A list of famous athletes who have been convicted of drug charges or related crimes, whether it be drug trafficking, drug dealing, or drug possession. Both professional and amateur athletes have been included in this list, although amateurs on this list must have competed in the Olympics, or some other equal level of competition. For whatever reason, jocks have an on going knack for getting themselves into trouble with the police. Apparently these athletes don't know how to beat a mouth swab test.
Lance Armstrong is a professional American cyclist and testicular cancer survivor who, in 2012, was stripped of the seven Tour de France titles he won from 1999 to 2005 due to evidence of performance-enhancing drug use.
Cyclist Lance Armstrong was born on September 18, 1971, in Plano, Texas. At age 16, Armstrong became a professional triathlete. In 1989, the U.S. Olympic development team invited him to train as cyclist. He placed 11th in the World Championship Road Race, with the best time of any American since 1976. From 1999 to 2005, Armstrong won seven consecutive Tour de France titles, inspiring others with his cancer survival. In 2012, the U.S Anti-Doping Agency stripped Armstrong of his seven Tour titles—as well as other honors he received from 1999 to 2005—and banned him from cycling for life, concluding that Armstrong had used banned performance-enhancing substances during those years. The cyclist vehemently denied the claims for several months thereafter, but in January 2013, admitted to having used performance-enhancing drugs in a televised interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Beginning in 1997, Agassi went through a difficult patch, both professionally and personally. He failed to win any tournaments that year, and the former number-one player dropped significantly in the rankings. According to his autobiography Open, Agassi had been introduced to crystal meth by a friend. He tested positive for drugs in 1997, but he told the Association of Tennis Professionals that his drug use had been accidental. Agassi claimed that he had "unwittingly" drank a drug-laced beverage belonging to a friend. Speaking about his drug use, he later told People magazine that "I can't speak to addiction, but a lot of people would say that if you're using anything as an escape, you have a problem."
Eventually turning his life around, Agassi launched an impressive comeback in 1999. He won two Grand Slam titles that year—the French Open and the U.S. Open.
Born October 12, 1975, Los Angeles, California, Marion Jones is the first woman to win five track-and-field medals at a single Olympics. In 2006, Jones tested positive for a banned substance but was later cleared by a follow-up test. In 2007, however, she admitted to using banned substances and subsequently returned her Olympic medals.
much of her career, Jones was suspected of using steroids. In 2003 a
federal investigation into illegal steroid distribution by the Bay Area
Laboratory Co-operative (BALCO) led to allegations by BALCO founder
Victor Conte and Jones's ex-husband, C.J. Hunter, that the sprinter used
banned substances. Jones, who had never failed a drug test at that
time, denied the allegations. In 2006 she tested positive for a banned
substance but was later cleared by a follow-up test. The following year,
however, she pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators about her
drug use and admitted to having taken steroids. In November 2007 track
and field's international governing body—the International Association
of Athletics Federations—annulled all of Jones's results since September
2000, including her Olympic titles. The International Olympic Committee
officially stripped Jones of her five medals from the Sydney Games the
following month. In January 2008 she was sentenced to six months in
prison for providing false statements to federal investigators about her
steroid use and for her involvement in a check-fraud scheme.
Fast Eddie Johnson
Former Auburn Tigers standout "Fast Eddie" Johnson had a promising NBA career cut short after drug addiction led to his expulsion from the league in 1987. Through 2006, Johnson had around 100 arrests on his record for everything from burglary to sexual battery of a minor child to rape. It was a sexual battery charge that was the last straw for Johnson who received a life sentence as a result in 2008. He currently spends his days with no possibility of parole in the Santa Rose Correctional Institution.
Former Olympic weightlifting champion Galabin Boevski of Bulgaria was convicted of international drug trafficking and sentenced to nine years, four months in prison.
The judge from a federal court in Sao Paulo announced the sentencing
Thursday, nearly five months after Boevski was detained at the city’s
international airport and accused of trying to leave the country with 16
pounds of cocaine “worth nearly $500,000” in Europe. He was also fined
Boevski won the gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics in the 152-pound
category. He also won world titles in the category in 1999 and 2001. He
was banned for eight years by the International Weightlifting
Federation for doping in 2004.
Little more than a fourth outfielder during his seven-year career, Alex Cole played seven seasons for five different teams. His biggest asset was his speed, as he stole 148 bases in his career and topped the 30 mark twice in his career.
After he retired, he fell into the world of drugs. In 2001, he was arrested on possession of heroin with intent to distribute when he was caught attempting to sell a kilo of the drug to undercover cops. He and four other men were arrested and charged, and in the end Cole served 18 months in prison.
Arguably one of the best enforcers to play the game of hockey, Bob Probert also battled a great deal of drug addiction issues during his time. Probert, who played primarily for the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks, nearly saw his drug problems end his playing career including in 1989 when he was sentenced to three months in prison for possession of cocaine. Probie, as he was known by his beloved fans, died suddenly of a heart attack on July 5, 2010.
Hope Amelia Solo
Born in 1981, Hope Solo started out her soccer career as a forward on her high school team. She became one of the top goalies in her sport during her college years at the University of Washington. An alternate for the 2004 Olympics, Solo helped the U.S. women's soccer team bring home the gold medal four years later, at the Beijing Olympics. She won the Golden Glove Award at the 2011 World Cup, and competed on Dancing with the Stars that same year. At the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London,
Just before the 2012 Olympics, Solo ran into trouble. She tested
positive for a banned substance—a diuretic—and explained that she had
taken the medication as part of a pre-menstrual treatment prescribed by
her doctor, adding that she didn't know it contained the banned drug.
After working with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, Solo was given a warning
for what she called "an honest mistake," and was cleared to compete at
the Olympics. "As someone who believes in clean sport, I am glad to have
worked with the USADA to resolve this matter, and I look forward to
representing my country," she told NBC Sports.
Lawrence Taylor was born on February 4, 1959 in Williamsburg, Virginia. He entered the NFL draft in 1981 and was the second overall pick, selected by the New York Giants. During his 13-year career, he was named an All-Pro six times (1981–1987) and made 10 Pro Bowl appearances (1981–1990 seasons). He was inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1999.
In contrast to Taylor’s glory and fame on the gridiron, his personal
life has been marred and ravaged by drug addiction and controversy.
Taylor admitted that he had a problem with alcohol, however his drug of
choice was Cocaine. Taylor tested positive for cocaine while playing in
the NFL in 1987, and was suspended for 30 days from the league, and
tested positive again in 1988. After testing positive twice, he
supposedly gave up drugs for the next five years as a third positive
test would have ended his career. As his retirement neared, Taylor
looked forward to no longer having to abide by the NFL’s anti-drug
policy and looked forward to using cocaine regularly again. He went to
drug and alcohol treatment two times, and was arrested three more times
on drug charges after buying cocaine from an undercover police officer.
Alex Rodriguez was, born in New York City in 1975. Alex Rodriguez made his major league debut with the Seattle Mariners at age 18, playing shortstop. He later played for the Texas Rangers and New York Yankees, and in 2007 became the youngest player to hit 500 career home runs. His career faltered after his 2009 admission that he had used performance-enhancing drugs from 2001 to 2003, but he went on to help the Yankees win the 2009 World Series.
Justin Gatlin was born on February 10, 1982, and raised in Pensacola, Florida.
In July 2006, Gatlin was suspended from international competition after
testing positive for testosterone. He denied using any
performance-enhancing drugs, but agreed to an eight-year ban from track
and field to avoid a lifetime ban in exchange for his cooperation with
authorities. As a result, his 2006 world record was annulled. In
December 2007, the ban was reduced to four years.
Over the next four years, Justin Gatlin served out his sentence, looking
for other avenues to exercise his exceptional athletic talent.