Rogues Gallery: A List Of Major NFL Player Arrests
FILE - Top row, from left, Ray Lewis listens to proceedings in Atlanta Municipal Court on Feb. 1, 2000. Michael Vick is shown in a Surry County Sheriff's Office booking photo in Sept. 2007. Adam "Pacman" Jones wears a neck brace in a booking photo from the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office after his arrest on resisting arrest and misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges on July 10, 2011. Bottom row, from left, Ryan Leaf is shown in a Cascade County (Mont.) Sherrif's Office booking photo after his arrest on burglary and drug possession charges on March 30, 2012. Art Schlichter grimaces during sentencing on Sept. 15, 2011, in Franklin County Common Pleas Court in Columbus, Ohio. O.J. Simpson is shown in a booking photo at the Clark County Detention Center, after he was found guilty on all charges in his Las Vegas kidnapping and robbery case on Oct. 3, 2008. (AP Photo/File)
Former Carolina Panthers receiver Rae Carruth, right, listens to testimony with attorney Chris Fialko, left, during Carruth's murder trial in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Jan. 8, 2001. Carruth is charged with arranging the fatal shooting of Cherica Adams on Nov. 16, 1999. (AP Photo/Jeff Siner, Pool)
Suspended indefinitely without pay by Commissioner Roger Goodell in 2007 when Vick pleaded guilty to dogfighting conspiracy. The Atlanta Falcons quarterback was sentenced to 23 months in federal prison. A week after being released from federal custody on July 20, 2009, and having been released by the Falcons, he was conditionally reinstated by Goodell.
Adam “Pacman” Jones
The cornerback was suspended by Goodell for the 2007 season under the league’s personal conduct policy after multiple arrests while playing for the Tennessee Titans. Now with the Cincinnati Bengals, he has been in and out of legal trouble, with at least seven arrests over the years and involvement in about a dozen incidents that included police intervention.
After four unproductive and injury-plagued seasons in the NFL from 1998-2001, the quarterback was out of the league and ran into legal problems. Last year, he pleaded guilty to burglary and drug possession and given a five-year jail term. In January, he was moved from a drug treatment center to state prison in Montana for threatening a staff member and violating his treatment plan.
The Ravens’ star linebacker and two companions were indicted in 2000 on murder and aggravated assault charges following the stabbing deaths of two people after a party. The linebacker’s lawyers negotiated a plea bargain in which the murder charge was dropped in exchange for his testimony against the two others charged in the case. Lewis was sentenced to one year of probation.
The Colts quarterback was suspended indefinitely in 1983 by NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle for gambling on NFL games a year earlier. The QB was reinstated for the ’84 season, but later admitted gambling while under suspension. In 1987, he pleaded guilty to illegal gambling. Last year, he was sentenced to 10 years, seven months in prison for his involvement in a million-dollar ticket scam.
One of the NFL’s top running backs in 1970s with the Buffalo Bills, Simpson was acquitted of the 1994 murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ronald Goldman, after one of the most publicized criminal trials in history. In 2008, Simpson was found guilty of armed robbery and kidnapping, and must serve the first nine years of a 33-year sentence without a chance of parole.
A wide receiver for the Panthers from 1997-99, he was accused in the 1999 shooting death of his pregnant girlfriend. Carruth was acquitted of first-degree murder, but was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder, discharging a firearm into occupied property and using an instrument with intent to destroy an unborn child. Carruth is serving an 18- to 24-year sentence. — The Associated Press