A Tourists Guide to a Dozen Dirty Deeds by Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys are known for a lot of things: eight Super Bowl appearances, the hottest cheerleaders in sports, the grandiosity that comes with being held out as "America's Team." But no Dallas welcome would be complete without a map that guides Super Bowl fans to some of the locales that commemorate the off-field antics of players who thought they could get away with just about anything. And some of them just about did.

Who can forget Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson taking a 17-year-old paraplegic and her 15-year-old friend hostage at gunpoint and sexually assaulting them while hopped up on crack? Yet virtue has its own reward: After doing his time and turning clean and sober, he won $28 million in the Texas lottery. He also became a motivational speaker.

Defensive lineman Larry Bethea suffered a far different fate. After being charged with assaulting his wife and stealing $64,000 from his mother—her entire life savings—he became a suspect in two armed robberies and then killed himself with a gunshot to the head.

While these heinous acts occurred elsewhere, we had little trouble digging up the 12 dirtiest Cowboy deeds that happened right here in North Texas. So if you've got some time to kill before the Big Game, we recommend a driving tour to the various crime scenes. It's the best way to see the sights. Very quickly, it becomes apparent that new players signing with the Cowboys should insist on prepaid legal insurance.

1. Nate Newton

In December 2001, six weeks after he was busted with 213 pounds of pot during a routine traffic stop in Louisiana, Nate Newton, the six-time Pro Bowl guard, was arrested by the feds with another 175 pounds on I-45 in Ellis County. He pleaded guilty to both charges, served 32 months behind bars and was fined $25,000. After prison, the gregarious Newton charmed his way back into the hearts of fans, became a sports radio host, gave up pot and lost 175 pounds after his munchie cravings finally subsided. He also became a motivational speaker.

2. Bob Hayes

Former Cowboys wide receiver "Bullet" Bob Hayes sold cocaine and Quaaludes to police officers during an undercover sting in 1978. He admitted to snorting coke during his playing days, pleaded guilty to three drug charges and served 10 months in prison. His cocaine use had nothing to do with him being "the world's fastest human" and everything to do with his arrest record. He was the only athlete ever to win an Olympic gold medal and a Super Bowl ring. He made amends with the football world, which inducted him into the Hall of Fame—but only posthumously in 2009.

3. Barry Switzer

Headed back to the team's Austin training facilities in August 1997, then-Cowboys head coach Barry Switzer was going through security at D/FW International Airport when an X-ray machine found a loaded Smith and Wesson .38-caliber revolver in his duffel bag. He claimed he simply forgot to remove it, but Switzer pleaded guilty and was sentenced to one year probation, 80 hours of community service and a $3,500 fine. Switzer may have done the community a service when he resigned at the end of the season after the Cowboys went 6–10, which was the same record they had this year.

4. Rafael Septien

In December 1986, in Coppell, near the Cowboys practice facility, kicker Raphael Septien, whose nine-year career with the Cowboys included an appearance in Super Bowl XIII, sexually assaulted his neighbor's 10-year-old daughter. He pleaded guilty to the lesser offense of indecency with a child and received 10 years probation, which seemed an uncharacteristically light punishment. The Cowboys released Septien the day after his plea, and he currently resides in Cancún, Mexico. For years, he sold hotel timeshares, which may be its own form of enhanced punishment.

5. Michael Irvin

Three-time Super Bowl winner Michael Irvin has a long rap sheet, but no arrest tops his 30th birthday celebration in 1996, when cops raided a hotel room at the Residence Inn in Las Colinas and found Irvin with a boatload of cocaine and marijuana, and two hookers who identified themselves as "self-employed models." Irvin seemed to be flaunting due process when he appeared before the grand jury dressed in a full-length mink coat and dark sunglasses. He later pleaded no contest to the possession charges and received four years probation. Then he apologized, got religion and got TV and radio sports talk gigs. He also gets $25,000 a pop as a motivational speaker.

6. Harvey Martin

Perennial nice guy Harvey Martin went from beating up quarterbacks as the co-MVP of Super Bowl XII to beating up his live-in girlfriend (a lot) in 1996. Officers called to the scene were met with resistance and a bunch of cocaine. Less than five months later, Martin kicked his girlfriend's ass again. He was sentenced to eight months in a treatment center. Following treatment, he remained clean and sober, making amends for years of drinking and drugging, claiming the old Harvey was buried "beneath the wreckage of my past." Before his death from pancreatic cancer in 2001, he also did some motivational speaking.

7. Terry Glenn

Former Cowboys receiver Terry Glenn has been busy of late, getting busted a few weeks ago in Denton County for DWI and pot possession. That comes only a year after being charged with auto theft, which his attorney labeled a "crock of garbage." But the garbage keeps mounting for Glenn, who only one year earlier, on January 25, 2009, was arrested for public intoxication and possession of marijuana. Police records have him running around the halls of the Extended Stay Deluxe Hotel in Irving, allegedly naked and drunk, alerting cops to the weed in his room.

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22 comments
Jmcar44
Jmcar44

Why didn't you list some of the trangressions of the Caucasian players? It's not like there weren't any

Jobu2230
Jobu2230

Cool story idea. Just one question about the graphic: No. 12 says Dwayne Goodrich's incident occurred on I-35, which I believe is accurate. However, the graphic has No. 12 on the Dallas North Tollway.

Im a Cowboy Fan
Im a Cowboy Fan

You forgot to mention the time Toni Fritsch got busted for illegal possession of Austrian Goulash.

Scott R
Scott R

When was the last time the DO wrote anything positive about Dallas? In fact, when was the last time the DO wrote anyting positive about anything?

Antiqcoll11
Antiqcoll11

Irvin was the worst, and got away with it !!!!

Bob#10
Bob#10

while all of this is not good, it sounds like you are looking for your 15mins of fame. everyone has their lowest times in life and when you have yours remember your 15mins of fame you shared with everyone. those without sin throw the first stone. good luck my brother! carma

joco1141
joco1141

now if they weren't sports stars what would have happened to them

Topticktx
Topticktx

This is the last time I read this rag- trashing our team the week we host a super bowl? Go away.

Martha9952
Martha9952

Sam, you're a jerk for writing this article. Let me guess...you're no Cowboy fan? I'm sure you're no angel, either...just not famous enough for anyone to write or read an article about your worst moments.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Try some Korean BBQ Tacos at Goghee To Go. They're new and they are good!

Curious
Curious

Where was the "White House" in Irving? Anybody know?

Cwillis
Cwillis

Dude, it's "Tourist's" (apostrophe s)

BigEd
BigEd

Yeah and those are just the ones we know about!

Sam_Merten
Sam_Merten

Along with Rentzel, Switzer's also a honkey. Just who, exactly, do you feel like I missed whose incidents were more noteworthy?

Re_nvster
Re_nvster

lance rentzel........white? you dumb a...

Sam_Merten
Sam_Merten

Nice catch. The graphic is incorrect. The blurb is accurate.

Sam_Merten
Sam_Merten

I'm actually a big Cowboys fan. And, sure, I'm no angel either, as you say. But I haven't been busted with illegal drugs, beat my wife, molested a 10-year-old girl or killed two people. So I've got that going for me, which is nice.

grandAve
grandAve

2,750 by my math but many players would of course be on the roster for several years in a row. 2,000 seems a fair estimate.

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fgoodwin
fgoodwin

And in true multi-ethnic fashion, you included Rafael Septien. So other than the Colin Ridgeway murder, I think you covered the bases.

Ooops, how about Mark Tuinei?

Martha9952
Martha9952

Sam, sorry but I believe your motives were entirely self serving. No fan would use the team's good name to grab attention and then in true tabloid fashion, detail nothing but the criminal behavior of an extremely small percentage of it's players, especially during the week that Dallas was hosting the Super Bowl. I'm no rabid Cowboys fan myself, but I know a cheap shot when I see one.

 
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