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  1. BritishBeauty
    BritishBeauty at |

    For me the worst was Michael Vick and the atrocity of executing dogs and fighting dogs. I hope he suffers for all eternity.

    Another good list. I hadn't previously known of the Sox Scandal. Here in GB I believe this is a little known story!

  2. Jonathan Hopkins
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    I think that Pete Rose should be much higher on the list, at least number 4. And BritishBeauty, to desire that a man should suffer for eternity for his particular crime is a bit harsh, don't you think? There is no doubt that what he did was criminal, but to warrant the sentence you are advocating is unreasonable. As atrocious an act as it was, they were animals that he killed, not humans. I am certainly not excusing his acts, they were awful, but let us put a little perspective on it before we condemn a man.

  3. mikaro
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    How about the Hanse Cronje betting scandal in cricket? The South African captain and devoted christian and role model (!) eventually admitted his role in match-fixing causing shock to millions of cricket fans around India, South Africa and the world. Equally shocking was his death in a plane crash shortly after.

    Also an investigation into Italian domestic soccer matches confirmed matches were fixed, with major clubs guilty of bribing referees.

    And just to be topical, Semenya winning the woman's 800m in Berlin when "she" is incredibly obviously a man will eventually be one of professional sport's greatest ever scandals.

  4. joe
    joe at |

    no Patriots!!!! Spygate is a huge scandal.

  5. Jeremy
    Jeremy at |

    It may belong under 9. NFL Players Gone Wild, but how can you not mention Leonard Little's involuntary manslaughter conviction for killing Susan Gutweiler while driving drunk? This situation was even more noteworthy for the fact that he only spent 90 nights in jail on a work release program. Then six years this idiot gets arrested again for DUI!

  6. Justin
    Justin at |

    How about the Seahawks being screwed by the refs in the superbowl!

    1. Joshua Taylor
      Joshua Taylor at |

      Yeah, the Hawks did get screwed over in the super bowl vs. The Steelers, totally matched on paper i do look at that game and scratch my head because Seattle was just as good as Pittsburgh, one good example of a scandel is the new orleans saints bounty scandel, they did get caught red handed. And now the fallout from it will affect the other teams in the league.

  7. Unanimous
    Unanimous at |

    Joe Jackson and Buck Weaver (both innocent) should be in the hall of fame Landis (racist) and Comiskey(cheap) should'nt.

  8. whattheheck
    whattheheck at |

    wait. how do ANY drug-related instances top fixed games? or gambling rings? of course nothing tops murder, and OJ deserves his own special list of "number one top stupidest former sports figure ever"…. but otherwise? the Black Sox, Tim Donaghy and his SCREWING of the whole 07 NBA season, good ol' Pete Rose (always a good bet, to lay money on yourself! talk about incentive to play your best….)…now those are scandals. drug use, eh. we know it is going to happen. steroids, doping, whatever. it's nothing new. and the rape/sexual assault scandals, yeah, they are scandalous but in the great scheme of things i really think the Black Sox are the top, followed by Timmy and Mr Rose.

  9. The Blackbird
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    In the years preceding the 1982 World Cup of soccer, Paolo Rossi was the finest striker in Italy. He played for Perugia, a middle of the pack Seria A team with whom he became the league's leading goal scorer. Like a lot of young athletes in the early 1980s, Rossi enjoyed the nightclubbing lifestyle his new wealth afforded and was eventually caught using cocaine. The World Cup was about a year away, but the league's governing body slapped Rossi with a two year suspension. As the WC approached, it became clear that no other Italian players had found their scoring touch and Italy's chances looked unpromising. Desperate for a goal scorer, the governing body lifted the suspension shortly before the tournament which Italy won. Rossi scored 6 goals to win the golden boot, including 3 against Brazil in the semifinal. I'd say it's scandalous when a league breaks its own policies.

  10. Sports Star Pro
    Sports Star Pro at |

    As a sports fan I'm outraged and saddened by these scandals. I personally want to see fair play in sports. I don't have to see records being broken. I also want the best athlete/team to win by playing within the rules.

  11. Andy
    Andy at |

    These are just American scandals……did ya not look to Europe at all or even Australia, south Africa of Asia???

  12. Mike?
    Mike? at |

    How about Formula 1’s “Crashgate”? The Renault team purposely put track marshals’ and spectators’ lives at risk by intentionally crashing a million dollar racing car to manipulate the outcome of a race. If you make another Top 10 Sports Scandals list, definitely include this one.

  13. Scottna
    Scottna at |

    Marion Jones is a bigger fall from grace than ‘Iron Mike’. She was vocally anti drugs but turned out to be a MASSIVE hypocrite. Surprised this didn’t make the list.

  14. Depakote Lawyer
    Depakote Lawyer at |

    I think this list is missing one of the biggest scandals in the world of sports ever, albeit a recent one, Tiger Woods! He is looking like his career as the best golfer in the world has come to an end, after being publicly caught in affairs with multiple other women.

  15. Peter Boucher
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    I have two scandals one that is omitted from your list and one that should really be taken under consideration. The omission was that of Alan Eagleson, the professional Hockey Agent who duped Bobby Orr out of owning the Boston Bruins. He was stripped of his being in the Hockey Hall of Fame and spent 18 months in a Canadian federal Penitentiary. The other is why Pete Rose has not been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. For God’s sake people. He had 4256 hits in his career. If you prorate that, it means a Baseball player would have to have 21 consecutive seasons of 200 hits plus another 56 to go along with that. I have gone to the point of boycotting any movie that stars the actor Paul Giamatti because his old man Bart was commissioner at that time. He subsequently died early and the job was replaced by that asshole Bud Selig. So long as Selig is commissioner of Baseball, Rose will never get the accolade of being in the Hall of Fame. Lets give some consideration to this people. Pete Rose should be required to be in the Hall of Fame !!!

  16. Joe
    Joe at |

    A ludicrous list, obviously written by someone who is only a casual sports fan.

    1. The O.J. Trial WAS NOT A SPORTS SCANDAL. O.J. Simpson was a retired athlete and media personality, and neither the crime nor his trial had anything to do with his former profession. The same is true for #6, #8, and #9 on this list, as none of them had anything to do with sports other than the fact that the people involved were athletes. Their transgressions would be exactly the same if they were plumbers.

    2. MLB’s steroid issue is nowhere near the biggest scandal in MLB history. The Black Sox gambling scandal nearly destroyed the sport. Ray Chapman’s death (a result of a now-illegal spitball to the head) was the ultimate price. The actions of Cap Anson and Kennesaw Mountain Landis kept black players from playing alongside whites for 60 years.

    Steroids? MLB actually got more popular as a result. Seriously: MLB revenue has gone up every year since 1995, and attendance went up every year from 1995 until the post-recession 2009 season.

  17. mima
    mima at |

    as much as i love these top ten articles the writers should try to add more variety as opposed to just american sports..i dnt thnk a sports related article is complete without atleast talking about football(soccer)which is arguably the most popular sport in the world for example for this article the juventus match fixing scandal of 06′ which led to their demotion to serie b should have been considered..


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