These 10 former sports stars served prison time for crimes ranging from financial fraud to murder.
Oscar Pistorius — Crime: Murder; Sentence: 6 years | The six-time Paralympic gold medal-winning sprinter was arrested in 2013 for fatally shooting his girlfriend inside his home. Pistorius argued that he thought she was an intruder. After three years of court cases, Pistorius was sentenced to six years in prison. Look through this gallery for other notable athletes who served time in prison.
O.J. Simpson — Crimes: Kidnapping, Armed Robbery; Sentence: 33 years | After the football icon was infamously found not guilty of multiple murder charges in 1995, he mostly disappeared from the public eye until he was arrested again in 2008. Simpson was charged with crimes including kidnapping and armed robbery after he and a friend held-up a pair of sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel. Simpson was sentenced to 33 years in jail with parole eligibility after nine years.
Aaron Hernandez — Crime: Murder; Sentence: Life | The former NFL star tight end was arrested in June 2013 for the shooting murder of a friend. After further investigation, Hernandez was also indicted in the shooting deaths of two other men, stemming from a 2012 incident. Hernandez is serving life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Lenny Dykstra — Crimes: Fraud, Money Laundering; Sentence: 6 months | The former MLB All-Star and World Series champion developed a long rap sheet in the early 2010s. Among the charges he faced were grand theft auto, money laundering, indecent exposure and financial fraud. In 2012 he pleaded guilty to three felonies and was sentenced to three years in prison but was released after serving six months and being put on probation.
Marion Jones — Crime: Fraud; Sentence: 6 months | The former sprinting champion and WNBA player saw her reputation tarnished by performance-enhancing drug use and a jail term for illegal activities in the mid-2000s. Jones was charged in connection with a counterfeit check ring run by former Olympic gold medal winner Tim Montgomery. She served 6 months in a Texas women’s prison in 2008.
Mike Tyson — Crime: Rape; Sentence: 3 years | In 1991, Tyson was one of the most popular athletes on the planet. But his boxing career and personal reputation took a major blow when he was convicted of raping a beauty pageant winner in a hotel room. Tyson was sentenced to six years in prison but was released after serving three years.
Pete Rose — Crime: Tax Evasion; Sentence: 5 months | Rose’s issues with gambling during his baseball career are well documented but in 1990, he was arrested and convicted of tax evasion. He served five months in a prison camp and had to pay more than $360,000 in back taxes.
Dwight “Doc” Gooden — Crimes: DUI, Probation Violation; Sentence: 7 months | The former Cy Young Award winner and MLB legend has had a checkered legal history since his retirement from baseball in 2000. He’s been arrested several times but avoided serving time until 2006 when he violated his probation from a previous DUI arrest by using cocaine. Gooden served nearly 7 months in prison.
Darren Sharper — Crime: Rape; Sentence: 20 years (expected) | A Super Bowl champion and five-time former Pro Bowl selection, Sharper was likely headed into the Pro Football Hall of Fame before allegations of him being a serial rapist came to light in 2014. He was arrested and eventually charged with drugging and raping women in four states. Sharper plead guilty to the crimes and is expected to face 20 years in jail in a deal that has yet to be struck.
Tim Montgomery — Crimes: Fraud, Heroin Dealing; Sentences: 4 years; 5 years | The former Olympic gold medal winner and American sprinting hero is currently serving time for two unrelated incidents. In 2006, he was sentenced to nearly four years in prison for orchestrating a check-counterfeiting ring and in 2008, he was sentenced to five additional years for distributing heroin.