By Patrick Hruby
Page 2

From Stephen Jackson to Benny the Bull, 2006 was a banner year for sports arrests. But who stands out? As part of our Ignominious Effort Awards, Page 2 presents its first-ever year end Police Blotter Power Rankings. (All information from published reports.)

See where your favorite miscreant finished!


POLICE BLOTTER POWER RANKINGS
1. Chicago Bears defensive lineman Tank Johnson
Arrested on weapons charges after police raided his house and found six firearms, which officials say violate his probation on a 2005 gun charge; previously arrested in 2006 and charged with battery and resisting arrest after scuffling with police attempting to ticket his limo outside a nightclub; was maced during that incident and allegedly told an officer: "You ain't the only one with a Glock. If it wasn't for your gun and your badge, I'd kick your ass."
 
       
2. Indiana Pacers guard Stephen Jackson
Arrested and charged for his involvement in a fight outside a strip club in which: a) Jackson allegedly kicked a man with deformed hands and short arms who was on the ground; b) fired shots in the air; c) was then hit by the deformed hands man's cousin, who was driving a car.
 
    
3. San Diego Chargers linebacker Steve Foley
Arrested for resisting arrest, battery on a police officer and being drunk in public; Foley's Range Rover impounded for having expired tags; Foley already arrested at least five times since 1999, including cases involving alcohol and confrontations with police.
 
    
4. University of New Mexico basketball player Kyle Prochaska
Arrested on charges of resisting, evading and obstructing an officer after fighting with police officers who discovered him passed out in the back seat of his car; the car was missing a tire and wedged against a chain-link fence; Prochaska, who had to be subdued with pepper spray, later explained that he had been playing a drinking game and that he was "a lightweight."
 
    
5. Barry Anderson, who plays Chicago Bulls mascot Benny the Bull
Charged with misdemeanor battery and driving within a parkway after driving a mini-motorcycle through an outdoor festival without a permit, then punching a police officer who tried to question him.
 
   
6. Orlando Magic guard J.J. Redick
Arrested for driving while impaired after making an illegal U-turn to avoid a police checkpoint.
 
   
7. Former Cleveland Indians pitcher Scott Sauerbeck
Arrested and charged with obstructing official business and letting someone intoxicated drive his car after he and a female companion were pulled over for driving erratically, then evaded police for nearly half an hour by hiding in nearby bushes.
 
   
8. Minnesota Vikings safety Dwight Smith
Arrested and charged with indecent conduct for having sex with a woman in a stairwell outside a nightclub, hours after team owner Zygi Wilf told a St. Paul Pioneer Press reporter, "If you want to look for stories, you better look for the good kind of things now, because you're not going to find too many of the bad things."
 
  
9. Florida soccer player Jasmine Johnson
Arrested and charged with striking a police horse.
 
  
10. Gloria James, mother of Cleveland Cavs forward LeBron James
Charged with with reckless operation, speeding, DUI, disorderly conduct and damaging police equipment after struggling with police and kicking the window of a police car when officers pulled her over for erratic driving.
 
  
11. Former Pittsburgh Penguins winger Ryan VandenBussche
Charged with assaulting three police officers; subdued with a Taser and pepper spray.
 
  
12. Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas
While interfering with police officers who were arresting a teammate, reportedly said: "You can't arrest me. I'm a basketball player." Subsequently arrested.
 
  
13. Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Dhani Jones
Arrested after he allegedly refused to stop dancing outside a Miami nightclub.
 
  
14. Chicago Bears cornerback Ricky Manning Jr.
Arrested for allegedly assaulting a man at a Denny's; according to reports, Manning first teased the man about looking like a "nerd" because he was working on a laptop computer.
 
 
15. Swiss skier Silvan Zurbriggen
Arrested by Italian police for masturbating outdoors in front of a woman's apartment; later explained that he was just urinating and that he "did what every man would do and I shook my penis to get rid of every last drop."
 
 
16. San Diego Chargers strong safety Terrence Kiel
Arrested at team headquarters on felony drug charges for shipping at least two parcels of prescription cough syrup to Texas, where codeine-based cough syrup mixed with soft drinks and drugs produces a narcotic concoction called "lean."
 
17. Vanderbilt punter Kyle Keown
Allegedly struck his ex-girlfriend in an apartment occupied by him and teammate Richard Kovalcheck; attacked the intervening Kovalcheck by grabbing him "by the groin and squeezing and pulling very intensely"; later entered Kovalcheck's bedroom, held a large knife above his head and threatened to kill him.
 
 
18. Sprinter Tim Montgomery
Arrested on charges he was connected to a multimillion-dollar bank fraud and money laundering scheme; previously banned from track and field after being implicated in the BALCO scandal.
 
 
19. Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Santonio Holmes
Charged with assaulting a woman, his second arrest since being selected in the first round of the NFL draft.
 
 
20. Oakland Athletics pitcher Esteban Loaiza
Arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after police clocked his Ferrari going more than 120 mph.
 
 
21. NASCAR driver Kyle Busch
Ticketed for reckless driving.
 
 
22. Race car drivers Al Unser Sr. and Bobby Unser
Arrested by New Mexico police for attempting to get through a police roadblock on Unser Street, which is named for their family and adjacent to their family home.
 
 
23. Former Charlotte Bobcats forward Lonny Baxter
Arrested for firing a number of shots in the general vicinity of the White House.
 
24. NASCAR team owner Gene Haas
Arrested on charges of conspiracy, witness intimidation and filing false tax returns as part of a $20 million tax-evasion scam.
 
25. Former Capitol Hill press secretary Thomas C. Springer
Pleaded guilty to four counts of bank robbery after telling authorities he needed money for golf.
 
Also receiving votes: New Orleans Saints defensive end Jimmy Verdon (fought with police who attempted to wake him up after he passed out in front of a Winn-Dixie), New York Islanders co-owner Sanjay Kumar (securities fraud), former NHL player Rick Tocchet (sports gambling ring), Washington Nationals GM Jim Bowden (drunk driving).

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