18. Lawrence Phillips
Lawrence Phillips enjoyed several seasons in both the NFL and the Canadian Football League. However, an extensive criminal record ensured that he made the front pages of the news far more than the sports section. Indeed, while serving jail time for both driving his car into a group of teens and a domestic assault case involving his former girlfriend, the former running back was charged with murdering his cellmate. While awaiting trial in 2016, however, Phillips hanged himself in his cell.
17. Lawrence Taylor
Lawrence Taylor is hailed as one of the greatest NFL stars of all time. But sadly, the former New York Giants linebacker tainted his career and reputation with numerous criminal activities. Indeed, as well as receiving jail sentences on three separate occasions for attempted drug possession, Taylor pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct in 2011 when it was discovered that he had had sex with a 16-year-old girl.
16. Dave Meggett
One of Taylor’s former New York Giants teammates likewise got into trouble with the law – for truly awful offences. Running back Dave Meggett, who also played for the New York Jets and New England Patriots, was sentenced to three decades behind bars after being found guilty of raping and robbing a woman in Charleston, South Carolina.