A Gallery of Mug Shots of Famous Sports Stars

A Gallery of Mug Shots of Famous Sports Stars

Professional athletes and sports entertainers are in and out of the news for more than just their professional accomplishments. When someone is arrested they face getting their photo taken just like any other person. But the public's interest in seeing famous athletes' pictures is far greater than that of your average Joe. Here's a sampling of mugshots accompanied by a description of the troubles the athlete has seen.

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Cam Newton

Cam Newton.

In November 2008, Cam Newton was attending the University of Florida and playing on the Florida Gator's football team when he was arrested for stealing a laptop computer from another student.

When the police went to confront Newton about the laptop, he threw the laptop out of his window. Subsequently, he was charged with grand theft, burglary, and obstructing justice.

Newton was suspended from the team after the laptop was found in his possession.

All charges against Newton were dropped after he completed a court-ordered program which he was placed in after admitting to the court that he had been in possession of the stolen computer.

In 2010, Newton said this about his arrest in Florida:

"I believe that a person should not be thought of as a bad person because of some senseless mistake that they made," said Newton. "I think every person should have a second chance. If they blow that second chance, so be it for them.

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Lawrence Taylor Mugshot

Lawrence Taylor.

Former New York Giant Lawrence Taylor (a.k.a. L.T.) has earned a third spot in the Sports Stars Mugshot Gallery.

According to Rockland County police reports, in May 2010 Lawrence Taylor was arrested and charged with third-degree rape, patronizing a prostitute, sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.

Police said Taylor, 51, was staying at a New York hotel when Rasheed Davis, known for being a pimp, brought a 16-year-old to Taylor's room for sex. When the girl refused, Davis turned her over to Taylor and he sexually assaulted her, then paid her $300. He has denied the charges.

In January 2011, Taylor accepted a plea deal in the case and pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors - sexual misconduct and soliciting a prostitute.

Taylor, who admitted to having intercourse with the girl, said that she told him that she was 19 years old. He was sentenced to six years probation. Because of the guilty plea, Taylor will have to register as a sex offender.

In April 2011, Taylor was given a Level 1 sex offender status which is considered a low-risk status and his name will not appear on an online sex offender registry.

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Manny Ramirez

Manny Ramirez.

Arrested for allegedly slapping his wife.

Manny Ramirez, 39, was arrested in Weston, Florida in September 2011, for allegedly slapping his wife during a domestic dispute.

According to reports, Ramirez allegedly slapped his wife, Juliana, which caused her to hit her head on a headboard. Police were called and he was charged with battery. He has denied all charges.

Ramirez retired in spring 2011 from the Tampa Bay Rays after, for a third time in his career, he tested positive for having performance-enhancing drugs in his system.

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Miguel Cabrera

Miguel Cabrera.

On February 16, 2011, Detroit Tigers baseball star Miguel Cabrera was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after police allegedly saw drink from a bottle of scotch.

St. Lucie County Florida Sheriff's deputies said that Cabrera was wandering around with his hands up in the air prior to being handcuffed. He allegedly said to the police, "Do you know who I am? You don't know anything about my problems."

When Cabrera refused to get into the patrol car the police struck him four times by his knee.

Cabrera was charged with driving under the influence and two counts of resisting an officer without violence.

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Lawrence Taylor

Lawrence Taylor.

In November 2009, former New York Giant's legend, Lawrence Taylor was arrested in Florida for leaving the scene of an accident after he allegedly hit a car. According to the police file, Taylor thought he hit the guardrail on the Hialeah-area expressway.

Taylor was booked, then released after posting a $500 bond.

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Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson.

On December 29, 2006, former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson was charged with suspicion of driving under the influence and possession of cocaine after he was stopped by police in Scottsdale, Arizona. According to police, Tyson was driving out of the parking lot of a nightclub when he almost hit a police car. The police then saw him wiping a white powder off the dashboard of his car.

After failing the field sobriety tests, police arrested Tyson and then discovered the suspected cocaine in his back pocket and in the car. Also in the police report, Tyson is quoted as saying he was an addict with a problem.

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Marv Albert

Marv Albert.

Marv Albert, a sports announcer for NBC, was arrested on May 27, 1997, for allegedly biting his girlfriend, the then 42-year-old Vanessa Perhach, several times on her back and then forcing her to perform oral sex on him, after an argument in his hotel room at the Pentagon City Hotel.

After DNA linked Albert to bites found on Perhach, Albert was arrested and he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and battery charges. The sodomy charges were dropped.

Albert's 12-month sentence was suspended and a year later all charges were dropped.

As a result of the assault charges NBC dropped the 20-year veteran but rehired him 18-months later. He worked for NBC until 2009 and was hired by CBS in 2011 as a play-by-play sports announcer for the NFL games on CBS.

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Andrea the Giant

Andre the Giant.

Andre the Giant (aka Andre Roussimoff) was an icon in the world of wrestling during the 1970s and early 80s. At over 500 pounds, it was said he was very careful not to hurt his fellow wrestlers while in the ring, earning him the name Gentle Giant. This mug shot was taken in 1989 in Iowa, after his arrest for allegedly and uncharacteristically manhandling a cameraman.

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Gilbert Arenas

Gilbert Arenas.

Professional basketball player Gilbert Arenas (aka Agent Zero) was arrested in May 2006 in Miami after allegedly ignoring a police officer's command. The incident occurred when Arenas got out of his car to assist teammate Awvee Storey, who was being arrested for blocking traffic. An officer told Arenas to return to his car, which reportedly Arenas ignored, resulting in his arrest. The charges were later dropped.

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Plaxico Burress

Plaxico Burress.

New York Giants receiver Plaxico Burress was sentenced to two years in prison and two years probation in New York following the November 2008 incident where Burress accidentally shot himself in the thigh while at a Manhattan nightclub. He was charged with two felony counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree.

During his criminal trial in Aug. 2009, Burress agreed to a plea deal and pleaded guilty to a lesser firearms charge.

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Darrell Armstrong

Darrell Armstrong.

NBA star Darrell Armstrong was arrested in Orlando in July 2003 after allegedly blocking traffic after he failed to get a taxi. According to the report, Armstrong then fought with a police officer which resulted in his arrest. He was charged ​with battery on a law-enforcement officer and resisting arrest without violence.

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Ron Artest

Ron Artest.

Sacramento Kings forward Ron Artest was arrested in March 2007 after police responded to a 911 call from his Sacramento suburb home allegedly from Artest's wife, Kimsha Artest. The NBA star was charged with domestic violence and using force to keep a victim from reporting a crime and later released on $50,000 bail from the Placer County jail.

If the charge sticks, this will be the second domestic violence charge against Artest. In 2004, Artest completed anger management after his arrest for brawling with the mother of his children.

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Steve Austin

Steve Austin.

Known as "Stone Cold Steve Austin" among wrestling fans, Austin (aka Steve Williams) was arrested in June 2002 on misdemeanor assault charges for spousal abuse, after striking his wife. He later pleaded no contest and was sentenced to 80 hours of community service.

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Wally Backman

Wally Backman. Mug Shot

Retired baseball player Wally Backman was hired on November 1, 2004, as the manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks, but by November 5, he was fired after information about his legal and financial problems surfaced. The problems included a 2001 DUI charge, domestic abuse, harassment, and financial bankruptcy.

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Booker Robert Tio Huffman

Booker Robert Tio Huffman.

Booker Robert Tio Huffman, better known by his WWE wrestler persona Booker T, was arrested in 1987 on armed robbery charges in Houston. He was sentenced to a five-year jail term after pleading guilty but was released after 19 months. After his release, he went on to have a successful wrestling career including earning a five-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion and a six-time World Champion overall.

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Buff Bagwell

Buff Bagwell.

Marcus Bagwell, better known by his ring name, Buff Bagwell, is an American professional wrestler, who spent nine years with World Championship Wrestling between 1992 and 2001. In 2004, Bagwell spent ten days in jail in Cobb County, Georgia after he was caught driving while under the influence of prescription drugs (Lortabs and Somas). Upon his release, he attended a rehabilitation clinic.

In December 2005, Lex Luger, Bagwell, and Scott Steiner were escorted off of a plane in Minneapolis after a disturbance. The three men were held for several hours before Bagwell and Steiner were released and sent on their flight, while Luger was held without bail.

On March 28, 2006, Bagwell was sentenced to four days in jail as a result of a DUI charge in Kennesaw, Georgia.

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Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley.

Basketball player Charles Barkley was arrested, but later acquitted, for disorderly conduct in December 1997, after breaking the nose of Joseph McCarthy in a Milwaukee bar. This wasn't the first time he was arrested on assault charges. In July 1996, he was arrested after getting into an altercation at a dance bar in Cleveland. In October 1997, he was charged with aggravated battery and resisting arrest after throwing a man through a glass window at a dance bar in Orlando.

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Ken Caminiti

Ken Caminiti.

Baseball star Ken Caminiti struggled with alcohol, steroid and drug abuse throughout most of his career. After his retirement, he made a public admission of his steroid use, which was the first of such admission from any baseball player. His actions resulted in Congressional inquiries into steroid use among players.

In March 2001, Caminiti was arrested for possession and sentenced to probation.

On October 1, 2004, after testing positive for cocaine a month before, Caminiti admitted to violating his parole and was sentenced to 180 days, but given credit for time served and was released. By October 10, 2004, Caminiti was dead. The New York City Medical Examiners Office attributed his death to "acute intoxication due to the combined effects of cocaine and opiates," but coronary artery disease and an enlarged heart were also contributing factors.

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Jennifer Capriati

Jennifer Capriati.

In May 2004, tennis star Jennifer Capriati was charged with possession of marijuana after the Coral Gables, Florida police went to Capriati's hotel room in search of a runaway girl. She received a misdemeanor in exchange for attending drug counseling.

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Derrick Coleman

Derrick Coleman.

In July 2002, former NBA basketball player Derrick Coleman was arrested in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan and charged with driving under the influence after police stopped him for driving 100 mph. This wasn't his first or last arrest.

2001 - Coleman had his license revoked because he refused to take a sobriety test after an accident in October of 2001. He was eventually was acquitted of the drunken driving charges due to a mistrial.

1999 - Coleman was accused of urinating in front of patrons at Intermezzo Italian Ristorante and was charged with disorderly conduct. He pleaded no contest to a disorderly conduct charge stemming from the incident.

1997 - Coleman, along with others, were arrested and charged with interfering with a police officer's duty in Detroit. He was released on a $100 bond on the misdemeanor charge.

1988 - Coleman was charged with criminal mischief in the fourth degree and harassment He later pleaded guilty to harassment and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors.

1995 - Coleman was arrested in Detroit and charged with refusing to move his truck and swearing at a police officer. The case ended in a mistrial.

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Mike Danton

Mike Danton.

Mike Danton, (born Michael Jefferson), ex-forward for the St. Louis Blues hockey team, pleaded guilty on July 16, 2004, to conspiring to murder his agent, David Frost.

In a bizarre case involving sexual exploitation, mind control, and murder conspiracies, Danton was sentenced to seven and a half years without the possibility of parole. David Frost has always denied that he was Danton's target.

On a side note, in 2006, David Frost was charged with 12 counts of sexual exploitation for crimes alleged to have occurred with three females and four males between the ages of 14 and 16. The incidents were said to have occurred when he was Danton's junior hockey coach.

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Sergei Fedorov

Sergei Fedorov.

Professional ice hockey player Sergei Fedorov was arrested in Michigan in September 2001 for driving while impaired. Fedorov pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a year's probation, 100 hours of community service, and ordered to pay fines and court costs.

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Ric Flair

Ric Flair.

In December 2005, professional wrestler Ric Flair (aka The Nature Boy) was charged with injury to personal property and simple assault and battery after a road rage incident in Charlotte, North Carolina. Allegedly Flair grabbed a motorist by the neck and kicked the door of the motorist's sport utility vehicle. The charges were dropped after the witnesses failed to show for a scheduled court appearance.

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Franklin Francisco

Franklin Francisco. ​

Major League Baseball pitcher Franklin Francisco was arrested on June 30, 2005, and charged with aggravated battery after he threw a chair into the crowd of Oakland fans during a September 2004 game.

The chair hit a woman, causing a deep cut on her face, which required stitches.

Francisco pleaded no contest and was sentenced to a work program and mandatory anger management classes. He was also suspended from the team for the remainder of 2004.

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Joe Frazier

Joe Frazier. ​

Former heavyweight world champion Joe Frazier was arrested in February 2004 after police responded to a 911 domestic violence call from his North Philadelphia home. When police arrived a woman, the mother of Frazier's son, answered the door. She told the police that Frazier had hit her and there were injuries to her face to back up the claim. The charges were later dropped after the woman refused to testify against Frazier.

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Oronde Gadsen

Oronde Gadsen. ​

Former wide receiver with the Miami Dolphins, Oronde Gadsen, was arrested in April 2004, for driving under the influence in Pembroke Pines Florida.

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Dwight Gooden

Dwight Gooden. Mug Shot

In February 2002, former major league baseball pitcher Dwight Gooden, also known as Doc Gooden or Dr. K, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, having an open container of alcohol in his vehicle, and driving with a suspended license. He was sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to a lesser charge of reckless driving.

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Dwight Gooden

Dwight Gooden.

On March 12, 2005, former baseball pitcher Dwight Gooden was arrested and charged with misdemeanor domestic battery in Tampa, Florida. The police report said he punched his girlfriend after she threw a telephone at his head. He was released two days later.

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Dwight Gooden

Dwight Gooden.

On August 23, 2005, former baseball legend Dwight Gooden was stopped in Tampa for driving erratically but fled the scene. The police reported that Gooden's speech was slurred and they smelled alcohol on him. After three days he turned himself into the police and received a misdemeanor DUI and resisting arrest charge.

In March 2006, Gooden was arrested for violating his probation because of cocaine use. As his punishment, he had the choice of an extended probation or prison. He chose prison and spent from April 2006 until his release in November 2006.

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Dwayne Goodrich

Dwayne Goodrich.

In March 2003, Former cornerback on the Dallas Cowboys, Dwayne Goodrich was charged with two counts of manslaughter and three counts of failure to stop and render aid as well as aggravated assault. The charges stemmed from an incident in January 2003, when Goodrich, driving 110 mph, plunged through a fiery accident, hitting three men, killing two, then fled the scene.

The two men killed were helping a motorist escape his burning car when Goodrich struck them.

On September 8, 2003 Goodrich was convicted on two counts of criminally negligent homicide and sentenced to seven and a half years in prison and fined $20,000 for the accident.

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Asia Gray

Asia Gray.

In November 2003, Asia Gray, the fiancee of NFL Cleveland Brown running back William Green, pleaded innocent to felonious assault and domestic violence charges. According to reports, Green tripped on the stairs and he fell on one of the items he was carrying -- a six-inch knife. He went to the hospital and received three stitches. Upon investigation, the police determined that Gray stabbed Green in the back with the knife during a domestic argument and subsequently placed Gray under arrest.

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Tanya Harding

Tanya Harding.

Tanya Harding pleaded guilty in 1998 to conspiracy to hinder prosecution after she denied having any prior knowledge of her former husband's plot, which involved hiring a hit man to attack her skating competitor, Nancy Kerrigan.

In what became known as "The Whack Heard 'Round the World" Kerrigan was attacked and beaten on the leg with a metal baton during practices for the 1994 US Championships. Kerrigan had to pull out of the competition and Harding won but was soon in the middle of an investigation involving a plot by her ex-husband Jeff Gillooly to disable Kerrigan so that Harding would get into the Championship.

At first, Harding denied any knowledge of the plot, but in 1998, she admitted she had knowledge that she withheld from investigators. Subsequently, she was fined $160,000 and had to perform 500 hours of community service and later stripped of her 1994 national championship and banned by the U.S. Figure Skating for life.

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Eddie Guerrero

Eddie Guerrero.

Eduardo Gory Guerrero Llanes, better known by his ring name Eddie Guerrero and "Latino Heat," was a Mexican American professional wrestler who in November 2001 was charged with driving under the influence while in Florida.

Tragically, on November 13, 2005, at age 38, Guerrero was found dead in his hotel room in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Autopsy reports revealed that Guerrero died as a result of acute heart failure, caused by undiagnosed arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease and enlargement of the heart as a result of prior anabolic steroid abuse.

Although Guerrero had not taken alcohol or illicit drugs for nearly four years, his past excesses contributed to his heart failure. At the time of his death, he had recently used narcotic painkillers.

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Norris Harrison, Jr.

Norris Harrison, Jr.

Former world championship wrestler Norris Harrison, Jr. (aka Hard Body) was indicted in October 2005 for forcing women into prostitution. According to, the indictment stated, "once the defendants lured women into their service, they used physical violence, sexual abuse, threats of force, sleep and food deprivation, constant monitoring, and an elaborate debt system to keep the women working involuntarily as prostitutes."

Harrison was arrested on August 18, 2004, after a woman told police she was being held against her will.

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Michael Irvin

Michael Irvin.

Former Dallas Cowboys football player and later, ESPN's NFL Countdown broadcaster, Michael Irvin was arrested in Plano, Texas after police