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The 15 Worst Sports Scandals of All-Time
15. Tour De Dope-
Doping scandals and cycling are nothing new. In fact one can be go back as far as 1886 to find a case as an English cyclist is said to have died after drinking a toxic brew of cocaine, caffeine and strychnine.
The new style of doping has come in both needle form, and in methods as complex as blood transfusion, and it seems like everyone is ‘doing it.’ Alberto Contador, who won the Tour in 2007, 2009-2010 and American Floyd Landis who won in 2006, were one of the many who tested positive.
Controversy even surrounds those with the highest level of respect in the cycling world. Lance Armstrong, who after beating cancer, won the tour from 1999-to-2005, was accused by Landis and a number of other cyclist of doping and indirectly paying off testers so that he would not come up guilty.
14. SMU Receives A 'Death Penalty.'
While corruption in college football is about as rare as political bribery in New Jersey, this was the first time an entire college football season was canceled. The cause? Soutern Methodist University, which had dominated the early-to-mid 80’s with the powerhouse backfield of Eric Dickerson and Craig James, had been funneling money under the table for years through a slush fund that was approved by the school and funded through a number of very well connected boosters.
How far up did this conspiracy go? Then Governor of Texas Bill Clements (who dropped out of SMU) admitted that while serving on the board of directors at the school, he knew about and approved the slush fund.
In retaliation the NCAA canceled the 1987 football season for Southern Methodist University and stripped the school of all home games in 1988.
13. That Boy's No 12-Year-Old!
Danny Almonte always appeared to be a man playing a boys sports. Turns out he was.
With a 75 per-hour fastball, Almonte struck out 62 of the 72 batters he faced and had a no-hitter in the Little League baseball tournament, guiding his team from Staten Island to the Little League World Series.
Almonte became the toast of New York, even receiving a key to the city from Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Yet something always seemed a little off.
At 5’8, Almonte towered above his teammates, and his pitching acumen just didn’t appear to be something that a 12-year-old could be capable. It wasn’t.
Two week after the end of the Little League World Series, Sports Illustrated revealed that Almonte was actually two years older than he claimed, which made him fourteen-years-old.
Almonte was banned from playing in any other Little League game and his team was stripped of all their wins.