A History of Sports Champions With Rap Sheets

Nikolai Khabibulin

Sport: Hockey
Team(s): Tampa Bay Lightning
Champion: 2004 Stanley Cup
Offense: Excessive speed and extreme DUI
Sentence: 30 days

In the early 2000s, Nikolai Khabibulin was at the top of his game and at the top of the world. Literallly. After being named the Best Goalkeeper at the 2002 Winter Olympics, the man nicknamed "The Bulin Wall" helped the Tampa Bay Lightning win their first and only Stanley Cup championship in 2004. Following that title run, Khabibulin was awarded with the richest contract for a goalie in NHL history at the time. 

In August 2010, things took a turn for the worse when Khabibulin was sentenced to 30 days in prison. He was pulled over by an Arizona police officer who claimed he was going 25 miles per hour over the speed limit and guilty of extreme DUI with a blood alcohol content level of .15 or higher. After receiving his penalty, Khabibulin appealed the sentence which resulted in the goalie only spending half the time in prison and the other half under house arrest. 

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