No one enjoys paying taxes – that’s a fact – and as elevated as sports icons seem to be, they are far from the ever reaching the hand of Uncle Sam. Even some of the greatest athletes to ever play sports have faced some serious trouble for neglecting their tax responsibilities. Here are 5 of the worst tax offenders in the sports world.
1) Fred “Fuzzy” Thurston: Legendary Green Bay lineman “Fuzzy” Thurston won the first two Super Bowls and played amazing football in the ’50s and ’60s. Later in his life, Thurston found himself owing over 1.7 million dollars to the I.R.S. who later confiscated one of his Super Bowl Rings, as well as a substantial amount of personal property.
2) Pete Rose: We all know about Rose’s troubles regarding gambling and betting (as well as his outstanding record as a baseball player and manager), but Rose is no stranger to the IRS either. In 1990, Rose plead guilty to filing a false tax return and served 5 months in prison. Then again in 2003, Rose was charged with owing over 970k to Uncle Sam. Rose has since settled his legal issues.
3) Lawrence Taylor: NFL Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor was an unstoppable force in the early nineties. And most people are aware of his run-ins with the police for hit-and-run and sexual assault. But L.T. was also charged with 5 years probation and 3 months house arrest in the year 2000 for filing false tax returns from the late 90′s.
4) Marshal Faulk: Super bowl winner and NFL Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk was a vital part of the St. Louis Rams’ offense. He was charged with a tax lien to the amount of $105k for failing to file for income from appearances. It cost him a condo in Florida and a bit of embarrassment, as well.
5) Richard Dent: Super bowl MVP and long-time Chicago Bear, Dent was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2011 and just weeks later was hit with over 1.1 million in tax liens from the U.S. government. He is still in the process of resolving the issue with the IRS.
So there you have it: super bowl winners and arm chair quarterbacks alike are not immune to the seemingly omniscient eye of the Internal Revenue Service.
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Guest author Malia Anderson is a content specialist and freelance author based out of Greensboro, NC. She enjoys pottery, fixing up her first home, and playing the ukelele.