21 Famous Athletes Who Spent Time In Prison
In many ways, professional athletes have a responsibility to be model citizens. Athletes in the spotlight know that impressionable young children and teenagers often look up to them and aspire to be like them. They are our heroes and real-life super stars. Unfortunately, not every star athlete is a model citizen off the field.
In just about every sport, fans have been witness to talented athletes, who often at the top of their game, do something stupid or even criminal. Through their own actions, they have single-handedly trashed their legacy and reputation. Whether fame and fortune went to their head, or the pressure to perform lead to drugs, or they simply had an evil dark side, some of our favorite athletes became ignoble zeroes in our once adoring eyes. It doesn’t matter how great they once were. or what their excuses were, these athletes gave up their trophies for prison suits.
Drafted into the NFL in 2010, this New England Patriot tight end was on a path to greatness. By 2013, Hernandez had made the NFL Top 100. The Patriots were so confident Hernandez would have a brilliant future, they signed him for 5 years for $40 million.
Unfortunately, Hernandez had a history of violence. As early as college, he had assaulted a bouncer at a bar. He frequently got into head-to-head confrontations while partying around town. But his violent nature escalated in 2013 when he shot and killed his friend Odin Lloyd, possibly because Odin knew too much about a prior shooting that had occurred a year earlier. In 2015, Hernandez was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.