An athlete's public image is one of the most fallible things in sports. One day you are at the top of the world, beloved by millions of fans, respected by your teammates, and inundated with lucrative endorsement deals.
Then, after one small incident, like murdering your wife, everything disappears in the flash of a second. You go from being everybody's favorite NFL superstar to being public enemy number one.
I should say at this point that I am not by any means equating what anyone on this list did with what O.J. Simpson did. Hopefully the example set by the former All-Pro running back is one that will never be repeated. I name this dishonorable award after the incarcerated Simpson only to serve as a symbol of everything that is wrong with professional athletes and the way they behave.
The baseball players on this year's list could use a long lecture on image and reputation management. Some are repeat offenders, some are first-time offenders. But all of them showed unbelievably terrible judgment.
So, without further ado, here are this year's losers. As always, share your thoughts below.
For the winners of the MJ Awards (best PR moves), please click here.