Being a professional athlete, like any other career, does not mean you are immune to the law. There has been a lot of criticism when it comes to how NFL athletes have recently been treated for protesting racial inequality yet some players face no consequences for domestic violence. However, some athletes do have to face the consequences for their actions. Here are some athletes who were arrested and, in some cases, convicted of some horrific crimes, ranging from kidnapping to murder.
1. Bruno Fernandes das Dores de Souza
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Often referred to as Bruno, this Brazilian football player was arrested in July 2010 after the woman he was having an affair with disappeared a month earlier. She had told him her son was his and was suing him for child support. Bruno was charged with kidnapping, murder, hiding a body, corrupting minors and forming a criminal gang. His 17-year-old cousin told police he had helped Bruno kidnap his girlfriend. The gruesome details of the crime included cutting up the body and burying parts under concrete while other parts were fed to dogs. Bruno ended up serving close to 7 years in prison out of his 22-year sentence, and then was arrested in 2017 after his defense team had partial blame in delays for his appeal.
2. Omar ‘El Gato’ Ortiz
— MARCA Claro (@MarcaClaro) March 21, 2017
Former Mexican goalkeeper Omar ‘El Gato’ Ortiz was arrested in 2012 for allegedly being part of a kidnapping ring targeting wealthy families in Mexico. The kidnapping gang even targeted families Ortiz knew personally. Ortiz admitted to picking out two members of a wealthy family for the ring. He is currently still in jail despite not receiving a sentence.
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— Robinho (@Robinho) January 1, 2018
Robson de Souza, a Brazilian player known by his nickname Robinho, was convicted in 2017 in Italy along with five other men for gang raping a woman at a club in Milan in 2012. Until the appeal process is completed, Robinho’s sentence cannot be enforced under Italian law.
4. War Machine
— KTLA (@KTLA) August 28, 2014
MMA fighter Jonathan Paul Koppenhaver (whose mother is Mexican and is known by his name War Machine), was arrested in 2014 after porn actress Christy Mack alleged War Machine had assaulted her and her associate. Mack suffered broken bones, missing teeth, a broken nose, a ruptured liver and a fractured rib after the brutal assault. In 2017 he was convicted of assault with a weapon and kidnapping, among 29 felony counts. War Machine was sentenced to life in prison with possibility of parole after 36 years.
5. Tony Ayala Jr.
— mySA (@mySA) July 9, 2015
In the early ‘80s, Mexican-American former boxer Tony Ayala Jr. was convicted of two assaults on women and convicted of the brutal assault of a schoolteacher in the home he burglarized. In 2000, he broke into another woman’s home. Ayala Jr. died of an apparent overdose in 2015 in Texas.
6. Carlos Monzón
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— Ringside Seat (@RingsideSeatMag) September 29, 2018
Former Argentine professional boxer Carlos Monzón was charged with beating and killing his wife, model Alicia Muñiz in 1988 after strangling her and throwing her off a balcony. The couple was vacationing in Mar de Plata when the brutal attack occurred. After being found guilty, he received an 11-year prison sentence.
7. Aaron Hernandez
— Danny Gonzales (@sociallinkm) September 28, 2018
Before former NFL player Aaron Hernandez committed suicide in prison, he was arrested and convicted for the murder of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional athlete. He was found dead in his cell after being acquitted of a double homicide. Hernandez’s death has sparked a growing debate about football players and concussion injuries from the sport.