No means NO!

Lawrence Taylor did a lot of great things on the football field in his 13 year career as New York Giant. Taylor help the Giants win two super bowls and along the way had nine All-Pro seasons with the team.

In 1986, arguably his best season Taylor won the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award after recording 20.5 tackles at the linebacker position. Then in 1993, Taylor called it quits after noticing a decrease in his production.

After he retired Taylor was voted to the 75th All-NFL team and in 1999 he voted in to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Then in 2010, his world came crashing down after The New York Times reported that Taylor was charged with third-degree rape and soliciting prostitution of a minor. Taylor would go onto deny that he had any sexual contact with the girl.

The New York Times also reported that if Taylor was convicted the maximum time would revive would be six years combined for both charges. Though none of that happened as Taylor pled to guilty to misdemeanors of sexual misconduct and patronizing a prostitute.

Which led to Taylor only receiving six months probation and was put on a low-risk sex offender list.

Which still seems a bit light for sexual misconduct, according to findlaw.com in New York the minimum sentence for sexual assault is at least one to two years of jail time. Though that might be for people with mutiple offenses but it makes no sense that he got nothing for a crime.

A man who did not learn his Lesson.

When you hear the name Lenny Dykstra, you might remember his clutch postseason performances in the 1986 and 1993 for the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies. In 1986, Dykstra hit a walk-off home run in the NLCS for the Mets and in 1993 he hit two home runs in game three of the World Series for the Phillies.

What you might remember about Dykstra is what he did off the baseball field after retiring in 1996. In 1999, Dykstra was arrested for sexual harassment of one of his employees that worked at one of his car washes, though the charges then were dropped by the employee.

Things started to go down hill for Dykstra in 2009, he filled for bankruptcy, that turned into a being a lie and according the Los Angles Time he was arrested and charged with bankruptcy fraud in 2011.

In that same article The LA Times reported that Dykstra had been arrested for Grand Theft Auto, a day earlier on vehicle he was trying to buy and was held on a $500,000 bail.

On June 6th 2011, Dykstra was charged with 25 felony and misdemeanor counts for Grand Theft Auto, False Identification, possession of cocaine, ecstasy and Human Growth Hormone. The possession charges where dropped after Dykstra pled no contest for the Grand Theft Auto charges.

Then on March 5th 2012 he was sentenced to thee years, for bankruptcy fraud and money laundering, but according the New York Times he only served roughly six and half months of that and was released.

Since then Dykstra was arrested for holding a gun to his Uber drivers that would not change the designation.

Could you if Dykstra was not a famous athlete who has a lot of power, Bankruptcy Fraud is usually a five year sentence on the size of this magnitude. Also the guy had 25 charges against him and still got away with it.

So, it matters who are when are in trouble with the police or government.

Malace at the Palace

There are three events that I will never forget where I was when they happened, the first two, are watching the Cubs win the World Series and the Lakers dominate the Orlando Magic to win the NBA Finals.

The third event would have to be the Malace at the Palace, where Indiana Pacer Ron Artest when into the stands and started to fight with a Detroit Piston fan. Artest did this because the fan threw something at him, while laying on the scorer’s table.

This act enraged Artest and as a result went into the crowd towards the fan, but this wouldn’t of happened if there wasn’t a foul right before. With :45 left, the Pacers led the Pistons 97-82, Artest fouled Piston big man Ben Wallace.

Wallace took acceptation to this and a fight broke out between both teams, after it was broken up the famous incident happened. Once, Artest got into the stands he tackled a fan as other fans jumped in.

During this time both teams and security tried to stop the fight but that just added fuel to the fire. His teammate Stephen Jackson punched a fan who threw some type of liquid at Artest during the fight.

Then another fight started in front of the Pistons bench, fans then started to throw bottles on the court. This prompted the Pacers to head to their locker room, on the way other Pistons fans threw popcorn and other objects at them.

As a result of this the referees decided to end the game right then there, Then the fans where instructed to stop throwing objects and to leave the building.

For this incident the NBA suspended nine players and lead to the players losing $11 million in salary. Artest took the blunt of the suspension’s, as he was suspended for the remainder of the year and lost $4.995 millon in salary.

Jackson and Pacers big man Jermaine O’Neal received huge fines and suspensions. O’Neal was suspended for 15 games and forfeited $4.1 million of his salary, while Jackson got a 30 game suspension and lost $1.7 million of his salary.

Pacer players weren’t the only ones who got fined and suspended, Wallace received a 6 game suspension with lost $600,000 in salary. For the fans who were involved in the provoking and the fight itself, they were banned from attending events at Palace at Auburn owned properties.

Five fans were also legally charged, John Ackerman, John Green, William Paulson, Bryant Jackson and David Wallace were all charged with assault. Bryant revived a felony assault because he threw a chair, the others received misdemeanors.

The only players to receive legal charges were Artest, Jackson, O’Neal and Pacer guard Antony Johnson. They all had a $250 fine and a year of probation, while not a single Piston was legally charged.

Which is weird as I said both teams were in the stands pushing others to stop the fight that was technically started due to the Pistons.

Also find it weird the fans got more of a punishment than the players, what’s a few millon dollars compared to some ones’ livelihood.

Tonya Harding

The year was 1994 and Tonya Harding was on top of the figure skating world, after winning the United States Figure Skating Championships. It was one of her best finish of her career, but she had take out the competition first to do so.

That competition was rival figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, who won the US Figure Skating Championships in 1993 and was a favorite to repeat in 1994. Kerrigan had to pull out of the competition with a injury to her landing knee, after being attacked by an unknown assailant.

According to Kerrigan the assailant, was a man who ran passed her and struck her with a police baton. Later on, that man was identified as Shane Stant, who was hired by Harding’s body guard Shawn Eckardt and Harding’s ex-husband Jeff Gillooly.

According to article by Matt Crossman of Bleacher Report, Stant and his uncle Derrick Smith met with Eckardt and Gillooly, then they were told by Gillooly to attack Kerrigan’s landing leg.

Originally both Gillooly and Harding both denied they had any involvement in the attack on Kerrigan. That all changed on January 14, when Eckhardt confesses to the FBI, his involvement in the attack and rats out Gillooly, Smith and Stant.

According to Jay Maeder and Mark Mooney of the New York Daily News, Gillooly said that Harding signed off on the attack and said “Okay, lets do it.”

In a interview with Diane Sawyer, Harding claimed she had nothing to do with the attack, but did apologize to Kerrigan for the attack and took the blame for not reporting the crime sooner.

While this was happening, the US Figure Skating Association determined that Harding will be allowed to compete in the 1994 Winter Olympics in Norway. She was not alone as Kerrigan was invited to the US team as well.

Things did not go well for Harding, she finished in 8th place, while Kerrigan got the silver medal. Then on March 16, 1994, Harding omitted to having a role in the attack on Kerrigan and pled guilty to Conspiracy to hinder prosecution.

Harding then was then sentenced to three years of probation and a $160,000 fine, and the USFA stripped her of the 1994 US Figure Skating title. Which seems like a slap on the wrist for some one who conspired to have some physically hurt.

Lets just say if you want to charge her just for Attempted Assault criminaldefenselawyer.com, says the lowest possible time someone can serve for attempted assault is six months.

Which would of been a little light for the crime she committed, but still six months would of been better than three years of probation. How many non athletes get that offer, maybe a few but not everyone.

It’s only for me I swear Judge (Wink,Wink)

If your not a huge fan of the NBA or the University of Cincinnati basketball program you might not now the name Corie Blount. If you do that’s great and you might know his story, but you don’t get ready for wild and bumpy ride.

Blount was born and raised in Monrovia, California which is located in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains of the San Gabriel Valley of Los Angeles County. Blount would go on to become a star player at Monrovia High School and play at Santa Ana University for two years.

Blount then transferred to the University of Cincinnati and helped the Bearcats reach the Final Four in 1992 and the Elite Eight in 1993. He then was selected by the Chicago Bulls with their 25th first round pick in the 1993 NBA Draft

For the most part Blount’s career was mediocre as he only averaged 3.6 points and 4.2 rebounds per game in his 11 year career. It wasn’t till after his time in the NBA he became famous.

On December 28 2008, Blount was arrested for possessing 29 pounds of marijuana at his Cincinnati home. According to the police report, they intercepted a package with 11 pounds of marijuana heading to the residence, then later police found another 18 pounds inside. Police also confiscated $29,000 of cash, three vehicles and three guns.

Blount was released on a $10,090 bond and charged with a felony drug possession. According Unites Press International, Blount’s attorney came out and said that the Marijuana was for his personal use and friends.

This was not the first time Blount found himself in trouble with the law, in 1997 the Los Angeles Times reported that he was arrested for a $10,000 traffic warrant. The warrant was issued back in 1991 after failed to appear for a suspended license. He then was bailed out jail and it all went away, which seems to be normal in every case like that.

In the 2008 case it was a completly diffrent story, Blount originally was expected to get the maxium sentence for drug traffing of ten-years in federal prison. That changed when he accepted a plea deal of two felony possession charges to avoid drug trafficing charges.

The deal lowered his sentence to one year in prison and had to pay a $10,000 fine with 250 hours of community service. Which baffles some because during the sentencing of Blount, Judge Craig Hedic did not buy the story of personal use.

According to UPI, Hedic went on to say to Blount “Cheech and Chong would of had a hard time smoking that much.”

Which shows that the judge looked the other way when it came time to throw the book at him but did not because of him being a Athlete.

Introduction Blog

Hello, my name is Justin Kelley I am a junior journalism major at Northern Illinois University. Through the semester I will be blogging about how athletes receive special treatment from diffrent areas of society. Though the blog will be more centered around how athletes get lessened punishments compared to people who work a regular job may get treated.

I choose to blog about this topic because when I was in grade school and in high school, I saw kids who were on sports teams get away with bullying. For example one time these two boys put barbeque in this girls hair. One of the boys was the star center for the schools basketball team and the other was just a regular trouble maker. Also choose to blog about this because of the OJ Simpson trial and how he looked like a hero after being acquitted of murder. Though majority of the evidence pointed at OJ, but still was viewed as a good that was being drug through the mud.

I will include articles to back up my claims of these instances from when they had happen in diffrent areas.

I’m very excited to blog about this topic because I find it very interesting that athletes receive this  special treatment and the same struggle to understand why it’s still a problem today.