Braylon Edwards and the 10 Biggest Trouble Magnets in Sports Today
Braylon Edwards isn't the first athlete to find himself on the wrong side of the law, and he sure won't be the last either. But what is unquestionable is that Edwards has found himself in these types of situations all too often for it to be an isolated incident.
Edwards is a bit of a troublemaker on and off of the field but is he the worst in sports today?
Inside you'll find the top 10 troublemakers in sports today and if you disagree or feel I've missed someone, leave it in the comments and we'll discuss it.
No. 10: Sean Avery
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While Sean Avery might not be the most well-known troublemaker on this list, he knows just how to get under people's skin.
First there was the comments about Dion Phaneuf's then-girlfriend and his ex-girlfriend Elisha Cuthbert, not to mention his other ex, Rachel Hunter, who was dating Jarret Stoll, saying they were his sloppy seconds.
Always a classy thing to say about women. That incident got him suspended six games by the league and eventually waived by the Dallas Stars.
There is also a rule change brought about by his troublemaking ways.
During a playoff series against the New Jersey Devils, Avery screened goalie Martin Brodeur by facing him and waving his stick in his face. It was not illegal at the time but considered highly unsportsmanlike.
No. 9: Nyjer Morgan
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2010 has been a rough year for Nyjer Morgan.
First, he struck a fan in the head with a baseball in Philadelphia and then reportedly laughed at the fan's misfortune. He was later cleared of any wrongdoing in the incident.
Then there was the now infamous brawl between him and Marlins pitcher Chris Volstad after Morgan was hit once and then thrown behind for an incident prior to the game where Morgan ran over Florida's catcher, injuring his shoulder.
There was also another minor run-in where Morgan sort of went out of his way to run into the Cardinals' catcher during a game.
There's a difference between playing hard and playing dirty and he straddles the line quite often.
No. 8: Ben Roethlisberger
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Roethlisberger would be higher on this list, but the lack of charges keeps him lower.
First striking Ben was his motorcycle accident a few years ago where he was driving recklessly and without a helmet and got into a pretty serious wreck, injuring himself.
That's not exactly what you want your quarterback doing.
Then there are the rape allegations, and they're merely that, but it was enough to catch the eye of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and enough to warrant a four game suspension, which he is currently serving.
After those incidents, there were a lot of stories that came out about Big Ben being rude to people out in public and it's been a rough year for Roethlisberger's PR team.
No. 7: Floyd Mayweather Jr.
While Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been in the news for his flamboyant actions and constantly running mouth, recently, he's found his way into the news for a couple negative reasons.
First, was the racist rant directed towards possible opponent Manny Pacquiao on Ustream that lit up the internet and created a major controversy that he later apologized for.
Then after, Mayweather was involved in a domestic violence incident with the mother of his children and was later charged with felony coercion, felony robbery, misdemeanor domestic battery and three misdemeanor harassment charges.
If the boxer is convicted on all charges, he could face 34 years in prison.
No. 6: Brandon Marshall
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Marshall is no stranger to finding his name in the news based on something criminal.
In fact, there was an entire Outside the Lines piece dedicated to his rampant bad behavior towards women, which most of the time included violence and the threats of violence. Also, Marshall has been arrested for DUI and ticketed for an illegal lane change.
Combine that with his bad behavior last year while playing for the Broncos and his strange arm injury two years ago where he fell through his entertainment center after slipping on a fast food wrapper, and Marshall is just a headache to have on your team.
He hasn't acted up in Miami yet but give him time.
No. 5: Braylon Edwards
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Braylon was back in the news today with his DUI arrest on the West Side Highway early this morning. It was just the cherry on the sundae of his incidents in the past year.
Edwards was accused of punching a friend of LeBron James outside of a Cleveland nightclub. The wideout plead no contest to the charge of aggravated assault.
Just last week, Edwards was involved in a mini war of words with New York Jets great Joe Namath.
It's not exactly a good look for Braylon's long term future in the league.
No. 4: Ron Artest
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One of the more infamous incidents in recent memory surrounds Ron Artest.
The Pistons/Pacers brawl in 2005 was one of the more horrific incidents in long time and it all started because Artest ran into the stands and attacked a fan, setting off a near riot in the Palace of Auburn Hills.
There were plenty of Artest incidents where he demanded a trade after the brawl, creating a rift between him and his teammates.
Before that, Artest threw a camera against the wall, drawing a three game suspension from the league.
Artest is a crazy character and once even asked for two months off to promote his rap album, not to mention admitting he was drinking alcohol at halftime when he was in Chicago. Oh, that and he applied for a job at Circuit City to get the employee discount.
No. 3: Tank Johnson
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Tank Johnson was one of the victims of Roger Goodell's housecleaning in the NFL a few years ago.
Johnson picked up numerous gun charges, including having one in his car, and owning six firearms at his home, including two assault rifles.
Yep, because everyone could use an assault rifle in their home for all their protection needs.
Johnson was suspended eight games by the league and during his suspension, he was pulled over for speeding and was released by the Bears. The lineman ended up with the Cowboys before settling in with the Bengals.
No. 2: Michael Vick
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Everyone knows Michael Vick's story.
The dogfighting ring that went on for years and the horrible things that happened as a result of the operation.
It was one of the most heinous things an athlete has ever done, and Vick went to jail for the incident and lost two seasons of action in the peak of his physical skills.
Vick has had a renaissance in Philadelphia and will probably land somewhere as a starter next year.
However, that was almost in jeopardy when there was a shooting outside of Vick's birthday party at a nightclub this year.
Not exactly the smartest decision for someone who's on thin ice.
No. 1: Pacman Jones
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Pacman Jones entered the NFL on probation for an incident that happened during his time at West Virginia.
It didn't take much time before Pac found himself in a ton of trouble as a member of the Tennessee Titans.
He was charged with assault and felony vandalism from an incident in a nightclub. After that, Jones was arrested in Fayetteville, Georgia for felony and misdemeanor obstruction of justice charges.
Then Pacman was nabbed on disorderly conduct and public intoxication after he believed a woman stole his wallet.
Not soon after, Jones was cited for misdemeanor assault for spitting in the face of a woman at a nightclub.
As you can see, Pacman has great luck at nightclubs.
The biggest incident was the brawl he was involved in at a Las Vegas nightclub that ended up with a man being paralyzed from a gunshot wound.
That was the final incident that ended up with Pacman being suspended for an entire year. The Titans later traded him to the Cowboys.
While he was with Dallas, he fought with his own bodyguard and that was the end of his time with the Cowboys.
Jones is now with the Bengals where he recorded his first interception last week against Baltimore. But do we really expect him to be around much longer.
I know I don't.