Ray Rice & 15 Other Football Players Who Prove Athletes Aren’t Always Role Models

In light of the disturbing video footage just released of now ex-Baltimore Ravens football player Ray Rice striking his then soon-to-be-wife and knocking her out cold in an Atlantic City elevator Crime Feed offers a roundup of football players who fumbled when it came to adhering to role model status and sticking to the straight and narrow once off the gridiron.

Ray Rice

Ray Rice

Name: Ray Rice

NFL Teams: Baltimore Ravens (2008 – September 8, 2014)

Charges: 3rd Degree Aggravated Assault for punching and knocking out his fiancee, Janay Palmer.

Punishment: Pre-trial intervention program, anger management, 2-game suspension by the NFL.

WTF?! Detail: Palmer, who would go on to marry Rice the day after his indictment for attacking her, stated at a press conference earlier this year “I deeply regret the role I played in the incident that night.



Ray McDonald. AP Photo/San Jose Police Department

Name: Ray McDonald

NFL Teams: San Francisco 49ers  (2007 – 2014)

Charges: Felony Domestic Violence for allegedly assaulting his pregnant fiancee at his 30th birthday party.

Punishment: TBD pending investigation

Related Detail: According to a San Diego Union-Tribune database, since 2012 the 49ers lead the NFL in player arrests, with 10 since 2012.


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Richie Incognito

Name: Richie Incognito

NFL Teams: Los Angeles Rams (2005-2009), Buffalo Bills (2009), Miami Dolphins (2010-2013)

Charges: Bullying, Harassment, Using a Racial Epithet, “Conduct Detrimental To the Team”

Punishment: Indefinite Suspension from the Miami Dolphins, Public Condemnation from everyone except for a handful of teammates and his dad.

Random Detail: The player who was once voted Dirtiest Player in the league by his peers recently quoted Buddha on his Twitter account .


Aaron Hernandez. Photo by Jeffrey Beall

Aaron Hernandez. Photo by Jeffrey Beall

Name: Aaron Hernandez

NFL Teams: New England Patriots (2010 – 2012)

Charges: Three counts of 1st-degree murder, weapons possession, assault, attempted murder

Punishment: Besides the annulment of his NFL contract and the millions of dollars he would have earned, his punishment is TBD.

Random Detail: Prosecutors are paying close attention to some of Hernandez’s tattoos, as they feel some of his ink may provide clues into his alleged criminal activity.


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Art Schlichter

Name: Art Schlichter

NFL Teams:  Baltimore/Indiannapolis Colts (1982, 1984-1985), Buffalo Bills (1986)

Charges: Illegal Gambling, Passing Bad Checks,  Theft, Fraud, Forgery

Cumulative Sentences:  26 years (roughly) imprisonment

Random Detail:  The self-confessed gambling addict appeared in an ad with his mother to speak out against proposed Vegas-style casinos in Ohio.


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Cecil Collins

Name: Cecil Collins

NFL Team: Miami Dolphins (1999)

Charge: Burglary for breaking into the home of a woman he knew from his gym.

Sentence: 15 years imprisonment

Random Detail: While at LSU he was given a suspended 5-year prison sentence for two instances of forcing his way into apartments, incidents for which he blamed sleepwalking.



Darryl Henley

Name: Daryl Henley

NFL Team: Los Angeles Rams (1989-1994)


Sentence: 41 years imprisonment

Random Detail: The witness he wanted killed was a former LA Rams cheerleader who Henley recruited to serve as a drug mule.



Dave Meggett

Name: Dave Meggett

NFL Teams: New York Giants (1989-1994), New England Patriots (1995-1997), New York Jets (1998)

Charges: Burglary and Criminal Sexual Conduct

Sentence: 30 years imprisonment

Random Detail: Meggett was arrested in Toronto, Canada in 1998 for allegedly assaulting an escort worker after a 3-way sexual encounter.


Eric Naposki

Eric Naposki

Name: Eric Naposki

NFL Teams: New England Patriots (1988-1989), Indianapolis Colts (1989)

Charge: 1st-Degree Murder

Sentence: Life imprisonment without parole

Random Detail: Naposki vehemently maintains that he is innocent as seen in this interview with Aphrodite Jones.



Johnny Jolly

Name: Johnny Jolly

NFL Teams: Green Bay Packers (2006-2009, 2013-present)

Charges: Possession of codeine, or “purple drank

Sentence: 6 years imprisonment

Random Detail: Jolly has returned to training camp with the Packers and hopes to make the final roster for the 2013-2014 season.



Keith Wright

Name: Keith Wright

NFL Teams: Houston Texans (2003), Indianapolis Colts (2003-2004), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2004-2005), Arizona Cardinals (2005), Detroit Lions (2006)

Charges: Home invasion, armed robbery, forcible oral copulation, kidnapping, burglary, false imprisonment…

Sentence: 234 years imprisonment

Random Detail/Thought: Wright went to a currency exchange business to cash in on rare foreign currency that he had stolen, thus strengthening the three cases of home invasion against him. Also, how come his eyes are closed in his mugshot? Aren’t the color of one’s eyes important for identification? What if they were purple?


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Michael Vick

Name: Michael Vick

NFL Teams: Atlanta Falcons (2001-2006), Philadelphia Eagles (2009-present)

Charge: Conspiracy to Travel in Interstate Commerce in Aid of Unlawful Activities and to Sponsor a Dog in an Animal Fighting Venture”

Sentence: 23 months imprisonment, three years probation following release; (State) fine and three-year suspended prison sentence upon condition of good behavior for 4 years beginning November 2008

Random Detail: Fox News commentator Tucker Carson is quoted as saying “Michael Vick killed dogs, and he did [it] in a heartless and cruel way. And I think, personally, he should’ve been executed for that.


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O.J. Simpson

Name: O.J. Simpson

NFL Teams: Buffalo Bills (1969-1977), San Francisco 49ers (1978-1979)

Charges: Bypassing the Nicole Brown Simpson/Ron Goldman murders, and assorted other charges, robbery, kidnapping, coercion, conspiracy

Sentence: 33 years imprisonment, with the possibility of parole in 9 years (2017)

Random Detail: A two-hour TV movie, Frogmen, in which Simpson played the main character, was never released as it was confiscated by the LA District Attorney’s Office who examined it during the course of the Simpson/Goldman murder investigation. It is alleged that at one point in the film Simpson holds a knife to the throat of a female intruder.


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Rae Carruth

Name: Rae Carruth

NFL Team: Carolina Panthers (1997-1999)

Charges: Conspiracy to commit murder, shooting into an occupied vehicle, using an instrument to destroy an unborn child

Sentence: 24 years imprisonment

Random Detail: After Rae had skipped town knowing that he was being charged with murder, police caught up to him in Tennessee, where he was found in the trunk of his Camry with candy bars and two water bottles filled with urine.


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Robert Rozier

Name: Robert Rozier

NFL Team: St. Louis Cardinals (1979)

Charges: Multiple murders, passing bad checks

Sentence: 25 years-to-life imprisonment,

Random Detail: Rozier became an enforcer for the Yaweh ben Yahweh Cult, which had a secret group within (“The Brotherhood”) that required members to kill a “white devil” and bring back a body part as proof for inclusion in The Brotherhood.


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Ryan Leaf

Name: Ryan Leaf

NFL Teams: San Diego Chargers (1998-2000), Tampa Bay Bucaneers (2001), Dallas Cowboys (2001), Seattle Seahawks (2002)

Charges: Burglary, obtaining a controlled substance by fraud

Sentence: 5 years imprisonment with 9 months in a drug treatment facility

Random Detail: Leaf was removed from the drug treatment facility and sent to jail in Montana for, among other things, “wearing clothes he was told not to wear and volunteering his services when directed not to…

  • Darrell Monaco

    Get ready to add Aaron Hernandez to this list.

    • Silvia

      He’s already in it

  • Michael Falsia

    Athletes are not role models? Just Ball players! Nothing noble in athletics! Enjoyable perhaps but not noble.