Former British Olympian and NFL star,Lawrence Okoyewas arrested in Alabama during a prostitution sting
The former discus thrower, 27, born to Nigerian parents was arrested along with 12 others for men soliciting prostitution on Wednesday in Shelby County.
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.
“13 men were arrested and charged with the crime of Soliciting Prostitution.”
Okoye who competed in the 2012 Olympics for Britain before quitting athletics to pursue an American Football career, holds the British record in the discus of 68.24 metres.
He currently plays for Birmingham Iron in the Alliance of American football (AAF).
Before his arrest, he was picked up by the Iron ahead of their first ever match in the AAF. But Okoye missed their clash with Memphis Express.
“We are aware of it,” head coach Tim Lewis said when confronted about Okoye.
“We’re still in the process of gathering all the information.