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Sports Stars Who You Would Break Out of Jail

Updated June 14, 2019 3.3k votes 354 voters 9.6k views

List RulesSports 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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  • 1
    Muhammad Ali
    163
    90
    Jailed for traffic violation, 1968
  • 2
    Floyd Mayweather Jr.
    97
    82
    Jailed for domestic abuse, 2012
  • 3
    Marion Jones
    71
    55
    Jailed for check fraud, 2008
  • 4
    Lenny Dykstra
    52
    49
    Jailed for grand theft auto and filing a false financial statement, 2012
  • 5
    Bernard Hopkins
    48
    43
    Jailed for multiple felonies
  • 6
    O. J. Simpson
    91
    97
    Jailed for armed robbery, 2008-present
  • 7
    Pete Rose
    63
    62

    Pete Rose

    Age: 79
    Jailed for tax evasion, 1990-1991
  • 8
    Floyd Mayweather Sr.
    53
    52
  • 9
    Mike Tyson
    86
    98

    Mike Tyson

    Age: 54
    Jailed for rape, possession of cocaine and driving under the influence
  • 10
    Bob Probert
    43
    42

    Bob Probert

    Dec. at 45 (1965-2010)
    Jailed for smuggling cocaine across an international border, 1989
  • 11
    Nate Newton
    39
    44
    Jailed for drug trafficking 2002-2004
  • 12
    Denny McLain
    36
    41
    Jailed for money laundering, embezzlement, mail fraud and conspiracy
  • 13
    Ruben Carter
    86
    123
    Jailed falsely for double murder, 1966-1985
  • 14
    Maurice Clarett
    30
    46
    Jailed for aggravated robbery and carrying a concealed weapon, 2006-2010
  • 15
    Darryl Strawberry
    41
    63
    Jailed multiple times for drug possession, 2002-2003
  • 16
    Thomas Henderson
    29
    46

    Thomas Henderson

    Age: 67
    Jailed for smoking cocaine, threatening two teenaged girls with a gun and sexual assault, 1983-1985
  • 17
    Riddick Bowe
    29
    50
    Jailed for interstate domestic violence, 2000
  • 18
    Travis Henry
    24
    43

    Travis Henry

    Age: 41
    Jailed for financing a cocaine trafficking operation, 2009
  • 19
    Orlando Cepeda
    24
    47
    Jailed for drug possession, 1978-1979
  • 20
    Brian Banks
    67
    117
    Jailed falsely for rape, 2003-2008
  • 21
    Isaiah Rider
    26
    50
    Jailed for cocaine possession, evading the police, 2007
  • 22
    Dwight Gooden
    29
    57
    Jailed for probation violation, 2006
  • 23
    Michael Vick
    45
    87
    Jailed for running an interstate dog fighting ring, 2007-2009
  • 24
    Plaxico Burress
    30
    62
    Jailed for criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, and a single count of reckless endangerment in the second degree, 2009-2011
  • 25
    Jamal Lewis
    14
    41
    Jailed for setting up a drug deal, 2004