Chicago White Sox: 10 Most Controversial Figures of the Last 50 Years

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Chicago White Sox: 10 Most Controversial Figures of the Last 50 Years
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With the MLB trade deadline fast approaching, the playoff-contending Chicago White Sox bolstered their bullpen by trading for veteran relief pitcher, Brett Myers.

Myers brings with him to Chicago his World Series ring from the 2008 Philadelphia Phillies, 342 career appearances and a versatility that will instantly help the White Sox. Myers can thrive in a set-up role, and he can close games or even make a spot-start when necessary.

What Myers also brings to the White Sox is a career that was once marred in controversy. While Myers does not regularly make headlines for off-the-field transgressions, he will likely always be remembered for his domestic violence arrest in 2006.

In 2006, Myers had already etched out a solid baseball career for himself with the Philadelphia Phillies. Myers was coming off of a 13-8 season as a Phillies starter and was entrenched in the team's starting rotation.

On June 24, 2006, witnesses and Brett Myers' wife, Kim Wickman, reported that Myers struck her in the face and pulled her hair outside of Fenway Park. Wickman would later drop the charges against Myers, claiming that the couple were both drinking that night and that there was no history of violence in their family.

The damage had been done, however, and although charges were dropped, Myers would play the next couple of years under the shadow of his domestic abuse incident.

That incident was not mentioned recently by Chicago's two major publications after the White Sox's acquisition of Myers, yet the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times may find it difficult to ignore the elephant in the room.

While Myers will likely quietly play out his current contract in Chicago, and possibly re-sign with the team if he helps pitch the White Sox into the playoffs, one can't help being reminded of other controversial players and coaches in White Sox history.

The White Sox are synonymous with baseball controversy with perhaps the most controversial event in the sport's history. The 1919 Black Sox scandal almost brought down the entire sport after eight Chicago White Sox players received a lifetime ban from baseball for helping fix the 1919 World Series.

White Sox greats such as Eddie Cicotte and 'Shoeless' Joe Jackson were eventually acquitted of conspiracy to commit fraud, but were banished from the game in 1921, and the stain has stuck with baseball and the White Sox for nearly a century.

Some of the controversial characters throughout White Sox history made headlines by their aggressive play on the field, while others struggled with issues off the diamond.

The following is a list of the 10 most controversial White Sox figures in recent team history.

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