6 ex-Dolphins arrested after NFL life was over

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U.S. Marshals tracked the fugitive to a motel room in Flint, Mich. They found him waiting for the Sugar Bowl to begin.

The clock had run out for former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mark Ingram.

Ingram spent a month on the lam in 2008 after he failed to surrender to federal authorities to begin serving a 7 1/2-year prison sentence for money laundering and bank fraud.

The reason he gave for running: He wanted to watch his son, then-Alabama running back Mark Ingram Jr., play on television one last time before he lost his freedom.

Eleven months later, he was in front of a television again. From a New York jail, he watched his son win the Heisman Trophy, college football's most prestigious award.

The elder Ingram, a 10-year NFL veteran, is the most notable of the 1994 Dolphins who has been arrested on felony charges since their playing days. He's currently in federal prison in Yazoo City, Miss., set to be released in November 2016. He did not respond to written requests for an interview.

Among his teammates who also have had run-ins with the law:

• Former running back Irving Spikes served five years in federal prison for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and an illegal firearms charge. The firearms charge stemmed from Spikes and another man trying to pass off a piece of sheetrock as a kilogram of cocaine to a Mississippi drug dealer. Spikes' partner exchanged gunfire with the dealer, according to press accounts. The Sun Sentinel could not locate Spikes for comment.

• Former cornerback Calvin Jackson served two years' probation after pleading no contest in 2010 to possession of cocaine. Broward Sheriff's deputies alleged Jackson, who started 57 games with the Dolphins, sold crack cocaine to an informant in a Dania Beach sting, according to court records. Attempts to interview Jackson were unsuccessful.

•Former defensive tackle Mark Caesar is now serving a little more than three years in prison after pleading guilty to drug charges in state and federal court. He is set for release in July 2013. He could not be reached for comment within the federal prison system.

• Aubrey Beavers, the Dolphins' second-round draft pick in 1994, was arrested in December 2002 after police in Indiana said they found him and another man in a truck with more than 10 pounds of marijuana stashed in the undercarriage. He pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of marijuana and spent 132 days in jail, according to dockets from Bartholomew County (Ind.) Superior Court. He could not be located for comment, but his ex-wife said he now lives in the Houston area and "has fallen on some serious hard times."

• Former safety Gene Atkins agreed to serve three years' probation in 2006 after cutting a deal with Broward prosecutors in a domestic violence case involving his wife. In 2002, he was acquitted by a Broward County jury of having any role in the firebombing of a former business partner's home. Atkins now lives outside Atlanta. He declined an interview request.

Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times
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