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Famous Athletes Convicted of Theft  

Blake Edwards
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A list of famous professional athletes who have been convicted of theft or similar crimes, whether it be burglary or robbery. Both pros and amateurs have been included, although amateurs on this list must have competed in the Olympics or global level competition. I believe I've thought of them all, but if you think I've missed one, please feel free to let me know in the comments. For whatever reason, Pros have a knack for getting themselves into trouble with the law. Tsk tsk.
Clifford Etienne is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Athletes Convicted of Theft
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Convicted of Robbery. Sentenced to 150 years.

Birthplace: Lafayette, Louisiana

Nationality: United States of America

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O. J. Simpson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Athletes Convicted of Theft
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O.J. Simpson was once a top football player in the world but after his retirement he became more known for his many legal problems. On October 3, 2008, Simpson was found guilty of 12 charges including robbery, kidnapping, coercion and conspiracy following an incident in Las Vegas in which he tried to retrieve sports memorabilia from a dealer. By retrieve Simpson meant breaking into the dealer's hotel room and taking the items while holding the dealer at gunpoint. Simpson was sentenced to serve 33 years with the eligibility of parole after nine years. The conviction came 13 years to the day after he was acquitted of murdering his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman.

Birthplace: California, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Position: Running back

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Sonny Liston is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Athletes Convicted of Theft
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Late professional boxer "Sonny" Liston fought the likes of Floyd Patterson and Muhammad Ali during his time earning the nickname of "The Big Bear." Liston also had another nickname, the "Yellow Shirt Bandit," which was given to him by the police in St. Louis after he was wanted for muggings and robberies that took place while he was wearing, wait for it, a yellow shirt. Liston spent five years in prison during which time he learned how to box. In 1971, he was found dead in Las Vegas from what was believed to be lung congestion and heart failure from a heroin overdose.

Birthplace: Sand Slough, Arkansas

Nationality: United States of America

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James Kirkland is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Athletes Convicted of Theft
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James Kirkland is a light middleweight boxer and WBO NABO light middleweight title holder who lost several years of his career to his legal problems. Kirkland was charged with armed robbery in 2003 and sent to prison. He served 30 months and later returned to boxing however went back to the slammer for another year in 2009 after he pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm during a traffic stop in Austin, Texas.

Birthplace: Austin, Texas

Nationality: United States of America

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