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Jenn Sterger, Brett Favre, and the Biggest Athlete Falls from Grace

Denton RamseySenior Analyst INovember 29, 2016

Jenn Sterger, Brett Favre, and the Biggest Athlete Falls from Grace

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    As excited as the men in the room may be, sideline sports reporter Jenn Sterger’s latest pose has caused quite a stir, with even more attention being focused on controversial texts between her and Brett Favre.

    And “controversial” may be putting it lightly, especially if you believe what you read, hear, and see regarding Favre sending Sterger photos of his package.

    Playboy is one thing, but a married man—and NFL icon—texting nude pictures to a reporter is beyond absurd.

    Sadly, all morals and values have been completely thrown out the window for a majority of people in today’s society.

    From immoral actions to cheating the game to controversial cover-ups, the world of sports gets a taste of it all on a nearly bi-monthly basis—and today we’ll be examining the biggest athlete falls from grace.

Tiger Woods

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    Unfortunately, Tiger Woods is pretty much the poster boy image of immorality in today’s sports society after it was revealed the world’s No. 1 golfer was having numerous extramarital affairs.

    Woods, once loved and adored by the entire nation, has been nothing short of thrown under the bus—deservedly so—since admitting to the affairs and divorcing his beautiful model wife, splitting custody with the couple’s two young children.

OJ Simpson

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    I don’t even know how to begin this one.

    OJ Simpson, a stud and star athlete in both college and the NFL, had the world handed to him—only to turn around and destroy it all.

    Who can forget the 1994 NBA Playoffs being interrupted and split into two screens to watch the ongoing white Bronco chase of Simpson running from the cops?

    We all know how it ended, and we all know how it happened—regardless of whether or not the blood-soaked glove didn’t fit.

Mark McGwire

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    From cheating wives to cheating on one’s wife, cheating the game can be just as dangerous.

    Just ask Mark McGwire, who blasted past the record-breaking 61 home runs set by Roger Maris in 1961.

    Did he beat Maris’ mark fairly?

    No, absolutely not.

Sammy Sosa

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    Sammy Sosa falls into the same category as Mark McGwire, as the two brought back a multitude of fans with their ongoing battle to beat Roger Maris’ 61 home run mark.

    But it was all a load of B.S.

    The real guys that deserve that freaking * by their names are guys like Sosa and McGwire—NOT Maris.

    (For those unaware, the only reason Maris’ 61 home runs has an * is due to the season being lengthened in 1961 to the current 162-game schedule).

Alex Rodriguez (A-Rod)

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    More cheating in baseball, more steroid use in sports, and more controversy.

    That pretty much sums up Alex Rodriguez’s career to date.

    Sure, I have no doubt the guy would be a great baseball player regardless of deciding to cheat.

    But that makes it even worse to a certain degree.

    A-Rod had it all, but like a lot of star-studded athletes he threw it all away over greed and guilty pleasures.

LeBron James

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    From loved and adored in the streets of Cleveland to jersey-burning and King cursing, LeBron James got a taste of it all during his seven-year stint with the Cavaliers.

    Chalk all that up as the past, and James is moving on and focusing on the future with his new teammates on the Miami Heat.

    Does James deserve to be hated just for leaving a team in hopes of winning a championship?

    That’s up for you to decide.

Francisco Rodriguez (K-Rod)

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    From A-Rod to K-Rod, these guys continue to have a handful or more of off the field issues coming to light.

    Closing pitcher Francisco Rodriguez is not a stranger to the controversial category of sports news, as K-Rod has recently faced assault charges stemming from an altercation with in-laws. 

Brett Favre

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    Brett Favre may soon trump Tiger Woods if the latest controversial mess hitting the wire turns out to be true.

    The longtime Green Pay Packers quarterback legend turned temporary New York Jets play-caller turned Minnesota Vikings QB has faced numerous accusations in recent days—culminating with nude text photos being sent to sideline reporter Jenn Sterger.

Jenn Sterger

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    I know it happens all the time, but these kinds of stories are beginning to become an all-too-often event.

    Sideline reporter Jenn Sterger stripping down and posing for Playboy is one thing, but for Sterger and NFL legend Brett Favre to be embarking upon textual conversations is a complete different story.

Roger Clemens

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    Talk about a fall from grace.

    Roger Clemens appeared to have it all: a legendary Major League Baseball career, numerous accolades and awards in the game, and a beautiful wife and family.

    Little did we all know, that was all for show.

Robbie Alomar

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    Robbie Alomar has got to make this list as well.

    From Alomar’s spitting and spewing incidents to the more recent accusations of women and AIDS, there’s no doubt the world of sports has a never-ending list of a-hole athletes.

Ben Roethlisberger (Big Ben)

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    Big Ben has had his share of troubles.

    With two separate sexual assault accusations, Ben Roethlisberger has been painted in a negative light on numerous occasions.

    And he's absolutely an athlete who has fallen from grace.

Michael Vick

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    From dog-fighting jail time to running wild on the gridiron, Michael Vick has done it all.

    Let's also not forget that Vick denied the reports time and time again before finally fessing up to the dog-fighting scandal.

    Sadly, just another example of a star athlete getting involved with the wrong things and the wrong people...

Pete Rose

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    He bet while managing the Cincinnati Reds, but he always bet on his team winning.

    In addition, who can overlook his playing days?

    Pete Rose was a stud athlete during his time as a MLB player, but that is overshadowed by his controversial time a a manger.

    During that time, Rose—despite mounting evidence—denied being involved in any sort of gambling before finally coming forward and admitting to doing so.

1919 Black Sox

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    What die-hard sports fan can forget the 1919 Chicago Black Sox?

    Regardless of whether Shoeless Joe Jackson played his heart out (and others maybe as well), this team will be remembered for the controversy and the group's overall fall from grace.

Donte Stallworth

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    Donte Stallworth's NFL career has been filled with controversy.

    Sadly, Stallworth was suspended by the NFL in 2009 after he plead guilty to DUI manslaughter charges.

Brian Cushing

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    As tough as it may be to rail on Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing, there is no doubt whatsoever that this guy is a cheater.

    Cushing was suspended the first four games of the 2010 NFL season and is slated to return to the Texans this weekend.

    Cushing's suspension resulted from violating the league's performance-enhancing substances policy.

Reggie Bush

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    Reggie Bush is a phenomenal football player, don't get me wrong.

    But the fact remains that he had to, regardless of doing so voluntarily, give up his Heisman Trophy he won at the University of Southern California.

Mike Tyson

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    From stupid moments to claiming to be a part of The Hangover simply to have money to buy drugs, Mike Tyson is the epitome of athletes who have fallen from grace.

Barry Bonds

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    Barry Bonds is honestly the pretty-boy image of the baseball steroid era.

    Need I say more?

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