The 25 Worst Arrests in Sports So Far in 2012
If you have ever been arrested, for any reason, then you know that all arrests are a bad arrest. There should never be such a thing as a good arrest.
However, once you take a look at what some of these people in the sports world have done, you might agree an arrest for a parking violation is much better than going down for punching a cop at a bar. That is just a bad ending to a long night.
Enjoy the 25 worst arrests in sports so far in 2012—and yes, I have included my favorite Dallas Cowboy, Dez Bryant. I would be crazy not to.
25. Rachel Connor: Golf
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Rachel Connor is an up-and-coming professional golfer from Manchester, England. She was arrested in March for a DUI after she was caught speeding and weaving. Nothing too exciting...yet.
In the passenger seat sat former NFL running back Eddie George. Now, why did he let her drive?
It reminds me of a quote from The 40-Year-Old Virgin:
"When you pick up a drunk woman that is falling down on her way out of the bar...you should probably drive."
24. Aroldis Chapman: MLB
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Aroldis Chapman was picked up for speeding and driving with a suspended license. He was going 93 on an empty highway in Grove City, Ohio.
There aren't too many men that can get arrested for going 93 mph but still be capable of throwing a baseball a good 10 mph faster. That is just not real.
23. David Diehl: NFL
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Most stories that involve athlete DWI arrests usually occur in the early morning hours, but that is not how David Diehl rolls. He was picked up at 8:30pm this past June after hitting not one but several parked cars down a city street in Queens.
No one was hurt except possibly the Giant's pride. He's an offensive lineman—he is used to running over things. Give him a break.
22. Rey Maualuga: NFL
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Rey Maualuga had a reputation at USC as a party-going jock that always happened to get into fights. He has even has a past DUI arrest.
But this past February, Rey Rey punched a bar employee in the face. Why? He apparently disagreed with the employee's definition of "enough." It was Super Bowl Sunday and his team wasn't in the game. I would be drinking too.
21. Jamal Anderson: Retired NFL Player
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You don't have to be a current NFL star to party. Just ask former Atlanta Falcons running back Jamal Anderson.
He was arrested for impeding traffic due to his high level of intoxication. He wasn't going fast, he was going slow. Which is the opposite of how these DUI stories usually conclude.
20. Nick Fairley: NFL
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Maybe Nick Fairley should just stay away from Alabama in the offseason. He has been arrested twice in 2012 since the NFL season ended.
The first time for marijuana possession and the latest arrest in May for a DUI and evading the police.
Evading the police? Come on man. This isn't Grand Theft Auto.
19. Carrie Moore: Assistant NCAA Basketball Coach
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Carrie Moore, assistant women's basketball coach at Creighton, was arrested for partying one night in February. She was partying so hard, that when she went to McDonald's at 3 a.m. to get some grub, she passed out in her car.
So what's the big deal with sleeping in your vehicle? She happened to pass out in the drive-thru lane.
18. Adrian Peterson: NFL
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Since no one knows exactly what happened just yet, we will not make assumptions.
But I will say this, if Adrian Peterson really wanted to resist the cops, he would have no problem escaping.
17. Rochester Knighthawks: NLL
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If five professional lacrosse players from the Rochester Knighthawks are having a nice dinner at a restaurant in Minnesota, leave immediately, because things could get ugly. Napkins and plates could go flying every which way.
Earlier this year, Cody Jamieson, Sid Smith, Travis Hill, Jordan Hall and Tyler Burton were arrested for a brawl inside a TGI Friday's establishment in Minnesota, where items literally hit the fan.
16. Jason Kidd: NBA
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I have always wondered how a professional athlete celebrates a new deal.
Jason Kidd just showed us all when he drove his SUV into a telephone pole in the Hamptons just a few days removed from his signing with the New York Knicks.
Maybe he was upset he wasn't playing for Team USA in London.
15. Aaron Berry: NFL
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I was originally going to talk about Aaron Berry's arrest from this past June when he hit a few parked cars and simply stopped his car and walked away.
That was my original plan, but this past weekend he was arrested again and this time for three counts of simple assault for allegedly brandishing a firearm.
And now, he has no team.
14. Kristen Saban: Nick Saban's Daughter
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Maybe I am jumping the gun on this one, as Kristen was never actually arrested. Instead, one of her sorority sisters filed a lawsuit seeking damages for an alleged assault.
Is that how hot chicks handle fighting? They don't call the cops, they call a lawyer and sue?
13. Larry Ray: NCAA Softball Assistant Coach
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Larry Ray, softball coach at Arizona, allegedly got drunk one night and started having an argument with his wife that ended with a sledgehammer to the back of her car window.
He was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage domestic violence and two counts of disorderly conduct domestic violence in May.
A sledgehammer? Wow. My question is, why does he even have a sledgehammer?
12. Delmon Young: MLB
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Don't drink and party with this guy. Delmon Young handles himself about as well as John Daly at Hooters.
In April, Young was out drinking and allegedly shoved a man to the ground before shouting anti-Semitic remarks toward him and his group of buddies.
Keep it classy Detroit.
11. Tommy Rees: NCAA Football
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Even the starting QB for Notre Dame can have a bad day.
That was the case back in May when Tommy Rees was charged with two misdemeanor counts of resisting law enforcement, one count of battery, and one more count of illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor.
Remember folks, he is only 19.
10. Alfonzo Dennard: NFL
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Just five days prior to this year's NFL draft, Alfonzo Dennard was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer.
Apparently he was involved in a bar fight when a police officer tried to intervene...but who was then struck in the process. Whatever truly went down that night, that is not the situation he wanted to be in just five days before one of his biggest days of his life.
9. Justin Blackmon: NFL
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Justin Blackmon owns plenty of receiving records from his college career, so we already know that when he does something, he does it big.
He doesn't just get arrested for a DUI because he was barely above the legal limit. No sir. He was arrested for being three times above the limit. His blood-alcohol level of 0.24 is a 2012 athlete record.
8. Arkansas Trio: NCAA Football
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Arkansas football teammates Marquel Wade (pictured), Maudrecus Humphrey and Andrew Peterson were dismissed from the team after their felony residential burglary arrests in May.
Among the items pilfered by the trio were laptops and textbooks. So maybe they can transfer to another D-1 school and end up winning a Heisman Trophy in three years.
What? Too soon?
7. Luka Stanic: Tennis
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Luka Stanic, a tennis player at Winthrop University, was arrested and charged with assault and battery following an incident in April that ended with Luka knocking a teammate unconscious in a parking lot.
And who said tennis players were soft?
6. Elvis Dumervil: NFL
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Elvis Dumervil was arrested and charged a couple weeks ago with aggravated assault with a firearm, which is a felony.
Why do so many professional athletes feel the need to carry deadly weapons around with them? They do realize that when you carry a gun and have a million dollars, the bad-luck fairy will find them, right?
5. Kenny Britt: NFL
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How many times will it take for Kenny Britt to understand that with great power comes great responsibility?
You can't expect to drink and drive and get away with it these days. Especially when you have seven previous incidents with police.
Come on Kenny—it doesn't matter that you were just bringing a female soldier home to the base. That is very patriotic of you...but that is about it.
4. Ryan Leaf: Retired NFL Player
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I just can't...
How do I...
I am at a loss for words with this guy, Ryan Leaf. So I will just let him do the talking: "I'm lazy and dishonest and selfish."
Thanks for the honesty, Ryan. He said this in court after he was recently sentenced to five years in a Montana prison for burglary and drug charges.
3. Dez Bryant: NFL
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Before 2012, Dez Bryant was on his way up the Dallas Cowboys depth chart and optimism abound. But now that he has been arrested on a family violence charge, who knows how things will play out.
But we just won't know anything until the situation plays out. If he is guilty, we all know that Jerry Jones will not hesitate to drop him like an electric fence in a lighting storm. But we shall see.
2. Omar Ortiz: Former Soccer Player
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Mark my words: ESPN will be making a documentary on Omar Ortiz in the coming years. You can book it now.
A goalkeeper in the Mexican First Division, Ortiz was once banned from football for two years for testing positive for steroids. That was in 2010. So he needed to find something to do with his time and make a living.
So he did what any one of us would have done in his shoes—join a gang and start kidnapping people for ransom.
He could end up facing 50 years in a Mexican prison. Good luck bud.
1. Isiah Crowell: Former UGA Football Star
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You should never bring a knife to a gun fight but, more importantly, you should never bring a gun to a police checkpoint near the campus you play football for and attend.
Isaiah Crowell was arrested last month and charged with two felonies and a misdemeanor which could send him to jail for up to 10 years. Oh, and he was kicked off the University of Georgia football team soon after the arrest too.
Now that is a bad arrest for a 19-year-old and former No.1 rated football recruit in the nation. Very bad.