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Football star Plaxico Burress went to prison for shooting himself in a nightclub. And former NHL player Mike Danton was paroled after serving five years for plotting to kill his agent. But pro athletes aren't actually more likely to commit crimes that the average citizen.
After a football star at Alcorn State is revealed to be a registered sex offender, some ask why NCAA is resisting demands that it ban colleges from enrolling such athletes. The National Collegiate Athletic Association does not have a rule against allowing convicted felons to participate in NCAA sports and it does not anticipate changing its policy, even as it faces public pressure following the revelation that a star football player at Alcorn State University is a registered sex offender. But this week, the NCAA doubled down on its policy.
As a person in the world inthere are many things about Lawrence Taylor that you need to know. The first is that he was arrested in May of and charged with the solicitation and rape of a year-old runaway who was brought to his hotel room against her will. The age of consent in the state of New York is The second thing you should know about Taylor is that he admitted to having sex with the girl and took a plea deal to the lesser misdemeanor charges of sexual misconduct and patronizing a prostitute in order to escape the ramifications of being found guilty to the far more serious charge of rape of a minor.
The new uniform color for some sports figures? For the ones convicted of crimes, it's orange—as in prison jumpsuits. Sports, crime and money have long been intertwined.
Alcorn State University has enrolled Jamil Cooks, who has become a star player on the institution's football team. Last year, Alcorn State was criticized for having a transfer on its football team after being arrested on rape charges while he was on the team at Vanderbilt University. Cooks is a registered sex offender.
Officials say Lange was found not guilty by reason of mental defect of sexual assault of a child under 16 in May of However, Lange has been previously convicted of exposing genitals to a child, sex with a child age 16 or older, and second degree sexual assault of a child. A community meeting regarding his release will be held at 5 p.
A list of famous athletes who have been convicted of sexual assault or related crimes, including rape. Both professional and amateur athletes have been included, although amateurs on this list must have competed in the Olympics, or some other equal level of competition and be somewhat recognizable to the public. Former NFL player Darren Sharper has been charged with drugging and raping two women in California and also is suspected of doing the same to other women in Arizona, Nevada and Louisiana, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney's office. Renowned boxer Mike Tyson dealt with a rape charge during the peak of his career in
Any criminal charge is serious, but sexual crimes follow those who commit them for the rest of their lives. These famous sex offenders are all on record for their offenses. Some famous athletes have been convicted of sexual assault, and several reality television stars have spent time in prison for abusing under-age victims.
Hundreds of college and professional athletes, along with some college and Olympic coaches, have been accused of sexual assault in recent years, including gang rape. While athletes have gone to prison for their sex crimes, studies show that relatively few accusations lead to arrest or conviction. Researchers say schools, leagues and Olympic organizations frequently have failed to investigate credible allegations and that sports programs have ignored or covered up sex crimes by star athletes, who often receive preferential treatment from schools, teams and police. While no sport is immune from allegations of sexual abuse, researchers say extremely aggressive sports, such as football, can fuel what they call a culture of rape.