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Irresponsible Athletes that go to Jail

Updated on May 26, 2010

Former NBA star Jayson Williams choked on his words with his tears dripping onto the statement he was attempting to read in a New Jersey courtroom on Tuesday morning. He had just been sentenced to five years in prison for shooting limousine driver Costas Christofi with a 12-gauge shotgun and killing him after a night of heavy drinking. 

Typically, it took the legal system in America a long time to put closure on this case, eight years to be exact. In 2004, Williams, although acquitted of manslaughter, was convicted of apparently changing the crime scene in order to make the death look like a suicide.

Williams has spent the majority of his life in trouble with the law, as his arrest record includes several assaults and DWI charges.

Former Chicago Bear and Dallas Cowboy Tank Williams, served 2 months in jail for violation of probation when his home was raided by police and dozens of illegal weapons were found. In addition, shortly after being released from jail, he was arrested for speeding and DWI.

Former Cleveland Brown’s receiver Donte Stallworth killed a pedestrian in a DUI crash and served 30 days in jail, plus 1,000 hours of community service, and will have 2 years of house arrest, and 8 years probation.

Former Detroit Lions receiver Charles Rogers was jailed for violating probation in March of 2009. He was arrested again in September of 2009 for DUI and then in January of this year he was sentenced to 93 days in jail for contempt of court after apparently drinking too much and passing out at a Mexican restaurant.

And of course, there is Michael Vick, the once promising star quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons, who served a multiple year jail sentence for running an illegal dog fighting ring and animal cruelty.

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