Surprised to see lawyer Johnnie Cochran turn up at steroid-tainted shot-putter C.J. Hunter's side in Sydney? Don't be. History has shown that the man who made his name defending O.J. Simpson is often a troubled athlete's best friend.
Jim Brown, 1985. Prosecutors drop rape and assault charges against the football Hall of Famer after Cochran gets a police detective to testify in a preliminary hearing that there are serious discrepancies in the alleged victim's accounts of the incident.
Marion Jones, 1993. Jones, a senior at Thousand Oaks ( Calif.) High, enlists Cochran's aid after she is suspended by USA Track and Field for failing to take a random drug test. ( Jones says she was never notified of the test.) Her suspension is overturned.
Latrell Sprewell, 1997. After his suspension for choking Warriors coach P.J. Carlesimo, Sprewell gets Cochran to accompany him to his press conference. Cochran calls the public's persecution of Sprewell a "rush to judgment." Later, Sprewell's suspension is shortened from a year to the remainder of the season.
Orlando Brown, 2000. Hours after the Browns release Brown, who sustained a career-threatening injury when an official's flag struck him in the eye, the offensive lineman retains Cochran to explore a possible suit against the NFL.