Who are the baddest dudes in Miami sports history? We’ve got plenty to choose from…
You know that awkward moment when you can’t find a bathroom? Well, to former Miami running back Najeh Davenport the world is just one big toilet.
Back in 2002 after being drafted by the Green Bay Packers, the former Miami Hurricanes running back broke into the dorm of a woman living on campus at Barry University in Miami. When she woke up, she found Najeh crouched in her closet defecating in her laundry hamper.
That’s right, he was dropping a deuce on this poor woman’s clothes. When Davenport was taken into custody he pleaded his case, yelling “Where’s the evidence? Where’s the manure?” Perhaps Najeh should have been drafted by the Browns.
I can’t imagine any Dolphins fan not remembering the heartache and pain that former running back Ricky WIlliams put them through.
In 2004, just two years after rushing for over 1,800 yards, the Miami Dolphin star abruptly retired at the age of 27 after failing his third positive drug test for marijuana. Ricky then decided to study holistic medicine in India during his time away from football. He made his much speculated return in 2007 to play one game before missing the season with a torn chest muscle.
I guess his holistic medicine worked because Ricky was back in 2008 and averaged over 4.0 yards a rush for the remaining four years of his career. Breaking News: Ricky Williams has decided to come out of retirement to play for the Denver Broncos.
In 2007, former Marlins pitcher Scott Olsen took road rage to a new level. He got arrested during an early morning traffic stop where he refused to pull over and proceeded to get into a physical altercation with the police.
The intoxicated Olsen attempted to flee the scene but didn’t get very far before being caught by local law enforcement. He got released later that day after posting a $11,000 bond but was charged with a DUI, resisting arrest, and for fleeing and eluding a police officer.
He probably should have called for a pinch runner in that situation.
Bryant McKinnie and Daunte Culpepper
I don’t even know where to begin.
In October of 2005, a few of the Minnesota Vikings football players headed out on a boat on Lake Minnetonka in Minnesota. Amongst those players were later Dolphin Daunte Culpepper and former Cane Bryant McKinnie. Once out on the water, the players on that boat proceeded to engage in “sexual acts” with the strippers and “guests”…. (“guests” likely mean prostitutes).
The cleaning crew of the boats reported to have found K-Y Jelly, Wet Wipes, and wrappers for sex toys and condoms all over the vessel. They players were witnessed to have been engaging in all kinds of debauchery involving multiple women, multiple men, and multiple sex acts all at the same time.
Players rumored to have been on the boat included Culpepper, McKinnie, Pat Williams,, Fred Smoot, and Nate Burleson.
Mercury Morris and Mark Duper
This is where we start to reach the big times.
Back in August of 1982, police arrested former Dolphins running back Eugene “Mercury” Morris. The 35 year-old Morris, who retired in 1976, was charged with one count of cocaine trafficking, one count of conspiracy to traffic cocaine, one count of marijuana possession, and three counts of cocaine possession.
Whats the big deal? He was just a Miami guy that wanted to finally see some snow! I can see Crockett and Tubbs busting in guns blazing to subdue Morris. Mercury ended up with 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Now lets jump in the DeLorean and gun it to 88mph to our next Dolphins legend. Less than 2 months ago, former wideout, Mark Duper (who was arrested in ’95 for cocaine possession) was arrested for beating his son and rendering him unconscious.
Duper’s “family matter” was allegedly started by his 17-year old son who thought “he could beat his father”, but ended in the minor receiving multiple blows to the head causing him to lose consciousness twice. Duper was released three days later after posting a $5,000 bail. I’d hate to be at that barbecue on Father’s Day.
Ed Belfour and Ville Peltonen
I was wondering when the Panthers would make an appearance. In 2007, Ex-Panthers goalie, Ed Belfour and wing Ville Peltonen were arrested on south beach. The two players were at a bar in the south beach area when the two players engaged in a fight with with a police officer. Belfour initiated the tussle while Peltonen channeled his inner pro wrestler, when he broke a metal pole off a fire rescue truck that happened to be parked in the nearby area. The players posted bail the next morning and were forgotten… much like the Florida Panthers.
Ray Lewis, Warren Sapp, and Michael Irvin
Lets start this circus in chronological order.
January, 2000: Ray Lewis was charged with murdering two men outside a nightclub in Akron, Ohio. The details are shady at best and have seem to have been forgotten today. Long story short, Lewis reached a plea deal with the court and went on to win the Super Bowl the next year as he would embark on an illustrious career.
November, 2005: Michael Irvin was making news for all the wrong reasons. After a felony cocaine possession in 1996, the Hall of Fame hopeful was arrested and charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia when police pulled him over for speeding in Plano, Texas. Irvin was released only one hour later after paying a fine for his speeding ticket and posting bond on the “drug paraphernalia” charge.
February, 2010: One of the NFL’s most vibrant personality’s found himself behind bars after being arrested for domestic battery in Miami Beach. The former football star and NFL analyst was forced to sit on the sidelines until his case was cleared up. Sapp quickly found himself back in the booth as part of NFL Network’s coverage of Super Bowl XLIV.
Chad Johnson, Brandon Marshall, & Larry Johnson
These guys have too many mishaps to name them all, but this crop of “superstars” is littered with domestic violence.
Chad Johnson in 2012. Brandon Marshall in 2006 and 2007. Marshall was also present for an altercation at a Denver nightclub while celebrating then Denver Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin’s birthday, which led to the fatal shooting of former Bronco teammate Darrent Williams.
Then there’s Larry Johnson.
The guy, who at one point, looked like he was going to be the next big star in the league during his days as a Kansas City Chief. Johnson was later signed by the Miami Dolphins in 2011 after his fall from grace. He played in two games as a Dolphin, carrying the ball one time.
There’s now way it could get worse right? Wrong. Johnson was arrested in Las Vegas back in October 2012 when he choked his ex-girlfriend and left her unconscious in a hotel hallway wearing nothing but her underwear. Johnson was arrested later that night at the Bellagio where he was found playing craps with George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon.
Back in 2007, everyone’s favorite Miami Heat point guard became a huge topic of controversy.
Hardaway was asked if he would have wanted John Amaechi, a retired and openly gay basketball player, on his team when he played. Hardaway’s answer was not a smart one. Tim went on to utter the words that will haunt him forever.
“I hate gay people,” Tim said, and continued on to say “I don’t like to be around gay people.”
Since then, Hardaway has learned his lesson and has been an avid supporter of Jason Collins, the current NBA player who is the first openly gay athlete to be active in the four major sports leagues.