5 professional athletes that have served time behind bars

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The former Sunderland footballer Adam Johnson has recently been sentenced to 6 years in jail due to sexual activity with a 15-year old. The 28-year old is far from being alone amongst athletes that have spent time behind bars. Here is a list of 5 athletes that have been incarcerated.

1. Floyd Mayweather Jr., arguably the best pound-for-pound boxer, was accused and found guilty of domestic violence against the mother of his children, along with harassment charges, robbery, and threats to his children in 2012. He spent a meagre 6 months in jail and has since returned to the boxing scene.

2. His father and former trainer and former professional boxer, Floyd Mayweather Sr. also spent time in prison for violating drug trafficking laws in 1992. He spent 5 years in federal prison.

3. Running back O.J. Simpson, often referred to as “The juice” by fans is currently spending time behind bars. Along with the long court case regarding the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, from which he was acquitted in 1995, he had another run in with the police in 2007. He was charged and found guilty of armed robbery and kidnapping in Las Vegas. He was sentenced to serve 33-years in jail, and is currently in Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada

4. Another famous boxer, Mike Tyson was accused of raping Desiree Washington, an 18-year old beauty contestant. In 1992 he was sentenced to 6 years in prison but only served 3. He also has since returned back to the ring.

5. Marion Jones, the former world champion track and field athlete who was a favorite during the 2000 summer olympics was found guilty of using performance-enhancing steroids in 2007. She was sentenced to 6 months in jail. Some found this ruling harsh as there were numerous athletes using steroids but not receiving jail time.

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