Stephen Davis Arrest: Former NFL RB Arrested For Tax Evasion

ESPN news is reporting that Stephen Davis, a former running back in the NFL who made three Pro Bowls over the course of his 11-year career, was arrested Wednesday for allegedly not paying taxes on the nightclub that he owns.

As the owner of PURE nightclub in South Carolina, Davis had also apparently been operating the business without a license and writing bad checks to cover its expenses.

Warrants for the check fraud provided by the Lexington County Sheriff’s Office state Davis wrote three bad checks over the summer totaling more than $3,000. The accounts, investigators say, were closed, and the checks bounced.

“Since the revocation of its license by the SC Department of Revenue in July 2012, the Revenue investigation proved that PURE Lounge continued to operate and conduct sales even without a retail license,” the SC Department of Revenue said in a statement.

Following his arrest, Davis, 38, was taken to the Lexington County Detention Center where he is awaiting a bond hearing.

If convicted, the former NFL back faces up to 30 days in prison and a $200 fine.

Davis, who was inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame in May, ran for 8,052 yards and 65 touchdowns as a RB for the Redskins, Panthers, and Rams.

In July, Stephen Davis joined five former NFL players from South Carolina in a lawsuit alleging the NFL concealed information linking football-related head injuries to permanent neurological problems.

At the time, he complained of short-term memory loss and said that one of the things he was having trouble remembering to do was pay his bills, NBC Sports notes.