Bonds latest name on list of notable sports figures in federal cases
All-time home run king Barry Bonds was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury on four counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice. Bonds is the latest name on a list of notable athletes and sports figures involved in federal criminal cases.
For decades, federal authorities have investigated, charged and prosecuted sports figures for offenses involving gambling, point-shaving, fraud, drugs and conspiracy. Some were convicted and sentenced, others were found not guilty. And at least one -- New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner -- eventually received a presidential pardon.
Below is a list of athletes and sports figures involved in noteworthy federal criminal cases dating back several decades:
Barry Bonds: The home run king was indicted Thursday in San Francisco for perjury and obstruction of justice. He was charged with lying when he told a federal grand jury that he did not knowingly use performance-enhancing drugs.
Michael Vick: The Atlanta Falcons quarterback was indicted on July 17, 2007, on conspiracy to "travel in interstate commerce in aid of unlawful activities and to sponsor a dog in animal fighting venture." Vick later admitted his role in a dogfighting and gambling scheme that went on for six years on his property and was funded with his money. He pleaded guilty in federal court in Richmond, Va., and is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 10.
Marion Jones: The three-time Olympic gold-medal winner pleaded guilty in October 2007 to lying to federal investigators in 2003 when she denied using banned drugs. She also pleaded guilty to a second count of lying to investigators about her association with a check-fraud scheme. She announced her retirement, and returned five medals she had won in the Sydney Games. She is scheduled to be sentenced in January.
Tim Donaghy: Former NBA referee admitted to gambling on games he officiated. He pleaded guilty to felonies -- conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to transmit gambling information across state lines -- for taking cash payoffs from gamblers and betting on games he officiated. He has been free on $250,000 bond and is scheduled to be sentenced in January.
Sean Jones: Former NFL defensive lineman was indicted June 14, 2007, and pleaded not guilty to bank fraud charges alleging he and four others ran a scheme to pocket portions of more than $42 million in mortgage loans. The trial date is Aug. 6.
Michael Sherrod Hall: Samford University football player was arrested in June on federal bank robbery charges for allegedly holding up a bank in Hoover, Ala.
Gustavo "Gus" Dominguez: Former sports agent was indicted Oct. 31, 2006, on charges of conspiring to smuggle prospective major league baseball players from Cuba into the U.S. for profit. He was convicted in April 2007 and sentenced to five years in prison.
Henry James: Former NBA player was charged in September 2006 and sentenced in May to five years in federal prison after pleading guilty to distributing a controlled substance.
Lonnie Baxter: Former NBA player was arrested by Secret Service agents in August 2006 after shots were fired from a vehicle about two blocks from the White House. He served a two-month jail sentence.
Steve Riddick: Former Olympic sprinter and coach was indicted in 2006 and awaits sentencing after being convicted in U.S. District Court in Manhattan of conspiracy, bank fraud and money laundering in a scheme with others to steal money from banks by cashing counterfeit checks.
Tim Montgomery: Olympic gold medalist, who is coached by Riddick, was indicted in April 2006 and pleaded guilty in the conspiracy to cash $5 million in counterfeit checks. Montgomery is to be sentenced Dec. 12.
Pete Rose Jr.: Baseball player and son of Pete Rose was indicted in November 2005 and pleaded guilty to distributing GBL, sold under the counter at retailers as a sports performance enhancer as well as a sedative. Rose Jr. served a month in federal prison.
Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd: Indicted in November 2005 for threatening a former girlfriend and her son. The charges were later dismissed.
Jamal Lewis: NFL running back was indicted in February 2004 and faced a possible 10-year sentence if convicted of cocaine conspiracy charges. He served four months after pleading guilty to a lesser charge of using a phone to make a drug deal. He was suspended for two games, and was out of prison in time to play 15 games for the Baltimore Ravens in 2005.
Bam Morris: Former NFL running back pleaded guilty in August 2000 to two federal marijuana distribution charges. Morris, the leading rusher in Super Bowl XXX for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1997, served 30 months in federal prison.
Tony Martin: Former Miami Dolphins wide receiver was indicted on five counts in 1999 related to laundering drug money. He was found not guilty.
Eddie DeBartolo: Former San Francisco 49ers owner was indicted in a federal corruption case against former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards and pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in 1998 in return for his testimony against Edwards. DeBartolo was fined and had to surrender control of the team to his sister in 2000.
Don King: Boxing promoter who, in 1998, was acquitted by a federal jury of nine counts of wire fraud, the second time he was tried on charges of attempting to defraud Lloyd's of London insurance syndicate out of $350,000 following cancellation of a boxing match involving Julio Cesar Chavez.
Northwestern University student-athletes (football and basketball players): Indicted in 1998 for point-shaving during 1994 and 1995. Eleven people, including eight student-athletes, were charged and convicted.
Darryl Henley: Former Los Angeles Rams cornerback was indicted in 1993 and convicted in 1995 of drug trafficking. He is in federal prison in Marion, Ill.
Sammy Smith: Former Miami Dolphins and Denver Broncos running back was indicted in 1995. Smith pleaded guilty in 1996 to two charges of possession and distribution of cocaine. He was sentenced to seven years.
Mike Danton: Former pro hockey player pleaded guilty in July 2004 to attempting to hire a hit man to kill his agent, David Frost. Danton was sentenced to 7½ years.
Eric Moore and Mark Duckens: Former New York Giants offensive lineman and Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end were both hit with charges of possession of anabolic steroids and conspiracy to distribute in 1992. Moore pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges, drew three years of probation, served a four-game suspension and played out the 1993 season with the Giants. Duckens' career ended after the Bucs released him following a plea to lesser charges.
Pete Rose: Major League Baseball's all-time hits king served time in a federal prison camp in 1990 after pleading guilty to charges of filing false income tax returns.
Mike Bell: Former Kansas City Chiefs defensive end was indicted in 1985 and convicted in 1986 on two counts of using a telephone to arrange a cocaine sale. He served a four-month sentence.
Pittsburgh drug trials: Several Pittsburgh Pirates -- Dale Berra, Lee Lacy, Lee Mazzilli, John Milner, Dave Parker and Rod Scurry -- and other major league baseball players, including Willie Aikens, Vida Blue, Enos Cabell, Keith Hernandez, Jeffrey Leonard, Tim Raines and Lonnie Smith, were granted immunity to testify in a federal drug case in 1985. Commissioner Peter Ueberroth suspended some players; others were required to perform community service.
Willie Wilson, Willie Aikens, Vida Blue and Jerry Martin: Former Kansas City Royals players pleaded guilty in 1983 to federal misdemeanor drug charges for attempting to buy cocaine, and served 81 days in prison. Aikens since has been convicted of additional drug-related charges and remains in federal prison in Atlanta.
New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner: Steinbrenner was indicted for making illegal campaign contributions to Richard Nixon's re-election campaign in 1974, was found guilty, fined and suspended for two years. President Ronald Reagan pardoned him in January 1989.
Victor Conte: The founder of BALCO served four months after pleading to one count of conspiracy to distribute steroids and a second count of laundering a portion of a check.
Patrick Arnold: Chemist who created designer steroids that were at the heart of the BALCO scandal served three months in federal prison.
Troy Ellerman: Lawyer, who at one point represented Victor Conte in the BALCO scandal, was sentenced to 2½ years in prison for leaking secret grand jury testimony to San Francisco Chronicle reporters.
Remi Korchemny: Track coach ensnarled in the BALCO scandal received probation after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor.
Trevor Graham: Rival track coach and whistle-blower in the BALCO scandal has been indicted for lying to federal agents. His trial had been scheduled to begin Nov. 26, but earlier this week a judge granted a request by two of his defense lawyers to be removed from his case. That development is expected to delay the start of his trial.
Tammy Thomas: Former elite cyclist pleaded not guilty to lying to a federal grand jury investigating the BALCO scandal.
Greg Anderson: Former trainer to baseball star Barry Bonds, Anderson served a four-month sentence for his role in the BALCO scandal. Anderson had been jailed since August for contempt of court for failure to cooperate in the federal government's perjury case against Bonds. On Thursday, a federal judge ordered his release from prison.
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