Scandals That Rocked the Sports World

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16. Ray Lewis murder probe
> Sport: NFL
> When it happened: 2000
> Who was involved: Ray Lewis

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis was charged with two counts of murder following a brawl outside of an Atlanta nightclub following the Super Bowl in 2000. Lewis pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and struck a deal with prosecutors in exchange for his testimony against two of his companions that night, who were eventually acquitted. Lewis was sentenced to a year of probation, and the NFL fined him $250,000 for “conduct detrimental to the league.” Lewis was dogged by the incident and received death threats. But he continued to play and worked to rehabilitate his image. Lewis eventually earned a place in football’s Hall of Fame.

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17. Bobby Knight grabs player
> Sport: College basketball
> When it happened: 2000
> Who was involved: Bobby Knight, Indiana University players

Volatile basketball coach Bobby Knight had many run-ins with players, referees, police, and the media over the years. His success at Indiana University had sustained him — he won three national championships at the school — but that would not save him in 2000. That was when a video surfaced of the Hoosiers coach grabbing a player by the neck during practice that became a basis for an ESPN documentary. IU officials took on the university icon who had bullied school officials over the years and still enjoyed widespread support from the student body. Knight was eventually fired.

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18. BALCO drug scandal
> Sport: MLB, NFL, boxing, track and field
> When it happened: 2002-2015
> Who was involved: Various athletes, BALCO

BALCO, which stands for Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, supplied steroids to athletes such as MLB player Barry Bonds, football player Bill Romanowski, boxer Shane Mosley, and Olympic track and field star Marion Jones. The BALCO scandal emerged as a result of two independent investigations: federal agents in California looking into laboratory co-operative, and a probe by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. Bonds was found guilty of obstruction of justice, a decision that was later overturned. Jones was sentenced to six months in prison for lying to federal prosecutors.

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19. Todd Bertuzzi hit
> Sport: NHL
> When it happened: 2004
> Who was involved: Todd Bertuzzi, Steve Moore

Vancouver Canucks hockey player Todd Bertuzzi pleaded guilty to criminal assault causing bodily harm and was sentenced to one year of probation and community service and suspended by the NHL after attacking Steve Moore from the Colorado Avalanche during a game on March 8, 2004. Bertuzzi claimed Vancouver coach Mark Crawford targeted Moore after the Avalanche player hit Canucks captain Markus Naslund in a prior game.

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20. USC sports scandal
> Sport: College football
> When it happened: 2004-2010
> Who was involved: Reggie Bush, Coach Pete Carroll, Tim Floyd

The USC sports program suffered a black eye in 2010, when the NCAA issued sanctions against the school for providing improper benefits such as money for the family to Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush. USC was hit with a two-year bowl ban, four years’ probation, loss of scholarships, and had to vacate its 2004 national championship. As a result of the indiscretions, university athletic director Mike Garrett lost his job. Football coach Pete Carroll and basketball coach TIm Floyd had already left USC when the scandal was revealed.