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We’re used to seeing our favorite athletes scoring touchdowns and knocking out home runs, but what happens when they land on the wrong side of the law? Here’s a rundown of five famous sports stars who traded their sports gear for prison uniforms, showing us that nobody’s above the law, not even the rich and famous.

Mike Tyson – A Knockout in Court
The tale of Iron Mike is one of dramatic highs and lows. Tyson, once the terror of the boxing ring and the youngest heavyweight champion ever, faced a major takedown outside the ring.

In 1992, he was convicted of rape and sent to the clink for six years, getting out on parole after serving three. He tried to punch back with a ring comeback and a fresh image, but this chapter remains a grim spot in his storied, often stormy career.

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Marion Jones – Running into Trouble
Marion Jones, the golden girl of the 2000 Sydney Olympics, fell hard from her pedestal. Not only was she stripped of her five medals after admitting to steroid use, but she also ended up doing a six-month stint behind bars in 2008 for lying to the feds and being involved in a check-fraud scheme.

Her downfall put the spotlight on doping in sports, reminding us that there’s no shortcut to true greatness.

O.J. Simpson – From Gridiron to Courtroom
O.J. “The Juice” Simpson, once an NFL superstar and later a familiar face in movies and TV, found himself in the national spotlight for all the wrong reasons.

Though he dodged a bullet in a highly publicized murder trial in the ’90s, Simpson got tackled by the law in 2008. He was sentenced to 33 years for armed robbery and kidnapping but was paroled in 2017. Definitely more drama than we’re used to in the fourth quarter!

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Oscar Pistorius – A Race to the Bottom
Oscar Pistorius, South Africa’s “Blade Runner,” sprinted into history books by competing in both the Olympics and Paralympics in 2012. But his legacy came crashing down when he was convicted of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in 2013.

Initially nailed for manslaughter, it was later ramped up to murder, and he was slapped with a 13-year and five-month sentence. A true fall from grace for a man who once inspired millions.

Michael Vick – A Doggone Shame
Michael Vick, celebrated NFL quarterback, watched his career fumble big time in 2007. Guilty of running a dog fighting ring, he was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison, followed by home confinement.

Post-prison, Vick got back in the game with the Eagles, Jets, and Steelers before hanging up his cleats in 2017. His story is one of redemption, but it also serves as a warning: fame and talent don’t give you a free pass.

These stories aren’t just about falls from grace; they’re vivid reminders that actions have consequences, and fame can’t shield you from the long arm of the law. Whether it’s touchdowns or trials, it’s all about playing by the rules, both on and off the field. Until next time, keep it clean, sports fans!

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