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Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail 

Daniel Kohn
Updated June 14, 2019 2.9k votes 349 voters 9.5k 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
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Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
Age 77 from Louisville, Kentucky, United States of America
Jailed for traffic violation, 1968
2
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
Brian Banks is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
Age 48 from Mesa, Arizona
Jailed falsely for rape, 2003-2008
4
Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
Age 52 from Bedford-Stuyvesant, New York City, New York, United States of America
Jailed for rape, possession of cocaine and driving under the influence
5
Pete Rose is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
Age 77 from Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America
Jailed for tax evasion, 1990-1991
6
Darryl Strawberry is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
Age 56 from Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Jailed multiple times for drug possession, 2002-2003
7
Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
Age 54 from Tampa, Florida, United States of America
Jailed for probation violation, 2006
8
Orlando Cepeda is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
Age 81 from Ponce, Puerto Rico
Jailed for drug possession, 1978-1979
9
Marion Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
Age 43 from Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Jailed for check fraud, 2008
10
Isaiah Rider is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
Age 47 from Oakland, California
Jailed for cocaine possession, evading the police, 2007
11
Bernard Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
Age 54 from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Jailed for multiple felonies
12
Michael Vick is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
Age 38 from Virginia
Jailed for running an interstate dog fighting ring, 2007-2009
13
Bob Probert is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
Bob Probert Dec. at 45 (1965-2010) from Windsor, Canada
Jailed for smuggling cocaine across an international border, 1989
14
Lenny Dykstra is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
Age 56 from Santa Ana, California, United States of America
Jailed for grand theft auto and filing a false financial statement, 2012
15
Plaxico Burress is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
Age 38 from Virginia
Jailed for criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, and a single count of reckless endangerment in the second degree, 2009-2011
16
Nate Newton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
Age 57 from Orlando, Florida, United States of America
Jailed for drug trafficking 2002-2004
17
Floyd Mayweather, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
Age 66 from Amory, Mississippi
18
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
Age 41 from Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States of America
Jailed for domestic abuse, 2012
19
Tonya Harding is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
Age 48 from Portland, Oregon, United States of America
Jailed for assault, 1998
20
O. J. Simpson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
Age 71 from California, United States of America
Jailed for armed robbery, 2008-present
21
Aaron Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
Age 26 from Bristol
Jailed for murder, 2013
22
Denny McLain is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
Age 74 from Markham, Illinois
Jailed for money laundering, embezzlement, mail fraud and conspiracy
23
Jamal Lewis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
Age 39 from Atlanta, Georgia
Jailed for setting up a drug deal, 2004
24
Maurice Clarett is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
Age 35 from Youngstown, Ohio
Jailed for aggravated robbery and carrying a concealed weapon, 2006-2010
25
Thomas Henderson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail
Thomas Henderson Age 65 from Austin, Texas
Jailed for smoking cocaine, threatening two teenaged girls with a gun and sexual assault, 1983-1985