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Art Schlichter to spend the next decade in prison

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Art Schlichter, the former Colts quarterback who has spent his life going in and out of prisons for various crimes related to his compulsive gambling, has been given his longest prison sentence yet.

A federal judge sentenced Schlichter to more than 10 years in prison for his scheme to sell phony tickets to sporting events. The 52-year-old Schlichter was accused in 2011 of taking money for Super Bowl tickets that he didn’t actually have to sell (and unlike the NFL, he did it out of malice, not incompetence), and he later pleaded guilty to fraud charges.

Schlichter has always maintained that his uncontrollable gambling addiction was to blame for the crimes he committed, and that he gambled away all the money he has swindled from people through the years, starting during his days as a star at Ohio State.

The fourth overall pick of the 1982 NFL draft, Schlichter bet on football in violation of league rules during his rookie season with the Baltimore Colts, was suspended for all of the 1983 season, and played in only 13 games in his NFL career.

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22 Responses to “Art Schlichter to spend the next decade in prison”
  1. geezohman says: May 4, 2012 1:40 PM

    interesting that he could beat that addiction. Then again there are alot of drug addicts, alcoholism, porn addicts… hell… i feel withdrawl pains after the SB !

    Sure wish he’d bet that though

  2. pooflingingmonkey says: May 4, 2012 1:41 PM

    Even Ryan Leaf thinks Schlichter is out of control!

  3. geezohman says: May 4, 2012 1:42 PM

    wow.. my spelling is terrible ! interesting he could NOT beat that addiction.

    Sure wish he’d beat that though
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    really !

  4. tombradysponytail says: May 4, 2012 1:43 PM

    According to my father-in-law, Dan Cole “the Common Man” on kfan in minny used to have “Art Schlicter” call in on one day a week to make picks on the upcoming games. It was hilarious because it was years before people realized it wasn’t the real Art Schlicter.

  5. bozosforall says: May 4, 2012 1:44 PM

    “Schlichter has spent his life going in and out of prisons”

    Meanwhile, convicts have spend most of their time going in and out of Schlichter.

  6. seanx40 says: May 4, 2012 1:45 PM

    There has to be some better way. Now taxpayers have to take care of him for the next decade at the cost of several hundred thousand dollars. He hasn’t actually physically hurt anyone. But there has to be something better than locking up non-violent offenders. Perhaps 10 yrs of public service under strict supervision. Cleaning bedpans at nursing homes perhaps. Shoveling snow. Something.
    The NFL should make him speak at the rookie meetings every year.

  7. thankheavenfornumberseven says: May 4, 2012 1:46 PM

    In his defense, Mike Tice told him he’d get him the tickets.

  8. whatnojets says: May 4, 2012 1:50 PM

    A judge in Ohio? Isn’t that the same state that has a consent law for girls 16 and above?

    If that’s the same state, the goo ‘ol Art will be out of the can in about a year or so!!!

  9. whatnojets says: May 4, 2012 1:52 PM

    Opps!!! that was a Federal Judge……He’ll rot in jail for few years before he sees daylight again!

  10. babyhorsemorgan says: May 4, 2012 2:50 PM

    Art will be rolling the bones for cigarettes and candy bars for awhile.

  11. hawkforlife says: May 4, 2012 2:55 PM

    To seanx40, so Bernie Madoff should walk free too? How many people that have been swindled are physically hurt, who knows but in some cases they lose everything and commit suicide. Throw the book at him.

  12. beefturkey says: May 4, 2012 2:55 PM

    Who would be dumb enough to give Art Schlichter money for Super Bowl tickets?

  13. hawaiifunfnull says: May 4, 2012 3:05 PM

    “He hasn’t actually physically hurt anyone. But there has to be something better than locking up non-violent offenders.”

    Sclichter estimated that he had stolen around $1.5 million total by 2007. Add the million from this ticket debacle and you’re 25% of the way to eight digits in fraud. His crimes may not involve violence, but they are hardly victimless. He belongs behind bars.

  14. hoier says: May 4, 2012 3:07 PM

    What a waste of a life. Could have had a decent 10 year NFL career. Made several million, retired, without having to work another day,. Maybe do color after retirment. He had it in and blew it

  15. drbrousters says: May 4, 2012 3:10 PM

    Ryan Leaf has found a cell-mate.

  16. u4iadman says: May 4, 2012 3:14 PM

    Awesome slam on the SB hosted by the Cowboys…purely awesome!
    Usually your humor is lacking.

  17. falstaffsmind says: May 4, 2012 3:36 PM

    And he had $100 riding on it being only 8.

  18. TheWizard says: May 4, 2012 4:17 PM

    All this guy is addicted to is “too lazy for honest work”

  19. craigd1zzle says: May 4, 2012 5:10 PM

    The Schlichters went to my high school. I always wanted to get his nephew in the situation where he’d say ”wanna bet?”. Just so I could say “Hell no, look where it got Art!”. Haha Miami Trace represent!!

  20. nickswearsky says: May 4, 2012 5:12 PM

    I’ve never seen such an intractable case of gambling addiction.

  21. tonyromoisterrible says: May 4, 2012 9:49 PM

    What do you know…… The colts still suck.

  22. brenenostler says: May 5, 2012 1:12 AM

    First the Colts draft this guy, then trade away John Elway, then draft Jeff George, and lucked out on a 50-50 shot between Manning and Leaf.

    Colts got lucky by choosing Manning because they made bad QB decisions before him. And almost made another in 1998.

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