Athletes Busted for Driving 100-Plus MPH

Nick DimengoFeatured ColumnistJanuary 15, 2014

Athletes Busted for Driving 100-Plus MPH

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    If there's one thing that most people claim to have, it's the need for speed—especially when driving a car.

    And although athletes are often measured for how fast they can run or throw, sometimes they take that love for speed a bit too far.

    Just like you or me, some players just can't help but put an iron foot onto their pedal, cruising in their fancy cars at sometimes triple-digit speeds.

    We'd like to think that athletes could talk themselves out of getting a ticket, but these are the ones who failed to do so, getting busted for going more than slightly over the speed limit.

Adrian Peterson

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    Speed: 109 miles per hour

    The Minnesota Vikings running back might be the best in the game at his position, but Adrian Peterson should consider sticking to plowing over and past defenders rather than laying the pedal to the metal.

    Peterson was clocked going an insanely fast 54 miles per hour over the speed limit back in 2009, eventually pleading guilty to a speed of 99 mph instead—to save himself from potentially losing his license.

Ashley Cole

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    Speed: 104 miles per hour

    To be brutally honest, although I've been a Chelsea fan for a decade or so, defender Ashley Cole has always rubbed me the wrong way.

    It has nothing to do with his play, but some of the choices he's made—specifically cheating on his former wife, mega-hottie Cheryl Cole.

    So remembering his decision to go 104 miles per hour in his Lamborghini Gallardo back in 2008 isn't too shocking to me.

    Maybe worse than his speeding was Cole's excuse, claiming that he was outrunning the paparazzi and thought that he was going "just" 80 miles per hour"—which, yes, still would have been 30 miles per hour over the limit and gotten him a ticket.

Plaxico Burress

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    Speed: 125 miles per hour

    He may not be in the NFL anymore, but while in the league, there were more than just a few instances when Plaxico Burress was face-to-face with the law.

    His most memorable came when he shot himself in the leg while at a night club in 2008, but Plax was also busted for going way over the speed limit—like, 70 miles per hour over.

    But just as Burress was given other chances to play football, the law tossed him another opportunity to drive again, as the former wideout miraculously beat any punishment stemming from it.

Bernard Berrian

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    Speed: 104 miles per hour

    Isn't Minnesota supposed to be cold and icy in the winter?

    Assuming that's the case, what's with former Vikings wide receiver Bernard Berrian being the second player from the Purple People to be pulled over for zooming past a cop in the winter of 2009?

    Clocked at 104 miles per hour, Berrian got hit with a $300 fine for treating his Audi R8 like it was a full-blown race car.

Thomas Robinson

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    Speed: 107 miles per hour

    Most of the time, I honestly feel bad for athletes who were drafted super high, fail to translate their game to the pros and find themselves buried on the bench.

    Such is the case of former No. 5 overall pick, Thomas Robinson.

    But hearing that his $80,000 Porsche Panamera was pulled over going nearly double the speed limit eases my sympathy just a bit, even if Robinson did have to pay a ridiculous $1,150 fine from it.

    Taking to Twitter, Robinson said he, "Had to be more careful." Yeah, that's probably a smart thing to do, bro.

Jason Peters

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    Speed: "More than 100 miles per hour"

    The fact that the actual speed of Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Jason Peters was never released usually means the guy was going pretty damn fast.

    Although the cops never released the exact digits Peters was going, it's known that he was racing—both against another driver and then the cops!

    That's pretty hardcore, so while he got charged with drag racing, resisting arrest and later paid a $656 fine, he might just earn the coolest story of these speeding athletes.

Andrew Bynum

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    Speed: 110 miles per hour

    To all future drivers out there, here's a bit of advice—going exactly twice the listed speed limit will result in some major repercussions.

    Unfortunately for NBA baller—sort of—Andrew Bynum, he found that out firsthand when he got pulled over for doing exactly that back in 2010 while still with the L.A. Lakers.

    While Bynum might not be the quickest guy when he's healthy enough on the court, he showed that with a crazy whip to push around, he's the speediest guy out there.

Alex Ovechkin

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    Speed: 165 miles per hour

    Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is a stud when on the ice—as he proved last season when he stole league MVP honors—and he wants to set a good example for his teammates.

    And while Ovie usually does that with his play and hard work, dude admitted that he once got stopped while being late to the team's practice facility at a whopping 165 miles per hour.

    Seriously? I feel nervous going 80 in a 65 zone, but this dude even doubled that!

LeBron James

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    Speed: 101 miles per hour

    We all know that LeBron James is an absolute menace on the floor, swiftly getting by defenders with his agility or blowing past them with his speed—sort of like a finely-tuned sports car.

    Ironically enough, it was Bron's speed in a car on his 23rd birthday a few years ago that got him in trouble with the law, getting hit with a $259 fine after racking up a speed of 101 miles per hour in his Benz while on his way home to sleep.

    Assuming he was tired, driving nearly 40 miles per hour over the limit definitely wasn't a wise choice for the best baller on the planet.

Karim Benzema

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    Speed: 135 miles per hour

    As one of the French national team's biggest stars, I'd think that striker Karim Benzema would be smarter with what he does off the field.

    But, at least in one instance, he let his guard down, clocking in at a 135-mph clip back in March of last year.

    It's bad enough that he was going so fast. But when considering he missed a World Cup qualifier and almost went to jail for being a speed demon, it could have been really costly.

Greg Little

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    Speed: 127 miles per hour

    I'm not going to sugarcoat this one, because Greg Little is lucky to even be alive.

    After crashing his Audi into a light pole on an Ohio interstate, cops discovered that he had reached a max speed of about 127 miles per hour.

    Four months later, dude actually got pulled over again for going "just" 81 in a 60 zone, making him vow to slow the hell down when behind the wheel.

Derrick Rose

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    Speed: 106 miles per hour

    Just a few months before the Chicago Bulls drafted hometown kid Derrick Rose with the first pick in the 2008 NBA draft, Rose was caught going 40 miles per hour over the limit in his Land Rover.

    First off, is anyone else skeptical as to how Rose was pushing a Rover before he got mega-millions?

    And second, do you think the Bulls took care of his $1,000 fine and traffic school costs for the ticket?

Kyle Busch

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    Speed: 128 miles per hour

    It's pretty funny to me that NASCAR driver Kyle Busch got pulled over for going 128 miles per hour a few years ago—though, as a professional driver, shouldn't we have seen this coming?

    What's even more humorous is that Busch actually lost his license because of the violation.

    Dude, driving a car for a living is be pretty damn difficult without an ID.

Yasiel Puig

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    Speed: 110 miles per hour

    The L.A. Dodgers may have found a gem in outfielder Yasiel Puig, but if they want to keep him on the field and out of trouble, they'd be wise to assign a personal babysitter to watch him.

    Puig has been involved in a few on-the-field altercations already, and his arrest for reckless driving of speeds close to 110 miles per hour are a little alarming.

    Might be time for the guy to just slow down a bit—both with his fame and while sitting in the driver's seat.

Jadeveon Clowney

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    Speed: 110 miles per hour

    He may or may not be the first overall selection in this year's NFL draft, but former South Carolina defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney would be wise to lay low on driving himself around for a little bit.

    Standing at 6'6" and 240 pounds, teams will be blown away with the speed he displays on the football field—as it's rumored the guy can run a sub-4.5-second 40-yard dash—but it's his speed in his car that could turn scouts off.

    That's what happens when someone racks up two speeding tickets in a matter of weeks, with his first coming after being clocked at 110 miles per hour and the second for an 84 mile per hour speed.

    The silver lining? At least he slowed down a little bit for the second one.