The 25 Most Bizarre Athlete Arrests
While athletes often seem to have strong inclinations for disobeying the law, some exert their rebellious tendencies with a bit more gusto.
Seemingly looking for a way to keep the camera on them, despite how embarrassing it may be, these athletes excite on the field and off.
From accidental misfires to awkward and unnecessary fights with anyone they please, these mind-boggling stories may have hindered several careers, but they have never failed to entertain.
Here are the craziest stories of athlete arrests.
25. Richard Seigler Tries a Career Change
While he is a former Oregon State All-American who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers during their Super Bowl XL-winning season and is now the assistant coach of the Portland State Vikings college football team, Richard Seigler's road hasn't always been so smooth.
In May 2007, Seigler's name was connected to a prostitution ring operation. After being dropped from the Steelers, he surrendered himself and was accused of pandering and helping transport a prostitute.
While the charges were eventually dropped, Seigler's notoriety will forever stay intact thanks to his odd extracurricular activities.
24. Dion Rayford Will Not Be Deprived
At this point, it's safe to say hungry athletes should be contained at all costs.
Former Kansas defensive end Dion Rayford became infamous for his late-night stop at a Taco Bell in 1999.
After the servers shockingly forgot to put a chalupa in his order, Rayford allegedly tried to climb into the drive-through window, undoubtedly surprising the workers.
He may have had to pay damage costs, but he'll forever be cemented in the comical world of athlete arrests.
23. Pat McAfee Gets Lost
With punters rarely garnering any significant league-wide respect, Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee seemingly decided he needed to think outside the box and make himself known.
On paper, he was arrested and preliminarily charged with public intoxication, but in reality, McAfee was found shirtless and wet, and assumed to be drunkenly swimming in a canal.
Bill Polian and the front office gave their punter a one-game suspension.
They were undoubtedly more entertained than angered.
22. Raheem Brock Gets Sloppy
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As a reliable defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks with 37.5 career sacks, one would expect Raheem Brock to be able to easily pay an acceptable bill at his restaurant of choice.
Unfortunately, he disproved all his doubters and walked out on a $27 bill at Cobacabana.
While drinks may affect the psyche, there is no excuse for his actions—dish-washing duty for this 6'4" rebel.
21. Patrick Kane Displays Classiness
Known as the first-overall pick of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Chicago Blackhawks playmaker Patrick Kane garnered plenty of attention for his run-in with the law in 2009.
In a cab back from a downtown nightclub district, Kane and his cousin allegedly punched the driver and took the measly $15-fare after he said he didn't have change of 20 cents.
Clearly a normal way to react.
20. Eddie Griffin Likes Sharing
The seventh-overall pick of the 2001 NBA Draft, the late Eddie Griffin was once seen as a promising, yet controversial prospect.
During his fast fall toward rock bottom, Griffin fell into a strange situation.
He allegedly rammed his SUV into a parked car in 2006, several moments after proclaiming his inebriation to a stop-off grocery store.
In 2007, the Minnesota Timberwolves naturally released him.
The other Eddie Griffin surely gained some good material.
19. Tyler Patrick Thomas Makes a Point
After being found nude and intoxicated in a stranger's home, this Oregon State lineman surely made some fans around campus.
Perhaps fellow activists can use his inspirational acts as an example.
But he wouldn't go down without a fight as the cops had to use stun guns to detain him.
18. Louis Murphy Keeps It Real
Seemingly in the midst of carving out a career with the Oakland Raiders, wide receiver Louis Murphy was arrested in April after he was searched at a traffic stop.
With hesitant aggression, the police evidently picked up a bottle that looked curious. Unfortunately, Murphy didn't have a prescription and was charged with drug possession without a valid prescription and resisting arrest.
The lethal bottle of Viagra certainly could have caused some problems.
17. Jason Peters Spreads the Warmth
This four-time Pro Bowler clearly wanted to share the love this past March, considering he allegedly blasted music in his car for all to hear.
It was evidently loud enough for the 340-pound offensive tackle to get arrested and charged with disturbing the peace, as well as resisting arrest (not showing his identification).
These athletes never seem to feel responsible for obeying routine procedures.
16. Richard Collier Gets the Itis
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It seemed like just another routine arrest for the police when they found massive offensive tackle Richard Collier drunk in his car in 2008.
But the fact that he was passed out in a fast-food drive-through made this situation a bit more unique.
Apparently the 6'7", 345-pounder believed he was being inconspicuous with his arbitrary nap.
Allegedly claiming his innocence, perhaps Collier believes he went into a food coma instead—completely plausible.
15. Mike Vrabel Is Just Thirsty
With 704 tackles, 57 sacks and 11 interceptions in his career, former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel shouldn't need to steal a pack of suds.
That clearly didn't stop Vrabel as he was arrested and charged with a Class D felony for theft at an Indiana casino in March. The incident was said to have involved eight beers at a deli.
Next time he should consider a few shots at the hotel bar rather than his apparent sketchy ways.
14. Eddie Belfour Wants a Bottle
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Not only do his 484 wins rank third all-time among NHL goaltenders, but the humor of his notorious arrest perhaps ranks higher.
Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011, Eddie Belfour found himself in a tricky situation during a night of inebriation at a South Beach bar back in 2007.
After being asked to leave the bar, Belfour made like most other athletes and fought the law.
After approaching the officer in a fighting stance and grabbing his shirt, he fell to the floor and exerted a semi-tantrum to defend himself.
Yet another classy move.
13. Eugene Robinson Prioritizes
Most players avoid strenuous activities the night before a Super Bowl appearance, but not this former Pro Bowl free safety.
Allegedly offering an undercover policewoman $40 for oral sex the night before Super Bowl XXXIII will certainly give any athlete a permanent place on this list.
While he did win a championship ring with the Green Bay Packers two years earlier, his Atlanta Falcons would let this opportunity slip through their fingertips, eventually losing to the Denver Broncos 34-19.
Clearly worth it.
12. Cam Newton Is Tech-Savvy
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The budding NFL star undoubtedly thinks about his dark past every day.
While it wasn't quite as disgraceful as the media may have portrayed it, Cam Newton's arrest was somewhat embarrassing.
After allegedly stealing a laptop from a student's room at Florida, where he was Tim Tebow's backup, the eventual Heisman Trophy winner threw it out the window of his own room when approached by the police.
He can surely afford his own electronic devices now.
11. Todd Sauerbrun Makes a Name for Himself
The reason why athletes seemingly despise cab drivers has yet to be discovered.
However, Todd Sauerbrun clearly wanted to become immortal in the world of clueless athletes when he was transported to a local detox facility after being detained from an altercation with a cab driver.
Perhaps these cab drivers should start wearing pads.
10. Terrence Kiel Touches Every Corner
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A former safety for the San Diego Chargers, the late Terrence Kiel not only received counseling for a gambling problem, but he evidently gambled his career away when he was caught shipping codeine-based cough syrup to Texas.
He was even cited for public urination outside a nightclub, almost matching the bewilderment behind his medical transactions.
9. Cedric Griffin Enjoys His Swag
While he first garnered attention as a standout cornerback on the Texas Longhorns squad that won the national championship in 2005, it was Cedric Griffin's arrest as a professional that led to his infamy.
At Spin Nightclub in downtown Minneapolis, Griffin allegedly got into a physical fight with numerous bouncers after refusing to pull his pants up as part of the dress code.
After he didn't quit, Griffin was carried down the stairs and eventually maced.
At the time (2007), he was the sixth member of the Minnesota Vikings to be arrested in 12 months.
Perhaps he'll bring a belt next time, and some goggles.
8. Eddy Curry Just Can't Win
When former Knickerbockers disappointment Eddy Curry was given a sexual harassment lawsuit, it wasn't too surprising considering the example set by former president Isiah Thomas.
However, there were undoubtedly plenty of eyebrows curling when it was learned that Curry's former driver, David Kuchinsky, filed the suit.
He not only allegedly approached him in the nude, but Curry was said to have made Kuchinsky do embarrassing tasks, such as remove very dirty towels before his wife could see them.
Curry also wasn't shy about spitting out a superfluous number of anti-Semitic slurs.
Considering Kuchinsky is a convicted felon who had allegedly been unhappy about some unpaid wages when he was working full-time from 2005-2008, it's possible he made these accusations up.
If this lawsuit was anything like his NBA career, he didn't do anything at all.
7. Randy Moss Loses His Nerve
As a seven-time Pro Bowler and the single-season touchdown reception record holder (23 in 2007), former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss naturally garnered plenty of attention every year.
Unfortunately, he earned as much notice for his run-ins with the law, including one of the most ludicrous and appalling events on the list.
With an agent allegedly attempting to stop Moss's car from making an illegal turn, the controversial former star pushed her down half a block with his maroon 2002 Lexus.
It's not quite clear what his goal was with this one.
6. Willie Jefferson and Josh Gordon Have a Bad Dream
It may have been embarrassing for former Baylor receivers Willie Jefferson and Josh Gordon when they were arrested and charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession, but it's the way they were caught that really makes this story.
Officers were said to have arrived at a Taco Bell near the Baylor campus, where they found a car parked in the drive-through lane with Jefferson asleep in the front seat.
Like coach Art Briles, fans undeniably have no comment.
5. Jeff Reed Needs a Towel
While he may be second all-time behind Gary Anderson for the most points scored by a Pittsburgh Steeler, kicker Jeff Reed is known more for his eccentric tendencies than for his on-field accomplishments.
He may be routinely seen with bleached hair, but it's Reed's apparent anger problems that caused a bit of trouble for the unique kicker.
In 2009, he was allegedly arrested after destroying a paper towel holder in a bathroom at a Sheetz convenience story in Pennsylvania.
There are few fans who can't relate to his anger with the restroom being out of towels.
His restitution of $543.50 should surely help supply the store with paper towels for a long time.
4. Dhani Jones Has a Memorable Performance
While former New York Giants linebacker Dhani Jones has always been known for his remarkable hobbies, such as writing movie reviews and commentary for Page2 on ESPN.com and bicycling, this one stands above the rest.
Jones was caught dancing in the street and eventually charged with failure to obey a lawful command.
He was shaking his hips outside a South Beach club in 2006.
If 889 tackles isn't enough, this is surely one way to get noticed.
3. Plaxico Burress Has a Boo-Boo
The former New York Giants wide receiver found quite the unique way to celebrate his Super Bowl XLII-winning catch after the team upset the undefeated New England Patriots in perhaps the most epic championship of all time.
Known as the "Real-Life Cheddar Bob," the 6'5" behemoth seemingly wanted to be remembered forever in the Big Apple.
In November of 2008, Burress accidentally shot himself in the right thigh in the nightclub LQ. With his pistol slipping down the waistband of his sweatpants, he grabbed for it. The rest is history.
He not only walked out of the hospital the next day, but he eventually got to keep his $1 million signing bonus thanks to the NFLPA.
While his catch made him temporarily illustrious, his shot forever made him notorious.
2. Najeh Davenport Can't Hold Back
Former Green Bay Packers running back Najeh Davenport seemingly has a slightly subtle hatred for laundry baskets.
He was found at a Barry University dorm room by Mary McCarthy, who then discovered he was relieving his bowels in her laundry basket.
Quite the entrance from the former Miami Hurricane.
1. Randall Simon Gets Hungry
Sometimes baseball players get hungry while sitting on the bench watching mascots dressed as food items race around along the sideline.
Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Randall Simon clearly couldn't contain his famished state and took action.
After hitting the Italian sausage (a 19-year-old woman) with a bat, Simon watched as the hot dog (a 21-year-old woman) took a tumble as well.
He was not only arrested and booked for misdemeanor battery, but Simon was given a three-game suspension and a $2,000 fine from MLB.
Sunflower seeds clearly don't get the job done.