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!
Teams: San Francisco 49ers, Buffalo Bills
Teams: New England Patriots, Florida Gators football
Teams: Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons, Virginia Tech Hokies football
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Teams: San Francisco Giants, San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Pirates
Teams: Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds, Cincinnati Reds, Montreal Expos
Teams: Baltimore Ravens, Rutgers Scarlet Knights football
Teams: Baltimore Ravens
Teams: San Francisco 49ers, Nevada Wolf Pack football
Teams: New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, Texas Rangers, Oakland Athletics, + more
Teams: St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland Athletics, Oakland Athletics
Teams: San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills, + more
Teams: Los Angeles Lakers
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