Ruben Patterson, an NBA player, attacked a man in Cleveland and broke the guy’s jaw. He was given just six months probation but was later arrested for third-degree attempted rape, for which he only received 15 days in jail, but had to register as a sex offender. He continued to play in the NBA after a minor suspension.
Adrian Peterson, a running back for the Minnesota Vikings, was indicted for reckless injury to a child after his young sons fought over a motorcycle game. Peterson later pleaded guilty to misdemeanor reckless assault, but only served community service. He kept playing for the Vikings.