15 Professional Athletes Implicated in Domestic Abuse Incidents

Most professional athletes have superior strength or skill in their designated field, but not all athletes know how to channel emotions such as anger in such a way to help them excel in their sport. Domestic abuse is nothing to joke about and it can often result in serious injury, especially when an athlete who is in great shape is the one doing the damage. Professional athletes also need to carry themselves as role models for kids who look up to them. These athletes have slipped up and let their tempers get the best of them.

15. Justin Cox

Mississippi State starting lineup member Justin Cox was arrested in late 2014 after police responded to a report of burglary, aggravated assault, and domestic violence. Upon arrival, police discovered a female victim with injuries sustained to her head, and Cox was arrested on suspicion of burglary and aggravated domestic violence. He was suspended indefinitely by Mississippi State following the arrest. The football safety who originally played college football at East Mississippi Community College is now a free agent.

During the 2013 season, Cox was a reserve cornerback for Mississippi State and recorded thirty-one tackles and an interception which put the Bulldogs into overtime in the Egg Bowl victory over The University of Mississippi. At the time of the domestic abuse incident, Cox was the starting safety for the Bulldogs, but he was pulled from the final three games after being arrested. Cox plead guilty to a lesser charge and the charge was dropped, but he was still not drafted in the 2015 National Football League (NFL) draft.

Cox, who stands at 6’0” and 187 pounds, signed as a free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs soon after the 2015 NFL draft but on July 21, 2015 he was released following another domestic violence arrest, which occurred just one year after the first incident. This one apparently took place at the same apartment complex, or at least an apartment complex with the same name, in Starkville, Mississippi.