In pictures: A list of prominent sports stars and their crimes

10-Feb-2015
  • The American professional boxer was convicted of raping a beauty queen in an Indiana hotel room in 1992. He was sentenced to six years in jail but went on to serve only three. Then, in 1997, Tyson bit off part of Evander Holyfield’s ear during a boxing match. He was disqualified and fined.
    The American professional boxer was convicted of raping a beauty queen in an Indiana hotel room in 1992. He was sentenced to six years in jail but went on to serve only three. Then, in 1997, Tyson bit off part of Evander Holyfield’s ear during a boxing match. He was disqualified and fined.
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  • The former Indian cricketer and member of parliament was convicted in 2006 of killing Gurnam Singh, in a road rage incident 18 years earlier. Sidhu was sentenced to three years in jail before the Supreme Court stayed his conviction. He has since returned to parliament.
    The former Indian cricketer and member of parliament was convicted in 2006 of killing Gurnam Singh, in a road rage incident 18 years earlier. Sidhu was sentenced to three years in jail before the Supreme Court stayed his conviction. He has since returned to parliament.
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  • The middleweight boxer was arrested in 1966 for murder in  a New Jersey bar and convicted in 1967. A number of famous people like Muhammed Ali, Bob Dylan, etc protested and Carter was released in 1985. Carter’s story later formed the crux of a Denzel Washington film.
    The middleweight boxer was arrested in 1966 for murder in a New Jersey bar and convicted in 1967. A number of famous people like Muhammed Ali, Bob Dylan, etc protested and Carter was released in 1985. Carter’s story later formed the crux of a Denzel Washington film.
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  • In 1995, the American footballer was acquitted of the 1994 murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ronald Goldman. In 2007, he was arrested in Las Vegas and charged with kidnapping and armed robbery and sentenced to 33 years imprisonment.
    In 1995, the American footballer was acquitted of the 1994 murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ronald Goldman. In 2007, he was arrested in Las Vegas and charged with kidnapping and armed robbery and sentenced to 33 years imprisonment.
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  • In 1994, the figure skater and her husband hired a man to break competitor Nancy Kerrigan’s leg. Kerrigan though won silver at the Winter Olympics. Harding pleaded guilty to conspiracy to hinder the prosecution of Kerrigan’s attackers and was sentenced to three years probation and fined.
    In 1994, the figure skater and her husband hired a man to break competitor Nancy Kerrigan’s leg. Kerrigan though won silver at the Winter Olympics. Harding pleaded guilty to conspiracy to hinder the prosecution of Kerrigan’s attackers and was sentenced to three years probation and fined.
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  • The former South African skipper went from a gentleman to villain after he admitted to fixing matches in 2000. The late South African was sacked as skipper and banned from the game for life following his admission of guilt. Two other cricketers, Herschelle Gibbs and Henry Williams were also suspended from international cricket for six months for their involvement. Pic/ AFP
    The former South African skipper went from a gentleman to villain after he admitted to fixing matches in 2000. The late South African was sacked as skipper and banned from the game for life following his admission of guilt. Two other cricketers, Herschelle Gibbs and Henry Williams were also suspended from international cricket for six months for their involvement. Pic/ AFP
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  • The Man United footballer was known to have a short temper evident from his on-field aggression. In 1992 he was fined for spitting on a Leeds Utd fan. In 1995 he kicked a Crystal Palace fan and went on to serve two weeks in prison besides being suspended  and fined.
    The Man United footballer was known to have a short temper evident from his on-field aggression. In 1992 he was fined for spitting on a Leeds Utd fan. In 1995 he kicked a Crystal Palace fan and went on to serve two weeks in prison besides being suspended and fined.
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  • After being found guilty of spot fixing, three Pakistan cricketers were handed jail terms. Former Pakistan skipper Butt was sentenced to 30 months in prison while fast bowlers  were handed one year and six months sentences respectively. Pic/ AFP
    After being found guilty of spot fixing, three Pakistan cricketers were handed jail terms. Former Pakistan skipper Butt was sentenced to 30 months in prison while fast bowlers were handed one year and six months sentences respectively. Pic/ AFP
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  • In 2008, the US athlete was sentenced to six months in prison for her involvement in a check fraud case and for use of performance-enhancing drugs
    In 2008, the US athlete was sentenced to six months in prison for her involvement in a check fraud case and for use of performance-enhancing drugs
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