Today is not a banner day for ex-pro athletes. On a day where NFL free agency is heating up, ex-players like Freddie Mitchell and Chris Zorich are making headlines - and not for news related to their playing careers.
Mitchell, a former wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles who had a mediocre NFL career after starring at UCLA, pleaded guilty to tax-fraud in a federal court in Orlando, Florida. He was charged with a single count of conspiracy to file a false claim and faces a maximum prison sentence of 10 years and a maximum fine of $10,000.
As for Chris Zorich, the former Chicago Bears defensive standout and Notre Dame star was charged with failing to file federal income tax returns over four years. His attorney said Zorich will plead guilty. Zorich played for the Bears from 1991 to 1996 and with the Washington Redskins in 1997.
In other sports headlines, former tennis star Jennifer Capriati is in the news for allegedly throwing a few jabs at her ex-boyfriend, TMZ is reporting. Capriati starred as a young tennis player before personal problems derailed her career. She made a comeback though, putting those problems behind her to reclaim her ability to play professional tennis and earn induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. After the initial TMZ report a lawyer for Capriati said there is no arrest warrant and that the current facts are an over-exaggeration.