The July 4th weekend proved to be disastrous for two NFL players who decided to play with fireworks.
But they aren’t the only athletes to risk their careers over nonsense. Here are five athletes who destroyed their careers due to silly decisions off the field.
NFL Giants star Jason Pierre-Paul of the New York Giants had to have his index finger amputated after being burned by fireworks. Pierre-Paul had the opportunity to sign with the Giants for $14.5 million before the incident, but he decided to hold out for more money. He could still play again, but he will have to prove himself to get another contract of similar value.
C.J. Wilson, 25, injured his hand and lost two fingers while playing with fireworks. The defensive back for the Tampa Bucs was visiting family in Lincolnton, North Carolina, when the accident occurred. But while Pierre-Paul will probably play again, Wilson’s career is likely over.
Plaxico Burress shot himself literally and figuratively after taking a gun inside a New York nightclub in 2008. He injured himself and also had to serve 20 months in jail for a weapons violation.
Jay Williams was the second overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft and was viewed as a future NBA All-Star. While riding his Yamaha RG motorcycle, Williams didn’t have a license and was not wearing a helmet when he crashed. His injuries were severe and his playing days were soon over.
Michael Vick was the Atlanta Falcons franchise quarterback and had just signed a deal worth $100 million in 2003. However, he blew it all because he wanted to fight dogs with his friends. Vick was arrested and served 23 months in prison. He also lost millions and his prime playing years.