Weird Arrests in Sports History

When it comes to arrests made in the sports world, archives are rife with options. However, the further you dig through history, the less you hear of classic incidents found in today's headlines such as the Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain being arrested for not paying child support. Also, the past hardly gives you enough to fill up an entire website like the NFL arrest database created by the San Diego Union Tribune.

Regardless, by digging through the pages of the past, bizarre violations related to the sports world rise to the surface.

T.V. controls the athlete

Just like people who refuse to use Facebook, when television became popular in the 1950s there were some that had their reservations. To add to their arguments, the Denver Post published an article in 1960 related to the alleged bad influence broadcast media had on individuals. In particular, a college athlete devised a scheme to murder a bank president's wife.

In exchange for the life of his wife, the president would pay $5000 to this athlete -- or else. Instead, the police arrested the college student in Grand Junction, Colo., before his master plan could be executed. When he was apprehended, he said that he crafted his idea based on inspiration from something he saw on T.V.

Ivy League MVP athlete arrested

In the 1960s, Princeton University's basketball team had a star player named Bill Bradley. Following that brilliance came another MVP that put him in a unique celebrity status. Starting in 1969 until 1972 when he started with the New York Nets, Brian Taylor was a young black man that topped out in sports and attended an Ivy League university. In addition, the nation was in the throes of embracing the newly rectified Civil Rights Movement.

For these reasons, the arrest of Brian Taylor drew a great deal of shock nationwide and exemplified the presence of rampant racism of the time period. While traveling by train through Pennsylvania's Grand Central station, the police arrested Taylor for placing his feet on a seat in coach class. Despite the fact that he followed the conductor's instructions to remove his feet, the police put Taylor in custody using an aggressive claw cuff technique. When Taylor played immediately after the incident, his wrist was still injured.

All of this drama was focused on Taylor in an extreme manner, but he told New York Magazine in 1972 that he was not surprised. Instead, he spoke of getting degrading hate mail from Princeton supporters ages 8 to 68 that did not like him solely based on his race. Hopefully, as cultures worldwide progress, incidents like these will remain firmly buried in the pages of sports history -- never to resurface again.

King arrests man for making a football reference

When defining the origins of football, they are difficult to pinpoint. It is certainly easy to look at an ancient Greek bas-relief and guesstimate, but historians are still uncertain. Naturally, an actual ancient football related arrest is also rarely recorded. However, in the 1938 "History of Football from the Beginnings to 1871" by Francis Peabody Magoun, a noteworthy tale of football is told.

In 1535 in England, King Henry VIII was busy cutting of the heads of his wives and making plenty of enemies. On one occasion, the king stated that George Taylor was a traitor and had him jailed for saying, "The King is but a knave and liveth in avowtry (a God-like status), and is a heretic and liveth not after the laws of God," and further, "I set not by the King's crown, and, if I had it here, I would play at foot-ball with it."

Wild schemes of hardcore fans

In 1919, the Ford Model T was only 10 years in the making. For this reason , it is easy to understand that the undergraduates at Michigan University in Ann Arbor might want to take the train instead. However, 350 miles away, the University of Illinois - Urbana Alumni Newsletter reported that 25 students had illegally "bummed" a ride on a train trying to get to Urbana's football game.

Sadly, these passionate fans were willing to do whatever it takes to see their team play but were detained by police a mere 35 miles West of Ann Arbor in Jackson, Mich. Thankfully, a grad student bailed them out of jail and brought most of them to Urbana despite the misfortune.

Interestingly, the calamity does not end there. On Saturday, 600 students arrived to Urbana's Inman Hotel and wreaked havoc. In particular, a male cheerleader got swept away in the excitement and crashed, "through a glass awning."

Finally, at the end of the weekend game, everyone cheered loudly while the band play, "What's the Matter with Father." Included in the lyrics were the weird verses, "I'm very strong for the other sex, but Dad's the fellow that writes the checks. What's the matter with Father, he's alright."