Athletes with criminal pasts that are playing sports right now

J.R. Smith

Journeyman shooting guard J.R. Smith has bounced around the NBA for more than a decade, doing stints in New Orleans, Denver, New York, and Cleveland. He’s been named the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year and won an NBA championship with the Cavaliers, achievements that push the unseemly events of Smith’s life farther into the past. For example, he was involved in a gruesome New Jersey car accident in 2007 that killed Andre Bell, his best friend. Smith was behind the wheel, and he pleaded guilty to a reckless driving charge. In 2009, Smith did about a month of hard time for the crime and also completed 500 hours of community service.

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