Sports can be an emotional rollercoaster. Championship rings, in-game heroics, acts of superhuman athleticism â€” itâ€™s the hope of these monumental achievements that keeps us tuning in every chance that we get. And as much as weâ€™d like to claim that we enjoy sports for their own sake, that isnâ€™t always the case.
Athletes do not live in a vacuum and sports stories arenâ€™t always confined to the pitch, field, or court. Athletes, coaches, and even fans have been known to make some awful decisions in the past. Decisions that send journalists into a frenzy and transform fans into voyeuristic vultures.
Todayâ€™s list is full of cheaters, racists, and moral vagrants. Itâ€™s a list thatâ€™s peppered with tainted legacies, tragedy, and the odd brain-fart. Filthy Rich presents the 15 biggest controversies in the history of sport. And, luckily for you, the time that you used your foot to nudge your golf ball didnâ€™t make the cut. Letâ€™s go!
From hero to zero. Well, sort of. Lance Armstrong is hardly a zero today, but he certainly isnâ€™t sitting on the gold-plated bicycle seat throne anymore.
Armstrongâ€™s ride to fame and fortune began back during 1995â€™s Tour de France. Heâ€™d go on to win seven consecutive Tour de France titles, earn multi-million-dollar endorsement deals, and even beat cancer. But as they say, the king wears no clothes. Armstrongâ€™s kingdom came crashing down, culminating in a televised sit-down with Oprah where he admitted to extensive PED use throughout his career.