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22Aug

Famous People in Sports Who Ended Up in Jail

It’s a long list, but let’s look at some people in sports who went to jail at some point and needed a bail bond to get out.

Cecil Collins admitted that he broke into the home of a married woman that he knew from the gym, but said he only wanted to watch her sleep. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Will Allen, arrested and charged with running a $35 million Ponzi scheme. The scheme allegedly involved giving loans to professional athletes. Sentenced to 6 years in prison and ordered to pay $16.8 million in restitution.

Stanley Wilson was convicted in 1999 of stealing US$130,000 in property from a Beverly Hills, California home to support his habit. He was sentenced to 22 years in Lancaster, California state prison for burglary.


Keith Wright probably holds the record, may not be proud of this one, for the longest prison sentence out of all people in sports convicted of crimes.


In October 2012, Wright was found guilty on 19 charges including armed robbery, kidnapping, forced oral copulation, first degree burglary, and false imprisonment. On November 30, he was sentenced to 234 years and 8 months in prison.


Mercury Morris was convicted of cocaine trafficking in 1982. He was sentenced to twenty years' imprisonment, with a mandatory fifteen-year term. On March 6, 1986, his conviction was overturned by the Florida Supreme Court because evidence he had offered to prove his entrapment defense had been excluded under a mistaken characterization as hearsay. Morris was granted a new trial. He was able to reach a plea bargain with the prosecutor, resulting in his release from prison May 23, 1986, after having served three years.
 

Michael Vick and three other men were indicted on federal offense and state felony charges relating to a six-year-long continuing criminal enterprise of an interstate dog fighting ring known as “Bad Newz Kennels,” based upon a local nickname for Newport News, Vick's hometown, in July 2007, Vick  Allegations included Vick's direct involvement in dog fighting, high-stakes gambling, and brutal executions of dogs.Unlike many other players, Vick was allowed to play again and resume his career.


Probably the most famous case was the one involving O.J. Simpson, but the one that got him in the jail happened in Las Vegas. The case stayed in Vegas as well.
 

On the night of September 13, 2007, a group of men led by Simpson entered a room at the Palace Station hotel-casino and took sports memorabilia at gunpoint, which resulted in Simpson's being questioned by police.
 

Simpson was charged with multiple felony counts, including criminal conspiracy, kidnapping, assault, robbery, and using a deadly weapon. Bail was set at $125,000, with stipulations that Simpson have no contact with the co-defendants and that he surrender his passport. Simpson did not enter a plea. On December 5, 2008, Simpson was sentenced to a total of thirty-three years in prison, with the possibility of parole after nine years, in 2017. At his parole hearing on July 20, 2017, the board decided to grant Simpson parole. He was released on October 1, 2017, having served almost nine years.
 

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