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Athletes Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail  

Daniel Kohn
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List Rules Sports stars who have been in jail. Being arrested only doesn't count

This is a list of sports stars you would help break out of jail. For many sports fans, seeing their favorite star athlete sentenced to jail time can be heartbreaking. In team sports in particular, the good mojo of a season could be lost due to one player heading to jail. It's happened before and likely will happen again that a boneheaded athlete commits a senseless crime that lands them in prison. Jocks though, unlike other members of the population, will have fans, teammates and even coaches throwing their support behind them. In fact, there are people on this list who you would even help break out of jail. Most fans have thought about this before to save their favorite team or athlete. 

There are quite a few big named athletes on this list who have landed in jail. Some, like boxer Ruben "Hurricane" Carter and NFL player Brian Banks, were wrongfully imprisoned. This is a very, very rare circumstance because the athletes who are on this list are here for a reason. But that doesn't we wouldn't consider busting them out of the big house. Boxing fans of the mid-90s would have loved to see Mike Tyson knock out a few more opponents instead of languishing in jail for nearly three years. Gamblers would have broken him out of jail if Tyson would have helped them win more money. New York Giants fans would likely have helped get Plaxico Burress out of jail if ensured them of winning their second consecutive championship in 2008. Other infamous sports stars on this list may or not be assisted with a prison break, but they're on here due to the remote possibility one of their fans would consider doing it.

Vote for the sports star who you would consider breaking out of jail. If you see an athlete on here who you would consider risking your freedom for, then vote for him or her. The sports stars at the top of this should be people you would want to help out and towards the bottom are the athletes you would least want to break out of jail

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Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
Muhammad Ali age 76 - Jailed for traffic violation, 1968

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Ruben Carter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
Ruben Carter Jailed falsely for double murder, 1966-1985

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Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
Mike Tyson age 51 - Jailed for rape, possession of cocaine and driving under the influence

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Brian Banks is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
Brian Banks age 47 - Jailed falsely for rape, 2003-2008

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Pete Rose is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
Pete Rose age 76 - Jailed for tax evasion, 1990-1991

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Darryl Strawberry is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
Darryl Strawberry age 56 - Jailed multiple times for drug possession, 2002-2003

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Marion Jones is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
Marion Jones age 42 - Jailed for check fraud, 2008

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Michael Vick is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
Michael Vick age 35 - Jailed for running an interstate dog fighting ring, 2007-2009

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Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
Dwight Gooden age 53 - Jailed for probation violation, 2006

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Plaxico Burress is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
Plaxico Burress age 38 - Jailed for criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, and a single count of reckless endangerment in the second degree, 2009-2011

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O. J. Simpson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
O. J. Simpson age 70 - Jailed for armed robbery, 2008-present

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Orlando Cepeda is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
Orlando Cepeda age 80 - Jailed for drug possession, 1978-1979

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Tonya Harding is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
Tonya Harding age 47 - Jailed for assault, 1998

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
Floyd Mayweather Jr. age 41 - Jailed for domestic abuse, 2012

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Isaiah Rider is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
Isaiah Rider age 47 - Jailed for cocaine possession, evading the police, 2007

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Bernard Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
Bernard Hopkins age 53 - Jailed for multiple felonies

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Nate Newton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
Nate Newton age 56 - Jailed for drug trafficking 2002-2004

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Lenny Dykstra is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
Lenny Dykstra age 55 - Jailed for grand theft auto and filing a false financial statement, 2012

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Bob Probert is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
Bob Probert Died at 45 (1965-2010) - Jailed for smuggling cocaine across an international border, 1989

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Denny McLain is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
Denny McLain age 74 - Jailed for money laundering, embezzlement, mail fraud and conspiracy

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Floyd Mayweather, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail

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Maurice Clarett is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
Maurice Clarett age 34 - Jailed for aggravated robbery and carrying a concealed weapon, 2006-2010

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Thomas Henderson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
Thomas Henderson age 62 - Jailed for smoking cocaine, threatening two teenaged girls with a gun and sexual assault, 1983-1985

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Jamal Lewis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
Jamal Lewis age 38 - Jailed for setting up a drug deal, 2004

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Aaron Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
Aaron Hernandez age 28 - Jailed for murder, 2013

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Riddick Bowe is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
Riddick Bowe age 50 - Jailed for interstate domestic violence, 2000

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Art Schlichter is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
Art Schlichter age 57 - Jailed multiple times for fraud and forgery

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Ryan Leaf is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
Ryan Leaf age 39 - Jailed multiple times for burglary, theft and drug charges

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Travis Henry is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
Travis Henry age 39 - Jailed for financing a cocaine trafficking operation, 2009

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Rae Carruth is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
Rae Carruth age 44 - Jailed for conspiracy to commit murder, 2000-present