Lawrence Okoye a former Olympian and NFL star, has been arrested alongside 12 other men on charges of men soliciting prostitution in Shelby county.
The 27 year old Nigerian, who currently plays for Birmingham Iron in the Alliance of American football (AAF).
Lawrence Okoye competed in the 2012 Olympics for Britain before quitting athletics to pursue an American Football career. He holds the British record in the discus of 68.24 meters.
A police statement said:
“On Wednesday, February 6th 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 offenders were previously arrested.
13 men were arrested and charged with the crime of soliciting prostitution.”