Scandals That Rocked the Sports World

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26. Lance Armstrong doping
> Sport: Cycling
> When it happened: 2012
> Who was involved: Lance Armstrong

After denying that he used performance-enhancement drugs for years, bicycler Lance Armstrong admitted, during a January 2013 interview with Oprah Winfrey, that he cheated. The International Cycling Union stripped Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles for doping in 2012. There were reports that Armstrong had failed drug tests and succeeded in covering them up. There were also claims that Armstrong strong-armed other U.S. bicyclists into taking the drugs while he was leading the U.S. Tour de France team from 1999 to 2005.

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27. Aaron Hernandez murder
> Sport: NFL
> When it happened: 2013
> Who was involved: TE Aaron Hernandez

New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was becoming one of the most dominant offensive players in the NFL when he was arrested for his involvement in the homicide of Odi Lloyd, whose body was found a half-mile from Hernandez’ home in Massachusetts in 2013. Hernandez was eventually found guilty of murder and received a life sentence. He commited suicide in jail in 2017. It was later discovered that he was suffering some from the degenerative brain disease CTE that is associated with trauma suffered from playing football.

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28. FIFA officials suspended
> Sport: Soccer
> When it happened: 2013
> Who was involved: Soccer bosses Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini

A corruption scandal at FIFA, international soccer’s governing body, led to the eight-year suspension of soccer executives Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini. Though they were not found guilty of corruption charges, FIFA’s ethics committee said the two were guilty of conflicts of interest. A FIFA appeals committee in 2016 reduced the suspension term to six years from eight.

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29. Russia doping scandal
> Sport: Olympic Games
> When it happened: 2014
> Who was involved: Russian athletes

A doping scandal involving Russian athletes led to the team being banned from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The scandal broke in late 2014, when a German documentary said 99% of the Russian athletes were involved in doping. In May 2016, a whistleblower in Russia said Russian athletes were guilty of doping at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi in Russia.