Athletes Who Tried To Cross Over To Music, For Better Or For Worse

Jenna Goldberg | October 12, 2017 5:35 pm

Many of the professional athletes on this list boast an impressive set of accolades, from national championships and gleaming trophies to MVP awards and their faces displayed in the Hall of Fame. But these athletes wanted to achieve fame on a whole other level—through music.

Sometimes it worked. Sometimes it didn’t. Many learned the hard way that just because you’re at the top of the game in one career field, doesn’t necessarily mean you will be at the top (or even close to the middle!) in another. Here are athletes who tried to cross over to music, for better or for worse. You won’t believe which Heavyweight World Champion tried to be a rapper!

Allen Iverson

In 2000, Allen Iverson released his first rap single under the moniker “Jewelz.” The single, titled “40 Bars,” received a lot of backlash for its violent, misogynistic and homophobic lyrics. NBA commissioner, David Stern, threatened to fire Iverson for offensive conduct, so prior to the release his full album, Iverson agreed to change many of the lyrics.

The 11-time NBA All-Star issued an apology to women and the gay community, along with the statement, “If a kid thinks that I promote violence by the lyrics of my songs, I beg them not to buy it or listen to it.” But before it was released, the album was completely scrapped, and Iverson gave up on a career in music entirely.