Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was found guilty Friday on 45 of 48 counts related to sexual abuse of boys over a 15-year period. Sandusky, 68, faces potentially hundreds of years in prison for molesting his crimes. He was escorted immediately out of the courthouse in handcuffs and taken into an awaiting sheriff’s cruiser.

There was little doubt Sandusky was guilty. The verdict on Friday only confirms that he joins a group of other despicable individuals who were part of the sports world, but are now known as criminals.

Hit the jump to see 5 other major criminals from the world of sports…

5.) Clifford Etienne – Boxer

Etienne was named 2000′s “Most Exciting Fighter to Watch” in the heavyweight division by The Ring Magazine, largely the result of his unanimous decision over then-undefeated Lawrence Clay Bey. The fight was widely considered to be one of the best heavyweight matches of that year. On June 22, 2006, following his trial in Baton Rouge, Etienne was found guilty and sentenced to 150 years in prison without parole for a cocaine fueled crime spree that included robbing a check cashing business, carjacking and kidnapping a family, and attempting to shoot two policemen

4.) Mel Hall – Baseball

Mel Hall is a former professional baseball player who played in Major League Baseball from 1981 to 1996 with the Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees, and San Francisco Giants. He also played in Japan from 1993-1995. He primarily played as an outfielder. Hall was arrested in Lewisville, Texas on June 21, 2007 and charged with two counts of sexual assault after North Richland Hills, Texas police received a report from a woman who claimed she was sexually assaulted in March 1999, when she was under the age of 17. During the investigation, a second alleged victim under the age of 14 was identified.[4] One of these girls was 12 at the time of the rape. On June 16, 2009, Hall was convicted on three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and two counts of indecency with a child. On June 17, 2009, he was sentenced to 45 years in prison. He must serve 22 years and 4 months before he is eligible for parole.

3.) Robert Rozier – Football

Rozier is an African-American murderer, former professional football player for the St. Louis Cardinals of the NFL. After leaving the league, he became involved with “The Brotherhood”, a Black Supremacist cult led by Yahweh ben Yahweh. He is currently serving 25 years to life on a conviction for check kiting under a third strike law.

2.) Rae Carruth – Football

Carruth is a former American football wide receiver in the NFL for the Carolina Panthers. In 2001, he was found guilty of conspiring to murder the woman who at the time was carrying his child and is serving a prison sentence with an expected release date of 2018.

1.) Nate Newton – Football

Newton is a former American football offensive lineman in the National Football League who played for the Dallas Cowboys (19861998) and the Carolina Panthers (1999). On November 4, 2001 police in St. Martin Parish, Louisiana, arrested Newton after he was found to have 213 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop of Newton’s white van. Five weeks later, on December 12, 2001, Newton was again stopped in Texas and was arrested after a search of his vehicle revealed he possessed 175 pounds of marijuana.[2] He was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for drug trafficking, and has since reportedly gone straight, renouncing his past and turning his life around and he now speaks to children involved in athletics about his past.


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