Lebron James' decision to "take his talents to South Beach" rocked the NBA's world this past summer, but it still appears tame next to the sizable mistakes other professional athletes have made over time. They range from the strange, the shocking and the truly unforgivable.
We the fans seem surprised when some of our favorite sports stars run into such problems, when really these athletes are merely human like you or myself. In truth everyone makes mistakes. These mistakes, however, have been made very public due to the occupation of these athletes, and for the record they are pretty big mistakes.
Some have more to do with the sport of the athlete, while others have more to due with the athlete's personal life, but they are all career altering mistakes none the less. In no particular order I give you some of the worst mistakes ever made by a professional athlete.
(I apologize if I left out your favorite mistake. Please leave me a comment if you feel strongly and I'll see about adding it to the list!)