It is hardly shocking to any sports fan today. Whether pro athletes are using steroids to gain an edge on the field or recreational drugs or booze to lose their edge off of it, stories of pro athletes getting caught up with drugs or alcohol seem to always be in the headlines.
Here are some Texas athletes that have had run-in’s with the law over drugs or alcohol:
1. Sam Hurd (NFL, Cowboys)
Hurd attempted to negotiate a deal to purchase and distribute as much as 10 kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of weed per week to distribute in the Chicago area. The deal, which just happened to be with an undercover cop, was prompted by an investigation into Hurd’s possible illegal drug trafficking activities while he was still with the Dallas Cowboys. In August of 2012 he was jailed indefinitely for failing drug tests and attempting to buy drugs while awaiting trial on the original drug charges.
2. Ryan Leaf (NFL, Cowboys)
Peyton Manning and Ryan Leaf were widely considered the two best players available in the 1998 draft and after many failed attempts his short-lived comeback with the Cowboys in 2001 ended when he failed his first physical and was let go. The Cowboys brought him back when Quincy Carter was injured but released him again in May 2002 after he had appeared in only four games — all losses. In May 2009 was indicted on burglary, drug possession charges in Texas. Sentenced to 5 years, also faces parole revocation on earlier drug possession conviction.
3. Nate Newton (NFL, Cowboys)
Professional football guard Nate Netwon played in three Super Bowls and six Pro Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys and Carolina Panthers. Two years after his retirement from pro football he was busted in Louisiana with 213 pounds of marijuana. Five weeks later he was caught again, this time with 175 pounds of marijuana in Texas. Newton was sentenced to 30 months in prison for drug trafficking.
4. Josh Brent (NFL, Cowboys)
Josh Brent was charged with intoxication manslaughter after he flipped his car in accident that killed teammate Jerry Brown in Irving, Texas.
5. Greg Anderson (NBA, Spurs)
Former University of Houston and NBA player Gregory “Cadillac” Anderson had a long career in professional basketball during the 1980s and 1990s. Anderson was caught with a large amount of cocaine in Biloxi, Mississippi. In 1998, he pleaded guilty to possession with the intent to distribute and was given just five months in prison.
6. Jay Ratliff (NFL, Cowboys)
In September 2013 Cowboys DT Jay Ratliff was arrested on suspicion of dDWI after his pickup truck sideswiped a semitrailer truck on Hwy 114 in eastern Grapevine.
7. Carl Everett (MLB, Rangers)
Former Major League Baseball player Carl Everett has been arrested on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and tampering with a witness.
Everett played as an outfield in the MLB for 14 years with the Houston Astros, Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox,
8. Quintelle “Quincy” Carter (NFL, Cowboys)
Ex-Cowboys quarterback was arrested in 2009 in Mission, Texas, on charges of driving while intoxicated and marijuana possession. Substance abuse problems derailed his comeback attempts at various levels of professional football.
9. Terry Glenn (NFL, Cowboys)
Terry Glenn was arrested in 2009 at an Irving hotel after police say he was seen wandering through the halls naked. Glenn faced several charges, including public intoxication and possession of marijuana. He also had four outstanding traffic warrants in Roanoke.
10. Geovany Soto (MLB, Rangers)
Rangers catcher Geovany Soto was arrested recently in Grapevine on a marijuana possession charge.
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