This former NFL running back didn't get arrested, but he was questioned by police after trying to get through Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport security in 2005 with The Whizzinator — a device designed to beat drug tests. He claimed the device and a bunch of dried urine to use with it were for his cousin, though his record would indicate that may not be entirely accurate. He was suspended for the entire 2005 season after a reported third failed drug test. He has not played in the NFL since.
Darius Miles, 31, has had his fair share of run-ins with the law, but one of his legal troubles may be the dumbest of them all. The former NBA player, who has dealt with substance abuse issues in the past, was arrested at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in August 2011 after TSA officials discovered a loaded gun during X-ray screening. The St. Louis native was booked into the city's county jail on suspicion of unlawful use of a weapon before being later released.
When the Reds pitcher entered a Macy's department store one afternoon in Cincinnati in 2011, he was looking to add a few new items to his wardrobe. For whatever reason, though, he allegedly wasn't planning on paying for them. Five hours before his team faced the Pittsburgh Pirates, the 24-year-old was stopped by store security and later arrested by police who allege that Leake removed the price tags from six T-shirts valued at $59 and tried to leave Macy's without paying. Leake pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of “unauthorized use of property," agreeing to 30 hours of community service.
The receiver's game-winning catch in Super Bowl XLII in 2008 helped the Giants beat the 18-0 New England Patriots, but it was what happened less than a year later that gained him the most notoriety. In the midst of one of his worst seasons, Burress accidentally shot himself in the leg with a pistol he had brought inside a New York City nightclub in November 2008. While the injury was not life-threatening, Burress spent the rest of the season serving a four-game suspension before being released by the Giants in April 2009. He was then sentenced in September 2009 to two years in prison after accepting a plea bargain. Burress returned to the NFL in 2011, playing in all 16 games with the Jets.
The former NFL linebacker made a name for himself as a pass rusher and touchdown-catching specialist while winning three Super Bowl titles with the New England Patriots. But he made headlines in April 2011 for his arrest at an Indiana riverboat casino. The Pro Bowl linebacker was charged with a Class D felony, accused of taking bottles of alcohol from a deli without paying for them. He was released after posting bond.
The football great avoided jail time and potentially the death penalty in 1995 when he was found not guilty of the 1994 murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and her acquaintance, Ronald Goldman. Thirteen years to the day after that verdict, Simpson received a different fate, being found guilty of 12 counts, including kidnapping and robbery, stemming from a September 2007 confrontation in a Las Vegas casino hotel room during which Simpson and accomplices forcibly retrieved sports memorabilia. Simpson is serving a 33-year prison sentence, with the possibility of parole beginning late 2017, at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada.
Nate needed a weed nap. In November 2001, police in St. Martin Parish, La., found 213 pounds of marijuana in the retired Newton's white van. While out on bond five weeks later, the two-time Super Bowl winner with the Cowboys was busted with 175 pounds of marijuana. He was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison. Newton, a six-time Pro Bowl selection at offensive guard, now speaks to children involved in athletics about his troubled past. No more munchy runs for this guy.
Fathers and sons have a unique bond. But in this case, a bail bondsman may have been needed. Mitchell, the 1989 National League MVP while with the San Francisco Giants, was arrested in 1999 after being accused of hitting his father during a dispute in San Diego. According to police, Kevin Mitchell was said to have slapped or punched Earl Mitchell, his father, while the elder Mitchell and his wife were being evicted from a house they rented from Kevin and his grandmother. These two need to go have a catch. In April 2011, Mitchell was sentenced to probation and anger management for punching a golfer on a San Diego golf course in 2010.
Things turned bad in a flash for former Detroit Lions defensive line coach Joe Cullen when he was arrested and accused of driving naked through a fast food drive-through window in 2006. Cullen was charged with indecent and obscene conduct. A little more than a week later, he was arrested and charged with drunken driving, accused of speeding down a street with his headlights off and of having a blood-alcohol level of .12. He was ultimately fined and sentenced to community service and outpatient treatment.
Former Atlanta Falcons safety Eugene Robinson found himself in hot water after being arrested the night before Super Bowl XXXIII in 1999 by Miami police on charges of soliciting oral sex for $40 from an undercover female police officer posing as a prostitute. Robinson played the next day in the Super Bowl, but gave up two crucial plays that cost the Falcons in a 34-19 loss to the Broncos. The charges were later dropped as part of a plea bargain.
When you gotta go, you gotta go. Prior to entering the NFL Draft, the former Green Bay Packers running back allegedly broke into a coed's dorm room in 2002 and defecated in a laundry basket. Davenport's charges of burglary and criminal mischief were dropped in a plea bargain. Davenport maintained his innocence afterward, saying outside the courthouse, "Where's the evidence? Where's the manure? I know I didn't do it — I just wanted to get it over with."
When traffic officer Amy Zaccardi noticed the superstar Vikings receiver about to make an illegal turn in 2002, she stood in front of his car to stop him. He allegedly hit her with his car, knocking her to the ground. Oh yeah, police said they found pot in his car at the scene. Lucky for him, he was able to plea down to a misdemeanor and get off with a small fine and community service.
The Colts punter was found shirtless and dripping wet near a canal in a trendy Indianapolis area early in the morning in October 2010. Police reported he had a blood alcohol content of 0.15 — though they did not have to do much digging to learn he was drunk. When asked by police how much he'd had to drink, he answered: "A lot 'cause I'm drunk." To be fair, he also told them he didn't know if he'd been in the canal, but admitted his shirt was in there. He received community service and was fined in exchange for facing a judge on the charges.
Maybe he was just very hungry. The Seattle receiver got a trespassing warning when he entered Top Pot donut shop in Bellevue, Wash., early on a June 2010 morning. The shop is located in the building where Tate lives. "Freshly baked. I made the mistake of — a buddy made the mistake going in grabbing a couple. We ate them," the former Notre Dame star said.