsenal player Sead Kolasinac got out of the former’s Mercedes G-Wagon they could never have expected what would happen next. In short, two knife-wielding motorcyclists tried to rob them in broad daylight. They didn’t count on Kolasinac fighting back like the beast he is. Now you know why Arsenal fans call him ‘The Tank.’
One of the wildest stories on this list is that of Scott Moore. Police chased Moore for almost an hour in a high-speed pursuit with the rugby player refusing to slow down. The youngest Super Rugby League player of all time drove at speeds of 150 mph as he escaped from the cops. But it gets even crazier.
After they finally managed to intercept him, he attempted to fight them off. So they shot him with a 50,000-volt stun gun multiple times. However, Moore is massive so this didn’t stop him. In fact, he actually managed to snatch the gun off of one of the officers. He’s lucky that this was in the UK and not the States or he’d be shot. As it was, he served 23 months in prison.
Chris Brown is all sorts of trouble. Unfortunately for Tony Parker, he found out the hard way. The two were hanging out in a New York City nightclub in 2012 when a fight broke out. The San Antonio Spurs point guard found himself in the middle of the brawl and it could have ended very badly for him.
Parker got swiped across the eye, but it could have been much worse. Luckily, he only sustained a scratched cornea. Parker missed the start of the season, but it wasn’t the end of the world for him. He would recover and lead the Spurs to the NBA championship.
Oh, Mr. Nicholson what are we going to do with you? First of all, the Washington Redskins safety is a very controversial character. The 23-year-old came into the 2018 season as a starting player and things looked bright. However, following an assault and battery arrest, he wound up back on the reserve list.
Nicholson was outside a bar in Ashburn when he got into an altercation with a couple. Meanwhile, his friend, Sydney A. Maggiore, allegedly attacked the woman with a bottle and also assaulted the man. Despite video footage of the incident going viral, neither man faced any charges.
Diaz is not a man to mess with. The UFC fighter has no patience for fake people and will fight back if you mess with him. Just a few days after his brother Nate fought Conor McGregor in Las Vegas, Nick had his own clash. Why would you want to mess with a professional fighter? It just doesn’t make sense.
In short, the former Strikeforce champion managed to fend off four assailants in the bathroom of a Las Vegas nightclub. “They got the worst of it,” Diaz said afterwards. Diaz was gashed across his forehead, but it didn’t bother him a little bit. Stockton.
24-year-old Ezekiel Elliott is immensely talented. The Dallas Cowboys running back is one of the most exciting players in the NFL today. So, if you were his coach, you definitely wouldn’t want him going near any of the city’s bars or nightclubs. Unfortunately, ‘Zeke’ wound up involved in a bar fight.
According to reports, a fight broke out in the Clutch Bar in Dallas in July 2017. A 30-year-old man wound up getting punched in the face with his nose smashed out of shape. However, Elliot escaped without any charges. But why would you want to mess with a massive NFL player anyway?
Premier League veteran Bardsley has been around the block. He started out with Manchester United but found his feet in the lower half of the division with teams like Sunderland, Stoke City, and now, Burnley. A very rugged, traditional defender, there’s not a lot of glamor to the veteran’s game.
Bardsley is also a volatile character. Now and again he gets himself into trouble. A massive fight broke out in an Ibiza hotel with Bardsley in the middle of it. Chairs and tables got flung across the room. Bardsley was held back by friends to prevent him from making the situation even worse. Burnley fined him for his behavior.
Penn was once on top of the MMA world. The former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion was brilliant in the early days of his career. However, those memories feel like a long time ago now. Penn has been involved in multiple unsavory incidents and is currently dealing with a custody battle for his children.
After his most recent barfight, his chances are looking slim. Penn got into a scrap with a shirtless dude outside a bar on Hawaii’s main island. ‘The Prodigy’ ate a huge left hook and was knocked out. Later, footage showed Penn choking the same guy. As a result, UFC President Dana White said the Hawaiian would never fight for the promotion again.
Fighting a cop is just a dumb move. However, LeSean McCoy thought differently. The Kansas City Chiefs running back found himself in hot water after an incident in a Philidelphia bar. McCoy had a full-on brawl over a champagne bottle with an off-duty police officer named Roland Butler.
After the bottle shattered on the floor, a big skirmish kicked off in the Recess Lounge in Philly. So much for the City of Brotherly Love, because Butler suffered broken ribs, a thumb, a broken nose, and several cuts. The attack cost McCoy $55,000. In short, punching a cop is an expensive hobby.
This is one of the most recent incidents on this list. Crawford has represented the Dallas Cowboys with distinction. The big defensive end is a hero in Texas, where he’s played since 2012. But he also provided a major distraction for his team in the build-up to the 2019 NFL season.
Crawford got into a bar fight in Panama City Beach, Florida. He threw heavy haymakers in the brawl. Of course, you can’t get away with doing something like that. Consequently, Crawford had to do an anger management assessment and six months of probation. But it was probably worth it.
A Liverpool FC legend, Gerrard had a squeaky-clean reputation for the majority of his career. However, that all came to a head in 2008 when he got into a barfight. The incident took place in Southport, Merseyside. This is also a fine example of how a superstar can get away with misbehaving.
In short, Gerrard gave an uppercut to the DJ because he wouldn’t play his music. The pair eyeballed each other across the room and then got into a verbal confrontation. But then the former Liverpool captain punched the man, claiming he did so in self-defense. Consequently, the jury let him off the hook.
MMA superstar McGregor just can’t stay out of trouble. The Irishman has even spent nights in jail after his involvement with a number of wild incidents. Earlier this year he smashed the phone of a fan who was annoying him outside of a nightclub. Finally, he punched an old man in a bar who didn’t want to drink his whiskey.
The former UFC champion’s most notorious incident saw him storm Brooklyn’s Barclay Center and toss a dolly through a bus window. Don’t forget about his involvement in post- and pre-fight brawls. One of the main reasons why fans love McGregor is because he is so volatile. But how much is too much?