Top 5 Sports Scandals
5 – Tim Donaghy was an NBA referee who was caught by the FBI for betting tens of thousands of dollars on games he had officiated. What happened when Donaghy opened his mouth was even worse. He admitted that he made numerous calls to affect the outcome or point spread of a game. He continued to say that he was not the only referee that was betting and even the NBA itself asked the refs to extend playoff series to increase TV ratings and ticket sales.
4 – Kobe Bryant went from a squeaky clean basketball star to an alleged rapist and adulterous husband. Kobe was charged with sexual assault after having sexual relations with a young women in a Colorado hotel. Days later, Kobe admitted to having sex with the women, but said it was consensual. Kobe bought his wife a $4 million dollar ring as an apology. He went on to tell investigators that Shaquille O’Neal would often pay off women that he slept with so the public wouldn’t find out. This was the end of Kobe’s perfect image and his partnership with Shaq.
3 – The Spanish Paralympic basketball team forged documents for 10 of the 12 players on their 2000 roster. The paperwork claimed that these players had IQ’s below 85. After blowing out almost every team, the Spanish team received the gold medal in a tournament for the mentally disabled(the Spanish were very mentally able). After a short investigation, it was discovered that the team had no mental deficiencies and their medals were taken away.
2 – In 2001, Danny Almonte used a fake ID to play in Little League Baseball. Almonte was born in 1987, but the birth certificate he provided stated 1989 as his birth year. Almonte pitched the first perfect game the Little League World Series had seen in 34 years. He led the Bronx team out of New York to third place in the Little League World Series, but all wins were taken away because of his fraud.
1 – Tonya Harding would stop at nothing to win the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. She hired a man by the name of Shane Stant to take out the knee of another American, Nancy Kerrigan. Eventually her ex-husband was in a tough spot and had to save himself. He received a plea deal and told what Harding had done. She lost her 1994 title and received a fine and probation.
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