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Monday, June 26, 2006

Philly Sports Hall of Shame, Part 1 

Brett Myers has the dastardly distinction of joining a thankfully small club: Athletes arrested while playing for a Philadelphia team. Compiling a complete list is daunting, but here's a start. If you think of another name that belongs, post a comment and I'll check it out.

Arrested While Playing Here
Jason Michaels, Phillies outfielder. Last July, he was charged with assaulting a police officer. In December, he was given six months' probation and ordered to do community service. He was traded to Cleveland in January.
Lee Nailon, Sixers forward. He was charged in January with having assaulted his wife at their Wynnewood home. Allegedly, he threw a picture fame, hitting her elbow, and grabbed her by the neck. Next month, he was also traded, also to Cleveland.
Terrence Carroll, Eagles defensive back. In November 2002, he got caught smoking marijuana in a car on South Street. Two teammates, including running back Correll Buckhalter, were also in the car. Carroll was charged with misdemeanor possession ... and cut from the team.
Allen Iverson, Sixers guard. In August 1997, a couple of joints and a gun were found in his car, after it was pulled over for speeding. (Couldn't resist quipping at the time: Know what proves Iverson couldn't have been driving? He doesn't know how to pass!) He was charged with misdemeanor drug possession. He was also arrested after a bowling alley brawl in 1993, and served four months of a five-year sentence when a governor's clemency ruling set him free. That conviction was tossed on appeal.
Mike Mamula, Eagles defensive end. (Who could forget? Me, apparently.) In July 1997, this picked-on ex-first-round pick was charged with indecent exposure and lewdness for allegedly exposing something they don't measure at the NFL combine. (We hope.) Charges were dropped (so to speak) in December. For insufficient evidence?
Lenny Dykstra, Phillies centerfielder. In May 1991, his Mercedes crashed into two Radnor trees, following a bachelor party for teammate John Kruk. Dykstra broke ribs, a collarbone and a bone in his face. Teammate Darren Daulton, a passenger, also broke a facial bone and injured his eye. Charges against Dykstra: DUI, reckless driving and speeding.
Charles Barkley, Sixers forward. In April 1991, Milwaukee police charged him wth disorderly conduct, after tossed cups of Gatorade on fans, and he had to pay a fine of $109. In August 1988, he was arrested on gun charges, when a trooper on the A.C. Expressway pulled Sir Charles over for speeding and found a gun on the floor. Charges were later dismissed.

Dishonorable Mentions
Dhani Jones, Eagles linebacker. Yes, he was arrested in February. But the guy doesn't deserve to join a gallery of rogues for refusing to stop dancing outside a Miami club. Misdemeanor: Blocking traffic. Bigger felony: Those bowties.
Ugueth Urbina. The ex-Phillie pitcher awaits trial in Venezuela on attempted murder charges, after some workers at his ranch were brutally attacked. But since the incident occurred on Oct. 15, after the season was over, Urbina, a free agent, technically was no longer a Phillie. (If he had been, think he would have missed a turn in the bullpen?)
Jerome Brown. The defensive guard died in a car accident in 1992 that also claimed the life of
a 12-year-old nephew. Published reports said Brown's Corvette was speeding on a wet road. A jury in 1999 exonerated General Motors, which claimed Brown didn't wear a seatbelt and hit the brakes only moments before hitting a palm tree.
Kevin Allen. The tackle was offensive in more ways than one, but he wasn't actually an Eagle when he raped a woman in Margate in 1986. The first-round bust was cut by the team the previous week. He was convicted and imprisoned.
Pelle Lindbergh. The Flyers goalie was legally intoxicated at the time of his fatal 1985 crash, tests showed. The bar that served Lindbergh was fined for serving him. The passenger who survived, Edward Parvin, suffered a broken nose and other injuries, and was in a coma for nine days.

Who am I overlooking? Post a comment below.

Tomorrow, I'll list more players who got in trouble with the law before or after playing here. Bound to be included: Billly Tibbetts, Glenn "Big Dog" Robinson, Jayson Williams, Pete Rose, Sean Burke and Rick Tocchet.


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