Where ever there is competition, there will sadly and inevitably be cheating. And just because professional athletes are deified in the media doesn't mean professional sports doesn't see plenty of it. From MLB, to NBA, to NASCAR... all sports have been tainted by pro sports cheaters. This list of professional sports scandals will highlight all of those memorable moments these athletes would probably rather forget.
The first rule of soccer is you can't use your hands. Diego Maradona didn't listen to this, and won the 1986 World Cup thanks in part to a deliberate hand ball. Lance Armstrong, bicycle racing's most accomplished athlete, won his seven Tour De France titles thanks to performance enhancing drugs. Even the Olympics have been plagued by athletes lying about their gender.
Despite all these unfortunate cases of exposed scandal, cheating in professional sports doesn't appear to be slowing down. Even in 2015, the New England Patriots were caught deflating footballs to their preferred weight and feel which was outside of regulations. So what's the deal? Is there anything that can possibly be done to keep sports honest?
Do you think professional sports cheating scandals are part of the game? Are they simply inevitable? Or do they taint sports forever? Vote up the scandals you think were the most destructive to the sports world at large, and leave your opinion on professional cheating in the comments section below.
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Rosie Ruiz Wins the Boston Marathon by Taking the Subway
Rosie Ruiz won the 1980 Boston Marathon, but was stripped of the title after it was discovered she left the race, took the subway, then got back in the race miles later. The time was immediately put into question after it was discovered it was 20 minutes faster than her previous personal record. Ruiz denies cheating to this day.
Lance Armstrong won the Tour de France seven times, but ultimately was stripped of his titles after it was discovered in 2012 that Armstrong was doping the whole time. While Armstrong never failed a drug test during his career, it was discovered that Armstrong was part of a cover-up. Armstrong also lost sponsorships from Nike and Anheuser-Busch.
Judges Give an Unlikely Victory to Park Si-Hun in 1988 Olympics
At the 1988 Olympics, Korean boxer Park Si-Hun defeated Roy Jones Jr. even though he was out-punched 86-32. The reason he won is it was later revealed the judges were bribed. Si-Hun was never stripped of his medal.
Nancy Kerrigan Maliciously Attacked at the 1994 Olympics
In 1994, figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was attacked by a man with a baton and was forced out of the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championship. The attacker was sent by rival skater Tonya Harding's husband. While Harding denied participation in the attack, she was found guilty of obstructing the investigation and was later banned from the sport by the U.S. Olympic Committee.