Congratulations to Rae Carruth of Nash Correctional Institution in North Carolina, the winner of our Most Despicable Person in Sports tournament. In a field of 64 truly awful people, Rae Carruth’s crime of having a woman who was eight months pregnant with his own child murdered stood out. En route to the title, he defeated Bob Knight (96%-4%), Ndamukong Suh (100%-0%, the only shut-out in the tournament’s 63 match-ups), Average Philly Sports Fan (82%-18%), Tonya Harding (88%-12%), Joey Barton (79%-21%), and OJ Simpson (69%-31%).
Next year, let’s do something different, because this was depressing.
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It has come down to OJ Simpson vs. Rae Carruth. Simpson—who has paid about $10 of the $33.5 million judgment against him for the “wrongful deaths” of two people—wrote a fictionalized account of the murders called If I Did It. Truly despicable. If he wins today, he can celebrate with his cell mates at Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nevada, where he is serving a 33-year sentence for armed robbery and kidnapping, among other felonies.
Rae Carruth is also in prison, at Nash Correctional Institution in North Carolina, where he’ll be until 2018. He was convicted of conspiring to kill a woman who was eight months old with his own child. (Can’t believe I just wrote that sentence.) The woman lived long enough to call 911 after Carruth blocked her car while a friend of his shot her. He became a fugitive, hiding in the trunk of a car with cash, candy, and yes, jars of his own poo. It’s important to note that the team he played for at the time, the Carolina Panthers, released him because of a morals clause in his contract.
Tough choice. Vote away!
Most Despicable Title Match-up
1. OJ Simpson. Killed two people. Friends with Kato Kaelin. (33%, 13 Votes)
1. Rae Carruth. Panthers WR who courageously paid someone to murder his 8-month pregnant girlfriend, then hid in the trunk of a car with jars of his own poo. (67%, 27 Votes)
Total Voters: 40
We’ll crown a champion Monday. For legal reasons, as well as a lack of suitable highlights, there will be no One Shining Moment montage.
People who have sent us helmets out of the kindness of their hearts: Howard Aprill, Lacy Bauer, Ira Bletz, Barb Buse Breen (and her aunt Ellen), Phil Broder, Chris Brown, Jamie Cabral, Matthew Caputo, Scott Castiglia, AJ Chlebnik, Jason D'Agostino, Kelly Farrell (and her sister Camille), Alan Filipczak, Seth Gallagher, John Johnson, Kelly Grimm Joslin, Melissa Kaspern, Sarah Keating, Tom Lappas, Scott & Susan Mealey, Art & Anita Pena, Katie Caputo Roberts, Phil Sexton, Don Simme
Minor League teams that have generoulsy donated helmets to the collection: Albuquerque Isotopes, Altoona Curve, Bowie Baysox, Dayton Dragons, Gwinnett Braves, Lancaster Barnstormers, Lexington Legends, Louisville Bats, New Britain Rock Cats, Oklahoma City Redhawks, Pensacola Blue Wahoos, Toledo Mud Hens, Wilmington Blue Rocks