The sports landscape is a microcosm of society. There are good guys like Wayne Gretzky, vile criminals like Rae Carruth and Michael Vick, overachievers like Dustin Pedroia and slackers like Ryan Leaf. There are outright sleazy characters as well.
Everyone knew who the bad seed was on the block. We had one living across from us growing up that was highly suspected of robbing our house and torching my sister's back yard fort. In contrast, the kid next door was a genius, scoring near perfect on his SATs.
This illustrates the sporting landscape / society analogy, and the focus of this piece is on those that dwell on the darker side. Included are owners, players, media types, promoters, coaches, and a referee, leaving no stone unturned.
Quite frankly, this list could have included many more, but the focus here is on the cream of the crop. Without further ado, the list...