The Chicago Black Sox and the 50 Craziest Scandals in Sports
Sports is supposed to be the purest thing in our lives. As children, we watch our favorite athletes, try to emulate their abilities, and copy the ways that they play. It is a great time in our lives.
As we get older, we begin to learn more about the world, but we never give up our love for the games and the men and women that play them.
It is like a marriage; we have a bond that cannot be broken.
This connection to our favorite leagues, teams and players has its ups and downs, but at the end of the day, we know that it will always be there for us.
When we see an athlete cheat, in many ways, it is like they are cheating on us. They have lied to us, and tricked us into thinking they were better than all of the rest.
Once their scandals go public, they are dragged through the mud, testing the loyalty that not even the biggest fans can withstand.
Here are the 50 craziest scandals that rocked the sports world and left us all in shock...
50. Nelson Piquet Jr.’s Intentional Crash
Scandal: In 2008, Piquet Jr. was allegedly told to deliberately crash his car at the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix in order to help teammate Fernando Alonso, the eventual winner of the race.
At the time, Piquet, Jr. said that the crash was simply a mistake.
Later on, Piquet made statements to the FIA that it had in fact been deliberate, and he had been asked by Renault team-principal Flavio Briatore and engineer Pat Symonds to stage the crash.
Outcome: After several legal trials, the courts ruled in favor of Piquet in a civil suit against his former Renault team. This was one of the most important scandals in Formula One racing history.
49. Hermann "Dora" Ratjen
Scandal: One of the most interesting scandals in history, Ratjen participated in the 1936 Olympics as a woman when he was, in fact, a man.
All of the blame is not on Ratjen, who was raised a girl (I know, it sounds crazy).
Outcome: Ratjen gave back the medal and “converted” to being a man.
48. Gaylord Perry’s Spitter
Scandal: Scandal? Maybe. Wild? Yes. Gaylord Perry used the spitter his entire career.
Although it was officially outlawed in 1920, Perry is one of the more notable pitchers to have admitted throwing the pitch.
Outcome: He named his autobiography Me and the Spitter. Enough said.
47. Coach Rick Tocchet Gambling Ring
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Scandal: In 2006, Tocchet was financing a nationwide sports gambling ring out of New Jersey.
There were rumors that Wayne Gretzky was involved, though his name never became part of the criminal trial. Others came forward and said they were part of the ring, though little came of it.
Outcome: Tocchet took a plea deal and was sentenced to two years probation. He was reinstated back into the NHL in 2008 as an assistant coach.
46. Jim Thorpe Gets Punished for Being Too Good
Scandal: If we put this into today’s context, this could be the most ridiculous sports “scandal” of all-time. Under the old rules, you could not participate in the Olympic games unless you were an amateur.
Thorpe forfeited this status when he played several professional summer baseball games for as little as $2 a game!
Outcome: Jim Thorpe was stripped of his Olympic medals, awards and titles because he had accepted money to play baseball professionally before the games.
Eventually his medals and titles were restored due to public support and lobbying. He is known as the best athlete of all-time.
45. George Steinbrenner Is a Huge Fan of Dave Winfield
Scandal: George Steinbrenner and Dave Winfield did not see eye to eye very often.
In 1987, The Boss took it to a whole new level. He hired Howie Spira, a known gambler, to dig up dirt on Winfield. He was paid $40,000, and found nothing.
Outcome: Not only did he find nothing, but Steinbrenner was suspended from running the Yankees' day-to-day operations.
Winfield was later traded to the Angels, where he won the Comeback Player of the Year.
44. FSU: Free Shoes University
Scandal: Several members of the Florida State football team, including Peter Warrick and Laveranues Coles, were in a Dillard’s department store in Florida and bought over $400 worth of shoes. Through their local celebrity, they were charged a measly $21; this was considered theft.
Florida coach Steve Spurrier then gave the school the infamous name “free shoes university."
Outcome: Coles was kicked off the team, but little was done to either Warrick or Coles on a criminal level. Both went on to play in the NFL.
43. University of Minnesota Cheating Scandal
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Scandal: In 1999, Jan Gangelhoff came forward and told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that she had written hundreds of papers for players on the basketball team.
Coach Clem Haskins had paid Gangelhoff for her services and additionally partook in mail fraud and dismissed sexual harassment concerns about his team.
Outcome: Haskins was fired and received a $1.5 million buyout. After all of the facts of the case were disclosed, a judge made him return $750,000.
The school also lost five scholarships over the course of three years.
42. 1999 Arizona State University Point Shaving
Scandal: The 1997 Arizona State Sun Devils were part of one of the worst point-shaving scandals in history. Benjamin Silman, a former student turned bookmaker, used players Stevin “Hedake” Smith and Isaac Burton to fix games.
Outcome: They all got caught and Silman was charged with 46 months in prison.
Over the course of the scandal, $568,000 was wagered under the instruction of Silman.
41. 2000 Spanish Paralympic Scandal
Scandal: In 2000, the Spanish Paralympics basketball team won the gold medal. This is an incredible feat for a group of athletes that have physical disabilities.
The only problem is, 10 of the 12 members of the team were not actually disabled.
Outcome: The widespread cheating was found throughout Spanish Paralympics participants, leading to the loss of their medals and scolding from the international sports community.
40. LeBron Gets Suspended in High School for a Jersey
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Scandal: During James’ senior year in high school, he was suspended two games for receiving Wes Unseld and Gale Sayers throwback jerseys from a local clothing store. In return, he had taken a picture for the storefront.
The OHSAA declared him ineligible; James then appealed.
This was a huge scandal at the time for the man everyone knew was going to the NBA.
Outcome: James had to sit out two games, but then returned to the court where he won his third-straight Ohio state championship and Mr. Basketball of Ohio.
39. Isiah Thomas Sexual Harassment
Scandal: October 2006 was a bad time for Isiah Thomas.
The Knicks were in the cellar of the Atlantic Division, and he found himself in the middle of a sexual harassment case. Anucha Browne Sanders accused Thomas of several sexual advances and making her uncomfortable in the workplace.
Outcome: MSG was ordered to pay her $11.6 million, the largest sexual-harassment settlement in history.
Thomas would lose his job for this incident, among many other basketball-fueled reasons.
38. University of Colorado Football Scandal
Scandal: The University of Colorado allegedly lured high school recruits to their school during their visits using sex and alcohol.
Outcome: This led to harsher recruiting rules than any other school in the country, and was one of the several reasons that led to the eventual dismissal of coach Gary Barnett.
37. Roy Jones' Olympic Snub
Scandal: During the 1988 Seoul, South Korea Summer Olympic Games, Roy Jones Jr. fought in the light-middleweight division, losing in the gold-medal fight to South Korean Park Si-Hun. Jones destroyed him, but was awarded the silver medal.
Everyone was in shock as he landed 86 punches to Park’s 32.
Outcome: As all things Olympics go, the judges were pressured to vote a certain way. The decision was made before either man got into the ring. The IOC stood by the decision, per usual, despite knowing what had happened.
Jones Jr. will forever have to live with the silver medal.
36. Memphis Tigers Ace the SATs
Scandal: The 2007-2008 Memphis Tigers mens-basketball team was within a few free throws of winning the national championship. The star of the team was the one-and-done sensation, Derrick Rose, a future No. 1-overall pick and NBA MVP.
Despite his immense talent, there was speculation whether he took the SATs in high school.
The NCAA sent Memphis a letter, stating that there was suspicion that someone else took the test for Rose.
Outcome: The team forfeited its 2008 Final Four banner and all single-season record-setting 38 wins. Rose was determined retroactively ineligible and John Calipari left town for the Kentucky Wildcats.
35. The Jets Wallgate
Scandal: Jets strength-and-conditioning coach Sal Alosi told his players to make a wall on punt returns. When Nolan Carroll ran down the sideline, he stuck his leg out and tripped the Miami Dolphin, injuring him.
Outcome: He was suspended indefinitely by the Jets and fined $25,000.
34. Chilean Goalkeeper in the 1989 World Cup
Scandal: During a 1989 Chile-Brazil World Cup qualifying match, a firework was thrown goalkeeper Roberto Rojas’ way. He immediately fell to the ground, leading us to believe that he was hit by the object.
Down 1-0 in the 70th minute, the team was about to lose and face elimination from the 1990 World Cup. The team would not continue the match, claiming unsafe conditions.
Outcome: This is where it gets interesting. Apparently the “injury” he suffered from the firework was self inflicted from a razor blade he hid in his glove. He wanted to save the team from elimination, but his actions were caught on video.
The team was eliminated from the 1990 World Cup, in addition to the 1994 Cup. He also received a lifetime ban.
33. I'm on a Boat!...Vikings Style
Scandal: NFL players have different ways of having fun and unwinding during the grueling NFL season. Several members of the Minnesota Vikings took this to a whole new level.
In late 2005, 17 key contributors to the team rented two boats and invited prostitutes to perform sexual acts. The night got out of hand and the police were called.
Outcome: Dante Culpepper, Fred Smoot, Bryant McKinnie, and Moe Williams all received misdemeanors and the Vikings issued a 77-page code-of-conduct policy. Owners, coaches and fans were embarrassed to say the least.
32. 2002 Canadian Figure-Skating Snub from a French Judge
Scandal: Another reason to not trust the French!
Just kidding, but in 2002, French judge Marie-Reine Le Gougne became part of the pairs figure-skating scoring controversy. The judge voted for the Russian couple under pressure from the French skating organization.
While many believed that the Canadians should have been the winners, they were awarded the silver medal.
Outcome: Both the French and the Canadian skating pairs were awarded the gold medal, and the judge was suspended.
31. Brett Favre Cell Phone Malfunction
Scandal: In late 2010, Favre was sighted for sexting and sending inappropriate photos to Jets TV host Jenn Sterger.
He also sent voicemails, which were bad enough for Sterger to come forward and tell authorities.
Outcome: Favre was fined $50,000 for not cooperating with NFL investigators, and during a Good Morning America interview, Sterger claimed that she wanted no fame from this incident and she had not even met Favre before.
Some way to introduce yourself…
30. Gilbert Arenas Sticking to His Guns
Scandal: During the 2009-2010 season, Arenas broke team and DC laws when he admitted to having unloaded handguns in his locker. Later on that season, he got into an argument with teammate Javaris Crittenton and it was discovered both had unloaded handguns in their lockers.
While the investigation was going on, Arenas decided it was a good idea to perform a fake gun-wielding dance with his teammates before a game.
Outcome: This was not taken well by commissioner David Stern and both Arenas and Crittenton were suspended for the season.
Arenas lost millions of dollars and has not been the same since his return.
29. Kobe Bryant Does More Than Ski in Colorado
Scandal: When Kobe Bryant checked into The Lodge and Spa at Cordillera hotel in Cordillera, Colorado during the summer of 2003, he got more than he bargained for. Nineteen-year-old employee Katelyn Faber accused Bryant of sexual assault, while he claims the encounter was consensual.
Outcome: Faber refused to testify in the case and the criminal charges were dropped. Kobe fell from grace, losing many of his endorsements and the love of many fans.
He changed his number from 8 to 24, and came back stronger than ever.
28. Joe Niekro's Sand Paper
Scandal: During a 1987 game versus the Angels, Joe Niekro threw an incredible slider that seemed too good to be true.
Apparently it was.
Niekro had an emery board and sandpaper in his back pocket. He had been doctoring the ball, and the umpire was right on it.
Outcome: Niekro was ejected and suspended 10 games. To top it off, the video where the emery board flies out of his back pocket is priceless.
27. George O'Leary Resume Fabrication
Scandal: In 2001, the University of Notre Dame hired Georgia Tech University coach George O’Leary. Everyone lies on his or her resume a little bit, right?
O’Leary took this leeway a bit too far when he started naming masters degrees at universities that did not exist. He also claimed varsity letters while playing collegiate football.
The only problem is, he never played a down.
Outcome: A few weeks later, among the allegations and lies, the school asked O'Leary to resign He stated: "Due to a selfish and thoughtless act many years ago, I have personally embarrassed Notre Dame, its alumni and fans."
26. Ben Johnson Running...and Doping
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Scandal: Three days after winning the 1988 Olympic 100-meter final, Johnson lost his gold medal; he admitted to also using steroids in 1987. His main gripe was that everyone was taking banned substances.
Outcome: Johnson ended up being right; five other members of the 1988 race were found to have taken banned substances, including Carl Lewis.
Scandal: On September 9, 2007, the New England Patriots were found taping the New York Jets defensive signals, a clear violation of NFL rules.
Former assistant and current Jets coach Eric Mangini alerted the league of these potential infractions.
Outcome: Belichick and the Patriots were heavily fined and the team was forced to forfeit its first-round pick.
Belichick admitted wrongdoing and, despite the event, was named the coach of the year that same year.
24. Sosa's Juiced...Bat
Scandal: In 2003, during an interleague game against the Devil Rays (back when they were still the D-Rays), Sosa shattered his bat and all hell broke loose. The bat broke in the most perfect way, showing the cork right in the middle of the barrel of the bat.
He claimed ignorance and that he had been unknowingly using a batting-practice bat.
Outcome: The MLB tested many of Sosa's other bats and found no others containing cork. He was suspended eight games (appealed down to seven) and the team went on to lose in the NLCS.
It was later found out that Sosa tested positive for steroids that season. Corked bat plus juice equals Sammy “Hulk” Sosa.
23. Lance Armstrong Wins 7 Tour De Frances with a Little Help
Scandal: Nobody can take away any of Armstrong's accomplishments in light of his comeback from cancer and the immense work that he has done for cancer awareness.
But in 2006, a French newspaper, Le Monde, printed a story reporting that Betsy and Frankie Andreu told investigators during a deposition that Armstrong told doctors he had taken steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs.
In addition, Floyd Landis, an American cyclist who raced with Armstrong, accused him of doping in 2002 and 2003.
Outcome: None of Armstrong’s titles were ever revoked and it remains an open-ended case that seems to be going away with the rest of the American PED era. Everyone can think what they will, but the evidence remains suspect.
22. Maradona with Some Help from the Hand of God
Scandal: The 1989 World Cup match featured two of the greatest soccer (I mean futbol) nations in the world. Polarizing Argentinean-great Diego Maradona streaked across the field after the ball was sent in by teammate Jorge Valdano. The British keeper came out to punch the ball out, but not before Madarona’s hand got their first.
Outcome: The referee did not see it, the goal was allowed, and Argentina would go on to win the match. When asked how the goal was scored, Maradona said, "un poco con la cabeza de Maradona y otro poco con la mano de Dios". Oh sorry, forgot my readers are not all bilingual. This means, "a little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God".
21. Salt Lake City Olympic Games
Scandal: Tom Welch and Dave Johnson, who were in charge of the Salt Lake City Olympic bid, were discouraged after losing out on the 1998 games to Nagano, Japan. They realized that they would have to wine and dine the IOC like the Japanese did in order to win the bid. They did this to the tune of millions of dollars for trips, gifts, and even plastic surgeries.
Outcome: The news of infractions was broken in 1998 by an IOC member, leading to an investigation from every agency that had anything to do with the Olympics, including the US Department of Justice. Welch and Johnson both resigned, alongside many other members of the IOC. Despite the scandal, Salt Lake City was still allowed to host the 2002 games.
20. Marvin Harrison West Philadelphia Born and Raised
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Scandal: Noooooo! Not Marvin Harrison, too! The perennial Pro Bowler and Colts great was sued by Dwight Dixon for being shot with a firearm registered under Harrison’s name. Dixon was then shot again, and claimed that Harrison was the one who fired the gun.
Outcome: The allegations have not linked Harrison to the site of the murder. The FBI and police have investigated, but the whole story was swept under the rug.
19. New York Baseball Giant Steal Signs
Scandal: Bobby Thompson hit the shot heard around the world. This is fact. Bobby Thompson knew what pitch was coming. Now that might also be fact. The New York Giants put a spy in the outfield against the New York Dodgers in order to steal signs that were relayed to their hitters. Some hitters attested that they knew exactly what was coming the whole series.
Outcome: At the time, the practice was not exactly illegal. Thompson says that he did not know what pitch was coming next, but other hitters say that he must have known. To this day, we will never know.
18. Albert Belle Corked Bat
Scandal: Upon being tipped off about Albert Belle’s corked bat, White Sox manager Gene Lamont asked the umpires to inspect Belle’s bat. Knowing that it was corked, Indians pitcher Jason Grimsley was sent in for a covert operation. He crawled through the ceiling tiles to exchange Belle's corked bat with a clean one. Unfortunately for him, it was clearly obvious that someone had tampered with the room.
Outcome: An investigation was done and it was discovered that the Indians had changed the bats. Another one of Belle’s bats was x-rayed and sawed in half. Cork was found, and Belle was suspended 10 games.
17. City College of New York Point Shaving
Scandal: Back when basketball was supposed to be pure, the 1950-1951 City College of New York Basketball team was one of the first teams to have widespread point shaving. CCNY, along with six other schools, participated in the scandal and worked with organized crime to pull it off. CCNY had won the basketball national championship in 1950 and came back the next year runnin', gunnin', and gamblin'.
Outcome: The players received a few thousand dollars for their trouble, but were eventually caught: 33 players were involved in total, and several were arrested for their involvement. This is one of the first major basketball point-shaving scandals, and paved the way for other similar incidents.
16. Duke Lacrosse Team
Scandal: The 2006 case consumed Duke University and the nation, as Crystal Gail Mangum, the stripper who attended the party, accused three members of the lacrosse team of rape.
Outcome: The three young men were let off after the defense found that she was lying and the men were innocent. The three accused sued the state for millions.
15. Roger Clemens Ongoing Steroids Saga
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Scandal: Clemens was first mentioned in Jose Canseco’s tell-all book. Then he was mentioned 82 times in the Mitchell Report. Clemens has denied his involvement in the world of steroids and his use of steroids. Someone is lying here...
Though he has never officially tested positive, there are many that trust the reports that have surfaced and the firsthand accounts.
Outcome: Clemens has been fighting legal battles for years to no avail. There has been no outcome yet, and maybe there never will be. We might be looking at a lifelong battle for vindication.
Clemens might soon be the Pete Rose for younger generations.
14. Eastern German Women Olympic Doping
Scandal: During the 70s and 80s, there was systematic doping of East German women in every sport from track and field to gymnastics. It was all in secret and all very illegal. The women were pressured to take steroids without any objection, without their knowledge of the substance, and despite attempts by the IOC, there was never anything they could really do to stop it.
Outcome: Several women either defected to West Germany or waited until the Cold War had ended to reveal their stories. Heidi Krieger, an East German shot putter, would eventually change sexes and became Andreas Krieger due to all the steroid injections throughout his youth.
13. The Juice Was Loose
Scandal: Americans were glued to their TVs in the summer of 1994 for all the wrong reasons. Former great running back OJ Simpson went on trial for the murder of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman. The trial was high profile, and quite gruesome.
Outcome: Of course, Simpson was acquitted, but was slammed with a civil lawsuit that he lost. OJ is now in jail for stealing memorabilia that belonged to him. Crazy world, right?
12. USA-Russia 1972 Olympic Gold Medal Game
Scandal: This is a complicated scandal, but the long and short of it is that the 1972 Olympic basketball final involving the United States and the Soviet Union ended after the Russians received two extra chances in the final seconds. The story involves the Soviet coach receiving an illegitimate timeout followed by a suspicious inbounds play, ending with a Hail Mary pass that won the game for the Russians.
Outcome: The US refused to sign the score sheet, or receive their silver medals, and launched several appeals to no avail. It was one of the biggest debacles in basketball officiating history.
11. Michael Vick Dogfighting
Scandal: In 2007, an investigation was opened into Vick’s involvement in dogfighting. It was soon discovered that, not only was Vick involved, but he directly participated in the fighting and execution of the dogs in addition to bankrolling the whole operation.
Outcome: Vick was suspended from the NFL, had to give back millions of dollars in bonuses received from the Falcons, and was publicly ostracized for his mistreatment of dogs and inhumane actions.
10. Reggie Bush Gives Back His Heisman
Scandal: During his final year at USC in 2005, Reggie Bush and his family received improper benefits. Fast forward to 2010, when the NCAA handed down serious regulations against the USC football team for Bush’s actions. Upon receiving gifts, Bush forfeited his amateur status and all of his and the team’s accomplishments were nullified.
Outcome: The Heisman Trust was rumored to have discussed revoking Bush’s Heisman Trophy. Instead of accepting this fate, he returned the trophy himself. This was the first time that any Heisman Trophy was ever returned.
9. SMU Boosters Gets the "Death Penalty"
Scandal: The NCAA experienced overwhelming violations in college football from boosters supplying money to the players. Southern Methodist University was the face to the scandal. David Stanley, a former SMU linebacker, came forward in 1986 and confessed about the wrongdoing. It was later found that tens of thousands of dollars were being paid to players in the program, with absolutely no control of money flowing from rich sponsors of the program.
Outcome: The entire 1987 season was canceled and there were no home games in 1988. The team avoided the full “death penalty”, though the program was very close to complete collapse.
8. Rosie Ruiz "Wins" the Boston Marathon
Scandal: In 1980, Ruiz apparently won the Boston Marathon before people began to question where she had come from. She finished the marathon in the third-fastest time ever by a woman, and had no discernible qualities that would make anyone believe she was a runner. She had in fact come out of the crowd with a half mile to go and crossed the finish line in record time.
Outcome: After talking with reporters, people became more suspicious, and eventually it was concluded that she had in fact cheated. She was disqualified and the race officials put safeguards so events like this would never happen again.
7. Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan "Incident"
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Scandal: This is one of the most publicized sports scandals in history, and for good reason. When athletes fear their competition, they tend to spend extra hours in the gym, watch game film and get themselves pumped for the game/match/etc. Tonya Harding told her ex-husband and her bodyguard to hire a goon to break Nancy Kerrigan’s leg, rendering her unable to perform at the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
Outcome: The hitman was unsuccessful and did not break her leg. Kerrigan could not skate in the championships, but made the Olympic team and won the silver medal. Harding became a tabloid sensation after admitting her involvement. She finished eighth at the Olympics and faded into obscurity, only to return in embarrassing news stories and police reports.
6. Danny Almonte Forgets His Age
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Scandal: Almonte pitched for the 2000 Bronx Little League World Series team. He was lights out, including throwing a perfect game, striking out 62 of 72 batters, and hitting the radar gun at 70 mph. The problem was that the young star was actually two years older than he was allowed to be. Whoops!
Outcome: The team had to forfeit the entire LLWS run, and all of the records were erased from the record books. Almonte never made it big, and the Yankee Stadium visits and the Key to the City of New York ended up all being for naught.
5. Tim Donaghy Bets on Basketball Games
Scandal: In 2007, an investigation was opened into Tim Donaghy’s alleged fixing of NBA regular season and playoff games. This scandal brought to light the potential that referees have on the impact of the game and its outcome. There are several games highlighted as potential Donaghy fixes, though Donaghy himself has never officially admitted to any of them.
Outcome: Donaghy was sentenced to 15 months in prison and will never work in the NBA again. The scandal rocked the basketball world and tore out many fans' hearts, as they believe he personally cheated them.
Scandal: Victor Conte and BALCO was one of the major suppliers of illegal supplements to athletes. In 2003, there was an investigation into the laboratory and the drugs that he was distributing. The book, Game of Shadows, was written about the investigation, leading to Conte's four-month jail sentence and his counterpart Greg Anderson’s incarceration for 13-and-a-half months.
Outcome: Barry Bonds and Marion Jones have become the highest-profile athletes associated with the organization, which has gone through countless court trials and hearings. This is the story that won’t go away.
3. Tiger Woods' Interesting Thanksgiving
Scandal: One fateful Thanksgiving evening turned into one of the most intricate athlete tailspins in history. Woods was at the top of the golf and sports world before it all came crashing down. He lost his wife, major sponsorships, and had to deal with the tabloids every day of his life. Every cocktail waitress in the Western Hemisphere came to disclose a relationship she had with Woods over the past few years.
Outcome: Woods has yet to win a tournament since the scandal and has lost it all. We saw glimpses of his former self during his run at the Masters, but the fear and luster of Woods is gone. He lost his No. 1 world ranking and turned the entire sports world on its head.
Interesting fact: Woods' sex scandal overtook 9/11 as the longest consecutive topic on the cover of the New York Post. It lasted 20 days.
2. Pete Rose Bets on Baseball
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Scandal: Pete Rose was one of the best baseball players of all-time. As a manager, from 1984-1989, Rose picked up another passion: gambling. There were questions and speculations for years over whether or not Rose actually bet on baseball games, which he denied until the release of his book in 2004.
Rose claims that he never bet against the Reds, but does say that he bet in games involving the team. This has tarnished his reputation and made many adoring fans reevaluate their support for his claim to be in the Hall of Fame.
Outcome: In 1989, Rose voluntarily accepted a lifetime ban from baseball in return for the end of Major League Baseball’s investigation. He has not been ruled eligible for the Hall of Fame, and remains one of the most controversial figures in baseball history.
1. 1919 Black Sox
Scandal: In 1919, eight members of the Chicago White Sox decided to get back at their despised owner, Charles Comiskey, by throwing the 1919 World Series versus the Cincinnati Reds.
Comiskey was known as one of the worst sports owners of all-time. He would consistently underpay his players, and would do everything in his power to avoid paying bonuses. So eight players, led by White Sox first baseman Arnold "Chick" Gandil, conspired with local gamblers to fix the games. The plan was eventually discovered in 1920, despite rumors circulating well before then.
Outcome: All eight men would receive a lifetime ban from baseball, including “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, one of the best hitters of all-time, and a man who many claim did not have a true association with the plan.