Many athletes are known because of their on-field antics and this is what earns them their fame and even fortune. However, a number of famous athletes have gone on to tarnish their images because of off-field antics that caused them disrepute and even ended their budding careers prematurely.
We take a look at 6 famous athletes who have been convicted of sexual assault. This list entails professional athletes from various leagues and sports across the world.
#NFL player Darren Sharper
Former NFL player cum TV analyst Darren Sharper was recently charged with sexually assaulting two women in California. The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office believe that he drugged and raped the women, and it’s suspected that he did the same to other women in the states Louisiana, Arizona and Nevada.
#Boxing legend Mike Tyson
Boxing legend Mike Tyson was convicted in 1991 and handed a prison sentence of 6 years with additional 4 years of probation for raping an 18-year-old girl. This was at the height of his stellar boxing career. After serving 3 years, he was released and was able to resume his boxing career.
#NFL player Thomas Henderson
NFL player Thomas Henderson was barely six years into his pro football career early in the 1980s when he started facing charges of cocaine use with minors, and later sexually assaulting them. He was imprisoned for two years in prison and also underwent drug rehabilitation. Henderson went on toestablish a charity that aims at preventing other athletes from making similar mistakes.
#NBA player Eddie Johnson
After enjoying 10 successful seasons in the NBA, Eddie Johnson started spiraling after being expelled from the league because of drug abuse. He was later to be charged with sexual battery and rape, as well as molestation of an 8-year-old minor. He received a life sentence which he is currently still serving.
#Baseball player Melvin Hall
Melvin Hall, Jr. who was a professional Major League Baseball player with a stellar career spanning almost 15 years came back to be haunted by a rape allegation claimed to have taken place eight years earlier. After investigations, authorities discovered that there were two additional victims who were minors at the time he sexually assaulted them. He was subsequently convicted on the three counts and handed a prison sentence of 45 years.
#Pro skateboarder Mark Rogowski
Professional skateboarder Mark Rogowski’sillustrious career came to a halt after he was charged with the rape and murder of a 22-year-old woman in 1991. After confessing to the crime, he was sentenced to 31 years imprisonment.
It’s still not clear why successful athletes, with good careers, earning good money end up committing such crimes. Mental health experts recommend that athletes seek out regular psychosocial assistance to help them learn how to cope better with the success as well as pressure of their respective professions.