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 71

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Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
Mike Tyson age 52

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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
ConnorRichardson added Aaron Hernandez age 29

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Michael Vick is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
Michael Vick age 38

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Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
Dennis Rodman age 57

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Tiger Woods is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
Tiger Woods age 43

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Barry Bonds is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
Barry Bonds age 54

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Tonya Harding is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
james-bourne added Tonya Harding age 48

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Ray Rice is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
ConnorRichardson added Ray Rice age 31

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Caitlyn Jenner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
sageantone added Caitlyn Jenner age 69

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Johnny Manziel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
Bellwoodbomb611 added Johnny Manziel age 26

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

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

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Ray Lewis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
ConnorRichardson added Ray Lewis age 43

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Pete Rose is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
Pete Rose age 77

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Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
james-bourne added Luis Suárez age 31

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Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
james-bourne added Muhammad Ali age 76

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Ben Johnson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
james-bourne added Ben Johnson age 57

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Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
ConnorRichardson added Kobe Bryant age 40

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Terrell Owens is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
Terrell Owens age 45

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Lawrence Taylor is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
james-bourne added Lawrence Taylor age 59

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Jose Canseco is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
RobLein added Jose Canseco age 54

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Mark McGwire is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
Mark McGwire age 55

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John McEnroe is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
John McEnroe age 59

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Hope Solo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
ConnorRichardson added Hope Solo age 37

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Sammy Sosa is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
Sammy Sosa age 50

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John Rocker is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
John Rocker age 44

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Shoeless Joe Jackson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
Shoeless Joe Jackson Died at 64 (1887-1951)

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Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
Anthony Hawkins added Tom Brady age 41

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Darren Sharper is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History

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Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
Ty Cobb Died at 75 (1886-1961)

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Plaxico Burress is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History

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Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
Isiah Thomas age 57

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Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
Allen Iverson age 43

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LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
LeBron James age 34

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

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

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Patrick Kane is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
doro-the-exploro-gaming added Patrick Kane age 30

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Jerrod Mustaf is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
Anna Paolinelli added Jerrod Mustaf age 49

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Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History

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Paul Gascoigne is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
MaikPauli added Paul Gascoigne age 51

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Paolo Di Canio is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
Mollevangsvagen added Paolo Di Canio age 50

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Zola Budd is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
james-bourne added Zola Budd age 52

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

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Floyd Landis is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
Floyd Landis age 43

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Tyson Fury is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
Mollevangsvagen added Tyson Fury age 30

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Alberto Contador is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
Fletcher Edge added Alberto Contador age 36

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Gerald McClellan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History
darren-bell added Gerald McClellan age 51