Miami Dolphins' Top 10 Scandals and Controversies

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Miami Dolphins' Top 10 Scandals and Controversies
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What is it about scandals and controversies that seem to suck us in? Is it based on us being a product of a TMZ generation, or is our base enjoyment of such infamous events what gave rise to the current TMZ-ization of everything?

Scandals and controversies seem to be the first thing that grab our attention, and when you pair them with the NFL, our attention is only magnified. We want to look away because the focus should be on what happens on the field and nothing else. At times it's pretty difficult not to, as evidenced by the mere existence of this slideshow, which itself is a Dolphins-centric version of this great slideshow by Matt Miselis published less than a week ago.

So what are the top scandals in Miami Dolphins history? Miselis makes the case for the Ricky Williams melodrama, which probably got the most national attention out of any due to when it occurred (smack dab in the middle of the internet age but a few years before the social media phenomenon gained steam), who was involved (a very prominent running back that had already won a Heisman Trophy and led the NFL in rushing one season), and overall length of said scandal (which started with Ricky's 2004 retirement and lasted until season one of the Parcells-Ireland-Sparano-era in 2008).

But is it the biggest scandal in Dolphins history? Far from it, which shouldn't surprise you. There's a place for it on this list and it will be talked about, but here is a ranking of the other big Miami Dolphins' scandals and controversies from the almost 50-year existence of the team, based off of the notoriety of the scandal, whether it involved criminal actions, and exactly how newsworthy they were.

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