Drugs and sports don’t go hand in hand, but both share a very intriguing relationship. Sportsmen, famous or otherwise have always been disgraced with the use of drugs for enhancing their performance, and winning the race. It is nothing new to learn sportspersons getting stripped of their hard earned medals and sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for the use of heroine of cocaine. Here is a list of top 10 sportspersons who were convicted for substance abuse.
10. Dar Strawberry:
No one could have thought that legendary golf player Dar Strawberry would face serious allegations of substance abuse. He was a four-time World Series Champion and was taken into custody for the first time in 1999 and thereon he kept on making news for all the infamous reasons.
9. George Morales:
One of the famous names in super boat racing, George Morlaes’ career was cut short for his involvement with drugs. He was arrested for smuggling cocaine in Miami and sentenced to 16 years in prison that ended his career for once and all.
8. Bob Probert:
One of the best players in the game of ice hockey, Bob Probert battled a great deal against drug addiction. His career almost came to a halt in 1989 when he was sentenced to prison for three months on charges of possession of cocaine. Had the drugs not plagued his sportsmanship, he could have ended as one of the top 5 players of all time in the sport.
7. Eddie Johnson:
Expelled from the NBA league in the year 1987, this promising basketball player has been a party to around 100 arrests and presently cooling his heels in jail for all the wrong reasons ranging from drug possession to sexual abuses. The career of this skillful player was cut short for the only reason – drugs.
6. Jamal Lewis:
One of the brightest stars in the National Football league, Jamal Lewis has to his credit numerous awards and records. His involvement with substance abuse came out as a big surprise to everyone who followed him closely. He was slapped with drug charges in the year 2004 when he was caught with 5 kg of cocaine.
5. Steve Durbano:
The famous hockey player during the 1970’s played at various levels of professional hockey including National Hockey League. He was nicknamed as “Mental Case” by fellow players and was busted in the year 1983 while he was transporting a considerable amount of cocaine to Canada.
4. Bryon Morris:
The soccer player gained a bad name for his involvement with drugs. Bryon was always in news during his playing days for all the wrong reasons and his NFL career was interrupted numerous times for the same reasons. In the year 2000 he pleaded guilty and was sentenced for about 30 months in prison.
3. Travis Henry:
A famous name with Buffalo Bills and NFL, Travis Henry was arrested in 2008 for illegal possession of cocaine. He was sentenced for three years in jail after the episode. In addition, he was ordered to pay around $4 million in fines.
2. Alex Cole:
Former MLB player, Alex Cole stands at number second position among the sportsperson that were busted for their connection with drugs. He was involved with few baseball teams during the period from 1990 to 1996. Once he left the career as a baseball player, he took to selling drugs and was caught red-handed in 2002.
1. Ben Johnson:
Ben Johnson is regarded as an all time great athlete who raced the Olympic race tracks in a way that cannot be compared. After clocking 9.79 and defeating reigning champion Carl Lewis, it was hard to believe that the reason behind his powerful performance was the use of sports drugs. Later, when the whole puzzle was solved, Ben was stripped off his medals and convicted for drug abuse.