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Athletes Who Have Killed People 

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Updated February 14, 2020 359.5k views 15 items

Death by athlete: it could happen to you. Several famous boxers, NFL players, NBA stars, and other athletes have killed people. Some of these athletes accidentally killed after being involved in car accidents, while others brutally murdered their victims. From first-degree homicide to accidental manslaughter, these sports stars will have the deaths of innocent people on their consciences forever. Whatever the explanation, these athletes are technically killers.

Who is the most famous athlete who killed someone? NFL Hall of Famer Ray Lewis tops our list. In 2000, the former Ravens star Ray Lewis and his friends were involved in a fight that resulted in the stabbing deaths of two people. Lewis made a plea deal to provide testimony against his companions in exchange for prosecutors dropping the murder charges and he was able to avoid jail for the crime. He was fined $250,000 by the NFL and reached settlements with the victims' families.

For some sports stars, the deaths came as part of the jobs. On March 24, 1962 Emile Griffith went 12 rounds against Benny "the Kid" Paret. The fight ended when Paret went into a coma after being punched 29 consecutive times. He died in the hospital 10 days later. The fight was televised live on ABC.

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Aaron Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Athletes Who Have Killed People
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April 15, 2015: Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, 25, was found guilty of first-degree murder. He was first charged with killing his fiancé's sister's boyfriend, Odin Lloyd, 27, in 2013. According to the prosecution, Hernandez and two other men picked up Lloyd at his home, drove him to a secluded industrial park, and shot him six times. They never presented a possible motive for the murder, nor did they find a murder weapon or any witnesses, yet they were still able to convince a jury that Hernandez had orchestrated the killing. Security video from his home showed Hernandez holding a gun just a few minutes after Lloyd was killed.

The two men with Hernandez at the time, Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz, were also charged and will be tried separately. Hernandez's lawyers claimed he was but a witness to the crime. He was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.

In 2012, Hernandez was accused of killing two other men - Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreu and Safiro Teixeira Furtado - in Boston. He was later found not guilty and acquitted of the charges. 

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Age: 30

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Bristol, Connecticut

Teams: New England Patriots, Florida Gators football

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Ray Lewis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Athletes Who Have Killed People
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In 2000, Ray Lewis and his friends were involved in a fight that resulted in the stabbing deaths of two people. Lewis made a plea deal to provide testimony against his companions in exchange for prosecutors dropping the murder charges. He was fined $250,000 by the NFL and reached settlements with the victims' families.

Age: 44

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Bartow, Florida, United States of America

Teams: Baltimore Ravens

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O. J. Simpson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Athletes Who Have Killed People
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O.J. Simpson may have been acquitted of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman back in 1995, but two years later, a civil jury found him liable for the wrongful death of and battery against Goldman.

In 2007, O. J. Simpson was also convicted of armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, burglary and conspiracy. He was sentenced to nine to 33 years in prison for these crimes.

Age: 72

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: California, United States of America

Teams: San Francisco 49ers, Buffalo Bills

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Carlos Monzón is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Athletes Who Have Killed People
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Carlos Monzón was charged with killing his wife Alicia Muñiz in 1988. He was sentenced to 11 years in jail, but died in a car crash in 1995 during a weekend furlough.

Age: Dec. at 53 (1942-1995)

Nationality: Argentina

Birthplace: San Javier, Argentina

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