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Top 25 Most Foolish Arrests In Sports History

Darren - September 28, 2021
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Top 25 Most Foolish Arrests In Sports History

Darren - September 28, 2021
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14. Conor McGregor (2018)

McGregor has enjoyed the hospitality of numerous police precincts over the years. However, one crazy incident stands out amongst all of his arrests. UFC 223 went down in Brooklyn, New York, and saw Khabib Nurmagamedov fight Al Iaquinta for the lightweight title. But the real story was the chaotic buildup. After Khabib attempted to intimidate McGregor’s teammate, Artem Lobov, the Irishman took matters into his own hands.

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He flew about 20 of his minions from Dublin to New York by private jet before storming the arena. The Notorious flung dollies at buses carrying UFC fighters from a media event to their respective hotels (via ABC News). The injured glass injured two of the fighters. Meanwhile, another suffered trauma after the event. McGregor handed himself in to police as he became the most wanted man in the city.

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13. Jesus Corrales (2021)

Corrales isn’t a household name but he has an interesting story. He was on the Chicago Cubs’ books but played for their minor league affiliates. The Mexican was driving in Colorado when the police pulled him over. When they searched his vehicle they found quite the haul of drugs. This included 21 pounds of meth as well as 1.2 pounds of oxy. He had also stashed them in a Cubs’ duffel bag.

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It’s good that he found some use for his Cubs gear because he rarely played for the franchise. The judge ordered him to pay a $75,000 bond after the arrest. Police stopped his vehicle because he was driving erratically. He was unlucky because they had a drug-sniffing dog on-site and he uncovered the baseballer’s hidden stash. Later, his friends claimed that he had links to the notorious Sinaloa Cartel (via USA Today).

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12. Raheem Brock (2011)

Brock enjoyed a lengthy NFL career, mostly with the Colts. Later, he played for the Seattle Seahawks and made headlines for reasons off the field. The defensive end was on a night out with friends when he inexplicably walked out on a $27 tab (via Sportscasting). That’s right, a multimillionaire football player decided not to spend pocket change. If he thought that the bar would let it go, he was sorely mistaken.

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Allegedly, the bar owner asked Brock’s group to leave because they brought food from another eatery. They walked out without settling their tab. Police came to the scene and Brock found himself in a cell. Later, the conviction was overturned. Furthermore, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll pranked his player by having him ‘arrested’ for failing to pay the team’s hotel bill. It was a hilarious troll from the veteran.

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11. Patrick Kane (2009)

This is one of the most ludicrous arrests on this list. Kane was a young player for the Chicago Blackhawks when he fell foul of the law. The three-time Stanley Cup winner assaulted a taxi driver on a night out. An inebriated Kane paid his fare and waited for his change (via New York Times). When the driver wasn’t forthcoming, Kane became enraged. Of course, it was the principle of the situation.

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Kane was a multimillionaire with one of the highest ceilings in the NHL but he wanted his 20 cents. For some reason, the 62-year-old cab driver thought the famous hockey star might let him keep it. In the end, Kane and his companion left the driver with broken glasses and bruises. Police arrested him and he was booked on multiple charges. It was a humiliating episode for the franchise and the player.

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10. Jon Jones (2015)

Definitely the most shameful of Jones’s multiple arrests, this hit-and-run still hangs over him. The UFC champion attended a party and stayed overnight. The next morning he drove home but crashed into another vehicle. He drove away from the scene instead of reporting the incident or attending to the other driver. But the optics became even worse because his victim was pregnant (via N.Y. Post).

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It was obviously still wrong regardless of that fact. But it made the story even more sickening. The UFC stripped Jones of his title because he showed the promotion in a bad light. Meanwhile, a judge hit him with 18 months of probation. The champion already had a record after testing positive for cocaine. Jones is the sort of person who creates trouble when there shouldn’t be any.

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9. Kenyatta Jones (2008)

Jones once deliberately scalded one of his teammates. This happened while the offensive lineman played for the Patriots but it wasn’t even the most foolish of his arrests. No, the most ridiculous came when he went to a nightclub in Tampa Bay. Whatever was in his drink must have a taken a hold of him because Jones was in a great mood. He was so happy he tried to urinate in the middle of the dance floor.

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Surprisingly, security didn’t think that this was suitable behavior. But when they tried to remove the NFL star from the premises, Jones felt hurt. He violently shoved the bouncer and received a battery charge for his troubles. Tragically, the Super Bowl champion died in 2018 from a cardiac arrest. Jones was the first USF player to make it through the NFL draft (via Bleacher Report).

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8. Lee Murray (2006)

UFC President Dana White once called Murray a ‘scary human being.’ But he wasn’t talking about the former fighter’s prowess in the cage. The promotion notoriously underpays its athletes so maybe that’s why he played a key role in one of the biggest robberies of all time. Murray’s crew stole almost $100 million in the infamous Securitas robbery. He escaped to Morocco but police arrested him and he received a 10-year prison sentence.

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But that’s not even the foolish part. Murray tried to escape from prison by cutting through the bars in his cell. Fellow prisoners gave him away and the consequences were dire for the UK fighter. A judge extended his jail time to 25 years. However, Murray still found ways to communicate with Conor McGregor online and also fathered a baby from prison (via Sportskeeda). Things could be worse.

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7. Mike Leake (2011)

Leake spent five years with the Cincinnati Reds after they drafted him in 2010. He played well for the franchise but there’s one story that stands out. One day, he went to a shopping mall and saw some t-shirts that he liked. Inexplicably, he decided to remove the tags and steal them. Bear in mind they were worth about $60. But Leake was worth hundreds of thousands of dollars (via ESPN).

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In short, it was one of the most boneheaded arrests ever. There was no good reason for him to do what he did and he admitted that he had no excuse. The judge rolled his eyes and handed him community service because it just didn’t make sense at all. It didn’t affect his career badly because he continued to make an impact in MLB. In 2019, he won his first Gold Glove award.

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6. Chris Green (2021)

‘I’m so stupid,” Green said after a police sting in 2021. The Nevada star messed up his future by soliciting an underage prostitute. At least he thought that he was talking to a 17-year-old girl. However, in reality, an undercover detective lured him into a trap along with a number of other would-be sex offenders. When Green arrived at the agreed location in Reno, he received an unpleasant surprise.

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Nevada immediately suspended the defensive tackle. Meanwhile, the Wolf Pack star effectively ended his NFL dream with his perverted stupidity. While 16 is the age of consent in Nevada, it’s illegal to proposition minors for paid favors (via Nevada Sports Net). This was one of the dumbest arrests because he could have talked to somebody a year older and there wouldn’t have been an issue.

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5. Charles Barkley (1991)

These days, fans remember Barkley as one of the greatest NBA players of his generation and for his T.V work. However, he was also a volatile young man. When he played for the 76ers, he infamously became involved in a wild situation in Milwaukee. That’s when three men confronted him on a dark, snowy night (via Sporting News). Barkley responded by taking off his clothes and punching them as hard as he could.

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He broke one of their noses before the police came and arrested him. It went down as self-defense and a court acquitted him the following year. But it was still a wacky story because of the lack of clothes in a blizzard. Barkley left Philly soon after and joined the Suns. That’s where he became a four-time All-Star and won the love of fans across the league. He also kept his clothes on.

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4. Eugene Robinson (1999)

This remains one of the most iconic dumb arrests in sporting history. It was the night before the Super Bowl and Robinson wanted to take his mind off of the big game. Hours after winning the Bart Starr Award for character and leadership, he solicited a prostitute for oral sex. But of course, it was an undercover police officer who promptly arrested him and locked him up (via AP News).

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Spending the night in a jail cell wasn’t the best way to prepare for the biggest game of his life. The Atlanta safety played horribly against the Broncos. He even gifted them an 80-yard touchdown. Instead of demonstrating his qualities for his franchise, Robinson became a scapegoat for the team’s poor performance. However, he created the situation for himself so it’s hard to sympathize.

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3. Antoine Walker (2009)

A former first-round pick, Walker played for a number of NBA franchises including the Celtics and Dallas. However, he also played a key role in one of the most humiliating basketball-related arrests ever. In 2009, he fell into heavy debts and owed a lot of money to Caesar’s Palace. He tried to get them off his tail by writing bad checks. After they bounced, law enforcement got on his case.

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It was such a pathetic incident that he didn’t even go to jail. The judge put him on probation and also ordered him to work toward repaying his debt. Meanwhile, Walker described how it was the lowest point of his life. He lost over $100 million and owed over $12 million (via CNBC). It serves as a stark warning to big-spending young players because life can change very quickly.

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2. Plaxico Burress (2008)

As dumb arrests go, this is up there with the best of them. When players shoot themselves in the foot, it’s normally because they’ve made a foolish mistake. However, Burress achieved this in the most literal sense. The Super Bowl winner was outside a nightclub in New York when his Glock slid down his leg. As the receiver reached down for the gun, it went off and wounded his leg.

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Burress went to the hospital because his leg was bleeding heavily. After they stitched him up, the medics released him. But the police became involved after they discovered the incident from the daily news. Burress received a massive fine because his firearm license had expired (via CBS Sports). In the end, he had wounded his pride and bank balance as well as the leg.

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1. Jon Jones (2021)

September 25 was a memorable day for Jones for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the UFC inducted him into their Hall of Fame. It was an amazing achievement because he was still an active fighter. But then things became crazy. The news broke that police arrested him on charges of domestic battery and vehicle tampering (via MMA Fighting). Details were slim but it was a typical day in the life of Jones.

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UFC President Dana White said that Jones couldn’t handle the Vegas heat. However, the troubled star is no stranger to arrests as we’ve already seen. “Is it really shocking anymore?” White said. “It’s really not, it’s become not shocking. It’s almost like, ‘Uh oh, this guy is in Vegas, what’s gonna happen today?'” To be fair, White is absolutely correct because Jones is his own worst enemy.

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