The Most Dangerous Cities for Sports Athletes


A topic of a lot of discussion on this Blog have been Professional Athletes and violence.  Here is a listing of the most dangerous cities for Players, and some are pretty suprising.


  • Seahawks safety Ken Hamlin suffers season-ending head injury as result of bar fight in 2005.

  • Steelers Pro Bowl linebacker Joey Porter is one of five people wounded in shooting at Denver sports bar in 2003. Police suspect incident is gang-related.
  • Several NBA stars are held up in separate incidents during 2006 NBA All-Star weekend, one All-Star at gunpoint, according to News sources; none file police reports. 
  • Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams is shot and killed outside of a nightclub after celebrating birthday of Denver Nuggets’ Kenyon Martin. 
  • Nuggets rookie and Harlem product Julius Hodge is shot four times driving on Denver highway last year after leaving nightclub.

  • Then-Celtic Antoine Walker is robbed at gunpoint of $100,000 in jewelry and cash outside nightclub in 2000.

  • Pacers swingman Stephen Jackson is hit by car during fight outside strip club in October. Jackson fires gun and is scheduled to stand trial in February on felony charge of criminal recklessness and misdemeanor counts of battery and disorderly conduct. 

  • Chargers defensive back Terence Kiel is shot in apparent carjacking attempt in 2003. 
    New York

  • Members of rapper Fabolous’ posse rob $50,000 chain from Celtics guard Sebastian Telfair outside P. Diddy-owned restaurant Justins in October. Fabolous is shot shortly after incident; Telfair, from Coney Island, denies involvement.
  • Stephon Marbury, with Nets in 2000, has $150,000 chain encrusted with diamonds ripped from his neck as he leaves Chelsea club. Then-Net Chris Childs is robbed at same club of $30,000 in jewelry & cash in 2002. 
  • Three armed men steal jewelry from Steve Francis, then with Rockets, at Harlem hair salon in 2000.

  • Titans CB Adam Jones is arrested for disorderly conduct and public intoxication in August 2006. Claims woman stole his wallet; she denies charge and says he spit on her. In October, Jones is cited for misdemeanor assault for allegedly spitting in her face.

  • Falcons cornerback Elijah Williams is shot in leg in 2001 outside Atlanta bar. Police call it robbery attempt.
  • Two men are stabbed to death after brawl with Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis and friends outside Buckhead nightclub after Super Bowl party. Lewis is charged with murder but later pleads guilty to misdemeanor obstruction of justice.

  • Corey Fuller of Ravens uses gun to thwart robbery when confronted by two armed men outside home in 2004.

  • Eagles DE Jerome McDougle is shot in abdomen, robbed of a $20,000 watch as he sits in car in 2005. 

  • Bengals receiver Chris Henry, who pointed a gun at crowd during argument in Orlando, pleads guilty last year to a concealed weapon charge. 

  • Celtics star Paul Pierce is stabbed 11 times in 2000 by nightclub patron.

This is included in a very well written article from the NY Daily News.  You can read the full story here.

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