NOT OK British Olympian turned NFL hopeful Lawrence Okoye arrested in Alabama in prostitution sting

The former discus thrower, 27, competed in the 2012 Olympics for Team GB before quitting athletics to pursue an American Football career

11 February 2019 - 08:51

BRITISH Olympian and former NFL star Lawrence Okoye has been arrested in Alabama as part of a prostitution sting.

The former discus thrower, 27, competed in the 2012 Olympics for Team GB before quitting athletics to pursue an American Football career.

 The defensive tackle played for the San Francisco 49ers for two seasons but never got game time
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The defensive tackle played for the San Francisco 49ers for two seasons but never got game time

Okoye was arrested along with 12 other for men soliciting prostitution on Wednesday in Shelby County.

He now plays for Birmingham Iron in the AAF — which stands for Alliance of American Football — league, where he has been aiming to get his career back on track after stints at the San Francisco 49ers, Arizona Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys.

Croydon native Okoye was picked up by the Iron, who were yet to play their first ever match in the AAF at the time of his arrest.

Okoye missed their clash with Memphis Express.

Head coach Tim Lewis said: "We are aware of it.

"We're still in the process of gathering all the information."

Okoye was tipped for a big future in the NFL as a defensive tackle, after impressing during the Scouting Combine — where players perform a series of skills and drills.

After being let go by the 49ers, he was employed on the practice squads of the Cardinals, New York Jets, Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins before moving to the Montreal Alouettes.

 Okoye remains the British record holder in the discus and finished fourth at London 2012
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Okoye remains the British record holder in the discus and finished fourth at London 2012
 Okoye went to America to pursue an NFL career but it has not lived up to the promise
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Okoye went to America to pursue an NFL career but it has not lived up to the promise

Okoye holds the British record in the discus of 68.24metres, a mark he set in 2012, just months before the London Games.

He finished fourth at the Games, just 6cm off a bronze medal, before quitting athletics just months later.

A police statement said: "On Wednesday, February 6, 2019, the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force (SCDETF), in partnership with the Hoover Police Department, conducted an undercover reverse prostitution sting, titled Operation Close Out, Round 3.

"The operation was carried out in North Shelby County.

"The operation is a continuation from September 20th, and October 18th, 2018, in which 20 total offenders were previously arrested.

"Thirteen men were arrested and charged with the crime of Soliciting Prostitution."

 

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