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5 of the Biggest Sports Scandals in History

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Let's go over some of the biggest scandals in the history of sports. 

But, first, let's start with the news. 

The MLB announced on Monday, Jan. 13, that it was fining the Houston Astros $5 million and it was calling for the suspension of general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch.

The Astros will also forfeit their first and second-round draft picks in 2020 and 2021.

"Perhaps the most damaging information to come from Major League Baseball's report is that its investigation found the Astros used their replay room and video monitor improperly “throughout the postseason" in 2017, when Houston won the World Series. The report officially taints Astros' title," wrote Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci.

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So, in light of one of the biggest scandals into MLB, what other scandals have shaken up the sports world? Here are four others.

Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan 

In 1994, figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was attacked by a man with a pole right before the U.S. figure skating championships.

After suspicion rose, Tonya Harding--a rival of Kerrigan’s--admitted that she, her ex-husband and a bodyguard had conspired together to hire the man to break Kerrigan’s leg.

Harding was originally banned from figure skating, but was later accepted back after threatening to sue.

The O.J. Simpson Trial 

The O.J. Simpson trial is infamous. And, while Simpson was a retired NFL player at the time, the news rocked the sports world.

Back in 1994, the former NFL running back was accused of double murder. He also led the cops on a high-speed car chase.

After a nine-month-long federal trial, Simpson was found not guilty.

Michael Vick's Dogfighting Charges 

In 2007, Michael Vick--who was the quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons at the time--was accused of running a dogfighting ring.

Following Vick’s guilty plea, the NFL suspended him indefinitely without pay for violating its player conduct policy.

After Vick was released from prison, he went on to play for the Philadelphia Eagles.


Also in 2007, the Patriots were accused by the NFL of filming the New York Jets defensive signals from an on-field location, which violates the NFL’s rules.

Following an investigation, head coach Bill Belichick was fined $500,000--the maximum fine permitted under the NFL’s rules. 

The Patriots were also fined $250,000 and they had to forfeit their 2008 first-round draft pick.

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