Celebrities have a long history of being a little less than model citizens, with the exception of Tim Tebow, professional football players are some of the worst offenders.However, fame seems to corrupt people pretty badly and musicians, actors and athletes all seem to attract trouble.Here are a few of the celebrities that have had a particularly difficult problem staying away from the justice system.
Allen Iverson- Iverson grew up in a particularly rough area and while still in high school he got into a large brawl at a bowling alley that was the subject of an ESPN 30 for 30.He was convicted of “maiming by mob” served time in a Newport News correctional facility.However, he was granted clemency by the governor and attended Georgetown University, one of the most prestigious schools in the nation.He’s since been successful and stayed in bounds.
Katt Williams – The notable African-American comedian has been successful in his stand-up career where he incorporates everything from drugs to politics in his routine.Lately he’s been a little less successful and was arrested after punching a hotel employee in California.This is not his first assault charge, he was arrested in February for punching a pool store employee in Georgia.
Alec Baldwin – Baldwin, who had been in a number of movies and shows, most recently 30 Rock was arrested in 2014 for riding his bike the wrong way down 5th Avenue in New York City.While that, in itself, is nothing more than comical and an example of the law gone awry, he then protested and became very vocal with the officers.He then took to Twitter to belittle the NYPD, who in this case may have overstepped their bounds a bit.The New York Timesreported that he was frustrated that the arresting officers didn’t recognize him.
Gucci Mane – While rappers generally have a rough time with the law, Gucci Mane is one of the bigger names on the list of hip hop artists currently incarcerated.He was arrested for hitting a man over the head with a bottle during a nightclub altercation.However, for what it’s worth, Mane has been incredibly productive behind bars, releasing a considerable number of mixtapes.
Michael Jordan – While Jordan hasn’t gotten into much trouble in terms of breaking laws, he’s notoriously known for his gambling addiction. His biggest loss was over 5 million in a Las Vegas casino during the 2007 NBA All-Star weekend There is no concrete evidence that his gambling problem has improved or worsened. "
Rick James – The famous R & B artist was no stranger to drugs and there are number of stories about him making some irrational decisions while under the influence.However, only one of those landed him in jail.He served a two years in Folsom Prison for kidnapping a 26-year-old woman during a particularly nasty cocaine binge.
Robert Downey Jr.– The Ironman actor is currently enjoying his status as an A-list Hollywood celebrity but he hasn’t always had it so great.As a young man, Robert Downey Jr. had a significant drug problem.He was arrested for possession in the 1990s and in 2001.Throughout those years he was in and out of rehab for cocaine. Since then he’s reportedly gotten sober, which has undoubtedly led to his stardom.
Jake Broadbent – Broadbent was the child actor who played Anakin Skywalker in the first Star Wars.Child actors have a particularly tough time staying in line and Broadbent grabbed national attention in June when he led police on a high speed chase.According to CNN being a child star made his life difficult and he has since given up acting.
Caitlyn Jenner – Jenner was arrested when she ran her car into a neighbor in Malibu that left the 69-year-old woman dead.Jenner was still known as Bruce Jenner at the time and the courts decided that only negligence (rather than distracted driving or alcohol) was to blame and Jenner was charged with a misdemeanor.
Don McLean - Mclean is the singer who became famous for his hit “American Pie”, a song that’s never difficult to find on the radio.He was arrested in January for a domestic violence charge; Rolling Stone reported that he was released on $10,000 bail.At the time of the arrest McLean was 70-years-old.So apparently you’re never too old to try a new trick.