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Famous Athletes Convicted of Sexual Assault

Updated June 1, 2020 269.4k views14 items

A list of famous athletes who have been convicted of sexual assault or related crimes, including rape. Both professional and amateur athletes have been included, although amateurs on this list must have competed in the Olympics, or some other equal level of competition and be somewhat recognizable to the public.

What athletes have been convicted of sex crimes? From rape by NFL players to sexual harassment in the MLB, there are a shocking amount of examples of sports figures arrested for sexual assault.

  • Longtime Major League Baseball player Melvin Hall, Jr. played professional baseball from 1981 to 1996 when he retired as a member of the San Francisco Giants. Soon after his retirement, several accusations of rape were leveled at Hall, many of the victims being minors

    He was convicted of raping a twelve year old girl and sentenced to 45 years in prison. Hall will not be eligible for parole until 2031.

  • Mark "Gator" Rogowski saw success on the professional skateboarding circuit in the 1980s. This all came to a halt in 1991 when, after a period of alcoholism, he murdered his friend, Jessica Bergsten. Rogowski. He  her before suffocating her and taking her body to the desert, where he buried her in a shallow grave.

    He was sentenced to 31 years in prison

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  • A former NBA player and the first African American to play college basketball at the University of Kentucky, Tom Payne showed promise as he began his professional basketball career with the Atlanta Hawks in 1971. However, Payne was convicted of two counts of rape and one count of sodomy in 1972 and served five years in a Georgia prison. Upon his release, he was sent to Kentucky where he faced additional charges.

    Another five years in prison followed before he was caught assaulting another woman in 1986. He went back to prison until 2000, when he was shipped back to Kentucky to face another 15 years on a parole violation.

  • One-time NBA player Ruben Patterson had a long career in professional basketball. In 2001, Patterson pleaded guilty to raping a nanny hired to look after his child. He later was convicted of assaulting a man outside a Cleveland club, then picked up again in 2007 after failing to register as a sex offender.