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Sam Adams faces tax charges


A man who spent 14 years in the NFL could be spending nearly that much time in prison.

According to Lewis Kamb of the Seattle Times, former defensive tackle Sam Adams is accused of tax evasion and wage theft in the state of Washington.

Adams and his CFO, Dana Lynn Sargent, face charges of not paying taxes or employees at a pair of Seattle-area fitness clubs.

Adams began his career with the Seahawks. After six seasons in Seattle, he played for the Ravens in 2000 and 2001, the Raiders in 2002, the Bills from 2003 to 2005, the Bengal in 2006, and the Broncos in 2007. Adams, who landed on the cover of Sports Illustrated for his role in a 31-0 season-opening, Patriots-hate-their-coach romp over New England, was a member of the Super Bowl XXV champion Ravens.

Adams and Sargent reportedly failed to pay more than $445,000 in taxes, failed to pay employees $41,000 in wages and benefits, and failed to pay roughly $35,000 for unemployment insurance.

Adams faces up to 10 years in prison.