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A-Rod earned an honorable mention status for getting as close to banned as any athlete who was allowed to return to their sport. He's also inherited the reputation of most hated player in baseball from A.J. Pierzynski
Bud Selig originally slapped the three-time AL MVP with a 211-game suspension in August 2013 for using and lying about Biogenesis' performance-enhancing drugs. Another baker's dozen of major leaguers received 50-game bans in the scandal's fallout. Arbitrator Frederic Horowitz reduced Rodriguez's ban to the entire 2014 regular season (162 games) and playoffs.
As a result of MLB's longest drug-related suspension, A-Rod lost his entire $25 million salary. Though some think that at 39 years of age upon returning to the field, and with a significant injury history, Rodriguez has played his last MLB game. He is still owed $61 million by the Yankees over three years and could get that money even if he retires.
The Donald 2.0 doesn't get his own slide on a technicality. The title says "athletes," and Donald Sterling looks like he hasn't gotten any exercise since before the NBA-ABA merger.
No explanation needed here. If you are clueless as to who Sterling is and/or why he's here, there's nothing I can do for you.
Connie Hawkins is an interesting case in that he appears to be the only innocent person featured in this slideshow who actually got reinstated and went on to have (a semblance of) a career.
A freshman at the University of Iowa, Hawkins was implicated in a gambling and point-shaving scheme from his days as a preps legend back in New York City. According to his biography on NBA.com, Hawkins "was not arrested, indicted or even directly implicated. But it was suggested that he had introduced other players to a man convicted of fixing games. The principals in the scandal claimed that Hawkins had no knowledge of any fixed games."
Still, Hawkins was kicked off his college team before ever playing a game and denied asylum by the NBA. Hawkins spent his better years touring with the Harlem Globetrotters and then tearing it up in the ABA. A series of events led NBA Commissioner J. Walter Kennedy to lift the ban in 1969, when Hawkins was already 29.
Despite playing seven solid seasons, Hawkins was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1992 as a gesture to acknowledge the unjust treatment that cost him nine years of an NBA career.