Art Schlichter: Former NFL Quarterback In Hot Water With the Law Again
Art Schlichter Reportedly Being Investigated for Ticket Scam
In his day, Art Schlichter was a pretty successful quarterback. He was a four-year starter for the Ohio State Buckeyes, and he was a top six finalist for the Heisman Trophy in each of his final three years with the program. For his efforts, the Baltimore Colts picked him fourth overall in the 1982 NFL Draft.
Since then, things unwound for Schlichter, thanks in large part to his already legendary compulsive gambling problems.
Schlichter's gambling eventually led to trouble with the law, and he ended up being jailed 44 times in the last 17 years.
After his most recent release in the summer of 2006, Schlichter was supposed to be a changed man. He founded a non-profit organization, Gambling Prevention Awareness, focused on teaching others about the dangers of gambling.
But on Tuesday, the Columbus Dispatch reported that Schlichter's troubles are apparently not quite behind him. After years of silence, Schlichter is now under investigation for a ticket scam that involved brokering and selling tickets for Ohio State football games and the Super Bowl, among other events.
According to sources with knowledge of the situation, Schlichter "swindled" people out of millions of dollars, and he used the money to feed his gambling addiction.
As of right now, no charges have been confirmed, but it goes without saying that Schlichter could be in deep trouble in the very near future.
If this is all true, it's obviously quite unfortunate. From the sound of things, Schlichter's gambling tendencies trump those of even Pete Rose, the key difference being that Rose's addition never landed him in prison.
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