People in Sports Behaving Badly
Cleveland Indians pitcher Fausto Carmona, 28 (or 31), a 2010 first team All Star with an 11–8 record and a 3.78 ERA, was arrested in his native Dominican Republic on suspicion of using a false identity. Authorities allege that Carmona's real name is Roberto Hernandez Heredia and that he's three years older than he claims. Falsification of the names and ages of Dominican youth league players to deceive MLB scouts is not new. Earlier this year, Miami Marlins reliever Leo Nunez, 28 (or 29), was arrested on similar charges. Cincinnati Bengals starting wide receiver Jerome Simpson, 25, who thrilled fans in week 16 by doing a front flip over a defender and landing on his feet in the end zone, was indicted on felony drug-trafficking charges. Police allegedly intercepted a package containing 2.5 pounds of marijuana and found six more pounds upon searching Simpson's home. Brian Downing, 32, of Smiths Station, Alabama, was booked on charges of obscenity and sexual battery for allegedly "placing his genitals on an LSU fan's face" following Alabama's 21–0 win over LSU in the BCS championship game. Downing turned himself in after a video of him with his apparently drunk, unconscious victim went viral on the internet.