Sports figure(s) involved: Tom Payne
Year: 1972

The first black player to ever play basketball at the University of Kentucky, Tom Payne entered UK with a mountain of expectations that he was ultimately unable to overcome. Though his time in Lexington yielded some on-court success, Payne was known for his wild temper during games, and was often targeted by racial slurs while playing on the road. His transition to the NBA was brief, as he only played 29 games for the Atlanta Hawks before being arrested on charges of rape. Since then, he's been in prison for much of his life, and only spent three years on the outside, from 1983 to 1986, before he was arrested again.