Monday, September 18, 2006

Clarett Gets 3.5 Years in Prison

The logical question for any fan of superlatives: Is Clarett the best athlete ever to do hard time? (If not, who is? And, no, Rick Fox on "Oz" doesn't count.)

I mean, Clarett HAS to be the best football player, right? I'll have to check my latest edition of "Cellblock D Fantasy Guide."

Update (2:31 p.m.): OK, before all of you take my head off, Mike Tyson probably is the best athlete ever to do hard time. But Clarett as the best football player?

Update (2:33 p.m.): A commenter just offered up Jamal Lewis. I'd say Lewis would trump Clarett. But Lewis didn't have to do 3.5 years. Not even close. But we're definitely starting to put together our All-Prison Team.

Update (2:50 p.m.): A Commenter just swooped in with "Clarett was just signed by the Bengals." And someone mentioned Rae Carruth. (Yeesh: That dude is in his own class.)

-- D.S.

31 comments:

Isiah Thomas said...

didn't Hollywood Henderson serve time? He wasn't the greatest but he played on SB winners.

BGG34 said...

Jamaal Lewis?

ChrTh said...

Didn't Jim Brown go to jail? I could've sworn he did at one point.

So Clarett won't be playing real football for 3.5 years. This is also known as 'Being Drafted by the Oakland Raiders'

Geoff-Detroit said...

That's probably the best thing that could happen to him. He most likely would have turned up dead within a year if he didn't get prison time.

Mark (Austin, TX) said...

What about Rae Carruth at Wide Receiver (insert your own double entendre here)?

I think Jim Brown went to jail after his playing days. At this point it would have to be Jamaal Lewis in my book. The guy ran for close to or over (I forget which and am too lazy to cehck) 2,000 yards one season and then did time shortly thereafter.

Mikepcfl said...

But at least Clarett can play for the Bengals when he is eligible for work-release. (Sorry that one is too obvious)

ChrTh said...

Jim Brown after his playing days could still kick some righteous ass over today's players.

I should head over to the smoking gun and see who I can find.

Perks said...

Dan,

Any future mention of the Duquesne shooting?

And Clarett was just signed by the Bengals.

Lance A Boyle said...

At lineman, there's Mr. Nate Newton, who was pulled over with 213 pounds of marijuana. And I believe Bam Morris was busted with 100-ish pounds himself.

At tailback, there's one of my all-time favorite players, Mercury Morris.

As coach, Barry Switzer was caught with a concealed handgun trying to board a plane, but I'm sure there are better candidates than him to coach the team.

marcomarco said...

Does OJ count? Everyone knows he did it.

Big D said...

Technically... OJ did time, even if it was only for a few hours before he was bailed out.

But I'd have to give Jamal Lewis the top spot, even if it was for significantly less than 3.5 years...

Bryan said...

Didn't Michael Irvin get arrested for drug position or something like that?

Bryan said...

O.J. should at least get an honorable mention. Kinda a "nice try" award.

marcomarco said...

Don't forget, Mike Tice can get you some great seats on Ebay

marcomarco said...

We almost had cheerleaders for the 'All Jail' team

TopCats

Boomhauertjs said...

Jim Brown did some time a few years ago for domestic violence. He's the greatest running back of all time, so I'd say he's the "winner".

jen said...

Ugh, it disgusts me that Clarett was part of the Buckeyes' National Championship team. So sad that he couldn't keep himself out of trouble, go back to school and then become eligible for the draft. tsk, tsk.

This is becoming a great "All-Prison Team"...it's loaded with talent!

ChrTh said...

jen, if it makes you feel better, remember that OSU beat Miami, a school that can never claim moral superiority when it comes to criminality.

PhillyGirl said...

I think Clarett will go down as the most notorious - which won't bode well in prison. Didn't Jamaal Lewis go to federal prison? Not that prison is easy but you would have to rank State prison (violent offenders) as way worse than federal prison (more white collar criminals).
If he stayed in school, he could have been a top pick when he came out...
He is definitely the biggest fall from grace...

TBender said...

Art Schlichter at QB?

the scoop said...

OJ spent more than a few days in jail. .. . didn't he spend the entire trial in prison?

the scoop said...

answering my own question, OJ spent 15 months in prision total. that's some serious time:

http://72.14.203.104/search?q=cache:a5xeMPyOqFoJ:law.wustl.edu/journal/52/306.pdf+OJ+prison+during+trial+time+spent+bail&hl=en&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd=6&client=safari

Drucifer said...

Not to ruin a good argument, but this one's been done already:

http://www.thephatphree.com/features.asp?StoryID=850&SectionID=2&LayoutT

Dan Shanoff said...

I appreciate the link to good stuff above, but it's not like it "ruins" the comment string on this: This blog's readers can have a good time regardless, ya know?

Brian in Oxford said...

How about Dwight Muhammad Qawi (Dwight Braxton), the boxer that Wide World of Sports telecasted his fights from a ring IN A PRISON?

Rick said...

Denny McClain

Rick said...

Sonny Liston

Rick said...

Bernard Hopkins

Rick said...

Bernard Hopkins

Paulie Three Sticks said...

cnn.com posted a photo gallery of Famous Athletes Who Went to Jail.

I'd like to throw the name Rubin "The Hurricane" Carter into the discussion, even if he was imprisoned unjustly.

mrmom61 said...

The alltime hits king Pete Rose.