The amount of stupidity professional athletes (mainly NFL players) get themselves into is numbing at this point in time. That doesn’t mean their run-ins with the law are any less surprising.
Next up on Wall of Shame is New York Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson. The 24-year-old DE was back in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri when cops from the O’Fallon Police Department clocked his 2014 Bentley Flying Spur W12 going 122, 135, and 143 miles per hour.
A car of such magnitude doesn’t deserve such engine burning but St. Charles County Prosecutor Tim Lohmar said Richardson was racing against another vehicle on Highway 40 (Interstate 64) shortly before midnight.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the struggle didn’t end there. Once Richardson was flagged to pull over, he turned off his headlights and risked it all; sliding the rear of the car into an oncoming lane of traffic. Officers eventually tracked the Bentley to a nearby neighborhood where the Richardson and the passengers (two adult males and a 12-year-old relative) were ordered out the car.
Officers say they found a legally owned, loaded semi-automatic handgun beneath the floor mat on the driver’s side of the car and smelled “a very strong odor of burned marijuana” but no evidence was present to pursue any drug charges.
Richardson was charged with resisting arrest, exceeding the speed limit, following too closely, failing to use lights and failing to obey a traffic signal. He’s also suspended for the first four games of the 2015 NFL season for…what the hell do you think?
Photo: O’Fallon Police Department