Top 10 Biggest Falls from Grace in Sports

These athletes or sports personalities have fallen so hard they may hardly recover. Their legacies have been tarnished or ruined by scandals such as doping, corruption, or criminal offenses.
The Top Ten
1 Lance Armstrong Lance Armstrong, once celebrated as a seven-time Tour de France winner, faced a dramatic downturn when he was found guilty of doping and stripped of his titles. His reputation in the cycling world was irrevocably tarnished due to this scandal.

Lance Armstrong, who won the Tour de France seven times in a row between 1999 and 2005, went from hero to zero. An investigation led to him admitting he used performance-enhancing drugs.

He was subsequently stripped of all of his medals and was banned from all cycling competitions.

2 O.J. Simpson O.J. Simpson, a former NFL running back and actor, was widely admired for his sports achievements and charisma. His image suffered a major blow following his trial and acquittal for the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman, which was followed by a conviction in a separate robbery case.
3 Oscar Pistorius Oscar Pistorius, a Paralympic champion and Olympian, became a global inspiration for overcoming adversity through his achievements in track and field. However, his legacy was overshadowed by his conviction for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, leading to widespread public condemnation.

He went from being the first double-leg amputee participant at the Summer Olympics to murdering his girlfriend and being subsequently locked up. He was released from prison recently, but I doubt he will ever make a comeback.

4 Sepp Blatter Sepp Blatter, who served as the President of FIFA for 17 years, was once one of the most powerful figures in world football. His career ended in disgrace amid allegations of corruption and financial misconduct, leading to his suspension and a significant loss of respect within the football community.
5 Tiger Woods Tiger Woods, celebrated as one of the greatest golfers of all time, experienced a significant fall from grace due to personal scandals and injuries. These issues led to a decline in his performance and damaged his previously untarnished image.
6 Dani Alves Dani Alves, known for his skillful play and contributions to Barcelona and the Brazilian national team, faced a severe blow to his reputation following his arrest on allegations of sexual assault in Spain. This incident cast a long shadow over his illustrious career.
7 Maria Sharapova Maria Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam tennis champion, saw her career hit a significant setback when she was suspended for using a banned substance, meldonium. Despite her attempts to return to the top, the controversy significantly affected her legacy.
8 Ryan Lochte Ryan Lochte, an Olympic gold medalist swimmer, found himself embroiled in controversy during the 2016 Rio Olympics after fabricating a story about being robbed at gunpoint. This incident led to severe repercussions, tarnishing his image and resulting in suspensions.
9 Mike Tyson Mike Tyson, once the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, faced a precipitous fall from grace following a rape conviction in 1992. Despite his attempts to rehabilitate his image, this conviction and his subsequent behavior in and out of the ring have overshadowed his boxing achievements.
10 Marion Jones

After admitting to using steroids, Marion Jones was stripped of her Olympic medals she had won at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

The Contenders
11 Michael Vick Michael Dwayne Vick (born June 26, 1980) is a former American football quarterback who played 13 seasons in the National Football League, primarily with the Atlanta Falcons and the Philadelphia Eagles. He played college football at Virginia Tech and was selected by the Falcons as the first overall pick... read more

This American football player, best known for his run with the Atlanta Falcons, was sentenced to 21 months in prison. He pleaded guilty for his involvement in a dog-fighting ring.

The Falcons released him before he finished serving his sentence, and he signed with the Philadelphia Eagles, where he revamped his image.

12 Adam Johnson (footballer)

The hockey player, Adam Johnson, who tragically passed last year, seemed like a very genuine guy. However, the footballer Adam Johnson is a straight-up idiot. He was sentenced to six years in prison back in 2016.

Unfortunately, he served only half of his prison time after he was found guilty of sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl. I hope he never makes it back into the big league.

13 Roger Clemens
14 Lenny Dykstra
15 Ragnhild Hveger

This Danish swimmer, who won a silver medal at the 1936 Summer Olympics, became very unpopular after the Second World War due to being the daughter of a Nazi.

16 Aaron Hernandez Aaron Josef Hernandez was an American football tight end in the National Football League. A productive player during his three seasons with the New England Patriots, his career came to an abrupt end after his arrest and initial conviction for the murder of Odin Lloyd... read more
17 Josh Giddey

This guy started off promising, but after the allegations of him having an inappropriate relationship with an underage minor, I lost my respect for him.

18 Mason Greenwood
19 Lamar Odom Lamar Odom, an NBA champion and celebrated athlete, struggled with substance abuse and personal issues that became highly publicized, affecting his career and personal life. His near-fatal overdose in 2015 marked a significant low point, drawing public and media scrutiny.
20 Tonya Harding

In 1994, Tonya Harding went from hero to zero after she was involved in the attack on her rival, Nancy Kerrigan, during the Winter Olympics. After pleading guilty, she lost her title that she had garnered the same year and was banned for life from figure skating.

21 Pete Rose

In 1989, the former baseball player who became the coach of the Cincinnati Reds was deemed permanently ineligible from baseball. He was accused of gambling on baseball games.

In 2015, the investigation ended, and the allegations turned out to be true.

22 Ben Johnson

This Canadian sprinter won gold medals and broke world records at the 1987 World Championship in Athletics and the 1988 Seoul Olympics. However, after he was caught doping, he was disqualified and stripped of his medals.

23 Ja Morant Temetrius Jamel "Ja" Morant is an American professional basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association.
24 Ty Cobb
25 Nicklas Bendtner
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