Road to Infamy: Famous Athletes & Jail House Blues Standard

Dead at 27, but for Aaron Hernandez, NE Patriots’ popular tight end, his road to infamy did not begin when he was arrested and later on convicted for the murder of Odin Lloyd. It began with bar brawls and illegal possession of firearms even as young as 17 years old.

On his way to superstardom, the young and good-looking Hernandez was a hero to patriot fans with his intensity. He had just received the biggest signing bonus for a tight end in NFL history when he
reached a crisis point. Hernandez was charged in a double homicide of two men in Boston. While undergoing trial, he would be charged once again in a shooting. His violent past caught him in its
vicious jaws when Hernandez was charged and convicted in the 2013 murder of his fiancee’s sister’s boyfriend, Odin Lloyd.

Later acquitted in the Boston murders but it was too late for Hernandez whose career was left in the smouldering ruins of his violence. On April 19, 2017, he committed suicide leaving a ghastly and eerie crime scene. Months later, he would be diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) which has caused numerous violent behavior on its sufferers.

Thomas Robert Payne of the Atlanta Hawks was one of the most promising NBA stars of the 1970s when he single-handedly destroyed not only his own life but that of several women after being charged
and convicted of several violent rapes. Convicted in 1972 and released on parole in 1983, he tried to make several comebacks in basketball, boxing and acting. In 1986, he was caught in the act of rape. He is now serving 15 years of additional prison time for violating his parole.

Michael Vick of the Atlanta Falcons was all set to become a luminous star NFL quarterback holding record for the career rushing yards for a QB and the most rushing yards in a season. But he himself
derailed the speed of his fast track career when he was convicted of illegal dog fighting and being part of an illegal gambling ring. He was sentenced by a federal court to a 21-month stint in prison. By then he had become so notorious that the Falcons released him from his contract. In August last year, Vicks was hired by Fox Sports to be a sports commentator.

Two years after a respectable rookie debut, Rae Carruth of the Carolina Panthers, would get involved in the shooting and death of a heavily-pregnant woman he was then dating, Cherica Adams. First, it
was thought to be an altercation between a nightclub manager and the NFL wide receiver. Later, a disreputable truth came out. Carruth has hired the gunman to shoot his girlfriend because Adams refused to abort the unborn child. Adams soon became comatose as doctors tried to save the baby. Two days to the month after she was shot, Adams would die and the child suffered permanent brain
damage after a difficult childbirth. Carruth would later be convicted of conspiracy to commit murder while the second-degree murder charge was dropped.

In the 2000s, Clifford Etienne was American boxing Most Exciting Boxer to watch. By 2005, he would be going on a crime spree in Louisiana. A few months before, Mike Tyson defeated him soundly and
the Etienne could not seem to recover from the battering. He was charged and convicted of armed robbery, kidnapping, and attempted murder of an officer of law. IIn 2013, his 160-year prison sentence would be reduced to 105 and Etienne has embarked on a new career in prison, artwork painter.