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The Super Bowl-winning quaterback was suspended for four games for his knowledge of the New England Patriots' equipment managers letting air out of game balls (Deflategate) during the AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts. The team was also fined $1 million dollars and lost draft picks for their rule-breaking.
Ray Rice, the Ravens running back, was made the center of a media frenzy when a video surfaced of the NFL player assaulting his then fiancée Janay Palmer in an elevator. Rice is now facing suspension from the NFL for his charges.
After Adrian Peterson's 4-year-old son was found with multiple injuries, the football player was indicted in September 2014 with charges of negligent injury to a child. Peterson claims he was simply disciplining his son and never intended to harm the child.
Rodriguez was made a household name when the MLB player was suspended for the 2014 season after being accused of using performance-enhancing drugs while playing for the New York Yankees. In response, Rodriguez has sued the MLB seeking to overturn the suspension.
The previous owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, Donald Sterling, was banned from the NBA for life and fined over $2 million after a recording of him making racist comments was made public.
The assistant coach at Penn State University, Jerry Sandusky, was convicted as a child molester in 2012 with 52 counts of sexual abuse of boys over a 15-year period.
After being drafted No.2 overall in the NFL, the former USC running back's world was turned upside down when allegations came out that Reggie Bush had received improper benefits from the university. This led to Bush forfeiting his Heisman Trophy.
In 2007, NFL player Michael Vick was implicated in a dog fighting ring scandal that had been going on for years. Vick has since completed his 21-month sentence in federal prison.
Lance Armstrong, a seven-time Tour de France winner, admitted in an interview with Oprah that he used performance-enhancing drugs to help further his cycling success. The cyclist was later stripped of his titles and can no longer compete in the sport.
In 1994, Tonya Harding's ex-husband Jeff Gillooly hired a man to break Nancy Kerrigan's leg so that she wouldn't be able to compete against Harding in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit. After the attack, Harding ended up finishing eighth at the Olympics that year while Kerrigan took home the silver medal.
In an interview with Barbara Walters, Mike Tyson's ex-wife Robin Givens claimed the fighter was abusive throughout their relationship.
The NBA role model was pulled over in Arizona after running a stop sign, but officers quickly realized that speeding wasn't Charles Barkley's only mistake. The basketball player was arrested on suspicion of DUI and the player even admitted the reason he was in such a hurry to get home was because he was on his way to receive some love down there from his lady friend in the passenger seat.
In 1994, O.J. Simpson was put on trial for a double murder with one of the victims being his wife Nicole Brown Simpson. Simpson was acquitted in the trial, but no one will ever forget about this infamous case!
One of the highest paid athletes of all time and among the most successful golfers, Tiger Woods had it all until proof of his infidelity surfaced in 2009. Over a dozen women came forth as mistresses of the athlete.
In 2003, Kobe Bryant was arrested in connection with an investigation of a sexual assault complaint made by a 19-year-old who claimed the NBA star had allegedly raped her in his hotel room. The case settled with Bryant admitting to having consensual sexual relations with the girl, but denying the assault.
The New Orleans Saints made headlines in 2012 when it came to light that players were being rewarded for injuring players on the opposing team. The scandal came to be known as "bountygate."
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