9 Most Shocking College Athlete Arrests
Being a college athlete can be a tricky thing for a young person to pull off. If you’re good enough at certain sports and people (with money) notice you, you might get it in your head that the world belongs to you. And that can sometimes lead to trouble.
Of course, that doesn’t even come close to explaining cases like ex-Louisville basketball player Chris Jones. He was recently charged with rape and sodomy, a crime that got him dismissed from the team and may end up putting him in jail. That was one of the most shocking college athlete arrests in recent memory.
But Jones isn’t the first college athlete to get locked up. Today we’re going to look at his and eight other college athletes arrests that made us scratch our heads.
Take a look.
9 Most Shocking College Athlete Arrests
I mentioned him in the intro, and (unfortunately) it bears repeating that the recent case involving dismissed Louisville basketball point guard Chris Jones has been one of the most high-profile college athlete arrests of recent memory. And since Jones was only just arrested, this story is still far from finished.
Alex Abreu was also a point guard for a college basketball team before his unfortunate brush with the law. The team was University of Akron, and Abreu was by most accounts on track for a promising basketball career. But he got arrested for possession of a five-pound bag of marijuana, got two years in prison, and was suspended from the team.
Michael Fleurizard is just one of thousands who have committed a violent crime indirectly relating to...pizza? Fleurizard was arrested for first-degree robbery after he and two other accomplices allegedly assaulted and robbed a pizza delivery man. He was a freshman when it happened, and he lost his spot on the Marshall University football team before the first game of the season.
Derrick Washington was in the news last summer when ESPN uncovered new sexual assault allegations against the former Missouri Tiger. but it was almost five years ago now that he lost his spot on the team and served four months in prison for the same crime, and no matter how his career or life go from now on, he'll always be a registered sex offender.
Back in 2013, four Vanderbilt football players—Brandon Banks, Cory Batey, Jaborian “Tip” McKenzie and Brandon Vandenburg—were first let go from the team due to rape allegations against them, supported by some damning video testimony. Since then, the case has continued to make its way through the legal system, with multiple convictions and plea deals and a story that continues to develop even in the last month.
Vanderbilt Rape Case
Most college athlete arrests have no direct connection to the athlete's conduct on the field, so when a college soccer player actually manages to get arrested because of something he did during a game, it is a little shocking. That's what happened to Peter McGlynn, UC Santa Barbara defender who was arrested after he punched a referee. Don't punch referees.
Willamette University football player Beau Smith isn't making headlines for his football skills but because of his involvement in the death of a 66-year-old man. When Smith was arrested back in November of 2014, the charge was murder, but it's since been reduced to manslaughter. Smith's future is still up in the air, but getting arrested for murder is never a good sign.
Most of the crimes listed here can be described as crimes of passion, but you got to take your hat off for Marquis Butler, Dametrius Turner, and Alphonso Valdez, who decided to put their intellects to work instead of their emotions. The three former University of South Dakota football players were running a complicated IRS fraud scheme, which eventually got out of control and led to their arrest.
Marquis Butler, Dametrius Turner, and Alphonso Valdez
Marshall Wall, Ronnie Williams and Tabias Russell were all on the Faulkner University football team out of Alabama when their careers came to an abrupt halt after all three of them got arrested. The crime? Murder, of Ryan Brooks, who was also on the Faulkner football team.