Athletes & Crime

Author Jeff Benedict looks a crimes committed by NBA players in his new book, Out of Bounds but the NBA isn't the only league grappling with sports athletes and crime.


June 1994: Hall of Fame football player, former sports telecaster and celebrity O.J. Simpson is charged with murdering his ex-wife and her friend. The case draws unprecedented national media attention. Reports emerge that Simpson has a history of repeated attacks against the woman as well as a previous wife. Simpson was found not guilty of the murders.

November 1999: Carolina Panthers wide receiver, Rae Carruth, is charged with first degree murder of the mother of his unborn child, Cherica Adams. Carruth is acquitted of first-degree murder but convicted of conspiracy and two other charges.

February 2000: Baltimore Ravens All-Pro Linebacker, Ray Lewis, is charged with two counts of murder at a post-Super Bowl party in Atlanta. Lewis was found not guilty of the murders.


December 1992: PGA golf champion John Daly is arrested in Colorado and charged with third degree assault after a Christmas party incident in which he allegedly hurled his wife against a wall, pulling her hair and trashing his house. The assault charge was later dropped.


July 1991: Heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson is charged with the rape of a Miss Black America beauty pageant contestant. Tyson was convicted and served three years of a six-year sentence.


February 2002: New Jersey Nets All-Star forward, Jayson Williams, is arrested and charged with second degree aggravated manslaughter for the death of his limousine driver, Costas "Gus" Christofi. He was acquitted of manslaughter, but was found guilty of trying to cover up the shooting.

July 2002: Philadelphia 76ers All Star and MVP, Allen Iverson, is charged with 14 offenses, including four felonies, for allegedly forcing his way into an apartment with a gun and threatening two men, while searching for his wife and his cousin. The charges were dropped when two witnesses refused to testify.

July 2003: Portland Trailblazers guard, Damon Stoudamire, is arrested and charged with possession of marijuana. Stoudamire allegedly tried to pass through a metal detector at an airport with 1 ½ ounces of marijuana wrapped in aluminum foil. Stoudamire was suspended by the Trailblazers and fined $250,000, and voluntarily entered a drug rehabilitation program.


March 1992: Three women sue New York Mets all-star pitcher, David Cone, for $8.1 million civil suit, which includes a charge of sexual harassment. Cone allegedly exposed himself and masturbated in front of two women in the Shea Stadium bullpen before a game in 1989. The suit was later dropped.

August 1994: Oakland A's all-star and former MVP, Rickey Henderson, is sued by his stepsister. She alleges that he repeatedly raped her as a youth, from the time she was 8 years old into her teens. He denies the charges. The suit was later dropped.

September 2000: Eight-time Major League Baseball All-Star, Darryl Strawberry, is sentenced to two years house arrest for violating his probation by driving under the influence of medication and leaving the scene of an accident.


December 1992: Hennepin County officials decide not to prosecute Minnesota North Star player Dan Quinn, who was accused of raping a 19-year-old woman in Minneapolis. Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Mario Lemieux was one of three other players identified as also being in the hotel room at the time of the alleged assault.

March 2000: Eddie Belfour, the all-star goalie for the Dallas Stars, is arrested for unruly behavior and resisting arrest. In the process, Belfour offered the police officers "$1 billion" if they set him free. After pleading guilty to the misdemeanor, Belfour was placed on two-year probation.

September 2001: Detroit Red Wings all-star center, Sergei Fedorov, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. Fedorov was given one year of supervised probation and 100 hours of community service. He then paid $1,010 in fines and court costs.