The List of Major League Criminals
One way a league could fix its own games is by blackmailing its players to comply with their wishes. The easiest players to blackmail? Those that break the law or league rules. Most players may have gone to college, but most never graduate and need their salary to survive, not knowing much beyond their sport. Banishment from the league means facing reality, and after being coddled for years, that won't seem like the best proposition. So why not take a dive in a game if it means your career continues? Here's the latest athletes to be on the wrong side of the law. See if their actions off the field equate to suspicious actions on it.
If you ever visited ProFootballTalk.com (which sold out to NBC) note that they run their own "Police Blotter" (which used to be called the "Turd Watch") chronicling the arrests of NFL players. For nearly three years, a subsection of this page was set up to track player suspensions as well, yet it was always "coming soon." Now that page is nonexistent. Why? Ask them (or NBC, or the NFL).
DO NOT FORGET: Every major professional sports league has a security division. This acts as the league's private police force. It's known that at least for the NFL, MLB and NBA, their security divisions are staffed with ex-members of the FBI, CIA, DEA, and Homeland Security. There is at least one member of these security divisions assigned to each team/city within the league above and beyond the staff located at league headquarters. They exist to sniff out trouble within their sport prior to it making headlines (or if worse comes to worse, down play any of their athletes indiscretions). They are not in the business of revealing criminal activity, but rather exist to cover it up.
I lost interested in updating this page at the end of 2015. But what's here is still a testament to the criminality that's spread throughout major league sports.
I really need to keep up with this page. So, without further ado, Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle was cut, then suspended for four games for violating the league's personal conduct policy. His suspension started immediately, (even though Randle wasn't on an NFL roster) though the incident reported took place nine months earlier.
Also, Chicago Bears OT Tayo Fabuluje was suspended for four games for violating the league's PED policy. Fabuluje claims the positive results stemmed from taking weight loss supplements.
I'm sure I've missed a few arrests and suspensions while working on my new book, but here's a good run down of the latest NFL hooligans: the 2015 All-Suspension Team.
Green Bay Packers TE Andrew Quarless was arrested for allegedly firing a gun in the air during an argument with a group of women outside a Miami Beach parking garage.
I'm sure I've missed a few between my last entry and April, but the NFL suspended four players for drug offenses: San Diego Chargers (and future Hall of Famer) TE Antonio Gates - 4 games, NY Jets DT Sheldon Richardson - 4 games, Dallas Cowboys LB Rolondo McClain - 4 games, and Green Bay Packers DE Datone Jones - 1 game. Clean league, this NFL, eh?
Los Angeles Kings C Jarrett Stoll was arrested on suspected cocaine and ectasy possession at the MGM Grand hotel/casino in Las Vegas. The irony here is that Las Vegas has been courting the NHL to move (or expand to include) a team in Sin City.
New York Mets P Jenrry Mejia was suspended for 80 games as he tested positive for the steroid Stanozolol. He is the 4th player this season do to so (the list includes Twins P Ervin Santana, Braves P Arodys Vizcaino, and Mariners P David Rollins). At this time, MLB sees no connection between the positive tests and/or players.
Baltimore Ravens RB Bernard Pierce was arrested for a DUI and promptly cut by the team - making this the 3rd Ravens player arrested in the off-season to be immediately cut...a nice trend for once.
San Francisco 49ers FB Bruce Miller was arrested on spousal battery charges. Let's see the NFL's new "zero tolerance" policy now...
(Former) Indianapolis Colts S LaRon Landry was suspended for the first 10 games of the 2015 season for a second positive PED test result.
A rare three-for: For starters, Green Bay Packers DT Letroy Guion was arrested for felony possession of marijuana and felony possession of a firearm. He also had $190,000 in his possession at the time. Then, Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle was arrested for unlawful possession of marijuana. It's Randle's 2nd arrest in four months. Finally, Indianapolis Colts LB D'Qwell Jackson was arrested and charged with assault after an argument over a parking space.The report says a driver told police that Jackson punched him in the face and the back of the head during the dispute.
A suddenly reoccuring theme: NFL Network analyst (and former Tampa Bay Buccaneer) Warren Sapp was arrested early Monday morning after the Super Bowl on charges of the charge of solicitation of a prostitute and two counts of assault. The NFL Network immediately terminated his contract.
Denver Nuggets PG Ty Lawson was arrested for suspicion of DUI.
This was too interesting to pass up: CBS and Turner Sports commentator (and former NBA player) Greg Anthony was arrested for soliciting a prostitute. CBS has already stated Anthony will not work for the network for the rest of the season.
Milwaukee Bucks C Larry Sanders was suspended for 10 games for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy. This is his second suspension in less than a year.
Indianapolis Colts LB Josh McNary had charges of rape, criminal confinement with bodily injury and battery resulting in bodily injury filed against him from an incident which occurred over a month ago.
New York Jets RB Chris Johnson was arrested on the charge of carrying an open firearm.
It's been three months since I posted on here. Either I've missed a few stories (likely) or else pro athletes have been behaving themselves (unlikely). But here's a new one: New Orleans Saints LB Junior Galette was arrested on a charge of simple assault, stemming from an alleged "domestic violence" call (which really appears to be a woman who refused to leave his home. Let's see how the NFL reacts given its new zero tolerance policy on the matter.
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Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay was suspended for six games and fined $500,000 for pleading guilty to one misdemeanor count of DUI. I'm certain this will send a message to all the other owners out there to remain on their best behavior because, really, an owner not being allowed to any games or owners' meetings for six weeks will change everything.
ESPN reported that Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker was suspended for the first four games of the 2014 season for violating the league's substance abuse policy for testing positive for amphetamines (a rarity). Really, it just gives Welker extra time to recover from his 3rd successive concussion...if that's possible.
San Francisco 49ers DT Ray McDonald was arrested on felony domestic violence charges. This comes just days after NFL Commission Roger Goodell announced the league's new policy regarding such crimes which should hit McDonald with an automatic six game suspension (despite the fact that none of Goodell's moves were sanctioned by the players' CBA with the league). We'll see how this turns out.
Denver Broncos K Matt Prater was suspended for the first four games of the 2014 season for violating the league's substance abuse policy which, according to Prater's attorney, stems from drinking a few beers at home. Sure.
Not one, but two Pittsburgh Steeler RBs - Le'Veon Bell and LaGarrette Blount - were cited for possession of marijuana during a traffic stop. Bell, the driver, is likely to be cited for DUI. By the way, this was at 1:30 pm as the pair were headed to the airport to fly to the team's next preseaon game.
Miami Heat C Greg Oden was arrested for battery after allegedly punching his girlfriend in the face. The charge has been upped to a felony.
Dallas Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick was suspended four games for violating the NFL substance abuse policy. According to reports, he tested positive for MDMA.
Also, New England Patriots WR Brian Tyms was suspended for the first four games of this season for violating the NFL's PED policy.
Arizona Cardinals LB John Abraham was arrested on a DUI charge after being found asleep at the wheel at an Atlanta-area intersection. His license had already been suspended.
UPDATE: Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice was suspended for two games stemming from his arrest for domestic violence in which he was filmed dragging his unconscious girlfriend from an elevator (they've since married! Congrats to the happy couple.). But just so we all understand: use drugs = 4 games, knock a woman out cold = 2 games.
As an added bonus, Jacksonville Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon was arrested for a third time. While already suspended from the league, Blackmon was charged with possession for marijuana.
St. Louis Rams LB Jo-Lonn Dumbar and NBA free-agent Donte Greene were both arrested after getting into a fight with each other. It's the first instance of NFL-on-NBA crime posted here.
Not an arrest, but close: Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam (and his brother, Bill, the Governor of Tennessee) agreed to pay a $92 million penalty relating to a lawsuit brought against their truck-stop company.
Baltimore Ravens CB Jimmy Smith was arrested on a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge. Smith is the 5th Raven to be arrested this off-season.
Texas Rangers C Geovany Soto was arrested for marijuana possession, a misdemeanor.
Minnesota Vikings DE Spencer Nealy for the first four games of the 2014 season for violating the league's PED policy.
Washington Redskins S Tanard Jackson was suspended indefinitely for a fourth violation of the league's substance abuse policy.
Three items of note, all NFL related: Cleveland Browns troubled WR Josh Gordon was arrested for an alleged DUI. Miami Dolphins DE Dion Jordan was suspended for the first four games of the 2014 season for violating the league's PED policy. And Kansas City Chiefs OL Rokevious Watkins was suspended for the first four games of 2014 as well for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Memphis Grizzlies F James Johnson was arrested for domestic assault against his wife, allegedly hitting and choking her.
New York Giants CB Jayron Hosley was suspended for the first four games of the 2014 NFL season for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
A good day in the NFL: First, NY Giants S Will Hill was suspended for the first six games of the 2014 NFL season for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Next, Arizona Cardinals LB Daryl Washington was suspended for the entire 2014 NFL season for also violating the league's substance abuse policy. Finally, Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon, who is already facing a major suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy, was citing for speeding while his passenger laid claim to marijuana found in the automobile during the stop. Gordon, according to reports, is facing his suspension for marijuana use.
Indianapolis Colts LB Robert Mathis was suspended for the first four games of the 2014 NFL season for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. You can read his excuse for the positive test at the link.
St. Louis Rams WR Stedman Bailey was suspended for the first four games of the 2014 NFL season for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy.
Buffalo Bills DE Marcell Dareus was arrested on felony drug charges, including possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. No further details were available.
San Francisco 49ers DE Aldon Smith was arrested for allegedly making a bomb threat at the LA airport. Smith was reportedly drunk at the time. Neither is good as Smith was previously in trouble with both the 49ers and the NFL for alcohol, and the bomb threat could easily lead to a conviction of a felony. Let's see how the NFL deals with this one.
Tampa Bay Lightning W Ryan Malone was arrested for DUI and possession of cocaine. No futher details were available.
Minnesota Timberwolves F Dante Cunningham was charged with assault after allegedly choking his girlfriend.
Cincinnati Bengals H-Back Orson Charles was arrested and charged with wanton endangerment as a result of alleged road rage involving a handgun.
Also, St. Louis Rams CB Greg Reid was arrested for violating his probation from a 2012 arrest for possession of marijuana and driving on a suspended license.
San Francisco 49ers CB Chris Culliver was arrested on an alleged hit-and-run charge. Culliver reportedly hit a bicyclists, then attempted to flee the scene.
Happy St. Patrick's Day Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay! He was charged with four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance (some reports say the substance was cocaine). It'll be interesting to see what the NFL does with this one.
I swear the sports media is simply not reporting these arrests as they used to because I fail to believe athletes are cleaning up their collective acts. Nonetheless, Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice was arrested outside an Atlantic City casino for simple assault on his fiancee. Of course, she was arrested, too, for assaulting him.
Minnesota Vikings LB Erin Henderson was arrested for suspicion of DUI for the second time in the past six weeks. He had crashed his SUV into trees in a parking lot.
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig was arrested for reckless driving (doing 110 mph in a 70 mph zone) for the second time this year. This kid is going to be trouble.
Atlanta Falcons RB Jason Snelling was arrested on misdemeanor charges of marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe was arrested for speeding and possession of marijuana. Despite this, he was still allowed to play in the Chiefs all-too-important match-up against AFC West rival Denver Broncos.
Two items that I failed to post sooner: Jacksonville Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon was suspended "indefinitely" for once again violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. No word as to what substance caused Blackmon's blacklisting.
Colorado Avalanche G Semyon Varlamov was arrested for assaulting his girlfriend. Of course, his lawyer states Varlamov is "completely innocent" of the charges against him.
Oklahoma City Thunder Kendrick Perkins was arrested for misdemeanor assault. He allegedly punched a woman in the face.
New York Knicks G J.R. Smith was suspended for the first five games of the 2013-14 NBA season for violating the league's substance abuse policy. This is nowhere near the first time Smith has been in trouble with the league.
Cincinnati Bengals DE DeQuin Evans was suspended for the first eight games of the 2013 season for his second violation of the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy.
Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer was arrested for a DUI. He has since plead not guilty.
Update - Denver Broncos LB Von Miller was suspended for 6 games for violating the NFL substance abuse policy, despite not testing positive for anything (so how'd they know? No one answer this question). Also, because of this non-test positive result, Miller was able to negotiate a shorter suspension as the NFL was apparently seeking 8 games. That's one hard, fast rule book the NFL is living by, isn't it?
Denver Nuggets G Ty Lawson was arrested on suspicion of charges including harassment. Not many details were available, but the team is "fully aware" of the situation.
Buffalo Bills LB Nigel Bradham was charged with marijuana possession after a traffic stop. The amount he possess was less than an arrestable offense.
Kansas City Royals SS Miguel Tejada was suspended for 105 games for violating MLB's drug policy. My first reaction to this news was, "Tejada's still playing baseball? I thought he'd been out of the league for at least five years." My second one was, "He claims to have ADD? At the age of 39? If he's been in baseball this long and still can't focus on the game at hand, then perhaps my first reaction wasn't that far off the mark."
Denver Broncos LB Von Miller is already fighting a 4 game suspension (for which he has no idea what drug he could've tested positive), now he was arrested on a warrant for failing to show up at court on charges of careless driving, driving without a license and no proof of insurance.
Phoenix Suns F Michael Beasley was arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession. Beasley has previously had problems associated with the drug in the past.
Houston Rockets F Terrence Jones was arrested for stomping on a homeless man. Naturally, the incident occurred outside a nightclub.
Oakland Raiders WR Andre Holmes was suspended for the first four games of the 2013 NFL season for violating the league's PED policy. He tested positive for a banned amphetamine earlier in the year.
Washington Redskins DE Jarvis Jenkins was suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season for testing positive for a banned PED. Jenkins claims no knowledge of taking any such drug.
Three of 'em today:
Robert Kraft "duped" again: New England Patriots DB Alfonzo Dennard was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Dennard was sentenced in April to two years probation and three months of jail time for assaulting a police officer. This sentence wasn't set to begin until March 2014.
Though the incident occurred back in January, the arrest of San Francisco Giants P Chad Gaudin wasn't publicized until now. He allegedly felt up a woman on a hospital gurney while intoxicated. Gaudin's lawyer is claiming the pitcher was "experiencing symptoms believed to be related to acute renal failure" which, oddly enough, can be caused by alcoholism.
Oakland Raiders LB Kaluka Maiava was charged with assault four months after the fact stemming from a bar fight which came just days after he signed a $6 million deal with the team.
Even the team executives can get into the fun: Denver Broncos director of player personnel Matt Russell was arrested on suspicion of DUI (among other things) after rear ending a police car. He's the second Broncos' front office staffer to be arrested for DUI in recent weeks.
New York Giants LB Dan Connor was arrested when he tried to board a plane with a switchblade knife in his luggage.
Indianapolis Colts S Joe Lefeged was arrested on gun charges after a car he was riding in was pulled over by police. Lefeged and the driver both fled the car, but police caught Lefeged (which makes you wonder why the driver isn't in the NFL rather than Lefeged).
Yahoo! Sports is catching on. They posted a list of the 27 NFL players arrested since the Super Bowl. I think I caught most of them on this site.
Aaron Hernandez is not alone: Cleveland Browns LB Ausar Walcott was charged with attempted murder by authorities and then released by the team.
New England Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez was arrested (and subsequently released by the Patriots) for his alleged role in the murder of a friend.
New York Giants WR Brandon Collins was suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. No word on what drug triggered the positive test.
Cincinnati Bengals DB Adam "Pacman" Jones was arrested and charged with assault of a woman. This should come as no surprise to anyone.
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordan was suspended for the first two games of the 2013 NFL season for violating the league's substance abuse policy. According to Gordan, he simply took some cough syrup with codeine in it while recovering from strep throat. Honest mistake, or excellent cover up?
ESPN posted an article listing the number of PED-related suspensions in the NFL. Since 2010, there's been 50 of them (most listed here I would guess). Does that mean the league's testing program is working? Ha! Ten teams do not have a single player to have received such a suspension. If you think one team, much less 10, are completely clean, you're out of your mind.
Boston Celtics G/F Terrence Williams was arrested after allegedly making threats with a gun during a "domestic violence" incident. Williams was reported visiting his 10-year old son at the time.
New York Jets RB Mike Goodson was charged with possession of marijuana (under 50 grams), possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of a handgun, possession of a loaded handgun and possession of hollow point ammunition. He recently signed a 3-year, $6.9 million deal with the Jets.
Seattle Seahawks DE Bruce Irvin was suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy. He is the sixth Seahawks player to test positive for PEDs since 2011.
Cleveland Browns LB Quentin Groves was arrested on charges of solicitation of prostitution. He just signed a $2.8 million deal for one season with the Browns.
Can you spot the irony? Milwaukee Brewers P Yovani Gallardo was arrested for drunk driving not far from the Brewers' Miller Park. He registered a blood alcohol level of .22, three times the legal limit. Since this was his first offense, he'll have to pay a $778.80 fine and won't be jailed. It's doubtful MLB or the Brewers will suspend him for the arrest.
Baltimore Ravens Christian Thompson was suspended for the first four games of the 2013 NFL season for violating the league's drug policy.
Boston Red Sox P Drake Britton was arrested for DUI, reckless driving and property damage after being clocked driving 111 mph in a 45 mph zone. As typical, the team would not comment on the matter, but assured that it is taking the matter "seriously."
Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Da'Quan Bowers was arrested for attempting to bring a loaded handgun onto a flight at New York's LaGuardia Airport. Bowers will be charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree which carry a minimum sentence of 3 1/2 years in prison.
Orlando Magic F Hedo Turkoglu was suspended 20 games for testing positive for a steroid. Remarkably, Turkoglu admitted to using the drug and failing to check it against the league's banned substance list.
Seattle Seahawks LB Leroy Hill was arrested and charged with third-degree assault-domestic violence and unlawful imprisonment-domestic violence. He allegedly held and assaulted his girlfriend for five hours before police were called to his residence.
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Chris Rainey was arrested for battery after allegedly slapping a woman in the face. Amazingly, the Steelers promptly cut Rainey from their roster.
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Dallas Cowboys DT Josh Brent was arrested on a second-degree felony intoxication manslaughter charge for the car crash which killed teammate Jerry Brown. Brent had previously been arrest for a DUI in college.
Kansas City Chiefs LB Jovan Belcher shot his girlfriend to death, then killed himself outside of Arrowhead Stadium.
San Francisco DE Demarcus Dobbs was arrested on suspicion for DUI and possession of marijuana. The arrest came on Dobbs 25th birthday.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Eric Wright was suspended for four games by the NFL for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. Wright is the second member of the Buccaneers to test positive for Adderall this season. At the same time, New England Patriots DE Jermaine Cunningham was also suspended for four games for a violation of the performance-enhancing drug policy, yet it is unknown which substance Cunningham tested positive.
Seattle Seahawks S Winston Guy was suspended for four games for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy. According to Guy's agent, the positive result was due to his client taking an over-the-counter supplement.
Los Angeles Lakers F Devin Ebanks was arrested for suspicion of DUI. This took place the night before a game, but little else was reported at this time.
New England Patriots RB Brandon Bolden has been suspended for four game for violating the NFL's performance enhancing drug policy. The NFL did not reveal for which substance Bolden tested positive.
San Diego Padres C Yasmani Grandal has been suspended for 50 games for violating MLB's performance enhancing drug policy. He is the seven MLB player suspended this year while 101 minor league players have been suspended for similar violations.
New York Giants S Will Hill was suspended for four games for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy. Hill tested positive for Adderall - the second Giants player to do so this season.
Win on Monday Night Football, get arrested for a DUI afterwards. That's just was Atlanta Falcons RB Michael Turner did. He was pulled over for speeding - clocked at 97 mph in a 65 mph zone.
Cleveland Browns DB Joe Haden was suspended four games for violating the NFL's performance enhancing drug policy. Haden tested positive for Adderall which is allowed, provided the player is prescribed the drug.
Oakland A's P Bartolo Colon was suspended 50 games for violating MLB's performance enhancing drug policy. Like Melky Cabrera a week earlier, Colon's tested positive for an inflated testosterone level.
Kansas City Chiefs LB Tamba Hali was suspended for the first game of the 2012 NFL season for violating the league's substance abuse policy. It's unknown what substance caused the suspension.
San Francisco Giants OF Melky Cabrera was suspended for 50 games for violating MLB's performance-enhancing drug policy. Cabrera tested positive for an elevated level of testosterone. He had been having an all-star year, including hitting a two-run home run in July's All-Star Game. Ryan Braun, meanwhile, remains innocent....
Miami Dolphins WR Chad "OchoCinco" Johnson was arrested for allegedly head-butting his wife. Alleged or not, Johnson was then released by the Dolphins...and his wife. No team or woman has yet to pick up #85
Detroit Lions CB Aaron Berry was arrested for a second time in about a month, this time on three charges of simple assault.
Kansas City Chiefs DB Donald Washington was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs. It is not known what drug it was, however, a crushed pills were found in his vehicle.
Tennessee Titans WR Kenny Britt was arrested for a DUI when attempting to drive through a security gate on a military base at 3:30 in the morning.
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant was arrested for a misdemeanor family violence charge. Details are still emerging.
New York Knicks G Jason Kidd was arrested for a DUI after crashing his SUV into a telephone pole.
Denver Broncos DE Elvis Dumervil was charged with aggravated assault with a firearm, a third degree felony.
Philadelphia Eagles RB Dion Lewis was arrested for pulling a fire alarm in a hotel. Falsely reporting a fire is a felony.
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson was arrested for allegedly shoving an off-duty police officer working as a security guard in a Houston-area nightclub. Details are currently emerging as there are conflicting reports.
Cleveland Browns DT Kiante Tripp was arrested on a burglary charge. Few details were available at this time.
St. Louis Rams TE Brody Eldridge was suspended for four games for violating the NFL's banned substance policy.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Eric Wright was arrested on suspected felony DUI after rear-ending a pickup truck and refusing to take a field sobriety test.
Boston Red Sox OF Marlon Byrd was suspended 50 games for violating MLB's performance-enhancing drug policy. He tested positive for Tamoxifen which is used by steroid-users to prevent the growth of breast tissue. Byrd apologized and stated in part, "I am mortified by my carelessness..." Would that be for getting caught? Because you weren't careless in using otherwise, Marlon.
Detroit Lions RB Mikel Leshoure was suspended for the first two games of the 2012 NFL season for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Leshoure was plead guilty to a marijuana possession charge in May.
New York Giants OL David Diehl was arrested for a DUI. His BMW allegedly struck several parked cars.
Jacksonville Jaguars rookie WR Justin Blackmon was arrested for an aggravated DUIwith a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit.
Detroit Lions DT Nick Fairley was arrested on suspicion of DUI and evading the police. This is his second arrest in just over a month. Previously in April, Fairley was arrested for a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession (see 4/3/12's entry below).
Seattle Seahawks T Allen Barbre was suspended for the first four games of the 2012 season for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy.
By the way the large gap in dates here is mostly due to my writing of my next book. I'm sure more than a few things happened during this time, but I was focused on writing and not as vigilant on arrests and suspensions. My apologies.
Detroit Lions DT Nick Fairley was arrested for possession of marijuana. He was the second NFL player arrested for such an offense this offseason (the other was RB Mikel Leshoure).
Boston Red Sox P Bobby Jenks was arrested for a DUI and hit-and-run when he drove into a pick-up truck in a strip club parking lot. Jenks claims he simple had "too many muscle relaxers."
Green Bay Packers DE Mike Neal was suspended for the first four games of the NFL's 2012 season for violating its performance enhancing drug policy.
Oakland A's CF Jason Pridie was suspended for 50 games for a second violation of MLB's minor league drug testing policy. More interesting than that is Pridie is the 21st player suspended this year under the program.
Colorado Rockies P Alex White was arrested for suspicion of DUI during spring training. No further details available.
Former Seattle Seahawks (and current free agent) LB Leroy Hill was arrested for possession of marijuana. He was arrested for a similar charge in January 2009, yet he has not missed a game under an NFL suspension for violating the league's drug policy.
Chicago Bears LB JT Thomas was arrested on a misdemeanor drug charge when he was pulled over for driving the wrong way down a one-way street. Upon being requested by the office to show some ID, Thomas opened the glove box only to have bags of marijuana fall out.
Cincinnati Bengals LB Rey Maualuga was charged with assault for punching a bar employee in the face.
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Weslye Saunders was suspended for the first four games of the 2012 season for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy. Saunders was dismissed from South Carolina in his senior year for violating team rules and accepting improper benefits.
Wow. It's been a while since a pro athlete's been arrested. Either they are collectively mending their ways, or these stories simply aren't being covered/published any more. But here's one: Denver Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno was arrested DUI in Denver, driving 70 mph in a 45-mph zone. Ironicly (or not), he was driving a Bentley convertable with a license plate reading "SAUCED".
A triple play day: St. Louis Rams WR Austin Pettis was suspended for four games for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy. Pettis will miss the last two games this season as well as the first two next season.
In the MLB, Los Angeles Dodgers P Ronald Belisario is reportedly facing a 25-game suspension for an undisclosed drug violation.
And lastly in the NBA, Golden State Warriors G Monta Ellis was sued by a fomer Warriors employee for sexual harassment for allegedly texting photos of...well, you know...to the woman in question. The woman in this instance apparently kept the photos, went to the Warriors who did nothing about the situation, and is now suing Ellis for the unwanted advances. Classy.
Chicago Bears WR Sam Hurd was arrested on federal drug charges. He was allegedly buying and selling large amounts of marijuana and cocaine according to published reports and providing them to other NFL players. According to reports, a source states that the list of NFL players numbers in double-digits. So where was NFL Security and the league's staunch drug testing policy in this case? Hello? Anyone?
According to Fox Sports, Golden State Warriors G Charlie Bell showed up legally drunk to his court date for...ironically enough...a drunken driving charge. The Warriors, at this point, have "no comment."
An NFL 3-fer: Two members of the Washington Redskins - TE Fred Davis and OL Trent Williams - were suspended for the final 4 games of the season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. Amazingly, according to the AP, these suspensions were expected "after failing multiple drugs tests." Excuse me, but shouldn't it be one test? That's what the NFL tells us fans.
Add to this, Seattle Seahawks OL John Moffitt was suspended for 4 games for violating the league's performance enhancing drug policy. Moffitt's agent claimed he tested positive for Adderall which is used to treat hyperactivity. Of course, Moffitt is injured and on IR so he'll serve the suspension now...thereby not missing a game while suspended. That works out well for everyone, no?
Oakland Raiders LB Rolando McClain was charged with firing a gun just inches from another man's head after an altercation. As in the case of the Packers below, the Raiders knew of the incident and have "no comment" at this time.
Green Bay Packers LB Erik Walden was arrested Thanksgiving night for suspicion of felony domestic violence/substantial battery. Due to the holiday, he must remain in jail over the weekend. The Packers, of course, had "no comment."
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman was arrested for groping a woman during a Halloween party at a nightclub.
Minnesota Vikings CB Chris Cook was arrested on domestic battery charges. A Vikings' spokesman said Cook was "ruled out" of Sunday's game.
So despite his multiple arrests, Cincinnati Bengals RB Cedric Benson appealed the NFL enough to get his 3-game suspension knocked down to one. And you think the NFL Players Union isn't useful (despite getting the short end of the stick in the latest CBA).
Also, apparently Chicago Bears WR Devin Hester was smacked in the back of the head at a Chicago-area casino. The man doing the smacking was arrest. Hester, though, was free to gamble to his heart's content two days prior to the Bears' Week 6 match-up against the Vikings.
Cleveland Browns DE Marcus Bernard was charged with driving under suspension and reckless operation after he drove his Can-Am Spyder "at a high rate of speed," crossing four lanes, crashing into a guardrail, and sending himself flying approximately 240 feet, breaking his hand. The Spyder flew a bit further, some 680 feet before coming to a stop. The actual cause of this crash is not yet known.
Houston Astros OF Jordan Schafer was arrested in FL on felony possession of marijuana. How's this for intelligent: he pulled up next to a police car while smoking marijuana with his windows open. Subsequently, he was pulled over, searched, and arrested. He had previously been suspended for 50 games by the MLB for violating the league's performance enhancing drug policy.
A trio of NFL suspensions and an arrest: Minnesota Vikings DT Kevin Williams was suspended for the first two games of the 2011 season for violating the NFL's performance enhancing drug policy. This was a suspension Williams was supposed to serve two years ago as a four game suspension, but due to a lengthy court battle, it was never served...perhaps because the Vikings were in the hunt for the Super Bowl at the time (they lost the controversial NFC Championship to the Saints).
Washington Redskins CB Phillip Buchanon was suspended four games for violating the league's performance enhancing drug policy. Oddly, head coach Mike Shanahan mentioned Buchanon would be suspended a month ago without revealing why.
Baltimore Ravens WR David Reed was suspended for one game (and will lose an additional game check) for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. Reed's suspension stems from police finding marijuana in his home.
Dallas Cowboys WR Kevin Ogletree was arrested for failing to pay a pair of traffic tickets.
They haven't played a game yet, but they have an arrest: Winnipeg Jets D Dustin Byfuglien was arrested in MN for suspicion of boating while intoxicated (I would guess the suspicion was the drunkeness, not whether he was boating or not because I would think that's obvious). Byfuglien refused a blood or urine test at the time of the arrest.
No arrests yet, but Memphis Grizzlies F Zach Randolph had a search warrant served on him at his mansion after a man was allegedly beaten with pool cues after being invited back to Randolph's home to sell marijuana. This sounds like all sorts of fun, doesn't it?
Idle hands....Oklahoma City Thunder F Kendrick Perkins was arrested for misdemeanor disorderly conduct and public intoxication after a nightclub fight.
Rare NASCAR News: two crew members of the Earnhardt Ganassi team were fired after their arrest on charges of marijuana trafficking. They were caught with 10.5 pounds of pot.
Minnesota Vikings QB Rhett Bomar was arrested for a DUI. Way to make the most of training camp, Rhett.
The New York Rangers oft-troubled Sean Avery was arrested for "battery of a peace officer," or in other words, he shoved a police officer who came to Avery's home responding to a noise complaint. Why Avery remains in the NHL is a mystery.
Pittsburgh Steelers WR (and Dancing with the Stars Champion) Hines Ward was arrested for a DUI in Georgia. No further details were released.
It's been a while, but sooner or later you just knew some athlete had to be arrested. The lucky one this time? Minnesota Timberwolves F Michael Beasley who was ticketed for speeding and possession of marijuana - 16.2 grams - which Beasley instantly claimed were a friend's whom he had just dropped off.
Philadelphia Eagles LB Akeem Jordan was arrested for assault and battery. Few details are available.
Seattle Seahawks DE Raheem Brock was arrested for theft and resisting arrest. He walked out on a $27 tab.
Win a championship, get arrested: Dallas Mavericks G DeShawn Stevenson was arrested for public intoxication. Celebrating a bit too much? Perhaps, but when the police feel you're a danger to yourself and others, there are bigger issues at hand.
Oklahoma City Thunder G Nate Robinson was arrested and cited for public urination in New York City.
Tennessee Titans WR Kenny Britt was arrested (again), this time for resisting arrest when officers attempted to handcuff him when they believed he had a marijuana-stuffed cigar in his possession. This occurred just one day after Britt appeared in court for traffic offenses against him.
A rare NASCAR incident: driver Kyle Busch was cited for driving 128 mph in a 45 mph zone. He was test driving a 2012 Lexus sportscar at the time of the citation. He claims he "got carried away." No kidding.
Chicago Bears RB Garrett Wolfe was arrested on several charges including assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest with violence, and retail theft. No further info was available at this time surrounding the arrest.
Cleveland Indians OF Shin-Soo Choo was arrested on suspicion of DUI. According to reports, his breathalyzer test showed him to have a blood alcohol level of .201 (in Ohio where he was arrested, the legal limit is .08). He is the 6th MLB player arrested for a DUI since January 1st.
Washington Redskins $100 million man Albert Haynesworth was indicted on a sexual abuse charge for allegedly putting his credit card in a waitress's bra. He faces 6 months in jail and a minimal fine.
A 'Fix Is In' first: A member of the Canadian Football League's British Columbia Lions, Yonus Davis, was arrested in California by federal agents who caught him with 150 pounds of Ecsatsy tablets. He faces 20 years of prison and a $1 million fine.
Los Angeles Lakers G Kobe Bryant said a bad word.
Barry Bonds was found guilty of obstruction of justice.
Tennessee Titans WR Kenny Britt was arrested on three charges: lying to a police officer, eluding a police officer, and obstructing governmental function. He was clocked doing 20 mph over the speed limit, then weaved in and out of traffic to avoid the police, and later found walking away from him Porche on foot. His passenger was also arrested on possession of marijuana. Britt, however, was not tested. This is his third "run in" with the law in the past 16 months.
Say it ain't so, ManRam: Tampa Bay Rays (though he never played a regular season game for them) OF Manny Ramirez reportedly retired rather than face a 100 game suspension for testing positive for an unnamed substance during spring training. Ramirez had already served a 50 game suspension for a first offense, and was staring down a second offense when he decided to walk away from the game. Yet another All-Star whose legacy is likely destroyed due to using performance-enhancing drugs.
It's trivial, but entertaining: Miami Heat All-Star LeBron James' mother was arrested for allegedly assaulting a valet for not bringing her car to her fast enough. LeBron's mom was also allegedly intoxicated at the time.
It has been reported that former NBA player and now ESPN mouthpiece Jalen Rose was arrested on suspicion of DUI on March 11.
The Dallas police issued an arrest warrant for Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Aqib Talib for allegedly firing a gun at his sister's boyfriend. Oddly enough, Talib's mother was also cited for shooting at this person. The aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge is a second degree felony with a minimum five year sentence attached to it.
Minnesota Vikings CB Chris Cook was arrested on suspicion of brandishing a gun during a fight with another man. The NFL would do something regarding this arrest, but since the NFL doesn't exist right now criminals are free to do as they please without reprisal from the league. Go criminals!
Philadelphia Eagles OT King Dunlap was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and reckless driving in an unusual incident in which he was attempting to pick up his wheelchair bound father. The incident occurred in Nashville at the SEC women's basketball tournament.
Oakland As OF Coco Crisp (the only MLB player ever named after a breakfast cereal) was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. The team is taking the situation "seriously."
New Orleans Hornets PG Jarrett Jack was arrested for a DUI after police caught him speeding and weaving, after which he failed a field sobriety test.
Detroit Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera was arrested for a DUI and resisting an officer without violence. Cabrera has been struggling with a drinking problem, one that he apparently has not conquered.
Washington Redskins DT Albert Haynesworth was charged with for misdemeanor battery after punching another motorist earlier in the week is what is being labeled a case of "road rage."
It's been a while, but we have a NASCAR story here: driver Michael Annett was reportedly arrested for a DUI, along with texting while driving and resisting a public officer after rear-ending another car at a traffic light. According to police reports, Annett's blood alcohol level was .32.
UPDATE: O.J. Mayo now claims his positive result for DHEA came from an energy drink he purchased at a gas station according to a SportsIllustrated.com article. Really? That's the best he could come up with?
Memphis Grizzlies G O.J. Mayo was suspended 10 games for violating the NBA's anti-drug program. Mayo reportedly tested positive for dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) which he claims was in an over-the-counter supplement (one he didn't know was banned by the league).
Seattle Mariners OF Milton Bradley was arrested on (for of all things) a felony charge of making criminal threats. No other details were available, but I'm sure more is to come on this one.
Denver Broncos RB Laurence Maroney was arrested on suspected weapons and drug charges in St. Louis. He was arrested with four other men in a car in which was found three guns and marijuana. Maroney's publicist denies the RB has does anything wrong.
Baltimore Ravens LB Sergio Kindle was arrested for a DUI at 4 a.m. Sunday morning prior to the Ravens' game. Isn't there a curfew or something for these players prior to a game?
Denver Broncos LB Kevin Alexander was arrested for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend. The Broncos cut Alexander within hours of the story breaking.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Geno Hayes was arrested for a misdemeanor trespassing charge and disorderly conduct. Reportedly, a stun gun was used in the arrest after Hayes refused to leave an area nightclub.
Denver Broncos CB Perrish Cox was arrested for sexual assault. The alleged incident reportedly occurred on October 28. No further details are available.
New England Patriots LB Brandon Spikes was suspended for the final four games of the season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. It was not known what drug Spikes tested positive for, but he states it was not any sort of performance-enhancing drug.
In another NFL drug-related story, the police raided the home of Baltimore Ravens KR David Reed on suspicion of drug activity. Reed was not arrested, but evidence was reportedly taken from him home. (As a side note, in the following Ravens game played on Monday night against the Texans, Reed returned the opening kickoff of the 2nd half for a touchdown.)
In an interesting turn of events, Denver Broncos WR Kenny McKinley, who sadly committed suicide earlier this year, was found to be deeply in debt and owned markers totaling $40,000 to unnamed Las Vegas casino(s). According to his friend and current member of the Miami Dolphins (well, on their practice squad) Tom Brandstater, McKinley had "major gambling problem." How many other members of the NFL - or other major sports leagues - may be in the same boat?
The NBA suspended Charlotte Bobcats Stephen Jackson for one game for "verbally abusing" a referee and refusing to leave the court after receiving a second technical foul. Jackson had already been fined $50,000 for commenting negatively about officials in a previous game. Expect Jackson never to get a call go his way again after this.
The Denver Broncos and Head Coach Josh McDaniels have both been fined $50,000 by the NFL for secretly videotaping the San Francisco 49ers walkthrough practice prior to their game in London. According to the NFL's investigaion, Broncos' employee Steve Scarnecchia filmed the practice and presented the tape to McDaniels. McDaniels supposedly did not watch the tape, but he and the team were fined for not reporting the incident in a timely fashion. Scarnecchia was fired from the team and faces banishment from the NFL. Why? Both he and McDaniels were members of the New England Patriots during the Spygate scandal. Not surprisingly, it is only Scarnecchia facing such a harsh discipline, not McDaniels who's a rising star in the coaching fraternity.
New Orleans Saints DE Will Smith was arrested and charged with domestic abuse and simple battery. Smith was in an altercation with his wife at a nightclub when he allegedly grabbed her by the hair and pulled her down the street. The Saints are "looking into the matter."
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Williams was pulled over by authorities early Friday morning on suspicion of DUI. Williams' breathalyzer test revealed his blood-alcohol level was .065, below the .08 legal limit. Williams will be allowed to play on Sunday.
Denver Broncos LB D.J. Williams was arrested for a DUI early Friday morning. He was stripped of his title as Broncos' team captain and will not start the game on Sunday. This is his second DUI arrest (the first came in '05), meaning the NFL could now take action against him as well.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Jerramy Stevens was arrested on marijuana possession charges and subsequently released by the team. Stevens had numerous other arrests on his record, including more than one for alcohol related charges.
Indianapolis Colts P Pat McAfee was arrested for public intoxication when police found him wet and shirtless after having apparently taken a swim in a city levee. The Colts suspended the punter for one game due to the incident.
Sacramento Kings owner (who also owns the Palms casino in Las Vegas - no conflict of interest there, right?) George Maloof Jr was arrested for a DUI in Las Vegas. Maloof's blood alcohol level was just barely over the legal limit, but he was pulled over for being 21-30 mph over the speed limit, made an illegal left turn, and was found to be driving without a valid license or proof of insurance.
Dallas Stars F Mike Ribeiro was arrested for public intoxication in a Dallas area restaurant the day after scoing the winning goal in the Stars' shootout versus the New York Islanders.
Carolina Panthers WR Dwayne Jarrett was arrested for a DUI in the early morning. This is his second arrest for a DUI charge in three years.
San Diego Charges S Steve Gregory was suspended for four games for violating the NFL performance enhancing drug policy. Neither Gregory or the NFL would state which drug he tested positive for, but the test was conducted in May and Gregory had originally appealed the decision.
Miami Dolphins DT Tony McDaniel was suspended for one game for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. This stemmed from an incident that occured back in February. Way to be on the ball, Commissioner Goodell.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers S Tanard Jackson was suspended indefinitely for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. He is out for the rest of the 2010 season. This is likely his 3rd violation.
Houston Texans OT Duane Brown was suspended for four games for violating the NFL's performance enhancing drug policy. The positive result was supposedly from a non-league approved suppliment Brown was taking. He will not appeal the suspension.
New York Jets WR Braylon Edwards was arrested and charged with a DUI after reportedly testing twice the legal limit for alcohol in his system. Edwards only faces a suspension if he is already in the NFL substance abuse program; otherwise, this is simply a "first offense" as DUIs fall not under the NFL's personal conduct policy, but rather its substance abuse policy thanks to the players' union efforts during the last collective bargaining agreement.
The NBA dished out a bit of punishment as they suspended Indiana Pacers Brandon Rush for the 1st five games of the 2010-11 season for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Meanwhile two others, Sacramento Kings Tyreke Evans and Miami Heat Kenny Hasbrouck, were each suspended due to driving violations. Evans received a one-game suspension for a reckless driving charge. Hasbrouck received a two-game suspension for a DUI.
The Indiana Pacers newest draft pick Lance Stephenson was arrested on assault, menacing and harassment charges after allegedly pushing his girlfriend down a flight of stairs, then picking up and smashing her head on the bottom step. The incident occurred at the woman's apartment where Stephenson was waiting for her to return from a night out. The police are still investigating.
Indianapolis Colts DT John Gill was arrested for public intoxication after being found passed out in a ditch. Though the charges were later dropped, the Colts announced Gill would be kept on the team, but remain inactive for the season.
Atlanta Falcons DE Jonathan Babineaux was suspended for the first game of the 2010 season due to his arrest for marijuana which occurred one year ago. Way to be on the ball, commissiner Goodell.
Green Bay Packers DE Johnny Jolly was suspended for the entire 2010 NFL season due to violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. This is perhaps odd as Jolly did not test positive for drugs, but was in fact arrested for illegal possession of codeine in 2008. The criminal case against him could lead to a 20 year jail sentence.
Also, Seattle Seahawks LB Leroy Hill was suspended for one game for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. Once again, Hill did not test positive for drugs, but was arrested in 2009 for marijuana possession (a misdemeanor).
As expected, San Diego Chargers WR Vincent Jackson was suspended the first three games of the 2010 NFL season for violating the league's substance abuse policy. It may not matter much as Jackson is threatening to sit out the first 10 games of the season due to his contract demands.
Atlanta Falcons LB Robert James was suspended for the first four games of the 2010 season for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Current free agent and very recent Oakland Raiders QB JaMarcus Russell was arrested for legal possession of codeine syrup. This was done as part of a larger investigation conducted by local authorities.
Cleveland Browns DE Robaire Smith was charged with carrying a gun in his luggage at the Flint, MI airport. The misdemeanor charge carries a maximum of one year in jail.
Seattle Seahawks RB Quinton Ganther was arrested for suspected DUI early Saturday morning. There are no further details at this time.
The NFL suspended a pair of players, but luckily no team is penalized by this action as both players are free agents. First RB LenDale White was hit with a four game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. Next was 14-year veteran DT Hollis Thomas for eight games for violating the league's performance enhancing drug policy. Hollis had been suspended for four game in 2006 for a similar offense.
Also, the Tennessee Titans summer-o'-fun continues as QB Chris Simms allegedly admitted to police officers that he was smoking marijuana while driving with his pregnant wife as a passenger. Of course Simms denies the charges, and his lawyer stated that the odor of marijuana may have been coming from the passengers in the back seat.
Cincinnati Bengals RB Cedric Benson was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault stemming from an altercation at an Austin TX area bar back on May 30th. Benson reportedly punched a bar employee in the face after being escorted out of the building. Benson was twice arrested on alcohol related charges which were later dropped, however it is believe those arrests led to Benson's departure from the Chicago Bears.
According to an ESPN.com article, Detroit Lions President Tom Lewand was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. In a statement, Lewand said he's "a person in active recovery."
More Tennessee Titans fun: The Titans' top draft pick Derrick Morgan was busted for driving 91 mph in a 70 mph zone with a suspended license. He was charged and promptly released.
Two bits of Tennessee Titans news: First, Titans QB Vince Young was caught on video tape getting into a fight in a Dallas area strip club. Young left the site before the police arrived, but was still given a misdemeanor assault citation for the incident. Then the Titans suspended LB Gerald McRath for the first four games of the 2010 season for violating the performance enhancing drug policy. Oddly, Sports Illustrated reported that the Titans issued the suspension and not the NFL as is usually the case.
Buffalo Sabres first-round draft pick Zack Kassian was charged with assault for punching a man in a Canadian bar. The Sabres have suspended contract talks with Kassian...for the moment. They fully intend on signing their top pick.
UPDATE: The name of the Green Bay Packers player still under suspicion for sexual assault was released. He is CB Brandon Underwood, yet it appears doubtful any charges will be filed in this case.
Seven unnamed members of the Green Bay Packers were questioned in the investigation into the alleged sexual assault on two women after an early morning 911 call. Six of the players were released and not considered suspects, but the seventh remains under investigation.
Atlanta Falcons OL Quinn Ojinnaka has been suspended one game under the NFL's personal conduct policy. Ojinnaka had been on a battery charge against his wife whom he allegedly threw down some stairs and then out of their house.
UPDATE: Green Bay Packers DE Johnny Jolly is facing more serious charges stemming from his drug possession trial. Now the state's case alleges that Jolly not only possessed drugs but "bought, sold, funded, transported and aided in the buying, selling, funding and transportation of illegal narcotics including cocaine and marijuana" from 2006 through May 2008.
Sacramento Kings PG Tyreke Evans was pulled over for driving more than 100 mph on a California highway. He was charged with reckless driving.
Miami Dolphins DE Phillip Merling was arrested for aggravated battery on a pregnant woman - his girlfriend. The court ordered him to have no contact with her while on bond. He is the fourth member of the Dolphins to be arrested this offseason.
New York Knicks G Wilson Chandler was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor for marijuana possession. He was originally pulled over by police at 11 pm for driving without his headlights on.
Houston Texans LB Brian Cushing was suspended for the first four games of the 2010 NFL season for breaking the league's performance enhancing drug policy. Cushing was the 2009 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and the 15th overall draft pick.
The New Orleans Saints former security director, who happened to have been a FBI agent for 30 years prior to joining the Saints, quit his post in August 2009 and is now suing the team because he believes members of the Saints staff were stealing prescription medication - namely Vicodin - charges of which could lead to numerous felony charges. In his lawsuit, Geoffrey Santini states the Head Coach Sean Payton was involved and that team doctors participated in covering up the amount of pills taken.
Cincinnati Reds P Edinson Volquez has been suspended for 50 games for violating MLB's performance enhancing drug policy. Of course, Volquez tested positive in spring training and the ruling comes now, three weeks into the season, and Volquez is on the disabled list until mid-season, yet can serve the suspension while injured meaning he likely won't miss a game during his suspension.
Also, Indianapolis Colts DT Eric Foster faces a civil lawsuit over an alleged sexual assault of a 22-year old college student the night before the AFC Championship game this year. Two months ago, law enforcement stated they would not file charges related to this claim, but the victim's lawyer stated that the police did not fully investigate this case as they should have.
The Pittsburgh Steelers showed how gutless of an organization they are by trading troubled WR Santonio Holmes to the New York Jets whereupon he was suspended for the first four games of the 2010 season for violating the league's substance abuse policy (for testing positive to what no one knows) - not for his recent arrest stemming from an incident in a nightclub. Meanwhile, while QB Ben Rothlisberger was not charged for his alleged sexual assault, both the Steelers and NFL have yet to punish the star for his off-the-field incidents.
Cleveland Browns DT Shaun Rogers was arrested for attempting to carry a loaded .45 handgun in his baggage onto a flight. He was arrested without incident. The NFL has yet to act in regards to this incident.
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Santonio Holmes has been accused of hitting a women in the face with a glass at an Orlando nightclub, then "pressuring" or "bribing" her into not pressing charges against him. The woman claims not only did Holmes pressure her, but the Orlando Police Dept. as well. She is now attempting to sue Holmes over the incident. Holmes, it should be known, is no stranger to unlawful issues, and has the honor of being the first entry in this massive list.
The Arizona Cardinals new LB Joey Porter was arrested on suspicion of DUI and also accused with assaulting an officer and resisting arrest. When Porter was pulled over, he refused to listen the officer by rolling up his window. The officer then reached inside the car and Porter slapped his hand. Smart move, no?
The Miami Herald reported Miami Dolphins free agent RB Ronnie Brown was arrested outside Atlanta on suspicion of a DUI. There is a possibility the charges could be lowered pending further investigation.
Texas Rangers Manager Ron Washington admitted that he tested positive for cocaine during the 2009 season. Washington was not suspended or punished in any way by either the Rangers or MLB, once again proving how nonsensical baseball's drug testing program is. On top of that, Washington admitted that as a player in the 1980s he used both marijuana and amphetamines (MLB did not have a drug testing program at that time).
In a rare move, the Miami Heat suspended F Dorell Wright for two games due to his arrest for DUI. In 99.9% of cases where athletes are arrested for DUI, the player never receives any sort of punishment from his team or league for the offense. Of course, Wright is a back-up averaging 6.3 points per game this season.
Free agent NT Jason Ferguson recently of the Miami Dolphins was suspended for the first 8 games of the 2010 season for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy. Ferguson had previously been suspended four games for a similar offense in 1999.
Miami Heat G Carlos Arroyo was arrested after a traffic stop while on his way to practice. Arroyo failed to stop when a motorcycle officer attempted to pull him over for driving too slow, then he refused to get out of his car when requested. The strange incident is still not fully explained.
Miami Dolphins CB Will Allen was arrested for a DUI after he was stopped at a police roadblock set up to catch such offenders.
Washington Redskins DB Byron Westbrook was arrested and charged with DUI.
Edmonton Oilers G Nikolai Khabibulin was charged with a DUI and speeding in Arizona (where he lives). Khabibulin has not played since November due to a back injury, but apparently that hasn't affected his ability to hoist one or two.
Cincinnati Bengals rookie LB Rey Maualuga is reportedly heading to rehab after pleading guilty to a DUI that occurred in late January when he hit two parked cars and a parking meter. So far, no punishment has come from the NFL which rarely, if ever, punishes players for alcohol transgressions.
Former NFL player and current NFL Network analyst Warren Sapp was arrested for allegedly choking a woman in his Miami-area hotel room. According to reports, Sapp picked up the woman - whom he had been dating for nearly two years - and threw her down on a couch twice. The woman also had swelling on one leg and bruises on her neck from the incident.
Also, Miami Dolphins DT Tony McDaniel was arrested for domestic violence against his girlfriend. McDaniel claimed he was the one attacked in the incident. Few details are known at this time.
Washington Wizards G Gilbert Arenas was suspended "indefinately" by the NBA. Not because he brought and brandished a gun (or three) in the Wizards' locker room, but due to the fact that he joked about his recent troubles. Strong stand, Commissioner Stern. Strong.
Is this the type of year sports fans are in for? According to a report in the New York Post, Washington Wizards teammates Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton drew guns on each other in the Wizards' locker room on Christmas Eve. Making the situation even worse, the dispute between the two was reportedly over a gambling debt. An investigation is on-going.
Detriot Tigers C Gerald Laird and his brother Brandon who is a top prospect for the NY Yankees were both arrested after getting into a brawl with bouncers in the lounge area of Phoenix's NBA arena. Gerald was charged with assault while Brandon was cited for disorderly conduct.
New Orleans Saints DE Bobby McCray was arrested for a DUI at approximately 4:30 am. At the time, he refused a breathalyzer and was charged with the DUI, speeding, careless operation of a vehicle, and not having his registration. McCray has claimed he wasn't drunk, but rather his fiancee was feeding him pizza while he drove.
Cincinnati Bengals often arrested WR Chris Henry suffered "life-threatening" injuries after reportedly falling out of the back of a pick-up truck during a domestic dispute. Henry later died as a result of the accident.
Problems with the Atlanta Falcons. First, DT Jonathan Babineaux was arrested on a felony marijuana possession charge after being caught smoking while driving. That was followed with the revelation that WR Eric Weems was arrested for a DUI. Still wondering why their not making the playoffs this year?
St. Louis Cardinals 3B David Freese was arrested on suspicion of DUI. No further details were available at the time.
Carolina Panthers LB Jon Beason was arrested for a misdemeanor assault charge after alledgedly punching a man at a strip club. The incident in question occurred on November 15 at a club which is in walking distance from the Panthers' stadium.
Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe was suspended for four games for violating the league's performance-enhancing substance policy. No word on what the exact substance was as of yet.
San Francisco Giants franchise pitcher Tim Lincecum was pulled over for speeding and found to have a small amount of marijuana in his possession. The amount of the drug was well below the the felony level, yet he still faces a misdemeanor charge.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers G Marcus Johnson was arrested for a DUI right at the start his team's bye week. He was discovered asleep at the wheel in the middle of an intersection.
Cleveland Cavaliers G Delonte West was arrested after being caught speeding on his motorcycle with two loaded handguns (a 9 mm and a 357 Magnum) on his person and a loaded shotgun in a guitar case (will he now be known as El Mariachi?). Reportedly West had underwent treatment for depression and a "mood disorder" prior to the start of the 2008-09 season.
UPDATE: Shawne Merriman was left off the hook as investigators refused to press formal charges against him.
San Diego Chargers LB Shawne Merriman was arrested and charged with battery and false imprisonment after refusing to let his girlfriend - reality star Tia Tequila - leave his home. The incident occurred at 3:45 in the morning. She was reportedly taken to an area hospital, but her condition is unknown at this time.
UPDATE: The NBA suspended both Jason Richardson and J.R. Smith due to each player's recent run-in with the law. Richardson will miss 2 games due to a DUI while Smith will be held out for 7 games for reckless driving. Both recently pleaded guilty to their previous driving arrests.
Denver Nuggets F Renaldo Balkman was arrested on suspicions of DUI after refusing to take a blood-alcohol test. No further details are known.
Tennessee Titans WR Chris Davis was arrested for a DUI. The arrest occured in the early morning after the Titans' pre-season game which Davis did not play in due to injury.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Aqib Talib was arrested for simple battery and resisting arrest. No further details are known as of yet.
Chicago Blackhawks F Patrick Kane was arrested after an early morning altercation with a cab driver. Kane reportedly punched the driver and stole the $15 he had previously given to him. The robbery charge is currently considered a felony.
Orlando Magic F Rashard Lewis was suspended for the first 10 games of the 2009-10 season due to an "elevated testosterone level." Lewis took the blame for the positive test and claimed it was from an over-the-counter supplement which contained a banned substance. The second positive test occurred during the NBA Finals.
Philadelphia Eagles DE Juqua Parker was arrested for possession of marijuana just outside of the Eagles training camp. He was reportedly the passenger of a car that was stopped for another reason when his arrest took place.
Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz and Los Angeles Dodgers OF Manny Ramirez supposedly tested positive for steroids during the MLB's "anonymous" league wide test in 2003. This is according to the New York Times; a source of which leaked the names to the paper. Alex Rodriguez previously had his name leaked as well. That leaves 100 MLB players whose names remain safe for the time being. Personally, if the MLB had any credibility (which they don't), they would release the list once the government's done with it so we can all know who did and who didn't take steroids.
Big Ben indeed. Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has been accused of raping an employee of Harrah's Lake Tahoe (hey, I've been there) last summer. The employee claims Harrah's covered up the incident and that she did not go to the police to report it for fear of losing her job. I don't know how much stock I personally take in this story, but Big Ben has more than a few photos of him acting the drunken fool on the internet (and don't forget his motorcycle accident a few years back). Obviously being a drunk doesn't make one a rapist, but the truth in this matter will likely be covered up by a settlement in the near future.
Green Bay Packers DE Johnny Jolly Jr. is once again facing a felony drug charge stemming from an arrest last July. Jolly was in possession of 200 grams of codeine, which is a controlled substance.
ALSO: Five minor leaguers were suspended for 50 games under the MLB substance abuse policy. The five players were in the Dominican Summer League at the time. They included two members of the Phillies organization, two members of the A's, and one from the Angels.
UPDATE: Phoenix Mercury G Diana Taurasi was suspended for two games following her DUI arrest earlier this month. Taurasi is facing three drunk driving charges, including one for "extreme DUI."
Former NBA All-Star Antoine Walker is facing three felony charges for writing bad checks to cover nearly $900,000 in gambling debts. The bad checks were written to three Las Vegas casinos - Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood, and the Red Rock Resort. Walker reportedly paid back just $178,000 of the over $1 million in gambling debts he ran up over a six month period ending in January of '09.
San Diego Chargers rookie RB Curtis Brinkley was multiple times shot at in intersection in Philadelphia. Police have no known motive at this time. Brinkley is a native of Philadelphia, so my guess, if I had to offer one, was someone still had a score to settle with him (gang related, perhaps?).
New York Giants LB Michael Boley was suspended for one game - the first of the 2009 season - for violating the league's personal conduct policy. This suspension stems from a incident in May of 2008 while Boley was a member of the Atlanta Falcons. He was arrested and charged with battery against his wife at that time.
Professional tennis player Mathieu Montcourt was found dead in the stairwell of his Paris apartment building. Montcourt was 24 years old. The interesting part of his early passing is that Montcourt was recently suspended for 5 weeks and fined $12,000 for betting on tennis matches. Could foul play have led to his death? An autopsy is due to be conducted.
Just to show you that the guys don't have all the fun: Diana Taurasi of the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury was arrest on suspicion of a DUI just a few hours after the Mercury's game. Taurasi is leading the team in scoring, and perhaps more importantly, was leading the league in votes for the upcoming WNBA All-Star game.
New York Jets LB Calvin Pace was suspended for the first four games of the 2009 NFL season for violating the league's performance enhancing drug policy. Pace claims that the positive test was from an unknown substance in an over-the-counter supplement he took. He admits to that, but not using steroids.
Cleveland Cavaliers G Tarence Kinsey Jr. was arrested and charged with a DUI. No further details were available.
UPDATE: Cleveland Browns WR Donte Stallworth reached a plea agreement in his manslaughter case and will spend 30 days in jail (yeah, 30 days for killing a man while drinking and driving). NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the NFL is looking into the case for "possible" disciplinary action. Really? Possible action? For a convicted killer? Boy is the NFL ever taking a hard line on criminals these days.
While I normally reserve this spot for incidents involving current players, I would be remiss if I didn't mention the news that a source for the New York Times fingered Sammy Sosa as testing positive for steroids in the "anonymous" tests run in 2003. Why this would actually shock or surprise anyone at this juncture is another question.
Arizona Cardinals TE Ben Patrick has been suspended for the first four games of the NFL season due to a violation of the league's substance abuse policy. Patrick tested positive for the amphetamine Adderall which his agent claims he "literally took one pill one time driving back from Flagstaff to keep him awake." Of course, there is no question to the fact that amphetamines have been the actual performance enhancer of choice for athletes for decades and is why the NFL only recently added them to the banned substance list.
Atlanta Falcons OL Quinn Ojinnaka was arrested and charged with simple battery. "Simple Battery" in this instance was when Ojinnaka and his wife got into an argument over his contact with another female on Facebook, during which Ojinnaka threw his wife down some stairs followed by physically throwing her from of their home.
The celebrity website TMZ reported that New Orleans Saints TE Jeremy Shockey was wheeled out of a party at the Hard Rock Cafe Casino via a strecher while being attended to by paramedics after being found unconscious. Shockey reported was simple "dehydrated."
Miami Dolphins DE Randy Starks was charged with aggravated battery of a police officer after he pinned an officer on foot against another car with his overloaded truck. Starks refused to stop when ordered, then according to the police, intentionally veered his truck so that the officer was caught between Stark's vehicle and another.
Manny being Manny? Los Angeles Dodgers OF Manny Ramirez was suspended 50 games for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs, reportedly in a test taken during spring training. Manny tested positive for the drug hCG, which isn't itself a steroid, but one used to mask steroid usage and is on the MLB's list of prohibited substances. Manny claims he took the drugs on a doctor's orders and not to mask steroid usage. Even if true, he accepted the 50 game suspension without a fight.
Two members of the New Orleans Saints - WR Biren Early and TE Kolomona Kapanui - were arrested for obscenity, disturbing the peace, and lewd conduct mainly for being drunk in public. The pair reportedly urinated in public and then exposed themselves to two women who had told them to stop what they were doing. Classy.
A report on ESPN.com claims that two of the top NFL WR picks for this years draft, Percy Harvin and Brandon Tate, tested positive for marijuana during the combine. The report also states that "only" about a dozen other prospects tested positive for drugs. The same thing occurs nearly every year, and yet with a rare exception does it cost a high valued player from being drafted.
On a similar subject, former Jacksonville Jaguars WR Jimmy Smith was arrested for possession of crack and marijuana during a traffic stop. During his playing days, Smith reportedly was arrested and found to have cocaine in his system, but denied using the drug. I guess he just decided to pick the habit up once he retired, huh?
Buffalo Bills DB Donte Whitner was charged with aggravated disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after an "altercation" at a Cleveland nightclub. Officers at the scene had to use a taser to subdue Whitner who was there to celebrate Miami Dolphins WR Ted Ginn Jr's birthday.
Cincinnati Bengals DB Leon Hall was arrested for a DUI, blowing a .149 on a breath test. Hall plead not guilty to the charges in court.
UPDATE: Buffalo Bills RB Marshawn Lynch was suspended for the first 3 games of the 2009 season due to his recent off-the-field conduct. Lynch is expected to appeal the suspension.
Los Angeles Clippers F Zach Randolph was suspended for two games after being arrested for suspicion of a DUI. He was pulled over at 2:25 am after a game between the Clippers and the L.A. Lakers. Clippers head coach Mike Dunleavy downplayed the incident, implying that since Randolph was traveling from one condo to another a mile or so away, that the DUI wasn't as bad as if Randolph had been out clubbing.
Former Jacksonville Jaguars and current unrestricted free agent WR Reggie Williams was arrested and charged with drug possession after police found what they believed to be a bag of cocaine in Williams' pocket. During the arrest, when two police officers attempted to escort Williams from a bar, Williams needed to be tasered to comply with the officers' request.
UPDATE: Cleveland Browns WR Donte Stallworth surrendered himself to authorites after being charged with DUI manslaughter stemming from Stallworth hitting and killing a person with his car. Reportedly, Stallworth's blood alcohol level was .12, over the .08 state legal limit. Stallworth is not allowed to drive or drink while out on bail.
New Orleans Saints LB Jonathan Vilma's home was the scene of the execution of two men believed to be involved in an internet money scam. At this time, Vilma is not a suspect.
San Francisco Giants P Kelvin Pichardo was suspended for 50 games for testing positive for a banned performance-enhancing substance. Pichardo has yet to pitch in a major league game.
Detroit Pistons G Allen Iverson lost his appeal case in a U.S. Court of Appeals. Iverson lost $260,000 in the case against him for standing by and watching as his bodyguard beat up another man who refused to leave the VIP section of a nightclub to make way for Iverson and his group. The original incident occured in 2005.
UPDATE: It has been reported both by local Miami TV and newspaper that Cleveland Browns WR Donte Stallworth was legally drunk when he hit and killed a pedestrian with his car just a few days ago. Miami police will not yet confirm (or deny) these reports.
New Jersey Nets F Sean Williams was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct and felony criminal mischief after he got into a "verbal altercation" in a cell phone store and threw a computer monitor across the room in anger. Williams was arrested earlier in the year for violating a no-tresspassing order. During that arrest, Williams wrote obscenities rather than his name on both his fingerprint card and trespass warning. Classy.
Houston Rockets F Carl Landry was shot in the leg following a "car accident" that occured sometime after 4am in Houston. No one has been identified or arrested as a result of the shooting.
UPDATE: Jacksonville Jaguars WR Matt Jones was released by the team stemming from his arrest for failing a mandated drug test. How long before another team picks him up, do you suppose?
Cleveland Browns WR Donte Stallworth hit and killed a man with his Bentley in Miami. Stallworth has not been charged with anything (yet) and it is unknown at this time how the accident occurred. One thing - at least Stallworth stayed on the scene unlike Marshawn Lynch who was charged just a few months back with hit-and-run.
What does the NFL's latest $100 million dollar man - Washington Redskins DT Albert Haynesworth - do for his first act with his new team? How about getting indicted for two misdemeanor counts after nearly killing a man with his car? The incident in question occurred in December in which Haynesworth's car, travelling over 100 mph while weaving through highway traffic, clipped another man's car and sent it into the concrete median. That driver had to have hip replacement surgery and currently is unable to walk on his own. Meanwhile Haynesworth, who was busted previously for driving over 100 mph, is hailed as the Redskins' newest savior. Will the NFL dare to punish Haynesworth? Wait and see...
UPDATE: Jacksonville Jaguars WR Matt Jones was arrested for failing a mandatory drug test that was the result of his previous arrest for cocaine. According to his agent, this recent positive test was for alcohol, not any controlled substance. Jones was slapped with a 3 game fine at the end of the 2008 season, we'll just wait and see what the NFL will do to Jones now.
UPDATE: Buffalo Bills RB Marshawn Lynch pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor gun charges against him. He was sentenced to probation. The NFL, of course, has not punished him in any way.
Denver Broncos WR Brandon Marshall was arrested for disorderly conduct. No further details were available at the moment, however this is the fourth time Marshall has been arrested in the past two years. The NFL has dealt with him harshly thus far, suspending him all of one game - the first game of the 2008 season.
UPDATE: Buffalo Bills RB Marshawn Lynch was charged with 3 misdemeanors - possession of a concealed firearm, a loaded firearm, and an unregistered firearm - stemming from his arrest about a week ago. It has also been reported that the police that stopped Lynch occurred because the officer smelled marijuana coming from a parked car. Indeed, four marijuana cigarettes were found upon the search, but no charges were filed due to the discovery of the drugs.
World Champion Pittsburgh Steelers K - yes, kicker - Jeff Reed was cited by police for two misdemeanors, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief, after he became angry because the washroom at a Sheetz convience store did not have any towels available to customers. In a fit of anger, Reed broke the empty towel dispenser while hurling obsenities at store employees and was subsequently arrested for his moronic behavior. Kickers.
Phoenix Suns G Jason Richardson was arrested after reportedly being clocked doing 90 mph in a 35 mph zone (that's 55 mph over the limit - in a residential area). When pulled over, the police found Richardson's 3-year old son in the car - unrestrained (meaning no seat belt or child's seat). The police arrested him and charged him with reckless driving, excessive speeding, and failure to use a child seat. Richardson, it must be noted, was arrested in December for a DUI.
Buffalo Bills RB Marshawn Lynch was arrested on felony possession of a concealed firearm. Little more is known at this time, but Lynch had been arrested in '08 for charges of hit-and-run for which he ultimately paid $100 for since the vicitim's injuries weren't serious.
The hits just keep on comin': Houston Astros SS Miguel Tejada is expected to plead guilty to lying to congressional investigators related to their investigation into the steroid usage of a former teammate while he was a member of the Oakland A's. The prosecutors also charge that Tejada purchased HGH from this unnamed player.
That was fast. New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez admitted in an ESPN interview today that he indeed took steroids during his playing time in Texas ('01-'03). Taking the proto-typical "I did it, I was stupid, I'm sorry" approach that most P.R. people demand today (because the guilible public usually buys it), ARod will likely get off the hook for the incident. His reasoning for doing it: he felt pressured after signing that $252 million contract. Believe it, or not.
Former Atlanta Falcons RB and current ESPN analyst Jamal Anderson was arrested for felony possession of cocaine and marijuana. ESPN had no comment on the situation.
Welcome to the party, Alex Rodriguez. According to an article posted on SportsIllustrated.com, Alex Rodriguez - the beloved/hated ARod - tested positive for steroids during the MLB's supposedly "anonymous" drug testing in 2003. This testing was conducted in secret to see if there indeed was a steroid problem in baseball and if further testing/punishment was needed. According to the MLB's Magic 8 Ball, all signs pointed to "yes."
Here's a great little article, courtesy of ESPN.com, that details how one leg of the FBI's investigation into steroids in baseball was started. Amazingly, at first, it had nothing to do with Bonds, Clemens, et. al., but rather former Baltimore Orioles OF Larry Bigbie.
In case you've missed it, both Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are getting deeper in legal hot water. Reportedly, Bonds court documents will be unsealed today. They will reveal that an "anonymous" test the MLB ran in 2003 which included Bonds was retested by the feds after it was seized in 2004 and will show that he was indeed using steroids. As for Clemens, his DNA was found in syringes that his former trainer turned over to the feds. This should not shock anyone. If baseball fans and the "hallowed" Baseball Writers of America didn't bury their collective heads in the sand for so long, steroids would have been driven out of baseball long before this ever came to a head.
New Orleans Saints LB Jonathan Vilma was arrested on charges of reckless driving and resisting arrest. Vilma claims he was on his way to the airport and has no idea what led to the traffic stop. He plans to fight the charges against him.
This is shaping up to be one helluva year: New York Knicks C Eddy Curry was, well...I'm not sure what to make of this article in the NY Post. You decide for yourself.
Dallas Cowboys LB Anthony Spencer was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and public intoxication after refusing to leave the Have A Nice Day Cafe in Indianapolis (hey, I've been there!).
San Diego Chargers WR Vincent Jackson was arrested on suspicion of DUI. While no further details are available now, Jackson was already on probation for a previous DUI. That's one way of celebrating a playoff win in which you had zero receptions.
World Series Champion Philadelphia Phillies P J.C. Romero, who happened to win both Games 3 & 5 for the club, was suspended for the first 50 games of the 2009 season for violating the league's performance enhancing drug policy. At the same time, New York Yankees P Sergio Mitre had the same suspension handed down to him for the same reason.
Both Romero and Mitre deny he took anything above and beyond an over-the-counter suppliment (in Romero's case, he claims that the MLB had already approved the unnamed suppliment in question. If he's being honest, then he is clearly being wronged). However, on the flip side, Mitre is admitting that the blame falls on him for the responsibility for what he took. What's bothersome is that the most common response to any sort of positive drug test with performance enhancers today is "it was a tainted suppliment." One can only hear that excuse so much before it begins to lose credibility.
Former NBA All-Star Charles Barkley was arrested on suspicion of a DUI last night. While I normally don't report on ex-pro athletes, I added this simply because it's been an usually slow month for athletes and arrests. But you shouldn't worry about Sir Charles. If he doesn't have a gambling problem because "he can afford it," then he likely doesn't have a drinking problem either because "he can handle it."
New York Jets DE Shaun Ellis was arrested with possession of marijuana, speeding, and driving without insurance after being pulled over by police last weekend. The incident occurred on Saturday and - of course - Ellis was allowed to play on Sunday. Jets coach Eric Mangini claimed Ellis was disciplined by the team "internally" and, due to team rules, could not further explain the team's actions with regards to Ellis.
The NFL finally manned up and suspended six players - New Orleans RB Duece McAllister, New Orleans D-linemen Will Smith & Charles Grant, the Minnesota Vikings D-line duo Kevin Williams and Pat Williams, and Houston Texans Longsnapper Bryan Pittman - four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy. This had been an ongoing investigation into the use of a banned substance often used to mask steroid usage.
UPDATE: In an odd turn of events, the NFL suspended New York Giants WR Plaxico Burress for four games due to his recent gun troubles. This comes one day after the league allowed him to return to the team.
More NY Giants and guns: New York Giants WR Steve Smith was reportedly robbed at gun point outside his home. Smith was not injured in the robbery and an investigation is ongoing.
UPDATE: Giants WR Plaxico Burress was indeed arrested for two gun related charges. The NFL allowed Burress to rejoin the Giants as soon as he was released from custody after posting bail.
New York Giants WR Plaxico Burress was taken to a hospital after he "accidentally" shot himself in the leg. The incident occurred at the Latin Quarter nightclub in New York. Burress faces a potential arrest should he be unlicensed to carry a concealed firearm (among other things). The NFL, of course, will not act until the police complete their investigation.
In perhaps the worst hiring move in professional sports history, the Tampa Bay Lightning hired Rick Tocchet as head coach after former ESPN analyst Barry Melrose was fired 16 games into the season. It should not be forgotten that Tocchet was arrested and convicted for running a sports gambling operation just 2 years ago. He was also suspended by the league for his actions. The NHL claims it has no worries about Tocchet's hiring. But then again, can the NHL have any credibility any more, either?
New York Giants T Kareem MacKenzie was arrested for a DUI Thursday night. No further details are known as of yet, though of course he will be allowed to play Sunday.
Atlanta Falcons DT Grady Jackson has filed suit against the manufacturer of StarCaps insisting that the company did not list the diuretic Bumetanide in the ingredients. Jackson, along with Saints G Jamar Nesbit, are seeking to recoup loss of wages from NFL suspensions relating to testing positive for said diuretic. Approximately 6 other NFLers have also tested positve for Bumetanide - which supposedly can help a player mask steroid usage - but no others have recieved discipline from the league.
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Santonio Holmes was charged with a misdemeanor marijuana possession when stopped by police for a traffic violation. Holmes admitted to the officer of having marijuana, pointing out the blunts in his car. Holmes has had 2 other incidents with the law since joining the NFL in 2006. In fact, Holmes has the honor of being the first pro athlete listed here on thefixisin.net for violating the law. Keep up the good work, Santonio!
UPDATE: Kansas City Chiefs RB Larry Johnson was not arrested a 3rd time for assault, but rather a 4th time since joining the NFL. This latest arrest, which occurred on Oct. 15th came after he threatened to kill a woman's boyfriend, then spit his drink on her. Class act, that LJ. And still, no action from the new "hard line" NFL.
UPDATE: Jacksonville Jaguars WR Matt Jones was suspended 3 games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy stemming from his felony cocaine arrest during the preseason. It took the league 3 months to act upon this, and note, they are not acting upon a positive drug test, but an arrest.
New York Yankees P Joba Chamberlain was arrested in Nebraska for allegedly DUI, speeding, and having an open container of alcohol. No further details were available.
UPDATE: Dallas Cowboys CB Adam "Pacman" Jones reportedly entered a program to deal with an alcohol problem. Shocking, right?
Kansas City Chiefs RB Larry Johnson was charged with assault after pushing a woman at a nightclub. While it seems to be a rather minor incident, this is the 3rd time Johnson has been charged with assault since 2003.
Minnesota Timberwolves G Sebastian Telfair was suspended for a whopping 3 games by the NBA as a result of pleading guilty to criminal possession of a weapon stemming from an arrest in April of '07. I don't know about you, but I feel both safer since the suspension and that Telfair will get the message about illegal firearms by missing 3 NBA games.
Dallas Cowboys CB Adam "Don't call me Pacman" Jones was suspended "indefinitely" by the NFL stemming from the alcohol influenced "fight" Jones got into with one of his own bodyguards. No one should be surprised by this.
UPDATE: Jacksonville Jaguars WR Matt Jones has been allowed to him to enter a drug rehab program and work with Florida doctors that could erase his felony drug charge if completed. He is supposed to undergo counseling and random drug testing for the rest of the season. However, the NFL has yet to act on Jones' arrest, but it's not surprising as Jones has been Jacksonville's #1 WR all season.
Chicago Bears OL Terrence Metcalf was suspended for 4 games for violating the NFL's performance enhancing drug policy. As Bears' head coach Lovie Smith said, "It's something that happens."
Cincinnati Bengals LB Darryl Blackstock was suspended by the NFL for four games for testing positive for a banned performance enhancing substance. Blackstock claims the "nutritional suppliment" he took contained the unnamed banned substance.
Go figure, O.J. Simpson got sent up the river for armed robbery.
Former Denver Broncos RB Travis Henry was arrested as being part of a "large" cocaine deal by the US Drug Enforcement Agency. Details still are forthcoming, however, you can understand Henry's situation - he has reportedly fathered 9 children with 9 different women. After being cut for his "lack of committment" by the Broncos, he had to do something to pay child support, didn't he?
UPDATE: Denver Broncos WR Brandon Marshall was officially charged with two counts of simple battery (against his ex-girlfriend) from his arrest back in March. The NFL reduced his recent suspension from 3 games down to 1, but now the NFL says it's "monitoring the situation" regarding Marshall, as if they intend to do anything further to him should he be found guilty of the charges.
UPDATE: Miami Heat #2 overall picks in this year's draft Michael Beasley was fined $50,000 for being a part of the incident that cost both Mario Chalmers and Darrell Arthur $20,000 in the NBA's rookie camp. Beasley, who was not originally named as being a part of this minor scandal, admitted to being part of "the incident" after refusing to cooperate with NBA investigators. Reportedly, none of the 3 players will face a suspension.
Dallas Mavericks F Josh Howard was caught on camera at Allen Iverson's charity flag football game as saying - during the National Anthem - "I don't celebrate this sh*t. I'm black." Nice. This comes on the heels of Howard's arrest for illegal street racing. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban - perhaps a bigger knob than Howard - said in response to this incident hitting the internet, "Josh is a really good guy with a great heart. He just doesn't do a good job of showing that side of himself publicly." No shit.
Oakland Raiders DT Tommy Kelly was arrested for a DUI early Monday just hours after the Raiders beat the Kansas City Chiefs. Kelly had just signed a $50 million deal with the team this past offseason.
Atlanta Falcons S Lawyer Malloy was arrested for DUI and speeding just a few hours after the Falcons lost to the Buccaneers. Milloy was a key defensive player for the Patriots during their 3 Super Bowl victories.
UPDATE: Denver Broncos WR Brandon Marshall's 3 game suspension was lowered to just one game. Commissioner Roger Goodell's crackdown on off-the-field incidents is officially over (like it ever began).
Apparently race car drivers think they are athletes as champion NASCAR Truck Series driver Ron Hornaday acknowledged that he received shipments of testosterone (and potentially HGH) over a two year period. Hornaday claimed he didn't know what he was using was a steroid. NASCAR, in their infinite wisdom, can't say for sure if Hornaday violated the racing league's drug policy.
UPDATE: Jaguars OT Richard Collier appears to be ready to make a fully recovery from his recent shooting wounds. However, police feel Collier was specifically targeted in the attack.
UPDATE: Both Darrell Arthur and Mario Chalmers claim there was no marijuana in their room (however they do admit to having guests in their room against league rules). And the police were called to the scene, yet when they arrived they found no sign of drugs on site - but a representative from the Players' Union was also on site by the time the police arrived. You can make your own assumptions from there.
Memphis Grizzlies F Darrell Arthur and Miami Heat G Mario Chalmers - both members of the Kansas Jayhawks 2008 NCAA championship team - were caught at the NBA's rookie "transition program" with marijuana. Both players were immediately sent home and fined $20,000. Further sanctions against them are forthcoming, claims the NBA. However, despite marijuana being illegal in all 50 US states, neither player was turned over to authorities or arrested.
Jacksonville Jaguars OT Richard Collier was shot while in a car outside an apartment building at approximately 2:45 am. He suffered life threatening wounds. Collier is the 3rd NFL player to be shot in the past 18 month. The previous two - Sean Taylor and Darrent Williams - both died from their wounds.
More Olympic fun. Did Michael Phelps really win his 7th gold medal by 0.01 of a second? Some are inclined to believe otherwise. Check this out: www.001ofasecond.com
China & the Olympics. So let me get this straight. The little girl lip-sync'd the anthem at the opening ceremonies because the real singer had buck teeth and wasn't "pretty" enough to be featured so prominently. The fireworks were digitally altered because the smog level "might" have been too high for TV viewers to see them as they "really" were. And NBC was complacent in all of this. But again, nothing like this would/could happen here in the USA and with a major professional sports league, right?
Oh, and the Chinese "womens" gymnastic team were all the proper age to compete, right? That little post on one of China's news websites that listed one of the team members age as being 13 earlier this year (which was promptly removed when outside sources discovered it) was innaccurate, right? You couldn't cheat on a worldwide level and get away with it, could you?
And they say Communism is dying. Don't you believe it.
Denver Broncos WR Brandon Marshall was suspended for the first 3 games of the 2008 season for violating the NFL's "personal conduct code." Marshall had been arrested on 3 separate occasions between March 2007 and March 2008. The league does not require a conviction on any charge before suspending a player, and Marshall has yet to be convicted on any count.
Dallas Mavericks F Josh Howard was arrested for engaging in some street racing. Howard was charged with speeding, careless & reckless driving, and speed competition.
New England Patriots OL Nick Kaczur was arrested back in April of '08 and new reports claim that at the time of his arrest, Kaczur had over 200 OxyContin pills in his possession. Kaczur faces a misdemeanor charge stemming from the arrest, but more interestingly, he worked with the feds to capture the "doctor" that was alledgedly supplying him with the pills. Kaczur, of course, has yet to face any public discipline from either the NFL or the Patriots.
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Matt Jones was arrested and faces a felony drug charge when police caught him cutting up cocaine with a credit card in an SUV. Where's that "strong" drug testing policy the NFL likes to hype now?
Baltimore Ravens CB Derrick Martin was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor of "drug abuse." He has caught going through airport security carrying three small packets of marijuana.
New England Patriots DB Willie Andrews was arrested a second time in two months, this time for pointing a handgun at his girlfriend's head after an argument. He was charged with illegal possession of a "large capacity firearm" and assault with a dangerous weapon. The Patriots are looking into the matter (or to read between the lines, they are deciding whether Andrews and his salary are worth keeping on the roster compared against his mounting criminal record).
Tennessee Tians DE Jevon Kearse was arrested and charged with a DUI early Sunday morning. Kearse refused to take a breathalyzer test. No more is known at this time.
Arizona Cardinals RB J.J. Arrington was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after a late-night fight broke out in a North Carolina nightclub.
Former Cincinnati Bengals WR Chris Henry was suspended "indefiniately" by the NFL pending the results of his upcoming assault trial. If convicted, Henry - whose been arrested 5 times in the past year or so - faces a one year suspension. Of course, if acquitted, Henry could be right back in the league on another team.
Atlanta Falcons S Daren Stone was arrested for a DUI. No further information was immediately available.
UPDATE: The Chicago Bears released RB Cedric Benson after his second DUI (one in a car, the other in a boat). How long until Ced-B is back on another team? Guesses, anyone?
Tennessee Titans LB Ryan Fowler is reportedly facing a 4-game suspension under the NFL's drug policy. The league claimed it had evidence that Fowler "purchased, used, or supplied" performance enhancing drugs. However, according to NFL policy, Fowler should not be facing such a penalty for his first offense (if that indeed is what this is). Fowler's attorney spoke on the player's behalf, claiming Fowler never tested positive and all of this is based on "unsubstantiated accusations."
Dallas Cowboys WR Terrell Owens was placed in the NFL's "reasonable cause" drug testing program according to ESPN.com. Though having never tested positive for any drug (at least one that was announced to the public) Owens is supposed to undergo more testing than usual due to this new status.
Chicago Bears RB Cedric Benson was arrested on a DUI charge early Saturday morning in Austin, TX. This is Benson's second arrest for a DUI in recent weeks. The first stemmed from a DUI while boating charge, also occurring in Texas in early May.
Buffalo Bills RB Marshawn Lynch's SUV was involved in a hit-and-run accident that injured a women. The car was identified at the scene and was subsequently found in Lynch's driveway a short time later. Police are investigating to find who was behind the wheel at the time of the accident.
Chicago Bulls F Joakim Noah was arrested for possession of marijuana and having an open container of alcohol. Perhaps this will give the NBA "probable cause" to actually perform some drug testing on Noah as that is about the only way the NBA tests its players for drugs.
The New England Patriots officially have gotten away with years of cheating by stealing their opponents' signals as Commissioner Roger Goodell ended what was moronically known as "Spygate." Yet another in a laundry list of troubles the NFL has swept under the rug while sports "reporters" toe the league's company line and do no further investigation on their own. I'll bet they'll still even refer to Belichick as a coach "genius" after learning about his underhanded signal stealing.
Seattle Seahawks LB Lofa Tatupu was charged with a DUI. Though no details of the arrest are available at this time, Tatupu did both a .155 and a .158 over an hour and a half after being arrested and taken to the police station.
New England Patriots DB Willie Andrews entered a plea on a marijuana possession charge. He was arrested back in Feb. with $6800 in cash and about 1/2 pound of marijuana on him. He will have to pay a $1000 fine, serve some community service and enter the NFL's substance abuse program.
Atlanta Falcons LB Michael Boley was arrested and charged with battery. No further details are currently available.
Chicago Bears RB Cedric Benson was arrested for operating a boat while intoxicated and then resisting arrest after refusing to further cooperate with authorities. He was then pepper sprayed following an argument on the boat. Both charges are misdemeanors.
Newly acquired Detroit Lions (and recent member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers) S Kalvin Pearson was arrested on domestic violence charges including the felonies of aggrevated battery of a pregnant woman and domestic battery by strangulation. He was also charged with the misdemeanor of obstructing an officer without force. But make sure you read that clearly - he was charged with strangling his pregnant girlfriend.
Indianapolis Colts RB Kenton Keith was arrested and charged with 4 misdemeanors early Sunday. Keith was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting law enforcement, public intoxication, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Keith's only defense when the police repeatedly attempted to arrest him was calling out, "I'm a Colts player!" Apparently the police on the scene were upset the Colts failed to repeated their Super Bowl appearance.
Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony was arrested early in the morning on a suspected DUI. Reports say his car was spotted weaving and that he fail field sobreity tests.
Cleveland Browns DB Kenny Wright was arrested after leading police on a quarter mile foot chase that began in the police station parking lot. Wright was arrested on misdemeanor charges of unlawful restraint, evading arrest, and possession of marijuana.
Cincinnati Bengals WR Chris Henry was arrested (yet again) and charged with misdemeanor assault and criminal damaging after alledgedly punching an 18-year old and breaking the same person's car window with a beer bottle. Henry was also charged with allowing underage persons to drink alcohol in the hotel room he had rented.
Subsequent to this incident, the Bengals released Henry from their team (though they kept him on the roster last year after being arrested multiple times and serving the first half of the season under league-imposed suspension).
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Cedric Wilson was charged with assaulting his ex-girlfriend as well as harassment and disorderly conduct stemming from the incident which occurred inside a Pittsburgh area restaurant. Wilson was immediately cut from the Steelers' roster. However, another Steeler, this time linebacker James Harrison was arrested also on charges of domestic abuse less than two weeks prior to Wilson's arrest. Harrison was NOT cut from the Steelers, but rather had his actions defended by none other than Steelers owner Dan Rooney.
Rooney said, "What Jimmy Harrison was doing and how the incident occurred, what he was trying to do was really well worth it. He was doing something that was good, wanted to take his son to get baptized where he lived and things like that. She said she didn't want to do it." According to the police report, Harrison broke down his girlfriend's door, ripped the cellphone from her hand as she attempted to dial 911 and broke it, then struck her. That's doing a good thing, apparently.
Charges against Harrison were later dropped due to his agreement to enter domestic abuse counceling and because Harrison's victim did not wish to further pursue the charges (as is often the case in incidents of domestic abuse).
Carolina Panthers WR Dwayne Jarrett was arrested for a suspected DUI in Charlotte at 3 am. The arresting officer claimed to see Jarrett swerve over the center line and run a red light. Jarrett then failed a field sobriety test. The results of his blood test were not released.
Denver Broncos DT Marcus Thomas was arrested after the pick-up truck in which he was a passenger was pulled over for a suspected DUI. Police found cocaine - which Thomas claimed no knowledge of - and a handgun in the glove box - which Thomas also wasn't aware of. But his buddy, the driver, must not be the best of influences.
St. Louis Cardinals IF Scott Spiezio was charged on 6 different counts including DUI and assault stemming from an incident in December of '07. Spiezio was subsequently cut from the Cardinals. However, the Cardinals continue to employ another DUI case - namely manager Tony LaRussa who recently claimed that he didn't believe Mark McGwire used steriods. That LaRussa's one class act.
Buffalo Bills WR Roscoe Parrish was arrested for a DUI at 4:30 am in Miami. No further details were available.
Montreal Canadiens D Ryan O'Byrne and RW Tom Kostopoulos were both arrested on separate incidents. O'Byrne allegedly stole a woman's purse at a nightclub in Tampa Bay while Kostopoulos was resisting an officer at the same location. Way to make headlines, NHL!
Buffalo Bills DE Anthony Hargrove was suspended for all of the 2008 season without pay for his 3rd violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy. Hargrove had a previous run-in with the law in August of 2007, after pleading guilty to a count of disorderly conduct. Hopefully he can fall back on that fine Georgia Tech education he received during his season off.
Former San Francisco 49ers DE Dana Stubblefield plead guilty to one count of lying to federal agents when asked about his use of performance enhancing substances he received via BALCO. Thank God the NFL doesn't have any sort of steroid problem like baseball does, huh?
New England Patriots WR Randy Moss had a temporary restraining order filed against him due to his alleged "assault" of a woman he has reportedly known for 11 years. Details of the "incident" that led to this action is currently a he said/she said thing. More on this will be forecoming, I'm sure.
Hey, Major League Baseball's long awaited "Mitchell Report" came out in case you didn't hear. Amazingly, it revealed nothing new - as all league "investigations" inevitabilly do. I've offer you the link to the actual report, but you'd be wasting your time reading this pathetic P.R. offering.
Minnesota Vikings S Dwight Smith was cited for a misdemeanor for possession of marijuana after being stopped in his car for impeding traffic at a downtown Minneapolis intersection.
UPDATE: Michael Vick will actually serve time. He was sentenced to 23 months today, yet of course ESPN's had the utmost class to ask the Falcons' owner if Vick will ever come back to the team. What the F*@^ do you think, ESPN?
UPDATE: Barry Bonds pleaded "not guilty" to the multiple perjury charges against him today. Uh, did anyone tell Barry that he's not dealing with Pedro Gomez in this case?
Baltimore Orioles OF Jay Gibbons and newly signed Kansas City Royals OF Jose Guillen (nice acquisition there, KC) were both suspended for 15 games for violating the MLB's drug policy for performance enhancers. Neither tested positive, but were given the suspension due to evidence suggesting they purchased HGH in the past. Other players with similar accusations (like Rick Ankiel, Gary Matthews Jr., and Troy Glaus) were given a free pass.
Minnesota Vikings DE Ray Edwards was suspended 4 games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, reportedly for steroids.
WOW. NO MAJOR CRIMINAL ACTIVITY IN PRO SPORTS IN NOVEMBER. WHAT GIVES?
UPDATE: Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss was suspended for 2 games (how that actually affects anything, I'd like to know) and was fined $25,000 (again, big deal) as a result of his DUI arrest back at the end of May. Way to be pro-active, Commissioner Stern.
According to various reports, Jacksonville Jaguar DT Marcus Stroud is to be suspended for 4 game for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. Though the 3 time Pro Bowler has officially been suspended, the Jaguars have already signed a replacement DT to the team.
San Diego Padres OF Mike Cameron was suspended for the first 25 games of the 2008 season for a 2nd positive test for a MLB banned stimulant. Cameron claims the positive came from a "tainted nutritional supplement" he was using, but since he used it all up, he couldn't test the supplement to see if his suspicious are correct. And he wanted to make it clear that this wasn't a suspension for steriods. Just so you know.
Cleveland Indians P Paul Byrd was found to have ordered and accepted $25,000 worth of HGH between 2002-05. Byrd claims to have a doctor's prescription for it. Maybe he did, however MLB claims they have no records for such a request. On a similar note, I've never been given a prescription that made me fork out $25,000 for medication. Especially illegal medication that I have to get shipped to me from another state.
ESPN.com is reporting that Denver Broncos RB Travis Henry tested positive for some illegal substance and is facing a year long suspension from the NFL for violating its substance abuse policy. Henry is fighting the NFL in court, trying to block them from testing his "B" sample to confirm the positive result. He claims he was improperly tested. Henry served a 4 game suspension in 2005.
UPDATE: Chicago Bears LB Lance Briggs pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a property damage accident and failure to report an accident as a result of his September single car accident. He must now serve 120 hours of community service and will be under court supervision for one year.
The New York Knicks and head coach Isiah Thomas lost the sexual harassment case against them and are now obligated to pay $11.4 million in damages. Despite the abhorrent behavior of both Thomas and other members of the Knicks, NBA Commissioner Stern has not (and most likely will not) subjected the offending parties to any sort of league penalty.
UPDATE: Toronto Maple Leafs Mark Bell's "indefinite" suspension has been lowered to 15 games. League rules supposedly stipulate that a player's second offense against the substance abuse policy (which this is Bell' second time) should result in an automatic 60 game suspension. But since Bell faces jail time, the NHL and the Players Assoication felt 15 games was punishment enough.
Indiana Pacers F Shawne Williams was arrested on marijuana possession and a couple of driving violations including driving without a license. As for the two other passengers in Williams car, the front seat passenger was also arrested on marijuana charges and the backseat passenger was arrested for carrying a gun without a license as well as theft as that 9mm in his pocket had been reported stolen from someone in TN.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR David Boston was released by the team after police had found him slumped over the wheel of his running SUV on August 23rd. Why the long wait? Because it wasn't until today that the police got his urine tests back from that night which found GHB (the date rape drug) in his system. GHB is believed to have some positive body building effects.
Toronto Maple Leafs F Mark Bell was suspended by the NHL "indefinitely" and upgraded to "Stage 2" of their substance abuse program after his plea of "no contest" resulting from a September '06 hit-and-run car accident in which Bell was found to have a blood alcohol content of nearly twice the legal limit (0.15).
Here's an odd one: Current Dallas Cowboys (and former Chicago Bear) quarterbacks coach (and former NFL quarterback) Wade Wilson admitted that he bought and used performance enhancing drugs. Wilson was suspended by the NFL for 5 games (not the typical 4 for some reason) and fined $100K. This all resulted from the on-going investigation by the Albany NY D.A.'s office into the illegal online pharmaceuctial ring that was distributing performance enhancing drugs nationwide.
Wilson claimed he used the drugs to treat his diabetes, and not to supply other NFL players. Quote Wilson, "The idea that I was trying to get this [the drugs] for anyone else is absolutely ludicrous." Because we all know that the best way to treat diabetes is to self medicate with performance enhancing drugs, and not seek the advice of a medical professional.
New England Patriots S Rodney Harrison was suspended for 4 games for violating the NFL's drug policy. Harrion admitted to using HGH, which is a banned substance in the NFL. Note, however, that the NFL does not (and cannot) test for HGH because there is no agreed upon testing method for the suppliment. Harrison's admission to using the drug came from his name being linked to other investigations into an alledged steroid ring.
Houston Rockets G Rafer Alston was arrested on felony assault charges after allegedly stabbing a man at a NY nightclub. This is Alston's second arrest, having 3 weeks earlier being charged with public intoxication and a misdemeanor assault in Houston.
Chicago Bears LB Lance Briggs was charged with leaving the scene of an accident after his Lamborghini was found crashed alongside a Chicago highway in the wee hours of the morning. Briggs stated that he "panicked" immediately after crashing his car (under the influence, perhaps?) and called police reporting the car stolen (which is a felony for filling a false police report). However Chicago police claim they never received such a report. So far, Briggs has only been issued 3 driving citations.
UPDATE: Not like you need this website to tell you this, but Michael Vick pleaded guilty to federal charges of dogfighting. The NFL issued an immediate and indefinite suspension for Vick (but what are the chances that's lifted in a year or two?). Strangly, overlooked in this case is the obvious gambling implications since Vick's cronies admitted that Vick financed all of the ring's gambling. Vick's guilty plea leaves all that out, and since he's cut a deal, it will remain out of any charges against him. Note that the NFL and all its media stooges leave this fact out of discussions of Vick and his future in football.
UPDATE: Former Phoenix Coyotes Assistant Coach Rick Tocchet was given 2 years probation for his involvment in a gambling ring. The NHL has yet to decide what punishment they'll give to Tocchet because they're still "investigating" the matter.
A rare hockey entry: NHL brothers Eric & Jordan Staal were both arrested for disorderly conduct and obstructing the legal process. The incident occurred during the older brother's (Eric) bachelor party.
Again with the NFL defensive backs: Atlanta Falcons (as if they haven't had enough issues) CB Jimmy Williams was arrested on a marijuana possession charge. Williams maintains his innocence in this case.
Florida Marlins P Scott Olsen was arrested on charges of DUI, resisting an officer and fleeing and eluding police. The incident reportedly occurred around 3:40 am, and ended when Olsen drove to his home (while the police were chasing him), got out of his car and sat on a lawn chair in front of his home. When police tried to arrest him, Olsen attempted to kick one of the officers and was promptly subdued with a stun gun. Olsen was coming off a 2 day team suspension for conduct determental to the team (of course, the suspension didn't interfere with his scheduled start).
Oakland Raiders S Jarrod Cooper was suspended for 4 games for violating the NFL's steroid abuse policy.
Not that you needed this humble website to tell you, but Atlanta Falcons QB Michael Vick was indicted by a federal grand jury for his dogfighting escapades. Read all the gory details of the federal indictment here.
UPDATE: Sacramento Kings F Ron Artest and Golden State Warrior G Stephen Jackson were both suspended by the NBA for the first 7 games of the upcoming season due to their recent run-ins with the law. The collective bargaining agreement for the NBA mandates a minimum of a 10 game suspension for a 'no-conest plea' or a conviction in a violent felony case. Since neither met these conditions, they only received a 7 game suspension.
Miami Dolphins WR Chris Chambers was arrested for a DUI as well as speeding and reckless driving. No further details are available.
St. Louis Rams CB Fakhir Brown was suspended by the NFL for 4 games for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Seriously, what's the deal with defensive backs in the NFL? Why are so many of them getting into trouble with the league?
Here's a new one: Former All-Pro lineman and (now) former NFL broadcaster Bill Maas was arrested and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use of a weapon after being pulled over by an officer who found a .22 caliber revolver, small amounts of suspected marijuana and cocaine, and 28 Ecstacy pills in Maas's car.
A rare NASCAR entry (okay, it's just the Truck Series, but still...): NASCAR Truck Series driver Aaron Fike was arrested in the parking lot of King's Island amusement park for possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia. He was in 8th place in total points in the Craftsman Truck Series.
San Diego Chargers LB Anthony Waters was arrested for a misdemeanor assault and battery charges. He may have had a good reason, as some moron reportedly threw a rock through his car window which lead to the aforementioned altercation.
Detroit Tigers IF Neifi Perez was suspended by MLB for 25 games for violating the league's new stimulant rule. This must've been Perez's 2nd positive test, because under the rule, players only recieve counseling for the 1st offense. He's only the 2nd player to be suspended by MLB this year for performance-enhancing substances.
Denver Broncos DE Kenny Peterson was suspended for 4 games for violating the NFL's steroid policy.
Tampa Bay Buccanners DB Torrie Cox was suspended for 4 games for violation the NFL's substance abuse policy. Cox was charged twice for a DUI in a 9 month period in 2005. He is appealing the suspension.
New Oakland Raiders RB Dominic Rhohes was suspended for 4 games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy (of course, he can still attend training camp and play in all of the Raiders' pre-season games). Although the NFL won't reveal what substance a player is suspended for, Rhodes plead guilty to reckless driving in March and was sentenced to 180 days in jail, with 178 of those being suspended. And back in '02, Rhodes was charged with domestic battery in an incident involving his child's mother. Rhodes managed to avoid prosecution in that case.
Here's a first: L.A. Lakers owner Jerry Buss was arrested for a DUI. The 74 year old was stopped after traveling the wrong way down a one-way street. No other information about the arrest was given, however he did have a 23-year old female passenger in the vehicle with him at the time of the arrest.
Former NHL player and assistant coach of the Phoenix Coyotes Rick Tocchet has plead guilty to running a sports gambling ring, well, to be precise, guilty to charges of conspiracy to promote gambling and promoting gambling. These charges rarely carry a jail sentence for first time offenders. His sentencing isn't until August. Of course, Tocchet's lawyer has said that "this was not an organized crime hockey ring because there was no betting of any kind on professional hockey." The lawyer went on to say, "Rick Tocchet was not involved with fixing hockey games."
Tampa Bay Devil Rays OF Elijah Dukes had a restraining order filed against him by his wife after bursting into a middle-school room where she was teaching. Reportedly, Dukes also left death threats on her cell phone along with sending her a photo of a hand gun. When questioned about the incident by a newspaper reporter, Dukes declined to comment saying "I've got a video game to finish."
New York Jets CB (what's with the cornerbacks in football?) Justin Miller was arrested and charged with 3rd degree assault after alledgedly punching a woman in a NYC nightclub. Supposedly, he was swinging at another man and missed, hitting the woman instead. He was apprehended after a police chase. Miller was the Jets sole Pro Bowl player in 2006.
Cincinnati Bengals LB A.J. Nicholson was arrested on a 4th degree domestic violence charge which is a misdemeanor. Nicholson is already on a 2 year probation. He is the first Bengal arrested since the new NFL Commissioner's "crackdown." The Bengals had gone nearly 4 months without an arrest.
Seattle Mariners RP Julio Mateo was arrested on a charge of third degree assault following a dispute with a woman in a NY hotel. He was subsequently suspended by the team for 10 days.
UPDATE: Now former San Deigo Chargers LB Steve Foley has plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of driving with a blood-alcohol level above the state legal limit the night he was shot by an off-duty police officer. He was sentenced to 5 year probation and ordered to pay $1750 fine as well as appear at a M.A.D.D. event. Of course, Foley is now suing the officer who shot him seeking damages from the cop as well as the city of Coronado. Foley has been arrested 5 times since 1999.
UPDATE: Ron Artest plead "no contest" to his domestic violence charge from March of this year. He was sentenced to 100 hours of community service, a 10 day work project, had the restraining order filed against him modified, and was fined $600.
San Francisco Giants Hall-of-Famer Orlando Cepeda was arrested but not charged after being pulled over doing 83 mph in a 65 mph zone. The arresting officer smelled marijuana. A resulting search found the offending weed, a hypodermic needle and found a usable amount of a white powder substance (most likely cocaine or methamphetamine). Cepeda currently works for the Giants as a community liaison and speaks to at-risk children about the dangers of drugs.
Boston Celtics G Sebastian Telfair was arrested after being stopped for speeding when the police discovered a loaded handgun under his seat. Telfair was doing 77 mph in a 45 mph zone and did not have a valid driver's license. Telfair claimed to know nothing about the gun. While with Portland in 2006, Telfair was questioned after a handgun - belonging to his girlfriend, no less - was found in a pillowcase aboard the team's plane.
St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor DUI after being found asleep at the wheel of his running SUV at a traffic light. He was booked at about 4 am after testing with a .093 blood alcohol level.
New Miami Dolphins LB Joey Porter was issued a summons for a misdemeanor battery charge after alledgely punching Cincinnati Bengal OL Levi Jones outside the Palms casino in Las Vegas. The "fight" stemmed from supposed trash talk at a blackjack table inside the casino.
UPDATE: Chicago Bears DT "Tank" Johnson was sentenced to 120 days for violating his probation. No word has been given yet if the NFL will suspend him at all.
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Charles Sharon was charged with grand theft of a firearm as well as carrying a concealed firearm. Both are 3rd degree felonies. Also found at the time of the arrest was marijuana in a Jaguar duffle bag, however Sharon's friend there at the time claimed it was his.
UPDATE: Cincinnati Bengals WR Chris Henry was sentenced to 2 whole days in prision for an alcohol related charge stemming from an arrest in Janurary of '06.
Seattle Seahawks (but current free agent) TE Jeramy Stevens was arrested and charged with a DUI as well as possession of marijuana. Stevens has already plead guilty to reckless driving in 2003 (and served 2 days in jail for it) and -- even better -- in 2000 while a student at Washington, he served 5 days for violating his probation when he drove his car into a nursing home.
Detroit Pistons G Lindsey Hunter was suspended for 10 games after testing positive for phentermine which is used primarily for weight loss. Despite this, it is listed by the NBA as a steriod or a performance enhancing drug. Oddly enough, the NBA will release what "performance enhancing" drug a player was suspended for, but refuses to do so for those pesky "non-performance enhancing" drugs a majority of its suspensions are for.
Sacramento Kings F Ron Artest was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and for using force or violence to prevent his victim from reporting a crime. Luckily, Artest just cleared probation resulting from when he fought with Detroit Piston fans in the stands last season.
A pair of Indiana Pacers -- Jamaal Tinsley and Marquis Daniels -- were arrested for their alledged roles in a Feb. 6th bar fight. Tinsley was indicted by a grand jury for felony intimidation as well as a few related misdemeanors for good measure. Daniels was just charged with battery and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors.
Newly aquired Oakland Raiders (and recent member of the Super Bowl XLI champs Indianapolis Colts) RB Dominic Rhodes was arrest for a DUI after being clocked doing over 80 mph in a 55 mph zone at 3 am. This isn't Rhodes first run in with the law. In 2002 he was charged with domestic battery for supposedly hitting and shoving his girlfirend (and mother to his child) to the floor, but he was never prosecuted by cutting a deal and agreeing to undergo some mental health counseling.
Tennesee Titans CB Adam "Pacman" Jones is under investigation for a role he may or may not have played in a shooting in Las Vegas after the NBA All-Star game. The best part of this is Jones has been the subject of police investigations 10 times since being the Titans' #1 draft pick in 2002. On top of that, Titan Head Coach Jeff Fisher had "no idea" of Pacman's 2 arrests in 2006. Quote Fisher: "we were unaware of what happened over a year ago." Nice.
UPDATE: Chicago Bears DT "Tank" Johnson pleaded guilty to violating his probation. Johnson was still allowed to play in the Super Bowl and kept his job with the Bears because he reportedly told the team the plan he has for making changes in his life. Amen, brother.
Yahoo.com reported that taped conversations between New Orleans Saints RB Reggie Bush and/or his family members and Llyod Lake, an investor in a failed sports marketing agency, could confirm that Bush accepted money and gifts while a player at USC. According to Yahoo.com, the amount Bush and his family received was $280,000. If this is true, the worst that could happen to Bush is the potential of having his Heisman Trophy taken away from him, even though it completely violates the contract (of sorts) he and every college athele signs with USC or any college to receive a scholarship. USC, however, could face major sanctions for this offense.
Cincinnati Bengals CB Johnathan Joseph became the 9th Bengal to be arrested during the 2006-07 NFL season. He was arrested after a traffic stop and found to be in possession of a bag of marijuana. This comes 3 weeks after head coach Marvin Lewis announced he was going to "get tougher" on players' off-the-field conduct. Joseph was the Bengal's 1st round draft pick in '06, number 24 overall.
Minnesota Timberwolves F Eddie Griffin was suspended by the NBA for 5 games for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Just so you know, it's not the NBA's policy to release details on such violations. He was the 7th overall pick in '01 and recently signed an 3 year, $8 million contract. So it's fine to make public how much coin you can make in the NBA, but God forbid you explain why you suspend someone beyond the obvious.
Everyone's favorite San Francisco Giants OF Barry Bonds, it's been discovered, failed a league test for amphetamines during the '06 season. It's also been reported that Bonds initially blamed fellow teammate Mike Sweeney for his positive test, because Bonds claimed that he just randomly took some pills Sweeney had sitting in his locker (although Bonds denies making these statements against Sweeney). Either way, Bonds has clearly now to be shown to take performance enhancing drugs -- sure, they aren't steriods, but he wasn't taking amphetamines for the high, he was taking them -- as pro athleles have been for decades -- so he could do more on the field. Puts a little dent in that "I never took steriods" argument of Bonds', if you ask me.
San Francisco 49ers WR Bryant Johnson was suspended for 4 games by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Bryant was charged with reckless driving and resisting arrest after being caught by police driving over 100 mph. He was verbally abusive and smelled of alcohol when confronted by the police. Reportedly, he was put into leather restraints when arrested. He has since pleaded not guilty to thes charges.
UPDATE: San Diego Chargers LB Shawne Merriman was nominated for the NFL's defensive player of the year, even though he was one of just a handful of players suspended by the league for steroids. Nice.
UPDATE: Chicago Bears DE "Tank" Johnson was suspened by the team for 1 game resulting from his arrest a few days prior. Found during the raid on his home was a card from Head Coach Lovie Smith detailing the legal limit for a potential DUI and a warning about possessing firearms without the valid identification.
Detroit Lions Defensive Line Coach Joe Cullen was suspended for 1 game and fined $20,000 by the NFL for "conduct detrimental to the league." This was resulting from 2 prior arrests this year - one for a DUI and the other for driving nude - yes, nude. The Lions suspended Cullen earlier for these offenses back before the season started.
UPDATE: Chicago Bears "Tank" Johnson's so-called bodyguard Willie Posey was shot and killed in a bar fight. This occurred less than 12 hours after Johnson issued a public apology. Of couse, Johnson was present at the bar for the shooting, but not involved (so say the police at this time).
On a side note, I have heard that more may be stemming from Johnson's arrest considering the police investigated him for some 6 weeks prior to the raid. Even though the police knew where Johnson was at the time of the raid (it's pretty easy for the police to track down and find a football player when they want to), instead of serving Johnson with the search warrant and having him escort them to his house, the SWAT team kicked in the doors and windows of his home when he wasn't there. This very well may indicate more is going on than what the public has heard thus far.
Chicago Bears DT Terry "Tank" Johnson was arrest and charged with 6 counts of unlawful firearms possession since he was already on probation from another firearms offense less than a year ago. This is his 3rd arrest in under 18 months. The police raided his home to find 2 assault rifles, 3 high powered hand guns, and one hunting rifle (along with 3 pit bulls and his 2 children both under the age of 3).
Also arrested in the raid was Tank's "bodyguard" Willie Posey who was arrested for drug possession. Posey reportedly had served 3 years for an armed robbery charge.
Pittsburgh Steelers LB Joey Porter was fine $10,000 by the NFL for using a homosexual slur against Cleveland Brown TE Kellen Winslow Jr. Here's what Porter had to say about the incident (taken from an ESPN.com report):
"I guess how we use that word freely, me growing up using it, I didn't think nothing of it like that," Porter said. "Like I said, I apologize to anybody I offended on it. I really didn't mean to offend nobody but Kellen Winslow. Pretty much, that's it about that."
Cincinnati Bengal CB Deltha O'Neal was arrested on a DUI after having a blood alcohol level of 0.10. He is now the 8th Bengal arrested this season.
New Orleans Saints DT Hollis Thomas was suspended for 4 games for violating the NFL's steroid abuse policy. The 335 pound lineman claims the positive test was due to his asthma medicine which he takes daily.
Cincinnati Bengals WR Reggie McNeal was charged with resisting arrest outside a Houston nightclub. He is the 7th Bengal arrested this season.
San Francisco 49ers WR Antonio Bryant was arrested on reckless and drunken driving charges after he was spotted driving over 100 mph on the freeway. He was also citied for resisting arrest because he reportedly refused to get out of the car was the arresting officers asked him (as well as being "verbally abusive" and "combative"). The officers were forced to use leather restraints on Bryant.
Jacksonville Jaguars OT Khalif Barnes was arrested and charged with a DUI after being caught driving over 100 mph and failing 2 breathalyzer tests. According to police reports, Barnes was doing 101 mph in a 60 mph zone and passed a police car at the time. He then blew a .12 on his breathalyzer test (the legal limit in .08).
This is the 3rd arrest in the Jaguar camp this season. CB Brian Williams pleaded no contest to a DUI in Sept. and DE Bobby McCray was arrested for reckelss driving and possession of a controlled painkiller in October (the possession charge was later dropped).
Dallas Cowboys CB Marcus Coleman was arrested on a suspected DUI just one week after serving a 4 game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. Coleman had already been arrested and convicted of a DUI in 2004. The Cowboys have subsequently cut Coleman from the team.
Charlotte Bobcats assistant coach John-Blair Bickerstaff was suspended by the NBA for 2 games for DUI. He is the youngest assistant coach in the NBA, of course, his father is also the Bobcats GM and head coach.
Tennessee Titans CB Adam "Pacman" Jones was suspended 1 game by Coach Jeff Fisher after being cited with a misdemeanor assault charge either in the week. This is the 7th time - count 'em: 7 in 2 years - that Jones was the subject of a police investigation or a "person of interest" in a legal matter.
New York Mets pitcher Guillermo Mota was suspended for 50 games for violating the MLB's substance abuse policy - most likely due to a positive test for performance-enhancing drugs according to ESPN.com.
UPDATE: Shawne Merriman agreed to serve his 4 game suspension for breaking the NFL's substance abuse policy and has dropped his appeal. But he is threatening legal action against the unnamed company that produces the unnamed "supplement" responsible for making him test positive. Let's see when that takes place.
Tennessee Titans LB Robert Reynolds was charged with domestic violence and assault against his estranged wife after shoving her into a wall at her home and breaking her cell phone (as well as punching a hole in the wall) after coming to her house to visit their 2 year old son. She claims Reynolds started drinking in the morning and when the evening came, he found another man's number on her phone which started the incident. She was not hurt but told police she was "afraid" because Reynolds had a "violent past."
San Diego Chargers LB Shawne Merriman is facing a 4 game suspension for breaking the NFL's substance abuse policy - he tested positive for the banned anabolic steroid nandrolone. Merriman's lawyer claims the only reason Merriman tested positive was because the substance (nandrolone) was present in a "supplement" he was taking. Of course, Merriman had no idea that an anabolic steroid was in the supplement he was taking.
Sacramento Kings head coach Eric Musselman was arrested on a drunken driving charge after failing 3 sobriety tests and having a blood alcohol level of 0.11.
Green Bay Packers Koren Robinson suspended by the league for one year for breaking the NFL substance abuse policy (yet again. He was already suspended once for 4 games). Read the details here.
Detriot Lions DE Shaun Rogers suspended for 4 games for violation of the NFL steroid and related substance abuse policy.
Atlanta Falcons OL Matt Lehr suspended for 4 games for violating the NFL's substance abuse poilicy.
Cincinnati Bengals WR Chris Henry was suspended by the NFL for 2 games and fined $20K for violating both the league's substance abuse policy and their personal conduct policy. Henry pleaded guilty to both marijuana possession and a firearms violation earlier in the year. He was also present in the car driven by Odell Thurman was Thurman was arrested on a DUI which lead to his season long suspension.
Baltimore Ravens PR B.J. Sams was charged with a DUI - his 2nd in the past 14 months (he was arrested in August '05 on a DUI charge). Police would not say if he took a breath test, but the arresting officer smelled alcohol and pulled him over after nearly colliding with another vehicle. If his 2nd offense sticks he should be facing a NFL suspension.
Kansas City Chiefs DE Jared Allen was charged with a DUI - his 2nd in 5 months. He refused to take a breath test or any sobriety testing. He was previously arrested in May '06 on a similar charge. If this 2nd offense sticks he should be facing a NFL suspension.
Cincinnati Bengals LB Odell Thurman was suspended for the entire season following a DUI arrest. He was already serving a 4 game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Police reported Thurman blew a 0.18 on his breath test.
San Diego Chargers LB Steve Foley was shot at least 3 times by an off-duty police officer. According to reports, the off-duty officer followed a speeding (up to 90 mph) and weaving car on the highway as a suspected DUI. The chase led to Foley's home where he got out of the car and approached the officer. The officer warned Foley he was armed and even fired a warning shot, but Foley continued toward the officer at which point he shot Foley. Foley had previously been booked in April '06 of battery of a police officer and public drunkeness (but the DA claim they are not currently persuing charges in that April offense).
Pittsburgh Steelers WR (and 1st round draft choice) Santonio Holmes was arrested a 2nd time, this time for domestic violence and simple assault against the mother of one of his 3 children. He was previously arrested in May for disorderly conduct.