Threw it all away

Steven Kertis, Reporter

Steven Kertis

Athletes hit the mountaintop with fame, fortune and success in their careers, but some of those athletes tend to throw it all away in the most notorious ways possible.

Aaron Hernandez was a tight end on the New England Patriots for three seasons. He became one of the most dominant tight ends in the game scoring five touchdowns in each of his first two seasons. He was also a participant in Super Bowl XLVI and scored a touchdown in the game.

Aaron Hernandez’s career took a life altering turn as he was involved in the murder of Odin Lloyd. Lloyd’s body was found a mile away from Hernandez’s house on June 13, 2013.

A couple months later he was indicted on a grand jury for the murder of Lloyd. On April 15, 2015, Hernandez was found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole. On April 19, 2017, he was found dead hanging from bed sheets.

Another athlete who threw it all away is O.J Simpson. Simpson scored a total of 61 touchdowns and rushed for over 11,000 yards for the Buffalo Bills.

He got into legal troubles in 1994 when Nicole Brown Simpson and Rod Goldman were stabbed to death in Los Angeles. Simpson was a part of a low speed chase through Los Angeles. O.J. Simpson was found not guilty for the killings of Goldman and Simpson but that is not the only trouble O.J. Simpson would be in.

In September of 2007, Simpson was involved in an armed robbery in Las Vegas. He was found guilty with kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon, which were among the felony charges. He was sentenced to 33 years in prison. He was released in 2017.

Other athletes that threw it all away were biker Lance Armstrong, sprinter Marion Jones, baseball players Mark Mcguire, Sammy Sosa, and Barry Bonds, boxer Mike Tyson, cyclist Oscar Pistorious, and NBA player Lamar Odom just to name a few.