controversial The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History

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List Rules Athletes in any sport that have been embroiled in controversy - domestic disputes, sex scandals, cheating accusations, anything really

Sports stars are one part celebrity, one part athlete. Like so many celebrities, some sports stars are prone to scandal. These sports stars are were involved some of the biggest controversies of all time, and many remain controversial figures to this day despite being retired.

O.J Simpson is perhaps the biggest controversial athlete of all time, for "not killing his ex-wife" in 1994. Remember when one of the best NBA players of all time, LeBron James, took his talents to South Beach? That was definitely a case of a sports star who caused controversy. And then, of course, there's Anna Kournikova, who has caused controversy simply for being beautiful.

Which athletes do you think are the most controversial of all time? What is your definition of controversy? Is it off-the-field antics like the domestic drama surrounding Tiger Woods, or is it on-the-court antics like John McEnroe's famous profane meltdowns?

Which is worse, steroids or biting off someone's ear? The choice is yours! Vote up the stars who've caused the most controversy and if we missed any scandalous athletes, add them to the controversial sport stars list!

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O. J. Simpson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
O. J. Simpson age 68

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Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
Mike Tyson age 49

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Lance Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History

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Aaron Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History

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Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
Dennis Rodman age 54

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Tiger Woods is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
Tiger Woods age 40

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Michael Vick is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
Michael Vick age 35

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Barry Bonds is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
Barry Bonds age 51

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Johnny Manziel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History

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Tonya Harding is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
Tonya Harding age 45

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Ray Lewis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
Ray Lewis age 40

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Ray Rice is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
Ray Rice age 28

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History

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Caitlyn Jenner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History

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Alex Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History

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Pete Rose is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
Pete Rose age 74

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Ben Johnson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
Ben Johnson age 54

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Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
Luis Suárez age 28

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Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
Kobe Bryant age 37

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Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
Muhammad Ali age 73

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Jose Canseco is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
Jose Canseco age 51

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Mark McGwire is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
Mark McGwire age 52

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Hope Solo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
Hope Solo age 34

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Sammy Sosa is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
Sammy Sosa age 47

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Shoeless Joe Jackson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
Shoeless Joe Jackson Died at 64 (1887-1951)

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John McEnroe is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
John McEnroe age 56

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Lawrence Taylor is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History

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Sonny Liston is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
Sonny Liston Died at 38 (1932-1970)

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Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
Tom Brady age 38

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Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
Isiah Thomas age 56

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Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
Allen Iverson age 40

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Terrell Owens is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
Terrell Owens age 42

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Plaxico Burress is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History

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Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
Ty Cobb Died at 75 (1886-1961)

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Patrick Kane is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
Patrick Kane age 27

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LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
LeBron James age 31

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Manny Ramírez is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History

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Paul Gascoigne is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History

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Alberto Contador is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History

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John Rocker is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
John Rocker age 41

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Tyson Fury is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
Tyson Fury age 27

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Paolo Di Canio is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History

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Zola Budd is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
Zola Budd age 49

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Floyd Landis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
Floyd Landis age 40

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Jerrod Mustaf is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
Jerrod Mustaf age 46

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Gerald McClellan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History

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Colin Kaepernick is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History

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Jake Plummer is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
Jake Plummer age 41

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Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
Jason Kidd age 44

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Darren Sharper is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History