Incredible athletes currently in jail

David Megget

As kickoff and punt returner in the NFL, David Meggett amassed the most yards on punt returns in the entire NFL—in his rookie season (1989-90). Along with 531 receiving yards and 117 rushing yards, that earned him a berth in the Pro Bowl. In his second season (1990-91), he once more lead the league in punt return yardage and won a Super Bowl as a member of the New York Giants. He continued to put up big rushing and return numbers with various teams, all the way until he retired in 1998.

After his playing days, he built up a troubling rap sheet: he was arrested in Toronto for assaulting an escort, resigned as a Parks Director in North Carolina after being accused of assaulting an ex-girlfriend, for which he was convicted of misdemeanor sexual battery and received two years of probation. Then, in January 2009, he was charged with burglary and criminal sexual conduct. Authorities say Meggett raped a college student at her home in South Carolina (which he claims was consensual, as she was paying back a debt with sexual favors). The plaintiff argued that she indeed owed Meggett $200 at the time of the crime, but awoke in the middle of the night to find him standing in her bedroom saying he “wanted a down payment.” For this crime, Meggett was sentenced to a maximum of 30 years in prison.