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5 Sportspersons Who Found Themselves On The Wrong Side of The Law

5 Sportspersons Who Found Themselves On The Wrong Side of The Law
March 16
13:29 2019

NET Bureau

Indian cricketer Mohammed Shami was on Thursday, 14 March, charged with domestic violence and sexual harassment by the Kolkata police on the basis of his wife’s complaint.

“A chargesheet has been filed against cricketer Mohammed Shami under section 498A (domestic violence) and 354A (Sexual harassment). The case will begin in a month,” a senior officer of the Kolkata Police said.

Shami’s wife went public with the allegations – including claims of match-fixing – last March and the BCCI took action by opening an enquiry which cleared the cricketer of all wrongdoing in his profession. However, with the Kolkata Police now filing a chargesheet, it remains to be seen what this means for the cricketer’s commitments for this summer.

Shami, however, isn’t the first sportsperson to find himself on the wrong side of the law. Here’s a look at how some athletes have seen their careers affected by their actions away from the field, while others haven’t.

1. Ben Stokes

The news of Ben Stokes’ arrest for his involvement a brawl outside a nightclub in Bristol first emerged on 26 September 2017, in the middle of England’s home ODI series against the West Indies. The cricketer was held in prison overnight and the ECB left him out of the squad for the rest of the series.

A few days later, when the board announced the squad for The Ashes, Stokes was named as the vice-captain. However, as more details emerged of the incident -including video footage of Stokes punching another individual – his name was withdrawn from the squad.

Till the completion of the enquiry and due to matches clashing with court dates, Stokes missed six Test matches and 11 limited-overs fixtures for England. Even after being cleared by the court, he underwent an enquiry by the ECB’s Cricket Disciplinary Commission and was fined £30,000 and retrospectively banned for eight games as well.

2. Sardar Singh

India’s hockey captain at the time, Sardar Singh was accused of sexual harassment by a 21-year-old British citizen in February 2016. The complainant, also an international hockey player, filed a complaint at the Koom Kalan police station in Ludhiana claiming that Sardar and she were engaged after meeting at the 2012 Olympics and also that Sardar had “blackmailed” her into aborting their child.

While no official charge was levelled on him by the authorities, Sardar lost his captaincy for the Rio Olympics. One year later, during India’s Hockey World League Semi-Finals campaign in London, he was made to travel to Leeds for questioning by the Yorkshire police.

3. Navjot Singh Sidhu

One year after making a successful return to the Indian team with four half centuries at the 1987 ICC World Cup, Navjot Singh Sidhu was accused of murder after dragging the victim, Gurnam Singh, out of his car and hitting him over an argument about a parking spot.

One of Sidhu’s blows landed on the 65-year-old victim’s head who later died in a hospital. Medical reports suggested that Sidhu’s blow had caused a subdural haemorrhage in the victim’s brain, resulting in his death.

While the cricketer was not reprimanded by the BCCI and did not miss any matches for India, he was convinced of culpable homicide not amounting to murder and sentenced to three years in prison in 2007. He was later released on bail.

4. Rubel Hossain

Days after being named in Bangladesh’s squad for the 2015 ICC World Cup, fast bowler Rubel Hossain was jailed after a woman filed a complaint against him for making false promises of marriage. The complaint fell under the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act and Hossain spent three nights in prison before being released on bail.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board did not take action against the cricketer who, in fact, in his bail petition, cited his need to join the team for their World Cup preparations.

In March, after Hossain helped the team beat England at the World Cup, the complainant said she was “moved” by his performance and would be dropping all charges.

“I’ve forgiven him. I am not going to continue the case against him. I am not going to give any testimony or evidence against him. And if I don’t carry on with the case, then there is no case,” she said.

5. Cristiano Ronaldo

The soccer star was accused of rape in October 2018 by an American woman who said he raped her in the penthouse suite of a Las Vegas hotel in 2009 and then dispatched a team of “fixers” to obstruct the criminal investigation and trick her into keeping quiet for $375,000.

The Las Vegas police confirmed that they had reopened the investigation into the allegation at her request. Ronaldo denied all charges.

Right after the lawsuit was filed, Ronaldo was left out of Portugal’s squad for matches against Poland and Scotland. He however continued to play for Juventus and has only this week been named in his national squad again.


Source: The Quint


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