arrests Athletes Famous Only for Off-Court Behavior  

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List Rules Please vote for the athletes based only on their off-court or off-field behavior, and not their level of stardom

Athletes famous only for off-court behavior are not just athletes who would be obscure without some off-field antics, these athletes are those who are household names more because of their personal or legal life, not their athletic ability. Sure we'd know who these people are for their play in football, basketball, baseball, hockey or other sports, but not at the level we know them for crazy arrests, lengthy jail sentences or marrying a Kardashian or two.

For those athletes who have more Twitter followers than Snooki and those who spend more time on television or in the pages of gossip magazines than playing their sport, being known more for their off-court behavior is easy. Everyone knows NBA player Kris Humphries for his quickie marriage to a reality star (who just might have been voted a top Hollywood douchebag) but how many can tell you what team he plays basketball for? Same thing goes for Hank Baskett, Lamar Odom or Chad Johnson. They'd all be famous, but not to the extreme level they gained by being in the entertainment spotlight.

Then there's the athletes who found their names in national headlines for the wrong reasons. NFL players OJ Simpson, Michael Vick and Michael Irvin would have been remembered as great football players had they not been convicted (or famously acquitted) for heinous crimes like murder, sexual assault and animal abuse. Like MLB steroid scandal figure Barry Bonds, all of these athletes will for years to come have an asterisk by their names.


For whichever reason we know these names, be it from their larger-than-life personalities like Dennis Rodman or their drunken adventures like John Daly, we all know many of these athletes for what they did in their spare time not what they accomplished on the court, field or ice.

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O. J. Simpson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Athletes Famous Only for Off-Court Behavior
O. J. Simpson age 70

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Kris Humphries is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Athletes Famous Only for Off-Court Behavior

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Tonya Harding is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Athletes Famous Only for Off-Court Behavior
Tonya Harding age 47

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Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Athletes Famous Only for Off-Court Behavior
Dennis Rodman age 56

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John Daly is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Athletes Famous Only for Off-Court Behavior
John Daly age 51

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Plaxico Burress is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Athletes Famous Only for Off-Court Behavior

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Lamar Odom is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Athletes Famous Only for Off-Court Behavior
Lamar Odom age 38

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Chad Ochocinco is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Athletes Famous Only for Off-Court Behavior

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Barry Bonds is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Athletes Famous Only for Off-Court Behavior
Barry Bonds age 53

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Travis Henry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Athletes Famous Only for Off-Court Behavior
Travis Henry age 39

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Hank Baskett is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Athletes Famous Only for Off-Court Behavior
Hank Baskett age 35

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Michael Vick is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Athletes Famous Only for Off-Court Behavior
Michael Vick age 37

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Anna Kournikova is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Athletes Famous Only for Off-Court Behavior

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Adam Jones is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Athletes Famous Only for Off-Court Behavior
Adam Jones age 34

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Jeff Reed is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Athletes Famous Only for Off-Court Behavior
Jeff Reed age 38

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Ryan Leaf is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Athletes Famous Only for Off-Court Behavior
Ryan Leaf age 41

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Mercury Morris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Athletes Famous Only for Off-Court Behavior

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Reggie Bush is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Athletes Famous Only for Off-Court Behavior
Reggie Bush age 32

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Patrick Kane is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Athletes Famous Only for Off-Court Behavior
Patrick Kane age 29

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Metta World Peace is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Athletes Famous Only for Off-Court Behavior

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Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Athletes Famous Only for Off-Court Behavior
Magic Johnson age 58

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Maria Sharapova is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Athletes Famous Only for Off-Court Behavior

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Michael Irvin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Athletes Famous Only for Off-Court Behavior
Michael Irvin age 51

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Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Athletes Famous Only for Off-Court Behavior
Mike Tyson age 51

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Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Athletes Famous Only for Off-Court Behavior
Allen Iverson age 42