The 7 Most Shocking Arrests in Super Bowl Week History

Brian Wright@@BrianWright86Correspondent IIJanuary 30, 2012

The 7 Most Shocking Arrests in Super Bowl Week History

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    The Super Bowl usually brings out the best in the players and coaches that participate in it.

    Unfortunately, it has the capability of bringing out the worst in people as well.

    While the game's good moments far outweighs its bad ones, there are occasions in which trouble intervenes in the middle of this circus-like event.

    Here are seven instances in which seemingly invincible folks couldn't outrun the law around pro football's premiere event.

1. Warren Sapp

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    Six of the seven unfortunate members of this list were active players at the time of their incidents.

    Sapp is the only one that had been retired. The former defensive lineman was in South Florida for his duties as an analyst with NFL Network for Super Bowl XLIV.

    On Feb. 7, 2010, Sapp was arrested in South Florida and charged with domestic battery. He was pulled from NFL Network temporarily and eventually the charges against him were dropped.

2. Adrian Awasom

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    When you're on the injured reserve list and are unable to participate in practices and game preparation, you have plenty of time on your hands.

    Adrian Awasom didn't use that time wisely. The backup defensive end of the New York Giants was arrested on the suspicion of "extreme DUI" or double the legal limit.

    The team sent him home, where he watched the Giants stun the previously unbeaten Patriots, 17-14 in Super Bowl XLII.

3. Willie Andrews

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    On Feb. 3, 2008, the New England Patriots saw their perfect season blemished by the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII.

    Two days later, their backup safety proved that their players are far from perfect as well.

    Andrews was caught with $6,800 in cash and a half-pound of marijuana in an unregistered Ford Crown Victoria.

    He was arrested in Lowell, Mass., charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and for operating an unregistered motor vehicle.

    Trouble wasn't uncommon for Andrews. In July 2002, he was sentenced to 30 days in prison after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge.

4. Eugene Robinson

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    Robinson experienced one of the strangest twists of irony in NFL history. As his Atlanta Falcons were one day away from playing in Super Bowl XXXIII, Robinson was given the Bart Starr Award, an honor for a player who displays high moral character.

    Unfortunately for the safety, the credibility he gained by obtaining that award vanished soon after.

    That same evening, Robinson was arrested by an undercover female police officer posing as a prostitute as he offered her $40 for oral sex.

    Robinson's performance on the field the next evening wasn't much better, as his blown coverage allowed Denver Broncos receiver Rod Smith to haul in an 80-yard touchdown reception.

5. Stanley Wilson

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    OK, this isn't an arrest. But it's such an awful lack of judgment that it deserves its rightful place amongst this list.

    Ordinarily, most players like to get a good night's sleep on the night before the biggest game of their lives.

    Cincinnati Bengals running back Stanley Wilson had a less than successful mode of preparation for Super Bowl XXIII.

    Instead of going to the final team meeting, Wilson went on a cocaine bender and was found high by his position coach, Jim Anderson.

    It was his third relapse, which banned him from the NFL for life. The Bengals went on to lose 20-16 to the 49ers.

6. Barret Robbins

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    This incident just before Super Bowl XXXVII in San Diego isn't an arrest, but was part of a downfall that led to a multitude of legal troubles.

    Instead of getting ready to face the vaunted Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense, Robbins disappeared from the team hotel on Saturday and went on a drinking binge in Tijuana, Mexico.

    The Oakland offensive lineman was so incoherent that he actually thought his Raiders had already won the game.

    Upon being found, Robbins was sent home and Oakland got crushed by Tampa, 48-21.

    On Jan. 15, 2005, he was charged and convicted with attempted murder. Robbins has spent most of the last six years either in jail or rehab due to substance abuse.

7. Ray Lewis

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    Ray Lewis has a sterling reputation as a football player, but this off-the-field moment still clouds his legacy slightly.

    At a Super Bowl XXXIV party, the future Hall of Fame linebacker was involved in a brawl that resulted in the stabbing death of two men.

    Eleven days later, Lewis and his two male friends were indicted on murder and aggravated assault charges.

    Lewis was eventually acquitted of the murder charges, but was convicted of obstruction of justice.


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