Photo: via Imgur

Athletes Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail  

Daniel Kohn
2.8k votes 324 voters 9.3k views

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
list ordered by

1
162 37
Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
age 77 - Jailed for traffic violation, 1968

2
78 48
Ruben Carter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
Jailed falsely for double murder, 1966-1985

3
64 46
Brian Banks is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
Brian Banks age 48 - Jailed falsely for rape, 2003-2008

4
66 68
Pete Rose is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
age 77 - Jailed for tax evasion, 1990-1991

5
88 99
Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
age 52 - Jailed for rape, possession of cocaine and driving under the influence

6
44 69
Darryl Strawberry is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
age 56 - Jailed multiple times for drug possession, 2002-2003

7
44 88
Michael Vick is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
age 38 - Jailed for running an interstate dog fighting ring, 2007-2009

8
30 61
Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
age 54 - Jailed for probation violation, 2006

9
29 61
Marion Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
age 43 - Jailed for check fraud, 2008

10
23 52
Orlando Cepeda is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
age 81 - Jailed for drug possession, 1978-1979

11
20 46
Bernard Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
age 54 - Jailed for multiple felonies

12
31 70
Plaxico Burress is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
age 41 - Jailed for criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, and a single count of reckless endangerment in the second degree, 2009-2011

13
39 88
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
age 41 - Jailed for domestic abuse, 2012

14
22 52
Isaiah Rider is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
age 47 - Jailed for cocaine possession, evading the police, 2007

15
22 53
Lenny Dykstra is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
age 56 - Jailed for grand theft auto and filing a false financial statement, 2012

16
18 47
Bob Probert is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
Dec. at 45 (1965-2010) - Jailed for smuggling cocaine across an international border, 1989

17
29 75
Tonya Harding is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
age 48 - Jailed for assault, 1998

18
16 47
Nate Newton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
age 57 - Jailed for drug trafficking 2002-2004

19
20 57
Floyd Mayweather, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail

20
15 46
Denny McLain is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
age 74 - Jailed for money laundering, embezzlement, mail fraud and conspiracy

21
36 96
O. J. Simpson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
age 71 - Jailed for armed robbery, 2008-present

22
13 50
Jamal Lewis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
age 39 - Jailed for setting up a drug deal, 2004

23
13 52
Maurice Clarett is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
age 35 - Jailed for aggravated robbery and carrying a concealed weapon, 2006-2010

24
12 49
Thomas Henderson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
age 65 - Jailed for smoking cocaine, threatening two teenaged girls with a gun and sexual assault, 1983-1985

25
11 49
Art Schlichter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
age 58 - Jailed multiple times for fraud and forgery