The 5 Craziest Sports Stars with Guns

Is it just us, or do football and basketball players keep getting mixed up in ridiculous weapons violations more and more these days? Plaxico Burress shot himself accidentally in a Manhattan nightclub, Gilbert Arenas pulled a gun on a teammate after a fight over a card game, and Shaun Rodgers was just arrested for trying to board an airplane with a firearm. These stories are increasingly crazier by the year — and are obvious proof that millions of dollars only increases your bank account total, not your IQ.

Plaxico Burress – In one of the quickest falls from grace ever, Burress went from multi-million dollar Super Bowl champion to jailbird in a matter of months. Apparently feeling the need for protection in the LQ nightclub, he brought a loaded Glock along for the ride, securely tucked in the waistband of his jeans. Unfortunately for him, the pistol slid down his pants, and while attempting to stop it from hitting the floor, the gun went off, putting a bullet firmly in his right thigh. Credited with ruining the New York Giants’ chances of a repeat championship season, Burress was suspended without pay for the rest of the season, and accepted a plea deal that landed him in prison for two years. Maybe he should’ve bought some pants that fit.

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Gilbert Arenas – This was a completely odd situation from beginning to end, starring the eccentric, yet highly talented Washington Wizards point guard. Arenas and teammate Javaris Crittenton apparently got into a dispute over a Christmas Eve card game while on a team plane that spilled into the locker room, resulting in each playing pulling out guns. Evidently, lockers are great for storing more than just sneakers and deodorant. Santa left Arenas something worse than coal for his Christmas blunder, he received 30 days in a halfway house, two years probation, 400 hours of community service, and suspension without pay for the rest of the season.

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Shaun Rogers – The latest stunt of mammoth proportions had the 350 pound defensive tackle attempting to carry a concealed weapon onto an airplane. No, that’s not a typo; Rogers literally went into an airport security checkpoint with a .45 handgun in his bag. This one was just so mind bogglingly stupid that the Pro-Bowler was tossed in jail for a night while the prosecutors figured out what to charge him with. The story is just beginning to write itself though, as Rogers will face further issues with the NFL, the state, and the federal government for his mistake.

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Tank Johnson – This class act’s outrageous behavior has gotten him in handcuffs, maced, jailed, and cut from more than one professional team that became sick of his endless antics. After prior arrests for illegal handgun possession, assault, and resisting arrest, Johnson’s home was searched in 2006 while he was on probation. The cops found a bounty of weaponry, including two assault rifles and multiple hand guns. The defensive tackle spent over four months in jail for his illegal arsenal, and was suspended for half of the NFL season. Talk about taking “home defense” a little too seriously.

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Delonte West – Cleveland Cavaliers guard, Delonte West might be slightly paranoid. Or hopefully his attorney can convince a jury of it, as he was pulled over in September 2009 for speeding wildly on his motorcycle and was subsequently searched. Upon further inspection, police found three weapons on West, which might suggest the basketball star’s heightened level of paranoia and obsession with self defense. Either that or he’s seen Desperado one too many times. West had a 9mm Beretta and a .357 magnum on him, backed up by a Remmington shotgun in a guitar case on his back. Is this guy a point guard or Rambo?

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