When Good Athletes Go Bad

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When Good Athletes Go Bad
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There are plenty of athletes and players who would elicit nothing more than a yawn from sports enthusiasts if their name turned up on a jail blotter or in a press release from Rodger Goodell announcing a three-game suspension.

This is because trouble and all its trappings—anger, substance abuse, a broken family, etc.—is awfully difficult to compartmentalize. So while the failures and misbehavior of an individual whose fate appears snake bitten can be as tragic, they rarely shock the public and media.

One thing about trouble is that it will seize the opportunity to find even the most well put-together person, if they open the door. People snap. People can have their buttons pushed. People have bad days. People get wasted. Cracks can form in even the most meticulously constructed facade.

When an athlete who has built a reputation as a consummate professional, as a great example for their sport, as a champion or even a pillar of their community, makes headlines for all the wrong reasons—it can be shocking or even disheartening.

This is a list of moments When Good Athletes Go Bad.

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