List of professional sportspeople convicted of crimes
This list includes sports-people who have been convicted of serious crimes (such as felonies in the United States). It comprises both professionals and those amateurs who have competed at the highest levels.
- 1 American football (Gridiron)
- 2 Association football
- 3 Athletics (track and field)
- 4 Australian rules football
- 5 Baseball
- 6 Basketball
- 7 Bodybuilding
- 8 Boxing
- 9 Canadian Football (Gridiron)
- 10 Cricket
- 11 Cycling
- 12 Darts
- 13 Diving
- 14 Figure skating
- 15 Greco-Roman wrestling
- 16 Horse racing
- 17 Ice hockey
- 18 Martial arts
- 19 Motorsport
- 20 Rugby union
- 21 Sailing
- 22 Skateboarding
- 23 Snooker
- 24 Sumo wrestling
- 25 Surfing
- 26 Swimming
- 27 Tennis
- 28 References
American football (Gridiron)
|Kevin Allen||free agent (recently released from the Philadelphia Eagles)||sexual assault||15 years||Released after 33 months|
|Michael Bennett||cut/retired||wire fraud||15 months|
|Josh Brent||Dallas Cowboys||intoxication manslaughter||180 days and ten years probation|
|Plaxico Burress||New York Giants||Attempted criminal possession of a weapon||2 years||Conviction was a plea bargain for an incident in which Burress accidentally shot himself in a nightclub. Eligible for parole in April 2011; released June 7, 2011.|
|Billy Cannon||Retired||Counterfeiting||5 years||Served 2½ years. Had been elected to the College Football Hall of Fame before his conviction in 1983, but the Hall rescinded the honor before his scheduled induction. The Hall elected him a second time in 2008 and he was inducted at that time.|
|Rae Carruth||Carolina Panthers||conspiracy to commit murder||24 years||Projected Release Date October 22, 2018|
|Cecil Collins||Miami Dolphins||burglary||15 years||Released after serving 13 years |
|Dwayne Goodrich||Dallas Cowboys||criminally negligent homicide||12½ years ||Hit and run accident. Released after serving approximately eight years.|
|Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson||retired (from Dallas Cowboys)||sexual assault, bribery||4 years, eight months||released after serving 28 months|
|Darryl Henley||Los Angeles Rams||drug trafficking, attempted conspiracy to commit murder||41 years||expected release date: March 28, 2031|
|Aaron Hernandez||cut||first-degree murder||life without parole|
|Travis Henry||Free agent, recently released from Denver Broncos||drug trafficking||3 years||served two years and five months|
|Jimmy Hitchcock||Retired||Fraud, Bribery and Money Laundering||46 Months  to be followed by two years of supervised release|
|Sam Hurd||Chicago Bears||Conspiracy to possess cocaine and marijuana with intent to distribute||15 years|
|Mark Ingram, Sr||Retired||Money Laundering and Fraud||7 Years in prison and up to 5 years of probation. Ordered to pay $252,000 in restitution. Given an additional two years in prison for jumping bail to see his son Mark Ingram, Jr play for the University of Alabama.||Ingram, Sr is currently housed at Yazoo City Federal Correctional Complex|
|Terry "Tank" Johnson||Chicago Bears||probation violation relating to weapons possession||120 days||served 60 days|
|Johnny Jolly||Green Bay Packers||drug possession, evidence tampering, violating probation||6 years||served six months|
|Tommy Kane||Seattle Seahawks||manslaughter||18 years|
|Ryan Leaf||retired||burglary, drug possession||5 years, also faces parole revocation on earlier drug possession conviction.||Ryan Leaf Inmate Page at Montana Department of Corrections website|
|Jamal Lewis||Baltimore Ravens||using a cell phone to facilitate a drug deal||four months||served four months|
|Leonard Little||St. Louis Rams||involuntary manslaughter||three months||involved in fatal car crash while intoxicated.|
|Dexter Manley||Washington Redskins||drug possession, evidence tampering||4 years (1996) 2 years (2002)||served over three years total|
|Dave Meggett||retired (Giants, Patriots and Jets)||criminal sexual conduct and burglary||30 years||previously convicted of misdemeanor sexual battery |
|Byron "Bam" Morris||Kansas City Chiefs||drug trafficking||30 months||released after serving two and a half years|
|Eugene "Mercury" Morris||retired from Miami Dolphins||drug trafficking||20 years||Served 3 years. released early after a plea agreement in which he pled no contest to felony drug trafficking charges|
|Eric Naposki||retired/cut||first-degree murder||life in prison without the possibility of parole|
|Nate Newton||retired from Dallas Cowboys||drug trafficking||7½ years (two separate convictions)||released after serving about two and a half years|
|Lawrence Phillips||released/retired||assault, separate incident of assault with a deadly weapon (intentionally driving into victims)||31 years total||previously sentenced to 10 years on driving charge, which was reduced to seven years during sentencing for assault charge against his girlfriend in 2009.|
|Joseph Prokop||released/retired||tax evasion, fraud||1 1/2 years in prison and 2 1/2 years of home confinement|
|Robert Rozier (a.k.a. Robert Rameses)||retired from St. Louis Cardinals||multiple murders||multiple||convicted of four murders, served 10 years and placed in witness protection after testifying against Yahweh Ben Yahweh, later sentenced to 25 to life on check kiting charge under three strikes rule|
|Art Schlichter||Indianapolis Colts||1997 - forgery, theft||16 years||committed over 20 felonies related to gambling, released from prison in June 2006|
|2012 - fraud, theft||10 years, 7 months||7 months were related to his probation from an earlier conviction.|
|Austin Scott||retired||drug dealing||six to 23 months||sold marijuana to undercover cops|
|Darren Sharper||retired||rape (multiple counts)||nine years imprisonment, lifetime probation|
|Orenthal "O. J." Simpson||retired||robbery, kidnapping||nine to thirty-three years||See also O. J. Simpson robbery case.|
|Alonzo Spellman||retired/cut (from Chicago Bears)||interference with a flight crew, simple assault||18 months||served one year|
|Donte Stallworth||Cleveland Browns||DUI Manslaughter (Driving under the influence of alcohol)||30 Days incarceration, 2 years house arrest|||
|Michael Vick||Atlanta Falcons||conspiracy, related to dog fighting||23 months||See also Bad Newz Kennels dog fighting investigation.|
|Nate Webster||cut/retired||unlawful sexual conduct with a minor||12 years|
|Stanley Wilson Sr.||retired from Cincinnati Bengals||burglary||22 years||sentence was under a third strike provision |
|Keith Wright||cut/retired||multiple charges including sexual assault, armed robbery, kidnapping and burglary||114 years to life, plus 120 years||series of home invasion robberies and assaults|
|Name||Team when arrested||Offense||Sentence||Notes|
|Jimmy Gauld||Everton F.C.||conspiracy to defraud||4 years||See 1964 British betting scandal|
|Peter Swan||Sheffield Wednesday F.C.||4 months|
|Tony Adams||Arsenal F.C.||Drunk driving||4 Months||Released after serving 57 days|
|Joey Barton||Newcastle United F.C.||Assault, affray||6 months|||
|Manchester City F.C.||Assault||4 months, 2 years suspended|||
|George Best||retired||Drink driving, assaulting police, failing to answer bail||3 months|||
|Steve Brooker||Bristol City F.C.||affray||28 days||Released after serving 14 days.|
|Scott Brown||120 hours community service||Brooker, Brown, Orr and Partridge were convicted for the same incident where they were involved in an assault on a doorman.|
|Bradley Orr||28 days|
|David Partridge||affray and bodily harm||2 months||Released after one month|
|Eric Cantona||Manchester United F.C.||Assault||2 weeks||Released after 24 hours. Later overturned in favour of 120 hours community service after appeal|
|Gary Charles||Retired||Drink driving||prison sentence not specified|||
|Breach of bail conditions||prison sentence not specified||Illegally removed electronic tag to go on holiday, therefore breaching court conditions|
|Assault occasioning actual bodily harm||9 months suspended, 100 hours community service|||
|Gary Croft||Blackburn Rovers F.C.||Driving while disqualified, perverting the course of justice||4 months|||
|Terry Fenwick||Leicester City F.C.||Drink driving||4 months|||
|Callum Flanagan||Manchester United||Dangerous driving||8 months||Timm and Flanagan were convicted for the same incident where they were street racing|
|Mads Timm||12 months|
|Lee Hughes||West Bromwich Albion F.C.||Causing death by dangerous driving||6 years|||
|Gavin Grant||Bradford City||murder||Life imprisonment||Eligible for parole after 25 years.|
|Marlon King||Barnet F.C.||Wounding||80 hours community service|
|Fraudulent use of vehicle license, theft||fined £280|
|Credit card fraud||Community rehabilitation order|
|Gillingham F.C.||Obtaining property by deception and criminal damage||6 months community rehabilitation order|
|Handling stolen cars||18 months||reduced to 5 months on appeal|
|Assault and unprovoked attack||fined £1000|
|Watford F.C.||Assault||fined £300|
|Wigan Athletic F.C.||Sexual assault and assault occasioning actual bodily harm||18 months |
|Jamie Lawrence||n/a||Robbery||4 years||Released after 26 months|
|Jan Mølby||Liverpool F.C.||Reckless driving||3 months|||
|Luke McCormick||Plymouth Argyle F.C.||Driving with excess alcohol, Causing death by dangerous driving||7 years 4 months||Eligible for parole in three-and-a-half years' time|
|Jermaine Pennant||Birmingham City F.C.||Drink driving whilst banned||90 days||released after 30 days, served rest of sentence wearing electronic tag|
|Tom Pope||Crewe Alexandra||Affray||200 hours community service and a 6-month suspended jail sentence|
|Micky Quinn||Portsmouth F.C.||Driving whilst banned||21 days||served 14 days|
|Graham Rix||Chelsea F.C.||Underage sex, indecent assault||12 months,||Placed on sex offender's register for 10 years|
|Luke Rodgers||Shrewsbury Town||Affray||Fines, cautions, community service||Was denied a US work permit and therefore unable to sign for the New York Red Bulls due to his conviction.|
|Peter Storey||Retired||running a brothel||£700 fine and 6-month suspended|||
|car theft||2 years|
|smuggling pornographic movies||28 days|
|disorderly behaviour||28 days|
|Mickey Thomas||Wrexham F.C.||Counterfeiting||18 Months|||
|Stig Tøfting||Bolton Wanderers F.C.||Assault||4 months|||
|Vinnie Jones||Queens Park Rangers||assault causing actual bodily harm and criminal damage||£300 fine plus 100 hours community service|||
|Retired||Air rage||80 hours community service, fined £500|
|Mark Ward||Retired||Possession of drugs with intent to supply||8 years||Released after serving four years|
|Dennis Wise||Chelsea F.C.||assault||3 months||Later acquitted on appeal|
|Ched Evans||Sheffield United F.C.||Rape||5 years|||
|Name v||Team when arrested||Offense||Sentence||Notes|
|Duncan Ferguson||Rangers F.C.||Assault||3 months||served 44 days|
|Craig Thomson||Heart of Midlothian F.C.||lewd libidinous and indecent behaviour.||£4,000 fine and sex offenders' register entry for 5 years|||
Dutch Football League
|Name||Team when arrested||Offense||Sentence||Notes|
|Patrick Kluivert||AFC Ajax||Causing death by dangerous driving||240 hours community service|||
|Name||Team when arrested||Offense||Sentence||Notes|
|Guus Hiddink||Russia||Tax fraud||6 months suspended, €45,000 fine|||
Athletics (track and field)
|David Jenkins||Trafficking of anabolic steroids||7 years||Released after 9 months|
|Marion Jones||Obstruction of justice, perjury||6 months & 200 hours community service|||
|Sentences to be served consecutively|
|Steve Riddick||Money laundering & fraud||5 years & 3 months|||
|Christos Tzekos||possession and storage of illegal substances||12 months suspended for 3 years||Originally sentenced to 33 months suspended for perjury along with Ekaterini Thanou and Konstantinos Kenteris, who was sentenced to 31 months probation for the same charge but all cleared on appeal.|
Australian rules football
|Brett Cooper||Drug offences||5 years|||
|David Dench||Fraud||4 months|||
|Merv Dihm||Assault occasioning actual bodily harm||3 years||Didn't serve the full sentence|
|Andrew Krakouer||Assault||16 months||Served his sentence at the Wooroloo Prison Farm|
|Neville Linney||Burglary||2 years|||
|Paul Tilley||Intentionally causing serious injury||18 months||12 of the 18 months were suspended|
|Name||Team when arrested||Offense||Sentence||Notes|
|Willie Mays Aikens||retired||drug possession with intent to distribute, gun possession||20 years, 8 months||Released to a halfway house after serving 14 plus years due to a retroactive change in sentencing guidelines.|
|Barry Bonds||retired||obstruction of justice||2 years probation; 30 days home confinement||Appealing conviction. See Barry Bonds perjury case.|
|Milton Bradley||released/free agent||spousal battery/assault with a deadly weapon/making criminal threats||2 years and 230 days imprisonment, plus 400 hours of community service|
|Matt Bush||Tampa Bay Rays||Two Counts of DUI with property Damage, One Count of DUI with serious bodily injury, One count of leaving the scene of an accident, One count of driving with a suspended license & Two counts of leaving the scene of an accident with damage to the property||Plea Bargained. Sentenced to 51 Months in prison.||Current Release date December 31, 2015|
|Ken Caminiti||retired||cocaine possession||3 years' deferred adjudication for felony cocaine possession in March 2001, which was adjudicated in October 2004 due to a probation violation for testing positive for cocaine. Sentenced to 180 days with credit to having served 189 days.|
|Orlando Cepeda||retired||drug possession||5 years||served 10 months.|
|Pearce Chiles||Philadelphia Phillies||theft||2 years||served less than 16 months before escaping the Huntsville Prison in Texas on August 19, 1902|
|Alex Cole||retired||drug possession with intent to distribute||18 months|
|Chad Curtis||retired||Criminal Sexual Conduct||7–15 years||Earliest release date is September 13, 2020.|
|Lenny Dykstra||retired||bankruptcy fraud, concealment of assets, money laundering, auto theft, indecent exposure||approximately six years (three separate sentences)||Released in June 2013 after serving a total of 13 months (7 while awaiting sentencing, 6 1⁄2 afterwards). Remains on probation for three years, and also must pay restitution of $200,000 and complete both community service and substance abuse rehab.|
|Dwight Gooden||retired||fleeing police, violation of probation (drug use)||1 year||served 7 months|
|Mel Hall||retired||three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and two counts of indecency with a child||45 years||Serving his sentence at Allred prison in Texas.|
|Ricardo Jordan||retired||drug trafficking||7 years||listing at Florida DOC|
|Julio Machado||Milwaukee Brewers||murder||12 years ||released after serving four years|
|Jim Mahady||retired||Second degree manslaughter||6–12 years||Sentence commuted after three years by the Governor of New York, Herbert H. Lehman.|
|Denny McLain||retired (from Detroit Tigers)||drug trafficking, embezzlement, and racketeering||12 years||prior sentence overturned after he served two years, released after plea-bargain.|
|retired||conspiracy, theft, money laundering and mail fraud||8 years||released after serving six years |
|Byron McLaughlin||retired||Money laundering||—||Fled the country before being sentenced. Current whereabouts unknown, presumed to be in France.|
|Hiroshi Ogawa||retired||murder, theft||life|
|Pete Rose||retired/banned||tax evasion||5 months|
|Darryl Strawberry||retired||drug possession, solicitation of prostitution||18 months||Sentence was suspended in 1999, reinstated after 2002 parole violation|
|Hank Thompson||retired (from New York Giants||Armed robbery||10 years||served three years|
|Ugueth Urbina||Philadelphia Phillies||Attempted murder||14 years||Served 5½ years; released December 22, 2012.|
|Name||Team when arrested||Offense||Sentence||Notes|
|Darrell Allums||retired||robbery (eight convictions)||nine years||Six other charges of robbery were dropped|
|Greg "Cadillac" Anderson||retired||drug trafficking||five months|
|Marvin Barnes||Spirits of St. Louis||probation|
|Spirits of St. Louis||gun possession (violation of probation)||one year||served five months|
|Billy Ray Bates||retired||robbery; assault||seven years |
|Lonny Baxter||Mens Sana Basket (Italy), formerly with Charlotte Bobcats||gun possession||two months |
|William Bedford||retired||transportation of drugs||ten years|
|Daron "Mookie" Blaylock||retired||vehicular homicide||fifteen years, with agreement to serve three|
|Corie Blount||retired||felony marijuana possession||one year|
|Luther "Ticky" Burden||released/retired (New York Knicks)||receiving stolen property||two years||Originally sentenced to 6 to 18 years for Bank Robbery, conviction was voided.|
|Keon Clark||retired||driving under the influence, felony weapon possession||eight years||Projected parole date of July 18, 2017, approximately 3 1/2 years into sentence.|
|Richard Dumas||released/retired||burglary||three years probation.|
|Allen Iverson||Bethel High School (Hampton, Virginia)||maiming by mob||five years||pardoned by Governor after serving 4 months, conviction later overturned on appeal. See also No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson, a TV documentary on this case.|
|Henry James||retired||dealing cocaine||five years |
|"Fast" Eddie Johnson||retired||burglary, robbery, drug possession, sexual assault on a minor||various, given life sentence in 2008|||
|Oliver Miller||retired||first degree assault, gun possession||five years (four of which were suspended)|
|Jack Molinas||Fort Wayne Pistons||bribing players to fix games||ten to fifteen years||served five years.|
|José Ortiz||Retired||possession of marijuana with intent to distribute||15 months|
|Tom Payne||Atlanta Hawks||rape (multiple convictions), sodomy||various, most recently sentenced to 15 years to life in 2000||Page at Kentucky DOC|
|Ruben Patterson||Seattle SuperSonics||third degree rape||1 year||served 15 days |
|Isaiah Rider||retired (Minnesota Timberwolves)||possession of cocaine, battery, evading a police officer||seven months|
|Charles E. Smith||Boston Celtics||vehicular homicide||4½ years||served 28 months|
|Kirk Snyder||retired (NBA)||aggravated burglary||three years|
|Jay Vincent||retired (NBA and Lega Basket Italian, numerous teams)||mail fraud, tax fraud||five and a half years|
|Sylvester "Sly" Williams||retired||kidnapping||five years||released after serving 3½ years. profile at New York DOC|
|Qyntel Woods||Portland Trail Blazers||animal abuse||probation||Woods plead guilty and agreed to donate $10,000 to the Oregon Humane Society. He was sentenced to 12 months of probation and 80 hours of community service.|
|Bertil Fox||murder||Life||Originally sentenced to death|
|Sally McNeil||second-degree murder||19 years to life|
|Craig Titus||second-degree murder||21 to 55 years||Eligible for parole on December 23, 2026|
|Tony Ayala, Jr.||burglary and rape||35 years||paroled after 16 years, returned to prison for an additional ten-year sentence after parole violation.|
|Trevor Berbick||sexual assault||5 years||served 15 months, subsequently murdered by kin in Jamaica|
|Riddick Bowe||kidnapping||18 months||released after serving 17 months for kidnapping his wife and children|
|James Butler||voluntary manslaughter, arson||29 years and 4 months||currently incarcerated|
|Rubin "Hurricane" Carter||murder||life||conviction set aside and released after serving 19 years|
|Dereck Chisora||assault||12 week suspended for 2 years and 150 hours community service||had previous convictions for public order offences, assaulting a police officer and possession of an offensive weapon.|
|Dale Crowe||convicted in 2006 of involuntary manslaughter, aggravated robbery, and engaging in corrupt acts||20 years||scheduled release date February 11, 2026|
|Del Fontaine||convicted in 1935 of the murder of his girlfriend||Death by hanging||Executed 29 October 1935 at Wandsworth Prison, London.|
|Evangelos Goussis||See entry on Martial Arts section|
|Esteban De Jesús||murder||life||pardoned after 7 years due to failing health, died 1 month later|
|Clifford Etienne||attempted murder, armed robbery, grand theft auto, and two counts of child kidnapping||150 years without possibility of parole ||sentence reduced to 105 years in procedural hearing.|
|Naseem Hamed||Dangerous driving||15 months||served 16 weeks|
|Bernard Hopkins||strong-arm robbery||18 years||served 56 months (before boxing career)|
|James Kirkland||Armed robbery||? years||served 6 months, released on 8 years probation. Currently arrested for breach of probation and federal weapons charge.|
|Panama Lewis||assault, criminal possession of a weapon, conspiracy, tampering with a sports contest||six years in prison||served 4 years|
|Sonny Liston||robbery||5 years||served 2 years |
|Michael Nunn||conspiracy to distribute cocaine||sentenced 292 months in Federal prison||incarcerated at Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary in Kansas, scheduled release date June 16, 2024 |
|Dwight Muhammad Qawi (formerly Dwight Braxton)||armed robbery||?||served more than two years|
|Floyd Mayweather, Sr.||Drugs trafficking||5 year|||
|Tommy Morrison||Drugs and weapons||10 years||served 14 months |
criminal possession of a weapon (his hands)
|3 years||served 2 years, 6 months|
|Harry Simon||culpable homicide||sentenced to two years in prison on August 5, 2005. Lost appeal and began serving sentence on July 9, 2007.||release in 2009 after serving sentence.|
|Mike Tyson||rape||six years||served 3 years|
|assault||one year||served 9 months|
|possession of narcotics and DUI||24 hours in jail, 360 hours community service and 3 years probation|
|Carlos Monzón||Murder||11 years||In 1995 he died in a car accident when he was on furlough|
Canadian Football (Gridiron)
|Name||Team when arrested||Offense||Sentence||Notes|
|Josh Boden||released/retired from B.C. Lions||sexual assault||one year imprisonment and three years probation|
|Cody Ledbetter||released/retired from Hamilton Tiger-Cats||probation violation||12 years |
|Trevis Smith||Saskatchewan Roughriders||aggravated sexual assault||5½ years|||
|Terry Underwood||released/retired (from Toronto Argonauts)||murder||30–60 years||eligible for Parole in 2028. Page at NJ DOC|
|Arthur Coningham||Fraud||6 months|
|Leslie Hylton||Murder of his wife||Death by hanging||Executed by hanging|
|Terry Jenner||Embezzlement||6½ years||Released after 18 months|
|Vallance Jupp||Manslaughter||9 months||Served only half his sentence|
|Garth Le Roux||Tax fraud||4 years||Conviction overturned on 23 September 2010, clearing le Roux of all charges|
|Warrington Phillip||Murder||Life||Has been found guilty|
|Lorrie Wilmot||Rape||12 years, three of them suspended||Committed suicide before he was due to be imprisoned|
|Chris Lewis||Drug smuggling||13 years|
|Mohammad Amir||conspiracy to cheat at gambling
conspiracy to accept corrupt payments
|6 months in Young Offenders Institution||See Pakistan cricket spot-fixing scandal|
|Mohammad Asif||12 months|
|Salman Butt||30 months|
|Mervyn Westfield||conspiracy to accept corrupt payments||4 months|||
N.B: Italics indicates retired or inactive.
|Tammy Thomas||Road racing||perjury and obstruction of justice||6 months house arrest|||
|Missy Giove||Downhill||conspiring to possess and distribute more than 100 kg of marijuana||6 months home detention and 5 years of supervised release|||
|Jonathan Boyer||Road racing||lewd behavior with a minor||1 year in prison and 5 years probation||released from probation in 2006 |
|Phil Taylor||indecent assault||£2,000 fine|||
|Chris Mason||assault and assault with intent to resist arrest||180 hours' community service|||
|actual bodily harm||3 months||suspended for 12 months|
|actual bodily harm||3 years' probation|||
|aggravated burglary with intent to cause grievous bodily harm||3 years||released after 1 year|
|Bruce Kimball||vehicular homicide||17 years||released after serving less than five years |
|Tonya Harding||hindering a police investigation (of an attack on Nancy Kerrigan)||three years probation, 500 hours of community service, and a $100,000 fine||later convicted of domestic violence as well.|
|Driving under the influence||3 days and 10 days of community service|
|Driving under the influence||10 days, 20 days suspended||suspended sentence with the condition of completing 12 hours of classes for troubled young adults|
|Maxim Staviski||Driving under the influence, Causing death by dangerous driving||2 years, 6 months||Was originally a 2 years suspended, 6 months with 5 years probation, but reversed following appeal.|
|Wolfgang Schwarz||Human trafficking||18 months||punishment was postponed as he was suffering from the side effects of treatment for skin cancer|
|Otari Kvantrishvili||Rape||10 year sentenced, later suspended ||Notorious mobster in Russian mafia|
|David Brosnan||accepting cash for tips||18 months||Released after 8 months|
|Stanley Chin||conspiracy to fix races||3 years|
|Chris Munce||conspiracy for a tips-for-bets scam||30 months||Served 7 months in Hong Kong, then served 13 months in Australia where he was released|
|Lester Piggott||tax evasion||3 years||Released after 366 days, Stripped of his OBE.|
|Name||Team when arrested||Offense||Sentence||Notes|
|Mike Danton||St. Louis Blues||conspiracy to commit murder||7½ years ||Released after serving five years|
|Steve Durbano||retired||drug smuggling||7 years |
|Bob Probert||Detroit Red Wings||drug possession||90 days|||
|Tom McCarthy||retired||conspiracy to traffic drugs||five years and ten months||served approx. 4 years in U.S. and Canada.|
|Craig MacTavish||Boston Bruins||vehicular homicide||1 year |
|Nikolai Khabibulin||Edmonton Oilers||drunk driving||30 days ||Serves first 15 days of sentence with work release, last 15 days under house arrest|
|Dany Heatley||Atlanta Thrashers||vehicular homicide||3 years probation ||Also ordered to give 150 speeches on the dangers of speeding, and pay $25,000 to Fulton County for the cost of investigating the crash.|
|Evangelos Goussis||Kickboxing||Drug trafficking (1989)||||Main article: Melbourne gangland killings|
|Attempted murder (1989)||18 months|
|Possession of an unregistered firearm (2004)|||
|Murder (2006)||20 years imprisonment, 15 year non-parole period|
|Murder (2008)||life imprisonment, 30 year non-parole period|
|Kazuyoshi Ishii||Karate||tax evasion||22 months||Released after 14 months|
|Lee Murray||Armed robbery||10 years||Main article: Securitas depot robbery|
|James Waithe||Judo||Conspiracy to supply cocaine, Possession of firearms||Indefinite||Enforcer for drugs gang|
|Name||Team when arrested||Competing series when arrested||Offense||Sentence||Notes|
|Kim Ashkenazi||Possession of cocaine with intent to supply||6 years, 6 months|
|Possession of child pornography||9 months||Added on to drug trafficking sentence|
|Kaye Don||MG Cars||N/A||Manslaughter||4 months|||
|Roy James||Self entry||Formula Junior||Robbery with violence||25 years for conspiracy and a 30 years for armed robbery, to be served concurrently.||Released on parole in 1975. Main article 1963 Great Train Robbery|
|Juan Garriga||Retired||N/A||drug trafficking and possessing firearms||2-year suspended|||
|Bertrand Gachot||Jordan Grand Prix||Formula One||Assault and use of offensive weapon||18 months||Sentence was reduced to nine months and six months suspended. Released after two months.|
|Jim Ka To||Fretech FRD Team||Asian Formula Renault Challenge||Assault||15-month||Released on appeal after serving 3 months|
|Junior Johnson||NASCAR Grand National Series||Moonshining||2 years||Served 11 months, presidentially pardoned in 1986|
|Jason Lawrence||N/A||AMA Supercross Championship||assault with a deadly weapon, battery with serious bodily injury, and mayhem||365 days in detention center||Released after 4 months|
|Marco Lucchinelli||Ducati Corse||Superbike World Championship||possession of 200 mg cocaine||5 years||Released after 2 years|
|Vic Lee||Vic Lee Motorsport
|BTCC||Drugs trafficking||12 years (1993)||Released on parole in 1998|
|Vic Lee Racing
|12 years (2005)||Released in 2010|
|Jerry Mahony||Inactive||BTCC||Drugs trafficking||11 years||Convicted with Vic Lee in the same offence|
|Randy Lanier||Arciero Racing||CART||conspiring to import and distribute marijuana and of being principal administrators of a Continuing Criminal Enterprise||Life without Parole||Ben Kramer was also convicted for the same case|
|conspiracy||40 year (concurrent)|
|tax fraud||5 year (concurrent)|
|Don Whittington||Patrick Racing||Money laundering||18 months||Released in 1988|
|Bill Whittington||Arciero Racing||Income tax evasion and conspiracy to smuggle narcotics||180 months (15 years)||Released in 1990|
|Marty Hinze||Marty Hinze Racing||IMSA Camel GT||Drugs smuggling and tax fraud||3 years, $20,000 fine||Released in 1989|
|John Paul, Sr.||JLP Racing
|IMSA Camel GT||Drugs possession (1979)||3 years probation, $32,500 fine||Paul, Jr. and Sr was convicted for the same incident on both occasions|
|Possession of false passport (1985)||6 months||Served sentence in Switzerland. Later extradited to the U.S.|
|Importing marijuana, tax evasion, possession of false passport and attempted murder of a federal witness||25 years||Released after serving 15 years, currently wanted for questioning since 2001 for a disappearance case.|
|John Paul, Jr.||JLP Racing||IMSA Camel GT||Drugs possession (1979)||3 years probation, $32,500 fine|||
|Conte Racing||Racketeering (1986)||5 years||Served 28 months|
|Doug Shierson Racing||CART|
|Jos Verstappen||Arrows||Formula One||Assault||5 years suspended||Sentence was given after settling an out-of-court settlement with his victim|
|Harassment and assault||3 months suspended and €1650 fine|
|Anthony Gobert||inactive||Theft||A$600 fine and given 300 hours community service|||
|Kelly Petillo||Inactive||American Championship car racing||assault and battery with intent to kill||1–10 years||paroled in 1955, returned in 1957 for parole violations, released in 1959.|
|Salt Walther||inactive||check fraud (1987)||not specified|
|drug abuse (1987)||not specified|
|George Walther||CART/USAC||theft (1992)||not specified|
|inactive/retired||illegal conveyance of painkillers into the jail (1998)||6 months, 3 years probation|||
|child endangering (2000)||180 days|
|violating probation terms (2000)||10 months||For violation of terms for the 1998 case|
|Failure to pay child support (2005)||not specified||Already served 240 hours in jail|
|violation of community control terms (2007)||10 months in prison, had served 240 days in jail||Died December 27, 2012|
|"fleeing and eluding" (2007)||3 years|
|Charles Zwolsman, Sr.||inactive||Drugs smuggling||2 years (1987)|
|WSC||5 years (1994)||Was given an extra year following a retrial in 1995, released in 1997|
|inactive||8 years (2001)||Released in 2005.|
|possession of 2,000 kilos of hashish and 4 counts of firearm possession||3 years (2010)||Died whilst serving sentence in 2011|
|Adrian Sutil||Force India||Formula One||grievous bodily harm||18-month suspended and €200,000 fine||Trial took place in Germany for an offence taking place in China|
|Ben Kramer||Superboat||conspiring to import and distribute marijuana and of being principal administrators of a continuing criminal enterprise||Life without parole (1988)||Also convicted for another drug smuggling case in 1977|
|Federal money laundering (1990)||Was serving sentence when convicted|
|manslaughter||19 years (1996)||Was already serving sentence when convicted for a 1987 murder of Donald Aronow|
|George Morales||Superboat||Drugs smuggling||16 years|
|Eddie Trotta||APBA Offshore||tax evasion||?||Served 4 years, released in 1987|
|Slick Gardner||Retired||animal cruelty and grand theft||1 year||Sentence given following plea bargain, originally served house arrest but jailed following parole violation.|
|Steve Seligman||drugs trafficking||27 years|
|Frank Wrathall||Dynojet Racing||BTCC||Causing death by dangerous driving||21 months|
|Name||Team when arrested||Offense||Sentence||Notes|
|Tony Neary||Retired||Fraud||5 years|||
|Marc Cécillon||Retired||Murder||20 years|||
|Philippe Jeantot||Tax evasion||2 years suspended and €15,000 fine||Currently under investigation for another fraud case|
|Jay Adams||felony assault||6 months|||
|Unspecified Drug charges||2 years, 6 months||Served sentenced in Hawaii |
|Involvement in a drugs deal||4 years||Currently completing sentence in a halfway house|
|Christian Hosoi||Drug trafficking||10 years||Released after serving a 4 years|
|Mark Rogowski||Rape and murder||31 years||Ineligible for parole until February 2018|
|Silvino Francisco||Drugs smuggling||3 years|||
|Wakakirin Shinichi||Cannabis possession||10 months, 3 years suspended|||
|Futatsuryū Jun'ichi||Murder||6 years||Main article: Tokitsukaze stable hazing scandal|
|Mickey Dora||grand larceny (Credit card fraud)||not specified|||
|Jack Roland Murphy||Robbery and First-degree murder||Life.||Released on parole in 1986|
|Nick D'Arcy||Assault||14 months and 12 days||suspended on condition of good behavior|
|Boris Becker||tax evasion||2 years probation, $500,000 fine|||
|Bernard Boileau||drug use, assault and dangerous driving||3 years|
|Roscoe Tanner||theft, fraud||2 years||Released after one year.Florida DOC record|
|Bill Tilden||contributing to the delinquency of a minor||1 year (1946)||Served 7½ months|
|1 year (1949)||10 months|
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