Marion Jones and the Top 10 Liars In Sports History

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 26, 2010

Marion Jones and the Top 10 Liars In Sports History

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    WHITE PLAINS, NY - OCTOBER 5:  Three-time Olympic gold medalist Marion Jones (C) enters a United States federal courthouse October 5, 2007 in White Plains, New York. Jones is expected to plead guilty to charges in connection with steroid use.  (Photo by H
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    Cheating, betting, and scandals have been a part of sports ever since the beginning, whether it's to gain a competitive advantage over an opponent, rake in some extra cash, or a temptation that was just too hard to resist.

    The only thing worse than all of those things, though, is lying about it. Sooner or later the truth will come out, and when it does, get ready.

    These 10 sports figures lied to millions of fans, and are worthy of being named the top 10 liars in sports history.

10. Sammy Sosa

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    OAKLAND, CA - JULY 18:   Sammy Sosa #21 of the Texas Rangers looks on against the Oakland Athletics  during a Major League Baseball game on July 18, 2007 at McAfee Coliseum in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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    Sosa, like several other athletes on this list, lied to Congress in 2005, stating that he never used performancing enhancing drugs.

    But in 2009 it was determined that Sosa was in fact a liar, and had tested positive for steroids in 2003 while playing for the Chicago Cubs.

9. Bobby Petrino

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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 03:  Head coach Bobby Petrino of the Arkansas Razorbacks at Cowboys Stadium on October 3, 2009 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    Petrino left the Atlanta Falcons overnight shortly after star quarterback Michael Vick was sentenced to prison.

    Petrino was 3-10 in thirteen games with Atlanta in 2007, and didn't even finish the season after bolting for Arkansas. Falcons officials soon after called Petrino a "coward" and a host of other things.

8. Kevin Hart

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    The high school senior lied to a gym full of one thousand students and the local media when he said he would be going to the University of California to play division one football.

    Truth is, he wasn't recruited by any school and had faked the whole event. Hart lied to police shortly after saying he was contacted by a fake recruiter, but that was also false.

7. Mark McGwire

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    ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 09:  Coach Mark McGwire #25 of the St. Louis Cardinals against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on September 9, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Earlier this year McGwire finally confessed to allegations that he had used steroids during his prolific career. The fact that he denied it for so long makes it difficult to feel bad for him.

    He chose not to talk about it during a Congressional hearing in 2005, but he's still considered a liar for not telling the truth for nearly a decade.

6. Floyd Landis

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 22:  Floyd Landis looks on as he attends Stage Seven of the 2010 Tour of California on May 22, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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    Perhaps one of the most pathetic liars in sports history, Floyd Landis was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France victory after testing positive for abnormal testosterone levels.

    Landis denied the allegations—however they have been proven true—and he even accused Lance Armstrong and other riders of doping.

5. Michael Vick

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    PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 17:  Injured Quarterback Michael Vick of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on in the tunnel before the game against  the Atlanta Falcons during their game at Lincoln Financial Field on October 17, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (P
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    Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has made a smooth transition back into the NFL, but it wasn't long ago that Vick was sentenced to 21 months in prison for operating an illegal dog fighting ring.

    Vick lied to the entire nation before pleading guilty in August of 2007.

4. Nick Saban

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    TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 16:  Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide against the Ole Miss Rebels at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 16, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Towards the end of the Miami Dolphins 2006 season Nick Saban was repeatedly questioned about the vacant coaching position at the University of Alabama. He denied rumors that he would leave Miami for Tuscaloosa at several press conferences and even went so far as to say "I'm not going to be the Alabama coach" in late December.

    As soon as the Dolphins season was over Saban left for the Alabama job, leaving the Dolphins high and dry.

3. Rafael Palmeiro

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    BALTIMORE - AUGUST 12:  Rafael Palmeiro #25 of the Baltimore Orioles watches from the dugout as his team plays against the Toronto Blue Jays August 12, 2005 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland. Palmeiro was named in the Mitchell Report t
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    Palmeiro lied directly to Congress in 2005 about using performance enhancing drugs and it wasn't long after that Palmeiro was suspended for using steroids, just after reaching 3000 hits

    He still denies knowingly taking steroids, but it was determined a few years later in the Mitchell Report that Palmeiro had used performance enhancing drugs throughout his career.

2. Marion Jones

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    FILE:  ROME - JULY 14:  Marion Jones comes 2nd in the 100m during the IAAF Golden League meet on July 14, 2006 at the Olympic Stadium in Rome,  Italy. (Photo by John Gichigi/Getty Images)
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    Marion Jones won five medals at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. Unfortunately the truth came out in 2007 after she had denied it for some time.

    Jones confessed to using performance enhancing drugs prior to the Olympic Games in 2000 and was forced to forfeit all of her medals in addition to serving a short six month jail sentence.

1. Pete Rose

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    CINCINNATI - SEPTEMBER 11:  Pete Rose takes in the ceremony celebrating the 25th anniversary of his breaking the career hit record of 4,191 . He was honored before the start of the game between the Pittsburg Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds at Great Americ
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    One of the most decorated players in baseball history, Pete Rose fell from grace quickly in the late 1980's as he was accused of betting on his own baseball team, the Cincinnati Reds.

    After 15 years of lies Rose finally came clean that he had be on the game in a 2004 interview, and released a book shortly after.

    Patrick Clarke is a student at Towson University and a writing intern for Bleacher Report.