Sports stars who’ve been convicted of crimes.

5. Who: Riddick Bowe – Former Heavyweight Boxer.

Crime: Kidnapped his wife and five children, forcing them to his Maryland home against their will. He also stabbed wife, Judy, in the chest. She was fortunate to survive.

Punishment: Bowe was captured in Virginia and was later charged with assault and kidnapping. He received 17 months in prison and was released in April 1998.

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Riddick Bowe.  Wikimedia Commons.

4. Who: Mike Tyson – Former Heavyweight Boxer.

Crime: Tyson was convicted of the rape of Desiree Washington, an 18-year-old college student in July 1991.

Punishment: Tyson was later charged and convicted to 10 years imprisonment. However, the judge later suspended this, resulting in his 1995 release.

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Mike Tyson. Flickr.

3. Who: OJ Simpson – Former American Football Player.

Crime: In 1994, Simpson was accused of murdering his former wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.

Punishment: Simpson was later acquitted in 1997, but was charged with multiple felonies including burglary, assault, robbery and kidnapping in 2008. He was convicted to 30 years imprisonment.

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OJ Simpson. Wikimedia Commons.


2. Who: Oscar Pistorius – Former Paralympic Sprinter.

Crime: In February 2013, Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Despite insisting he thought she was an intruder, as she woke to use his bathroom during the night, Pistorius was accused of murder.

Punishment: After a lengthy trial, judge Thokozile Masipa handed Pistorius a verdict of guilty for culpable homicide and not guilty for murder. He was sentenced to 5 years. Many still question this verdict.

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Oscar Pistorius. Flickr.


1. Who: Aaron Hernandez – Former American Football Player.

Crime: Hernandez was arrested for the murder of ‘friend’ Odin Lloyd. He was later also accused of the double homicide of Safiro Furtado and Daniel De Abreu in 2014.

Punishment: On April 15th, 2015, Hernandez was convicted of the murder of Odin Lloyd. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole. He wasn’t however convicted of the two other homicides, despite many believing he was guilty.

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Aaron Hernandez. Wikimedia Commons.


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