Brandi Favre and the Worst Behaved Athlete Relatives

Eric Ball@@BigLeagueEballFeatured ColumnistJanuary 13, 2011

Brandi Favre and the Worst Behaved Athlete Relatives

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    It's hard enough for professional athletes to stay out of trouble themselves, but how can you keep your family in line?

    Brett Favre has been accused of sending pictures of a certain something via text message and has been sued by two former Jet employees for sexual harassment.

    But that's nothing compared to his sister Brandi.

    She was arrested on Jan. 12th for being part of a meth lab bust in Mississippi.

    In light of the latest twist in the nightmare of a year Favre has had and the sudden disappearance of Ed Reed's brother, let's take a look at the worst behaved family members in the world of sports.

15. Mark Ingram Sr.

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    ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 01: Mark Ingram #22 of the Alabama Crimson Tide scores a touchdown during the Capitol One Bowl against the Michigan State Spartans at the Florida Citrus Bowl on January 1, 2011 in Orlando, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Image
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    Ingram Sr, who played 10 years in the NFL, was convicted on charges of bank fraud and money laundering and was sentenced to seven years in prison. 

    When he decided to jump bail to watch his son play in the 2009 Sugar Bowl, he had two more years tacked on. 

    He is now in a correctional facility in Queens, N.Y.

14. Anna Benson

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    Anna sure knows how to stay in the papers. She has shown off magazines across the country. It's rumored that she is trying to get a playboy spread.

    She showed off a couple of her presents at a kids' Christmas party when she dressed as a Mrs. Claus.

    She has recently divorced former major leaguer Kris and is now free to sleep with the entire New York Mets team.

13. Debbie Clemens

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    4 Apr 2000:  Rodger Clemens #22 of the New  York Yankees  pitches against  the Anaheim Angels  during their game at Edison Field in Anaheim, California. Mandatory Credit: TOM HAUCK/ALLSPORT
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    Debbie was thrown into the center of controversy after she allegedly bought HGH.

    Allegedly Debbie was the one that bought the drug from Roger's trainer Brian McNamee.

    Allegedly she injected it because she read about people using it to improve her appearance and emotional feelings.

    So maybe this whole controversy surrounding Roger and performance-enhancing drugs was just a big misunderstanding—allegedly.

12. Janet Gretzky

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    HOLLYWOOD - JULY 11:  NHL legend Wayne Gretzky with wife Janet Jones-Gretzky and their children arrive at the 2007 ESPY Awards at the Kodak Theatre on July 11, 2007 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
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    It's never a good thing when there is a police investigation called "Operation Slap Shot" tracking you.

    She was accused of placing large bets within a large gambling operation. The bets were believed to be in the thousands of dollars.

    Janet claims that she never placed any bets on Wayne's behalf and denied being involved in the gambling ring.

    The police found that the bets were financed by Rick Tocchet. He was an assistant coach with the Phoenix Coyotes and could face 10 years in prison if found guilty of the charges.

    He ended up only getting a slap on the wrist with two years of probation.

11. Nickey Van Exel

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    SAN ANTONIO - MAY 17:  Nick Van Exel #31 of the San Antonio Spurs runs the offense against the Dallas Mavericks in Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2006 NBA Playoffs May 17, 2006 at AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER:
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    The 20 year-old son of NBA point guard Nick Van Exel was charged with capital murder late in 2010 after Nicky and his friend were"playing" with a shotgun. It resulted in the death of his friend and a extremely sad story for the Van Exel family.

10. Jay McGwire

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    ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 09:  Coach Mark McGwire #25 of the St. Louis Cardinals against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on September 9, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Jay, a former bodybuilder, essentially ratted out his estranged brother.

    He wrote a book detailing the history of Mark's consumption of performance-enhancing drugs.

    Jay denied Jose Canseco's claim that Mark began taking steroids in the 1980s—claiming the slugger did so only after brother Jay won a 1994 bodybuilding. He wanted all the credit.

    No wonder they don't speak anymore.

9. Randy Clemens

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    HOUSTON - DECEMBER 29:  Former New York Yankee Roger Clemens was in attendance during  a basketball game between the Miami Heat and Houston Rockets at Toyota Center on December 29, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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    Roger has accumulated a nice criminal background in recent years, but it doesn't stack up with his brother Randy.

    The older brother of "The Rocket" has been in-and-out of rehab at least four times. He was a dead beat that lived for his next high.

    His drug abuse wrecked his family and produced a son that followed in the same foot steps.

    By the age of 19, Randy's son was covered in tattoos and found himself knee deep into the drug game—just like his father.

    On one summer night while Roger was beating the Chicago White Sox, his brother's wife was brutally murdered by criminals looking for Randy's son Marcus.

    And Randy was nowhere to be found, presumably off doing drugs himself.

    Roger's former sister­-in­-law and the woman that played a big part in turning the baseball player from an immature boy into "The Rocket" was murdered and it impacted Roger deeply.

    All thanks to his older brother Randy.

8. Darryl Strawberry

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    NEW YORK - JULY 31:  Former player Darryl Strawberry speaks during a press conference for his induction into the New York Mets Hall of Fame prior to the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 31, 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of t
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    His son was D.J. an All-ACC guard that played college basketball at Maryland and was drafted by the Phoenix Suns in '08.

    In the 90's, Darryl got in trouble multiple times for failure to pay child support for D.J.

    Oh and don't forget about all of the coke, speed and hookers that Darryl wrapped his life around in the 80's and 90's.

    In the 2000's he was in-and-out of rehab while breaking his parole numerous times. But it does seem as if he has finally gotten his life together since 2009.

7. Nelson Peterson

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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 28:  Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings runs against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on December 26, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    Adrian hadn't seen his dad since the age of 13 when his dad was arrested and sentenced to 10 years in prison for laundering drug money.

    When Nelson was allowed to watch his son play a game at the University of Oklahoma, it was a game in which Adrian broke his collarbone.

    Nelson is now a free man and remains in contact with his son.

6. Cecil Newton

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    GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 10:  Quarterback Cameron Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers celebrates as his father Cecil Newton is behind him after the Tigers 22-19 victory against the Oregon Ducks in the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game at University of Phoe
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    This one is still fresh in the minds of everyone.

    Cecil Newton, father of 2010 Heisman winner Cam, solicited a pay-for-play scheme with Mississippi St for $180,000. Allegedly Cam had no idea about this (haha).

    The scandal became public and it almost cost his son a chance to play out his legendary season. Afraid of the incredible scrutiny he would receive, Cecil chose not to attend Cam's Heisman ceremony.

    Reports circulated that he wasn't in attendance at the BCS National Championship game against Oregon. Once Auburn won, the cameras followed Cam into the stands as he hugged his dad in the stands.

5. Jeff Gillooly

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    Tonya Harding, the former American figure skating champion, was sentenced to three years probation for her connection in a vicious attack on Nancy Kerrigan during the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in 1994.

    Kerrigan was struck above the knee with a metal rod.

    Jeff Gillooly, Harding's ex-husband, plotted out the entire attack. Because of Gilooly the video of a screaming Kerrigan will live in infamy.


4. Brandi Favre

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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 28:  Injured Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings stands on the field during thier game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on December 26, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Ji
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    The nightmarish year for Brett Favre continues.

    His sister Brandi was arrested in relation to a meth lab bust in heir own state of Mississippi. The severity of her charges has yet to be released.

    This isn’t the first time Brandi has had encounters with the law: in 1999 she was charged with felony shoplifting after being accused of stealing clothes.

3. Reggie Bush's Entire Family

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    SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 08:  Reggie Bush #25 of the New Orleans Saints runs the ball in the first quarter against the Seattle Seahawks during the 2011 NFC wild-card playoff game at Qwest Field on January 8, 2011 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Jonathan F
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    Reggie Bush and his family accepted financial benefits worth more than $100,000 from marketing agents while Reggie was playing at the University of Southern California.

    His family received hundreds of dollars in plane tickets, hotels, housing, preexisting debt and plenty of spending money.

    Reggie ultimately decided to go along with it, but it was the rest of his family that provoked him and received the majority of the benefits.

    They would root for Reggie on the field, then cackle and count the money off of it.

    An erased Heisman and National Championship later, Matt Barkley and company are still paying the price for the actions of the Bush family.

2. Mark Kerrigan

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    ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - DECEMBER 07:  Nancy Kerrigan skates during The Caesars Tribute on December 7, 2010 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Jonathan Fickies/Getty Images for Stargames)
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    Nancy's brother was charged with manslaughter in the death of their 70-year-old father last year.

    What caused Mark to commit such a violent act?

    Prosecutors claim the violent attack occurred during a "trivial" argument over use of the family telephone.

    Must have been an important call.

1. Marcus Vick

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    Miami Dolphins wide receiver Marcus Vick looks for running room against the St. Louis Rams at Pro Player Stadium in Miami, Florida on August 31, 2006. The Dolphins won the week four pre-season game 29-9.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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    The younger brother of Michael Vick has been in trouble for seemingly the majority of his life. He has gotten in trouble for gun possession, driving drunk, pulling a gun on three teenagers and public intoxication just to name a few.

    But he almost got his older brother in big trouble when there was a shooting at Mike's birthday party this past summer.

    Somebody was shot and multiple reports claimed that the shooter was Marcus.

    Mike was able to avoid any trouble, but it was an off the field issue that was the last thing he needed for his public image.

    Marcus flushed his pro career down the drain and almost took his much more talented big brother with him.

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