Athletes on trial
Some of the country's greatest athletes have stood trial for various crimes, from first degree murder to illicit drug use.
Captions by the Associated Press and Newsday.com
Former Major League Baseball pitcher Roger Clemens, center, is applauded by his attorneys, Rusty Hardin, right, and Michael Attanasio, left, outside federal court in Washington. Clemens was acquitted on all charges by a jury that decided that he didn't lie to Congress when he denied using performance -enhancing drugs. (June 18, 2012)
In this image released by the Clark County Detention Center, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is seen in a booking photo in Las Vegas. The undefeated five-division champion was sentenced in December for attacking his ex-girlfriend in September 2010 -- though he was allowed to headline a May 5, 2012 fight card before reporting to jail. (June 1, 2012)
Former Jets and Giants receiver Plaxico Burress was sentenced to two years in federal prison after accidentally shooting himself in the leg with an unlicensed gun at a nightclub on November 28, 2008. On June 7, 2011, Burress was released from prison three months early for good behavior. Burress signed with the Jets for the 2011-12 NFL season.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick served a 23-month term in federal prison after pleading guilty to a federal dogfighting conspiracy. He was released on July 20, 2009, and his probation expires in November, 2012.
Home run king Barry Bonds was convicted of obstruction of justice on April 13, 2011, but the jury failed to reach a verdict on three other counts that Bonds lied to a grand jury when he denied knowingly using steroids and human growth hormone. The case remains under appeal.
Former Olympic medalist Marion Jones, center, holds hands with her husband, Obadele Thompson after being sentenced in federal court in White Plains, NY. Jones apologized, retired and gave up her five Olympic medals after admitting she lied about taking steroids and a check-fraud scheme. In 2008, she was sentenced to six months in prison and 200 hours of community service. She was released from prison after serving just under six months, and later signed with the WNBA's Tulsa Shock.
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, right, raises his hand to swear an oath as he pleads guilty to obstruction of justice in a double murder case on June 5, 2000 in Atlanta. Murder and assault charges against Lewis were dropped after he pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor and agreed to testify about what he saw during a brawl after the Super Bowl that led to two deaths outside of a nightclub. Lewis was sentenced to 12 months probation and fined $ 250,000 by the NFL. Lewis was named Super Bowl MVP the following season.
O.J. Simpson reacts as he is found not guilty of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman on Oct. 3, 1995 in Los Angeles. At left is defense lawyer F. Lee Bailey and at right, defense attorney Johnnie Cochran Jr. Simpson was convicted of an armed robbery that happened on Sept. 13, 2007 and was found guilty on the 13th anniversary of his Los Angeles murder acquittal. The Las Vegas jury deliberated for 13 hours after a 13-day trial. He was sentenced to 33 years in prison with eligibility for parole after nine years.
In 2001, former Carolina Panthers receiver Rae Carruth was sentenced to at least 18 years and 11 months in prison and a maximum of 24 years and four months for plotting to kill his pregnant former girlfriend, Cherica Adams. He's expected to be released in October, 2018.
In 1994, Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge in plotting to attack rival skater Nancy Kerrigan that caused her to be banned from the sport for life. She was sentenced to three years probation, fined $100,000, and ordered to perform 500 hours of community service. She was later twice convicted of driving under the influence.
In 1991, heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson was convicted of the rape of Miss Black America contestant Desiree Washington.Tyson served three years of a six-year prison sentence. He was later jailed for "lethal road rage," and convicted for possession of illegal narcotics and driving under the influence.
In 1990, former Cincinnati Reds player and manager Pete Rose pleaded guilty to two felony tax charges. He was sentenced to five months in prison, fined $50,000, and ordered to perform 1000 hours of community service.