The 50 Most Infamous Criminals in Sports History

5. Tom Payne

Sport: Basketball
Criminal History: Rape
Time Behind Bars: 25+ years

Tom Payne was a star at the University of Kentucky and a promising pick in the '71 Draft for the Atlanta Hawks. Payne's career ended before it really began when he was convicted of a pair of rapes in the Atlanta area. During his time in prison, he was involved in a riot and did almost half of his five year sentence in solitary confinement. 

Upon his release, Payne was extradited to Kentucky and convicted for another rape. After getting paroled in '83, Payne moved to Los Angeles to being a fledgling acting career before, you guessed it, he was arrested for attempted rape in 1986. 

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