Lance Armstrong and the Top 20 Tainted Sports Heroes Of All Time

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Lance Armstrong and the Top 20 Tainted Sports Heroes Of All Time
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The sports world is filled with figures who have shattered records and piqued the imagination with their otherworldly play. These athletes are upheld as bastions of the sport. They are heroes to the meek and average—most of the time.

Sometimes, those who are the greatest come with a caveat to their legacy. Whether it be rumored performance-enhancing drug use, gambling problems or just a horrible outlook on life, these athletes are not as beloved as their stat line would have you believe.

These are the tainted, the scarred. These athletes were geniuses in their sport but fell short of legend status for some reason or another. Here are the top tainted sports stars of all-time.

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