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Top 25 Most Foolish Arrests In Sports History

Darren - September 28, 2021
Sports

Top 25 Most Foolish Arrests In Sports History

Darren - September 28, 2021
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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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