Athletes and the law: from misdemeanors to murder

Alex A. Alonso
January 10, 2007

The recent murder of Denver Bronco’s cornerback Darrent Williams seems to follow a growing trend of athletes getting caught up in violent and sometimes tragic situations off the court or field. Often times the drama escalates at a club or disco, usually between 10:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. Williams was gunned down outside the disco at 3:00 a.m. as his Hummer limo was struck with 14 bullets just minutes after an argument occurred outside the Shelter nightclub at 10th and Broadway in Denver, Colorado.


Lyman Bostock – California Angels baseball player was shot and killed while riding in a car in Gary, Indiana.


Len Bias, suffered a fatal cardiac arrhythmia that resulted from a cocaine overdose less than 48 hours after being selected by the Boston Celtics in the 1986 NBA Draft. Bias was the second player selected in the draft, after Brad Daugherty of the Cleveland Cavaliers.


Donovan (Razor) Ruddock, the ninth-ranked heavyweight in the World Boxing Council rating, was arrested along with his brother and sister Sunday night after a dispute at an airline ticket counter in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The disagreement was said to have begun when Eastern Airline ticket agents told Juneau Ruddock, 20 years old, that her ticket to Toronto was invalid because of a travel agent’s mistake. Ms. Ruddock began screaming, grabbed a ticket agent, and tried to pull her through the luggage opening at the counter, the police said. Edward Curran, a deputy, said she pushed him when he tried to calm her, and resisted his efforts to handcuff her. Then, the 6-foot-3-inch, 221-pound boxer became ”verbally abusive” and punched a dent into a computer terminal.


James Worthy, Los Angeles Lakers foward was arrested in Houston and charged with solicitation of prostitution. He was in the city with the Lakers for a game against the Houston Rockets. According the police, prior to the game, Worthy called a local escort service and requested that two women be sent to meet him in his hotel room. Unbeknownst to Worthy, police had already shut down the escort service, and they instead sent two undercover vice squad officers to the hotel to meet him.Police claimed that Worthy arranged a transaction with the women whereupon he was arrested, and after bailing out arrived late to the game against the Rockets. Sam Perkins started the game in Wothy’s place and he sat out the game. The embarrassing arrest received extensive publicity as journalists covering the game sought out and reported the reason for Worthy’s conspicuous absence from the starting lineup. A month later, Worthy pleaded no contest to both charges. He was sentenced to one year of probation, fined $1,000 USD and ordered to perform 40 hours of community service.


Lewis Billups, Former NFL player was accused of drugging and raping a woman and videotaping the 1992 assault in an attempt to extort $20,000 in exchange for not sending the tape to her husband and others. He pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of criminal conspiracy and was sentenced to three years’ probation. He died in a 1994 auto accident when he lost control of a Corvette at 100 mph.


Stan Callender, Michigan State football was charged with criminal sexual assault in an off-campus incident involving an 18-year-old Michigan State student in 1993. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge, and two felony charges were dropped. He was sentenced to two years of probation and six months in jail with all but two weeks suspended.


Tim Barnett, Kansas City Chiefs was accused of grabbing a 14-year-old hotel maid and exposing himself in 1994. He was convicted by a jury on a charge of second-degree sexual assault and was sentenced to three years in prison.
In March of 1996, Dallas Cowboy wide receiver Michael Irvin was arrested for cocaine possession at a hotel party celebrating his 30th birthday. Irvin pled no contest to the charges and was sentenced to community service, ordered to pay a $10,000 fine, and put on 4-years probation.


Dave Shotkoski – Atlanta Braves prospect pitcher was shot in West Palm Beach, Fla., during an attempted robbery.
Gus Polidor – Had just retired from a comeback attempt with the Montreal Expos when he was shot to death in Venezuela.


Cornelius Bennett of the Atlanta Falcons was accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a Buffalo hotel room in 1997. Bennett pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of sex abuse and was sentenced to 60 days in jail. He served 36. In addition to the jail sentence, Bennett was fined $1,000 and was ordered to pay $617.26 of the woman’s hospital bills, perform 100 hours of community service and undergo anger-management and substance-abuse counseling.


Rae Lamar Carruth(born January 20, 1974), wide receiver for the Carolina Panthers was invloved in the shooting death of his soon-to-be “baby’s mama,” Cherica Adams on November 16, 1999, near Carruth’s home in Charlotte, North Carolina. Adams was a woman Carruth had been dating, and she was shot four times in a drive-by shooting. Surviving the shooting for a time, Adams called 911 and described Carruth’s behavior; he had stopped his vehicle in front of hers as another vehicle drove alongside Adams’ and its passenger shot her. Carruth then drove from the scene.Adams was eight months pregnant with Carruth’s child and soon after her admission to the hospital, Adams fell into a coma. Doctors were able to save her son, Chancellor, in an emergency Caesarean section, but Cherica Adams died a month later on December 14 and the premature baby, Chancellor was born with cerebral palsy.Carruth turned himself in and posted $3 million bond but after Adams died, Carruth became a fugitive. He was eventually captured after being found hiding in the trunk of a car outside a motel in Parkers Crossroads, Tennessee. Carruth was was found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder, shooting into an occupied vehicle, and using an instrument to destroy an unborn child. He was sentenced to 18 to 24 years in prison. Carruth was found not guilty of first-degree murder and was spared the death penalty. Carruth is now serving a sentence of at least 18 years and 11 months at Nash Correctional Institution near Raleigh, North Carolina.


Paul Pierce – The Boston Celtics star was stabbed 11 times by a nightclub patron in Boston.
Fred Lane Jr. – The NFL running back was shot and killed by his wife. Lane had played for the Carolina Panthers, and had just been traded to the Indianapolis Colts before his death.


Paul Pierce – The Boston Celtics star was stabbed 11 times by a nightclub patron in Boston.
Fred Lane Jr. – The NFL running back was shot and killed by his wife. Lane had played for the Carolina Panthers, and had just been traded to the Indianapolis Colts before his death.




Dernell Stenson – The former Red Sox minor-leaguer and Cincinnati Reds prospect was kidnapped and killed during a robbery in Arizona.
Terence Kiel – The San Diego Chargers defensive back was shot in an apparent carjacking attempt at a Houston mall.
Five people were wounded, including Pro Bowl linebacker Joey Porter, a Colorado State University graduate who plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers, in a shooting near Denver’s Best All Sports Bar and Grill. Detectives focused on possible gang involvement in the shooting.




Jerome McDougle – The Philadelphia Eagles defensive end was shot in the abdomen and robbed of $20,000 while he sat in his car in Miami.
Ken Hamlin – The Seattle Seahawks free safety suffered a season-ending head injury as result of a bar fight in Seattle.
On September 30, 2005 former Washington Redskin running back, Timmy Smith, 41, who holds the record for most rushing yards in a Super Bowl game (202 in Super Bowl XXII) was arrested in Denver, Colorado by DEA agents for trying to sell a little over 1/2 kilo of cocaine to an undercover police officer. Timmy and his brother Chris Smith, 35, of Lakewood, Colo., were both charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine when they exchanged about 20 ounces of cocaine for $13,600. After warrants were served at both their homes, a total of 1,300 grams of cocaine and approximately $100,000 in assets were seized. Smith pled guilty in March 2006 for conspiring to distribute cocaine, and was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison in May. He was also ordered to pay $88,000 in back child support and must report to prison by July 10, 2006. Timmy was working during the day as youth counselor at Gilliam Youth Services Center.His brother, Christopher Smith, 35, was sentenced May 12 to five years of probation.



Terry “Tank” Johnson, a defensive tack for the Chicago Bears was arested on February 12, 2006, while still on probation and charged with aggravated assault and resisting arrest after verbally threatening a police officer. Johnson was leaving Level Nightclub on Chicago’s Rush Street when the police officer was ticketing a limousine driver who Johnson had hired. As Johnson put up a struggle, he was maced and subdued with the help of other police officers. The charges were eventually dropped.
Southern California 19-year-old freshman starting point guard Ryan Francis was shot and killed early Saturday on May 13, 2006 while riding in a car in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he was visiting his mother. The shooter was identified as D’Anthony Norman Ford.
Indiana Pacers guard Stephen Jackson was charged October 11, 2006 with a felony count of criminal recklessness folowing the October 6, 2006 incident where Jackson and three other Pacers players were involved in an argument with several patrons at Club Rio, a strip club in Indianapolis. Jackson was punched by one of the patrons and was hit by a car, rolling onto the hood. His injuries were considered minor. Jackson says he fired several gunshots from a 9-mm pistol as an act of self-defense. However, prosecutors later said he fired first.
University of Miami defensive lineman Bryan Pata was fatally shot less than two hours after the Hurricanes finished their afternoon practice Tuesday December 7, 2006. Pata was shot in the head at an apartment complex south of the university at 7:03pm.
Terry “Tank” Johnson, a defensive tack for the Chicago Bears had his house raided on December 14, 2006, in his Gurnee, IL home, and discovered that he possessed six firearms, including two assault rifles. His bodyguard William Posey was arrested from his house for possession of marijuana and Posey was killed in a shooting at Ice Bar in Chicago’s River North neighborhood just a few days later.
Julius Hodge – The Nuggets rookie was shot while driving on a Denver highway.
Minnesota Vikings Fred Smoot and Bryant McKinnie, pleaded guilty sex toys, exotic dancers, and the now-infamous Minnesota Vikings party boat cruise last October.


Denver Broncos cornerback, Darrent Williams, 24, was shot and killed while riding in a limousine early New Year’s Day. The vehicle was shot 12 times after a dispute outside a night club. Williams was struck in the neck with a bullet, according to his agent Jeff Griffin, and was pronounced dead at Denver Health Medical Center. Broncos running back Tatum Bell said he heard from witnesses that Williams died instantly.Two passengers were taken to St. Anthony Central Hospital with gunshot wounds. Brandon Flowers, who is not a member of the Broncos, was treated and released, The suspects were seen shooting from a white 1998 Chevrolet Tahoe that was recovered on January 4, 2007 and registered to Brian K. Hicks of Denver, who was jailed on drug and attempted murder charges on the day of the murder.

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1 Comment for “Athletes and the law: from misdemeanors to murder”

  1. quepolo3

    Don’t forget about Sean Taylor- Univ. of Miami, and Washington Redskins player ki*led in Florida.

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