The 20 Most SHOCKING Sports Scandals Of All Time!
By Sean HowardAmazing
eventFebruary 24, 2017
The Sex Abuse Scandal
The entire Penn State University community was jolted in 2011 when former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was charged with sexually abusing eight young men. Famed Penn State football coach Joe Paterno was then fired for refusing to act on the situation when he became aware of it in 2002.
Olympic Skater Horrifically Attacked!
Figure skater Tonya Harding wanted to compete in the 1994 Olympics so badly that she had her ex-husband and bodyguard hire someone to derail her competition, Nancy Kerrigan. Kerrigan suffered a baton hit to her leg and was forced to withdraw from the competition. Harding ultimately made it to the Olympics and even escaped jail time.
Lance Armstrong faced speculation from 1999 to 2005 for using performance-enhancing after winning the Tour de France for a staggering seven straight years. He was formally charged in 2012 and stripped of his titles but didn't confess (and only partially) to doping until 2013.
The Legless Olympic Murderer
South African Olympic legless runner Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in jail for the murder of model Reeva Steenkamp, his girlfriend, back in 2013. After firing four gunshots through a bathroom door, he was charged and found guilty of manslaughter but acquitted of premeditated murder.
"The Most Infamous Brawl In NBA History"
In November 2004, a massive fight broke out on the court between the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons with less than a minute left in the game. Detroit's Ben Wallace was fouled from behind and took revenge when he shoved Indiana's Ron Artest in the face. Players from both teams joined, and nine were ultimately suspended for a total of 146 games.
Former NFL star Michael Vick was indicted in 2007 for running and bankrolling a dog-fighting ring at his Virginia property. Just over a month later, he pleaded guilty and was forced to serve 21 months in federal prison.
The Mob, Gamblers, And Death Threats!
Dubbed "The Black Sox Scandal," this MLB match fixing incident involved eight members of the Chicago White Sox team, all of whom were accused of throwing the 1919 World Series for a return of $100,000. And the scandal not only involved a disregard for the integrity of the game, it also had ties to the mob, gamblers, and even death threats. Ultimately, all eight men acquitted, though they were permanently banned from professional baseball.
121 Marital Affairs!
In 2009, golfer Tiger Woods admitted to cheating on his wife with not one, not two, but a whopping 121 women! Major companies, including AT&T and Gatorade, began dropping Woods months later. He ultimately went to therapy and faced an inevitable divorce.
The "Hand Of God"
This infamous 1986 World Cup quarterfinals scandal between England and Argentina went down in history as the "Hand of God." Just as the ball was heading for England's goalkeeper, Argentina's national team star, Diego Maradona, used his left hand to hurl the ball into the net. Officials failed to notice the infraction, and Argentina went on to win the match 2-1.
Mooning, Fruit-Throwing, And Snipers!
The 1985 Super Bowl went down in history when Bears quarterback Jim McMahon mooned a helicopter, urinated on the streets, threw fruit off a balcony, and donned a new jersey number fearing snipers would kill him for calling New Orleans' women a nasty name.
The "Spygate" Scandal
This 2007 scandal was sparked by allegations that the Patriots illegally videotaped the Jets' defensive coaches' signals. Bill Belichick, the head coach of the Patriots, had to pay a cool $500,000 fine! The Pats were also accused of filming a Rams walkthrough practice in 2002!
KO-ed And Dragged From An Elevator
In 2014, former Ravens player Ray Rice was charged with assault after he allegedly knocked out his wife (then fiancée) and then dragged her from an elevator. He was indicted on third-degree aggravated assault, but the charges were ultimately dropped when Rice agreed to be counseled.
Older Than He Looked
Little League star Danny Almonte made waves in 2001 when he threw the first perfect game in Little League World Series history, topping out his pitches at an equivalent of 103 mph at the MLB level! But as it turned out, Almonte was two years too old to play. His team's records and his perfect game were ultimately erased from the Little League books.
The "Deflategate" Scandal
The Patriots found themselves in hot water when they were accused of deliberately underinflating footballs used in the 2015 Super Bowl against the Colts. Pats quarterback Tom Brady was ultimately suspended for four games in the 2016 regular season.
Former Ravens player Ray Lewis was caught in a bloody mess the night after the 2000 Super Bowl when he became involved in the fatal stabbings of two people. He was indicted, though the charges against Lewis were ultimately dismissed after he testified against his buddies.
Kobe The Adulterer
Kobe Bryant was arrested in 2003 for the alleged rape of a 19-year-old hotel employee. Though he admitted to an adulterous encounter, the former NBA star's accuser denied the assault allegation and refused to testify in the case, ultimately resulting in it being dropped. She later filed a separate suit that was settled out of court.
O.J. Simpson - Alleged Murderer, Robber, Kidnapper
This infamous scandal revolved around O.J. Simpson's acquittal of murdering his ex-wife and her friend in 1994. But in 2007, "The Juice" was charged with felonies of armed robbery and kidnapping. He's currently serving a 33-year term in prison.
Bribing To Buy The Olympics
Salt Lake City, Utah made scandalous bribes to win the rights to host the 2002 Winter Olympics. The city made a successful bid back in 1995 after failing four times beforehand, but in 1998, members of the International Olympic Committee were accused of accepting bribes, resulting in their expulsion.
Staining The Game With Bets
Former MLB player and manager Pete Rose came clean in 2004 when he admitted to betting on games after denying the act years. Though he was permanently banned from baseball, he was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame in 2016.
The FIFA Money Laundering Scandal
Wire fraud, money laundering, racketeering - where does it end? In mid-2015, 14 FIFA associates and officials were indicted for just that, a scheme that involved millions of dollars over 24 years.