Al Gore may not have produced a film on the subject, but the correlation between professional basketball players and crime is certainly an inconvenient truth.
The prevalence of crime in the NBA has been an ongoing problem for David Stern and company, especially for the past decade or so. Fact is, the lifestyle of the NBA—especially that of the younger crowd—breeds a culture of risky behavior.
Celebrities in a vast array of fields often entertain the thought that they are above the rules of society, and thus don't have to subscribe to normative conduct. NBA players are no exception.
In fact, they are arguably the rule.
There has been much research on the ostensible link between the NBA and crime. In 2004, author and investigative journalist Jeff Benedict conducted a thorough inquiry on the matter, culminating in a book entitled "Out of Bounds: Inside the NBA's Culture of Rape, Violence, and Crime." The work gained considerable recognition and was the focus of an ABC "20/20" primetime special.
This slide show will look at the best of the bad boys, culminating in the "All-NBA Criminal Team." While these players are in large part laughable role models, they certainly get the job done on the floor.
*All Players are active.
**This squad boasts a four-guard starting lineup. The added speed may come in handy when running away from police.