Whether or not people should own guns is another discussion but I think that it’s safe to say that the jury is in on athletes carrying guns. While I can’t recall a single incident in which an athlete has used a gun in self defense, there are countless incidents every year involving an athlete, a gun, and poor decision making. Here are the top seven reasons that athletes shouldn’t own guns:
If you are an athlete who insists on having a gun on him, it’s probably not a good idea to sign with a team who plays in a city where guns are illegal (or at least were illegal) and not bring them into a locker room where they are expressly prohibited. Arenas had been one of the richest NBA players (signed a six-year, $111 million deal in 2008) until he puled a gun on fellow teammate Javaris Crittenton in the locker room.
6. Tank Johnson
Johnson was sentenced to probation and home confinement after cops found enough guns to arm a militia in his home because it was not his first time run in with the law. He was later sent to prison for four months for violating his probation and another 45 days for yet another misdemeanor gun charge and was suspended by the NFL.
Of course, while there are plenty of reasons for professional athletes to carry guns but it’s probably not a good idea for a washed up college running back who needs cash for his legal fees to have. Clarett, after not being able to make it into the NFL despite excellent college numbers, robbed two people outside of a nightclub at gunpoint and made off with just a cell phone.
Before Clarett could be tried on two counts of robbery, he was arrested for making an illegal U-turn, driving drunk, and having a sword, two handguns, and a rifle in the car with him. Oh, and for spitting at the arresting officers and couldn’t be taken down with a taser because he was wearing body armor. He was later sentenced to seven and a half years in prison.
4. Marvin Harrison
Although he was one of the most likable guys in the league, Harrison is alleged to have shot two people outside of Harrison’s “Chuckie’s Garage.” Although police know that the gun was Harrison’s, they haven’t been able to confirm the stories of the two men that he shot, one on purpose and one by accident.
Williams is currently facing a minimum of 18 months in jail after pleading guilty to a simple “aggravated assault” charge…for killing a guy. That’s right. 18 months. For killing a guy.
Williams had shot his limo driver and “allegedly” attempted to cover it up by getting rid of the body. A jury had acquitted him of any serious charges thanks to a lawyer who undoubtedly received a massive bonus.
After assaulting a stripper and being involved in a shooting that followed, charges were not pressed against Jones for the gun incident but he is being sued in civil court by former a former pro-wrestler who was injured in the shooting who claims that not only was Jones involved in the shooting but the former Tennessee Titan bit his leg.
1. Plaxico Burress
The number one reason that athletes shouldn’t own guns is that a lot of these big guys really fit into the stereotype of a big, stupid jock. Exhibit A: Plaxico Burress. While at a nightclub, Burress had a handgun in the waistband of his sweatpants. During the night, the gun slid down and the trigger went off, shooting Burress in the leg. He’s currently serving two years on weapons charges.