List of professional sportspeople convicted of crimes

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This list includes some Professional sportspeople convicted of serious crimes (such as felonies in the United States). This list also includes amateur sportspeople who have competed at the highest level of competition (e.g. Olympic level).

American football (Gridiron)[edit]

Name Team when arrested Offense Sentence Notes
Michael Bennett cut/retired wire fraud 15 months[1]
Josh Brent Dallas Cowboys intoxication manslaughter 180 days and ten years probation[2]
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.[3] Eligible for parole in April 2011;[4] released June 7, 2011.[5]
Billy Cannon Retired Counterfeiting 5 years[6] 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 Had been elected to the College Football Hall of Fame before his conviction in 1983, but the Hall rescinded the honor before his scheduled induction.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.[6]
Rae Carruth Carolina Panthers conspiracy to commit murder 24 years[7] Projected Release Date October 22, 2018[8]
Cecil Collins Miami Dolphins burglary 15 years[9] Released after serving 13 years [10]
Dwayne Goodrich Dallas Cowboys criminally negligent homicide 12½ years [11] Hit and run accident. Released after serving approximately eight years.[12]
Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson retired (from Dallas Cowboys) sexual assault, bribery 4 years, eight months released after serving 28 months[13]
Darryl Henley Los Angeles Rams drug trafficking, attempted conspiracy to commit murder 41 years[14] expected release date: March 28, 2031[15]
Travis Henry Free agent, recently released from Denver Broncos drug trafficking 3 years[16] served two years and five months[17]
Sam Hurd Chicago Bears Conspiracy to possess cocaine and marijuana with intent to distribute 15 years[18]
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.[19] 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[20]
Johnny Jolly Green Bay Packers drug possession, evidence tampering, violating probation[21] 6 years served six months[22]
Ryan Leaf retired burglary, drug possession 5 years, also faces parole revocation on earlier drug possession conviction.[23] 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[24]
Leonard Little St. Louis Rams involuntary manslaughter three months[25] 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[26]
Dave Meggett retired (Giants, Patriots and Jets) criminal sexual conduct and burglary 30 years previously convicted of misdemeanor sexual battery [27]
Byron "Bam" Morris Kansas City Chiefs drug trafficking 30 months released after serving two and a half years[28]
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[29]
Eric Naposki retired/cut first-degree murder life in prison without the possibility of parole[30]
Nate Newton retired from Dallas Cowboys drug trafficking 7½ years (two separate convictions)[31] released after serving about two and a half years[32]
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.[33]
Robert Rozier (a.k.a. Robert Rameses) retired from St. Louis Cardinals[34] 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[35]
Art Schlichter Indianapolis Colts 1997 - forgery, theft 16 years[36] committed over 20 felonies related to gambling, released from prison in June 2006[37]
2012 - fraud, theft 10 years, 7 months[38] 7 months were related to his probation from an earlier conviction.[39]
Austin Scott retired marijuana dealing six to 23 months sold marijuana four times to undercover cops[40]
Orenthal "O. J." Simpson retired robbery, kidnapping nine to thirty-three years [41]
See also O. J. Simpson robbery case.
Alonzo Spellman retired/cut (from Chicago Bears) interference with a flight crew, simple assault[42] 18 months served one year
Donte Stallworth Cleveland Browns DUI Manslaughter (Driving under the influence of alcohol) 30 Days incarceration, 2 years house arrest [43]
Michael Vick Atlanta Falcons conspiracy, related to dog fighting[44] 23 months[45] See also Bad Newz Kennels dog fighting investigation.
Nate Webster cut/retired unlawful sexual conduct with a minor 12 years[46]
Stanley Wilson Sr. retired from Cincinnati Bengals burglary 22 years sentence was under a third strike provision [47]
Keith Wright cut/retired multiple charges including sexual assault, armed robbery, kidnapping and burglary 114 years to life, plus 120 years[48] series of home invasion robberies and assaults

Association football[edit]

English leagues[edit]

Name Team when arrested Offense Sentence Notes
Jimmy Gauld Everton F.C. conspiracy to defraud 4 years See 1964 British betting scandal[49]
Peter Swan Sheffield Wednesday F.C. 4 months
Tony Kay
David Layne
Tony Adams Arsenal F.C. Drunk driving 4 Months Released after serving 57 days[50]

[51][52][53][54]

Joey Barton Newcastle United F.C. Assault, affray 6 months[51] [54][55]
Manchester City F.C. Assault 4 months, 2 years suspended [56]
George Best retired Drink driving, assaulting police, failing to answer bail 3 Months [51][52][54]
Steve Brooker Bristol City F.C. affray 28 days Released after serving 14 days.[53][57]
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.[53][57]
Bradley Orr 28 days
David Partridge affray and bodily harm 2 months Released after one month[53][57]
Eric Cantona Manchester United F.C. Assault 2 weeks Released after 24 hours. Later overturned in favour of 120 hours community service after appeal[58]
Gary Charles Retired Drink driving prison sentence not specified [51][59]
Breach of bail conditions prison sentence not specified Illegally removed electronic tag to go on holiday, therefore breaching court conditions[51][59]
Assault occasioning actual bodily harm 9 months suspended, 100 hours community service [60][61]
Assault 12 months [62]
Gary Croft Blackburn Rovers F.C. Driving while disqualified, perverting the course of justice 4 months [63]
Terry Fenwick Leicester City F.C. Drink driving 4 months [51][54]
Callum Flanagan Manchester United Dangerous driving 8 months Timm and Flanagan were convicted for the same incident where they were street racing[64]
Mads Timm 12 months
Lee Hughes West Bromwich Albion F.C. Causing death by dangerous driving 6 years [51][52][65]
Gavin Grant Bradford City murder Life imprisonment Eligible for parole after 25 years.[66]

Cleared of a 2005 murder in 2007.[67] Murder he was convicted of took place in May 2004, before the start of his professional career.[67]

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[68]
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 [54][69]
Jamie Lawrence n/a Robbery 4 years Released after 26 months[51][52][70]
Jan Mølby Liverpool F.C. Reckless driving 3 months [52]
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[71]
Jermaine Pennant Birmingham City F.C. Drink driving whilst banned 90 days released after 30 days, served rest of sentence wearing electronic tag[51][52][54]
Tom Pope Crewe Alexandra Affray 200 hours community service and a 6 month suspended jail sentence[72]
Micky Quinn Portsmouth F.C. Driving whilst banned 21 days served 14 days[52][53]
Graham Rix Chelsea F.C. Underage sex, indecent assault 12 months, Placed on sex offender's register for 10 years[73]
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.[74][75][76][77][78]
Peter Storey Retired running a brothel £700 fine and 6 month suspended [51][53][79][54][80]
car theft 2 years
counterfeiting 3 years
smuggling pornographic movies 28 days
disorderly behaviour 28 days
Mickey Thomas Wrexham F.C. Counterfeiting 18 Months [51][52][53][54][81]
Stig Tøfting Bolton Wanderers F.C. Assault 4 months [53][64]
Vinnie Jones Queens Park Rangers assault causing actual bodily harm and criminal damage £300 fine plus 100 hours community service [82][83][84][85][86]
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[54][87]
Dennis Wise Chelsea F.C. assault 3 months Later acquitted on appeal[88]
Ched Evans Sheffield United F.C. Rape 5 years [89]

Scottish leagues[edit]

Name v Team when arrested Offense Sentence Notes
Duncan Ferguson Rangers F.C. Assault 3 months served 44 days[51][53][54][90]
Craig Thomson Heart of Midlothian F.C. lewd libidinous and indecent behaviour. £4,000 fine and sex offenders' register entry for 5 years [91]

Dutch Football League[edit]

Name Team when arrested Offense Sentence Notes
Patrick Kluivert AFC Ajax Causing death by dangerous driving 240 hours community service [92]

International football[edit]

Name Team when arrested Offense Sentence Notes
Guus Hiddink Russia Tax fraud 6 months suspended, €45,000 fine [93]

Athletics (track and field)[edit]

Name Offense Sentence Notes
David Jenkins Trafficking of anabolic steroids 7 years Released after 9 months[81]
Marion Jones Obstruction of justice, perjury 6 months & 200 hours community service [94]
Tim Montgomery fraud
drug distribution
46 months[95]
5 years[96]
Sentences to be served consecutively
Steve Riddick Money laundering & fraud 5 years & 3 months [97]
Christos Tzekos possession and storage of illegal substances 12 months suspended for 3 years[98][99] 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[edit]

Name Offense Sentence Notes
Brett Cooper Drug offences 5 years [100]
David Dench Fraud 4 months [101]
Merv Dihm Assault occasioning actual bodily harm 3 years Didn't serve the full sentence[102]
Andrew Krakouer Assault 16 months Served his sentence at the Wooroloo Prison Farm[103]
Neville Linney Burglary 2 years [104]
Paul Tilley Intentionally causing serious injury 18 months 12 of the 18 months were suspended[105]

Baseball[edit]

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.[106]
Barry Bonds retired obstruction of justice 2 years probation; 30 days home confinement[107] Appealing conviction.[108] 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[109]
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 May 25, 2016
Orlando Cepeda retired drug possession 5 years served 10 months.[110]
Alex Cole retired drug possession with intent to distribute 18 months[111]
Chad Curtis retired Criminal Sexual Conduct 7–15 years[112] Earliest release date is September 13, 2020.[113]
Lenny Dykstra retired bankruptcy fraud, concealment of assets, money laundering, auto theft, indecent exposure approximately six years (three separate sentences)[114] Released in June 2013 after serving a total of 13 months (7 while awaiting sentencing, 6 12 afterwards). Remains on probation for three years, and also must pay restitution of $200,000 and complete both community service and substance abuse rehab.[115]
Dwight Gooden retired fleeing police, violation of probation (drug use) 1 year served 7 months[116]
Mel Hall retired three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and two counts of indecency with a child 45 years[117] Serving his sentence at Allred prison in Texas.[118]
Ricardo Jordan retired drug trafficking 7 years[119] listing at Florida DOC
Julio Machado Milwaukee Brewers murder 12 years [120] released after serving four years[121]
Jim Mahady retired Second degree manslaughter 6–12 years Sentence commuted after three years by the Governor of New York, Herbert H. Lehman.[122]
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.[123]
retired conspiracy, theft, money laundering and mail fraud 8 years released after serving six years [123]
Byron McLaughlin retired Money laundering Fled the country before being sentenced. Current whereabouts unknown, presumed to be in France.[124]
Hiroshi Ogawa retired murder, theft life[125]
Pete Rose retired/banned tax evasion 5 months[126]
Darryl Strawberry retired drug possession, solicitation of prostitution 18 months Sentence was suspended in 1999, reinstated after 2002 parole violation[127]
Hank Thompson retired (from New York Giants Armed robbery 10 years served three years[128]
Ugueth Urbina Philadelphia Phillies Attempted murder 14 years[129] Served 5½ years; released December 22, 2012.[130]

Basketball[edit]

Name Team when arrested Offense Sentence Notes
Darrell Allums retired robbery (eight convictions) nine years[131] Six other charges of robbery were dropped[132]
Greg "Cadillac" Anderson retired drug trafficking five months[133]
Billy Ray Bates retired robbery; assault seven years [134]
Lonny Baxter Mens Sana Basket (Italy), formerly with Charlotte Bobcats gun possession two months [135]
William Bedford retired transportation of drugs ten years[136]
Daron "Mookie" Blaylock retired vehicular homicide fifteen years, with agreement to serve three[137]
Corie Blount retired felony marijuana possession one year[138]
Luther "Ticky" Burden released/retired (New York Knicks) receiving stolen property two years Originally sentenced to 6 to 18 years for Bank Robbery,[139] conviction was voided.[140]
Keon Clark retired driving under the influence, felony weapon possession eight years[141] Projected parole date of July 18, 2017, approximately 3 1/2 years into sentence.
Allen Iverson Bethel High School (Hampton, Virginia) maiming by mob five years pardoned by Governor after serving 4 months, conviction later overturned on appeal.[142] See also No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson, a TV documentary on this case.
Henry James retired dealing cocaine five years [143]
"Fast" Eddie Johnson retired burglary, robbery, drug possession, sexual assault on a minor various, given life sentence in 2008[144] [145][146]
Oliver Miller retired first degree assault, gun possesion five years (four of which were suspended)[147]
Jack Molinas Fort Wayne Pistons bribing players to fix games ten to fifteen years served five years.[148]
José Ortiz Retired possession of marijuana with intent to distribute 15 months[149]
Tom Payne Atlanta Hawks rape (multiple convictions), sodomy[150] 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 [151]
Isaiah Rider retired (Minnesota Timberwolves) possession of cocaine, battery, evading a police officer seven months[152]
Charles E. Smith Boston Celtics vehicular homicide 4½ years[153] served 28 months[154]
Kirk Snyder retired (NBA) aggravated burglary three years[155]
Jay Vincent retired (NBA and Lega Basket Italian, numerous teams) mail fraud, tax fraud five and a half years[156]
Sylvester "Sly" Williams retired kidnapping[157] five years released after serving 3½ years. profile at New York DOC

Bodybuilding[edit]

Name Offense Sentence Notes
Bertil Fox murder Life[158][159] Originally sentenced to death
Sally McNeil second-degree murder 19 years to life[159][160]
Craig Titus second-degree murder 21 to 55 years[161] Eligible for parole on December 23, 2026

Boxing[edit]

Name Offense Sentence Notes
Tony Ayala, Jr. burglary and rape 35 years paroled after 16 years, returned to prison for an additional ten-year sentence after parole violation.[162]
Trevor Berbick sexual assault 5 years[163] served 15 months, subsequently murdered by kin in Jamaica
Riddick Bowe kidnapping 18 months[164] released after serving 17 months for kidnapping his wife and children
James Butler voluntary manslaughter, arson 29 years and 4 months[165] currently incarcerated
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter murder life[166] 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.[167]
Dale Crowe convicted in 2006 of involuntary manslaughter, aggravated robbery, and engaging in corrupt acts 20 years[168] 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[169] 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 [170] sentence reduced to 105 years in procedural hearing.[171]
Naseem Hamed Dangerous driving 15 months[172] served 16 weeks
Bernard Hopkins strong-arm robbery 18 years[173] served 56 months (before boxing career)[174]
James Kirkland Armed robbery ? years served 6 months,[175] released on 8 years probation.[citation needed] Currently arrested for breach of probation and federal weapons charge.[citation needed]
Panama Lewis assault, criminal possession of a weapon, conspiracy, tampering with a sports contest six years in prison served 4 years [176]
Sonny Liston robbery 5 years served 2 years [177]
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 [178]
Dwight Muhammad Qawi (formerly Dwight Braxton) armed robbery ? served more than two years[179]
Floyd Mayweather, Sr. Drugs trafficking 5 year [180]
Tommy Morrison Drugs and weapons 10 years served 14 months [81]
Luis Resto assault
criminal possession of a weapon (his hands)
conspiracy
3 years[181] 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.[182] release in 2009 after serving sentence.
Mike Tyson rape six years[183] served 3 years
road rage one year[184] served 9 months
possession of narcotics and DUI 24 hours in jail, 360 hours community service and 3 years probation[185]
Carlos Monzón Murder 11 years[186] In 1995 he died in a car accident when he was on furlough[187]

Canadian Football (Gridiron)[edit]

Name Team when arrested Offense Sentence Notes
Cody Ledbetter released/retired from Hamilton Tiger-Cats probation violation 12 years [188]
Trevis Smith Saskatchewan Roughriders aggravated sexual assault 5½ years [189]
Terry Underwood released/retired (from Toronto Argonauts) murder 30–60 years eligible for Parole in 2028.[190][191] Page at NJ DOC

Cricket[edit]

Name Offense Sentence Notes
Arthur Coningham Fraud 6 months[192]
Leslie Hylton Murder of his wife Death by hanging Executed by hanging[193]
Terry Jenner Embezzlement 6½ years Released after 18 months[194]
Vallance Jupp Manslaughter 9 months Served only half his sentence[195]
Garth Le Roux Tax fraud 4 years Conviction overturned on 23 September 2010, clearing le Roux of all charges[196]
Warrington Phillip Murder Life[197] Has been found guilty[198]
Lorrie Wilmot Rape 12 years, three of them suspended Committed suicide before he was due to be imprisoned[199]
Chris Lewis Drug smuggling 13 years[200]
Mohammad Amir conspiracy to cheat at gambling
conspiracy to accept corrupt payments[201][202]
6 months in Young Offenders Institution[203] See Pakistan cricket spot-fixing scandal
Mohammad Asif 12 months[203]
Salman Butt 30 months[203]
Mervyn Westfield conspiracy to accept corrupt payments 4 months [204]

Cycling[edit]

N.B: Italics indicates retired or inactive.

Name Discipline Offense Sentence Notes
Tammy Thomas Road racing perjury and obstruction of justice 6 months house arrest [205]
Missy Giove Downhill conspiring to possess and distribute more than 100 kg of marijuana 6 months home detention and 5 years of supervised release [206][207][208]
Jonathan Boyer Road racing lewd behavior with a minor 1 year in prison and 5 years probation released from probation in 2006 [209]

Darts[edit]

Name Offense Sentence Notes
Phil Taylor indecent assault £2,000 fine [210]
Chris Mason assault and assault with intent to resist arrest 180 hours' community service [211]
actual bodily harm 3 months suspended for 12 months[211]
actual bodily harm 3 years' probation [211]
aggravated burglary with intent to cause grievous bodily harm 3 years released after 1 year[211]

Diving[edit]

Name Offense Sentence Notes
Bruce Kimball vehicular homicide 17 years released after serving less than five years [212]

Figure skating[edit]

Name Offense Sentence Notes
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[213] later convicted of domestic violence as well.[214]
Driving under the influence 3 days and 10 days of community service[215]
Driving under the influence 10 days, 20 days suspended suspended sentence with the condition of completing 12 hours of classes for troubled young adults[216]
Maxim Staviski Driving under the influence, Causing death by dangerous driving 2 years, 6 months[217] Was originally a 2 years suspended, 6 months with 5 years probation, but reversed following appeal.[218]
Wolfgang Schwarz Human trafficking 18 months[219] punishment was postponed as he was suffering from the side effects of treatment for skin cancer
kidnapping 8 years [220]

Greco-Roman wrestling[edit]

Name Offense Sentence Notes
Otari Kvantrishvili Rape 10 year sentenced, later suspended [221] Notorious mobster in Russian mafia

Horse racing[edit]

Name Offense Sentence Notes
David Brosnan accepting cash for tips 18 months[222] Released after 8 months[223]
Stanley Chin conspiracy to fix races 3 years[224]
Chris Munce conspiracy for a tips-for-bets scam 30 months[225] Served 7 months in Hong Kong, then served 13 months in Australia where he was released[226]
Lester Piggott tax evasion 3 years[227] Released after 366 days,[228] Stripped of his OBE.

Ice hockey[edit]

Name Team when arrested Offense Sentence Notes
Mike Danton St. Louis Blues conspiracy to commit murder 7½ years [229] Has been released, is playing hockey for St Marys University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The SMU Huskies won the Canadian University Championship in 2009-2010[230]
Steve Durbano retired drug smuggling 7 years [231]
Bob Probert Detroit Red Wings drug possession 90 days[232] [233]
Tom McCarthy retired conspiracy to traffic drugs five years and ten months[234] served approx. 4 years in U.S. and Canada.[235]
Craig MacTavish Boston Bruins vehicular homicide 1 year [236]
Nikolai Khabibulin Edmonton Oilers drunk driving 30 days [237] Serves first 15 days of sentence with work release, last 15 days under house arrest
Dany Heatley Atlanta Thrashers vehicular homicide 3 years probation [238] 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.

Martial arts[edit]

Name Discipline Offense Sentence Notes
Evangelos Goussis Kickboxing Drug trafficking (1989) [239] Main article: Melbourne gangland killings[240]
Attempted murder (1989) 18 months[239]
Possession of an unregistered firearm (2004) [239]
Murder (2006) 20 years imprisonment, 15 year non-parole period[239]
Murder (2008) life imprisonment, 30 year non-parole period[241]
Kazuyoshi Ishii Karate tax evasion 22 months[242] Released after 14 months
Lee Murray Armed robbery 10 years Main article: Securitas depot robbery[243]
James Waithe Judo Conspiracy to supply cocaine, Possession of firearms Indefinite[244] Enforcer for drugs gang[245]

Motorsport[edit]

Name Team when arrested Competing series when arrested Offense Sentence Notes
Kim Ashkenazi Possession of cocaine with intent to supply 6 years, 6 months[246][247]
Possession of child pornography 9 months[248] Added on to drug trafficking sentence
Kaye Don MG Cars N/A Manslaughter 4 months [249]
Roy James Self entry Formula Junior Robbery with violence 25 years for conspiracy and a 30 years for armed robbery, to be served concurrently.[250] Released on parole in 1975. Main article 1963 Great Train Robbery
Juan Garriga Retired N/A drug trafficking and possessing firearms 2 year suspended [251]
Bertrand Gachot Jordan Grand Prix Formula One Assault and use of offensive weapon 18 months[252] Sentence was reduced to nine months and six months suspended. Released after two months.[253]
Jim Ka To Fretech FRD Team Asian Formula Renault Challenge Assault 15-month Released on appeal after serving 3 months[254][255]
Junior Johnson NASCAR Grand National Series Moonshining 2 years Served 11 months, presidentially pardoned in 1986[256]
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[257]
Marco Lucchinelli Ducati Corse Superbike World Championship possession of 200 mg cocaine 5 years Released after 2 years[258]
Vic Lee Vic Lee Motorsport
(team manager/owner)
BTCC Drugs trafficking 12 years (1993) Released on parole in 1998[259][260]
Vic Lee Racing
(team manager/owner)
12 years (2005)[261][262] Released in 2010[263]
Jerry Mahony Inactive BTCC Drugs trafficking 11 years Convicted with Vic Lee in the same offence[264]
Randy Lanier Arciero Racing CART conspiring to import and distribute marijuana and of being principal administrators of a Continuing Criminal Enterprise Life without Parole[265] Ben Kramer was also convicted for the same case
conspiracy 40 year (concurrent)
tax fraud 5 year (concurrent)
Don Whittington Patrick Racing[266] Money laundering 18 months[267] Released in 1988[268]
Bill Whittington Arciero Racing[269] Income tax evasion and conspiracy to smuggle narcotics 180 months (15 years)[267][270] Released in 1990[271]
Marty Hinze Marty Hinze Racing IMSA Camel GT Drugs smuggling and tax fraud 3 years, $20,000 fine[272] Released in 1989[273]
John Paul, Sr. JLP Racing
(team owner/driver)
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[274]
Possession of false passport (1985) 6 months Served sentence in Switzerland. Later extradited to the U.S.[275]
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.[275][276]

[277][278]

John Paul, Jr. JLP Racing IMSA Camel GT Drugs possession (1979) 3 years probation, $32,500 fine [274]
Conte Racing Racketeering (1986) 5 years Served 28 months[276][279][280]
Doug Shierson Racing CART
Jos Verstappen Arrows Formula One Assault 5 years suspended[281] Sentence was given after settling an out-of-court settlement with his victim
Harassment and assault 3 months suspended and 1650 fine[282]
Anthony Gobert inactive Theft A$600 fine and given 300 hours community service [283][284]
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.[285]
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 [286]

[287] [288][289]

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 inactive Drugs smuggling[290] 2 years (1987)[291]
Euro Racing
(team owner/driver)
WSC 5 years (1994) Was given an extra year following a retrial in 1995, released in 1997[291]
inactive 8 years (2001) Released in 2005.[291]
possession of 2,000 kilos of hashish and 4 counts of firearm possession 3 years (2010) Died whilst serving sentence in 2011[292][293][294]
Adrian Sutil Force India Formula One grievous bodily harm 18-month suspended and €200,000 fine[295][296] 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[297] Life without parole (1988)[298] Also convicted for another drug smuggling case in 1977[299]
Federal money laundering (1990)[300][301] Was serving sentence when convicted
manslaughter 19 years (1996)[302] Was already serving sentence when convicted for a 1987 murder of Donald Aronow
George Morales Superboat Drugs smuggling[297] 16 years
Eddie Trotta APBA Offshore tax evasion[303]  ? Served 4 years, released in 1987[304]
Slick Gardner Retired animal cruelty and grand theft 1 year[305] Sentence given following plea bargain, originally served house arrest but jailed following parole violation.[306]
Steve Seligman drugs trafficking 27 years[307]

Rugby union[edit]

Name Team when arrested Offense Sentence Notes
Tony Neary Retired Fraud 5 years [81][308]
Marc Cécillon Retired Murder 20 years [309]

Sailing[edit]

Name Offense Sentence Notes
Philippe Jeantot Tax evasion 2 years suspended and €15,000 fine Currently under investigation for another fraud case[310][311]

Skateboarding[edit]

Name Offense Sentence Notes
Jay Adams felony assault 6 months [312]
Unspecified Drug charges 2 years, 6 months Served sentenced in Hawaii [312]
Involvement in a drugs deal 4 years Currently completing sentence in a halfway house[312]
Christian Hosoi Drug trafficking 10 years Released after serving a 4 years[313][314]
Mark Rogowski Rape and murder 31 years Ineligible for parole until February 2018[315][316][317]

Snooker[edit]

Name Offense Sentence Notes
Silvino Francisco Drugs smuggling 3 years [81]

Sumo wrestling[edit]

Name Offense Sentence Notes
Wakakirin Shinichi Cannabis possession 10 months, 3 years suspended [81][318][319]
Futatsuryū Jun'ichi Murder 6 years[320] Main article: Tokitsukaze stable hazing scandal

Surfing[edit]

Name Offense Sentence Notes
Mickey Dora grand larceny (Credit card fraud) not specified [321][322]
check fraud
Jack Roland Murphy Robbery and First-degree murder Life. Released on parole in 1986[323]

Swimming[edit]

Name Offense Sentence Notes
Nick D'Arcy Assault 14 months and 12 days suspended on condition of good behavior[324]

Tennis[edit]

Name Offense Sentence Notes
Boris Becker tax evasion 2 years probation, $500,000 fine[325]
Bernard Boileau drug use, assault and dangerous driving 3 years[326]
Roscoe Tanner theft, fraud 2 years[327] Released after one year.Florida DOC record
Bill Tilden contributing to the delinquency of a minor 1 year (1946) Served 7½ months[328]
1 year (1949) 10 months[329]

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