Athletes in trouble with the law

Winston Churchill once stated that, “the price of greatness is responsibility.” Athletes are not immune to these words of wisdom. Staying out of trouble seems to be a tricky thing to do for some athletes.


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Flamboyant former NBA star Dennis Rodman, right, scratches his face upon arrival at Pyongyang Airport, North Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. The American known as "The Worm" arrived in Pyongyang, becoming an unlikely ambassador for sports diplomacy at a time of heightened tensions between the U.S. and North Korea. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)

FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2012 file photo, South Africa's Oscar Pistorius competes during Men's 100m T44 round 1 at the 2012 Paralympics in London. A judge in South Africa says Pistorius, who is charged with murdering his girlfriend, can leave South Africa to compete in international competition, with conditions. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, File)

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(FILES) - Picture taken on March 29, 2008 shows German Boris Becker serving to US Jim Courier during his Madrid's Masters Senior match against in Madrid. Becker has said on October 31, 2012 he is considering becoming Germany's Davis Cup team captain after Patrik Kuehnen on Wednesday announced his resignation from the start of 2013. AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANOJAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images

17 FEB 1994: TONYA HARDING WALKS BY AS NANCY KERRIGAN OF THE USA TAKES A BREAK DURING PRACTICE IN LILLEHAMMER, NORWAY. Mandatory Credit: Pascal Rondeau/ALLSPORT

Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan: Olympic figure skating is incredibly competitive. In 1994, that competitiveness got extremely ugly. Tonya Harding conspired with her husband and others to injure the legs of rival skater Nancy Kerrigan.

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 23: Former Philadelphia 76ers player Allen Iverson walks onto the court to deliver the game ball before the game against the Boston Celtics in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Wells Fargo Center on May 23, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 1983, file photo, Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Pete Rose looks around from the steps of the dugout in the first inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the Baltimore Orioles in Philadelphia. Philadelphia manager Paul Owens benched Rose for the game. Tony Perez, Rose's 41-year-old replacement, went 1 for 4, and the Orioles overcame a two-run deficit for a 3-2 win that gave them a Series lead en route to a five-game victory. (AP Photo/File)

FILE - In this April 3, 2006, file photo, San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds grimaces as he walks back to the dugout after flying out during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres in San Diego. With the cloud of steroids shrouding many candidacies, baseball writers may fail for the only the second time in more than four decades to elect anyone to the Hall. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy, File)

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 16: Plaxico Burress #17 of the New York Giants talks on the phone during the game against the Green Bay Packers on September 16, 2007 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Packers won 35-13. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

NFL player Plaxico Burress had a gun tucked into his sweatpants when he went to a nightclub. The gun accidentally fired and he ended up shooting himself in the thigh.