Professional athletes are idolized for their prowess on the court, field, and track, but they don’t always live up to those high standards when it’s not game time. In a new article, AmericanGambler.com takes a closer look at 10 athletes who have gone through shocking controversies that not only tarnished their reputations and lost them fans, but much more than that.
Because of the scandals that they were involved in, many of the athletes took major financial hits, including the most famous cyclist Lance Armstrong, who is estimated to have lost around $75 million due to his longtime doping misconduct, and basketball player Latrell Sprewell, who lost more than $6 million after punching his coach while playing for the Golden State Warriors.
Others spent time in jail, such as football player Michael Vick — who went from being the onetime highest-paid player in the NFL to an inmate washing dishes for 12 cents an hour after financing a dog-fighting ring — and track athlete Oscar Pistorius, convicted of murder after shooting his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day 2013.
Two women made the list as well, including soccer goalie Hope Solo, who’s been involved in a variety of controversies over the years — from domestic violence to poor sportsmanship — and figure skater Tonya Harding, infamous for her role in attempting to take out rival Nancy Kerrigan before the 1994 Winter Olympics.
What all the athletes on the list share is undeniable sporting talent — and the fact that they all disappointed fans through their shocking scandals.
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