History DeaderThanDisco / Sports

24th Jul '16 8:53:24 AM BigBertha
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* Coming out of the University of Kentucky and fresh off a Final Four appearance, second-team All-American center Sam Bowie was hyped as a solid first rounder. The Portland Trail Blazers took him second in the 1984 draft, unaware of Bowie's history of injuries in college (he had fractured his left tibia, which forced him to sit out the 1981-82 and 82-83 seasons).\\\
Despite making the All-Rookie team in his first season, Bowie still kept fracturing both his tibiae, and he was only a decent starter when healthy. Adding salt to the wound was the player drafted right after Bowie, shooting guard Creator/MichaelJordan to the Chicago Bulls, who would become the most iconic basketball player of all time.[[note]]In truth, the Blazers passed on Jordan because the year before, they had already drafted a future Hall of Famer, Clyde "The Glide" Drexler, at shooting guard.[[/note]] After his playing days ended, Bowie moved back to Kentucky, where he became a racehorse trainer and is still remembered as a college basketball star. However, he is far better known as "the guy drafted before Michael Jordan" than for anything else, yet Bowie [[http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/blog/the_dagger/post/Catching-up-with-Sam-Bowie-draft-bust-turned-ra?urn=ncaab,250269 himself doesn't mind this status]].
23rd Jul '16 3:30:29 PM LaptopGuy
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* Brock Turner, a wealthy, white swimmer from Dayton, Ohio, was accepted into Stanford University thanks to his three-time All-American recognition. He was enrolled on a swimming scholarship and quickly became a standout on the team. However, his career came to an abrupt halt when he was arrested in January 2015 for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. After a one-and-a-half-year court case, Turner was found guilty and sentenced to jail...but for a surprisingly lenient period of six months. After the impact statement written by the victim circulated on the internet a few days later, America lit up with outrage over the sentencing, with both Turner and judge Aaron Persky becoming pariahs on social media overnight. The woman's letter was read out loud everywhere, from CNN's ''Legal View with Ashleigh Banfield'' to the U.S. House of Representatives, while more than a million people signed a petition to oust Persky in only five days. In less than a week, the name "Brock Turner" has become synonymous with "white privilege" and [[KarmaHoudini escaping karma]], and it's safe to say that whatever little chances he had of restoring his image since his arrest were destroyed by the fallout to his sentencing.
22nd Jul '16 7:46:30 PM jamespaul94
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* From the '60s through the '80s, Pete Rose enjoyed a long and storied career as both a UsefulNotes/{{baseball}} player (most notably for the Cincinnati Reds) and, later in life, as a manager. He holds the records in [[UsefulNotes/MLBTeams Major League Baseball]] for hits, games played, at-bats, singles, and outs... and yet, he will likely never be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, as he was permanently banned from the sport in 1989 after being caught betting on games, including on his own team. [[http://espn.go.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/13114874/notebook-obtained-lines-shows-pete-rose-bet-baseball-player-1986 Later investigations]] revealed that he had a history of sports gambling, including, most damningly, during his time as a player. (To his credit, it's never been proven that he ever bet ''against'' his own team, i.e. throwing games in order to win bets.) Once hailed as one of the greatest baseball players in history, his legacy after his forced retirement has been a fiercely polarizing one at best -- one camp argues that his sheer success as a player outweighs his moral failings, while another argues that he violated the integrity of the sport badly enough that no amount of on-field success can make up for it. In September 2015, Rose [[http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/13737640/pete-rose-meets-mlb-decision-reinstatement-end-year met the current commissioner for a verdict on lifting his ban]]. [[http://m.mlb.com/news/article/159618258/mlb-commissioner-manfred-denies-pete-rose It didn't work]] and he remains ineligible. What's more, Ichiro Suzuki surpassed Rose's previous record for career hits.[[note]]Albeit with an asterisk, as his count includes his earlier career in Japan.[[/note]]

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* From the '60s through the '80s, Pete Rose enjoyed a long and storied career as both a UsefulNotes/{{baseball}} player (most notably for the Cincinnati Reds) and, later in life, as a manager. He holds the records in [[UsefulNotes/MLBTeams Major League Baseball]] for hits, games played, at-bats, singles, and outs... and yet, he will likely never be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, as he was permanently banned from the sport in 1989 after being caught betting on games, including on his own team. [[http://espn.go.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/13114874/notebook-obtained-lines-shows-pete-rose-bet-baseball-player-1986 Later investigations]] revealed that he had a history of sports gambling, including, most damningly, during his time as a player. (To his credit, it's never been proven that he ever bet ''against'' his own team, i.e. throwing games in order to win bets.) Once hailed as one of the greatest baseball players in history, his legacy after his forced retirement has been a fiercely polarizing one at best -- one camp argues that his sheer success as a player outweighs his moral failings, while another argues that he violated the integrity of the sport badly enough that no amount of on-field success can make up for it. In September 2015, Rose [[http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/13737640/pete-rose-meets-mlb-decision-reinstatement-end-year met the current commissioner for a verdict on lifting his ban]]. [[http://m.mlb.com/news/article/159618258/mlb-commissioner-manfred-denies-pete-rose It didn't work]] and he remains ineligible. What's more, Ichiro Suzuki surpassed Rose's previous record for career hits.[[note]]Albeit with an asterisk, as his count includes his earlier career in Japan.[[/note]]
12th Jul '16 7:08:45 PM 8088ben
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* From the '60s through the '80s, Pete Rose enjoyed a long and storied career as both a UsefulNotes/{{baseball}} player (most notably for the Cincinnati Reds) and, later in life, as a manager. He holds the records in [[UsefulNotes/MLBTeams Major League Baseball]] for hits, games played, at-bats, singles, and outs... and yet, he will likely never be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, as he was permanently banned from the sport in 1989 after being caught betting on games, including on his own team. [[http://espn.go.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/13114874/notebook-obtained-lines-shows-pete-rose-bet-baseball-player-1986 Later investigations]] revealed that he had a history of sports gambling, including, most damningly, during his time as a player. (To his credit, it's never been proven that he ever bet ''against'' his own team, i.e. throwing games in order to win bets.) Once hailed as one of the greatest baseball players in history, his legacy after his forced retirement has been a fiercely polarizing one at best -- one camp argues that his sheer success as a player outweighs his moral failings, while another argues that he violated the integrity of the sport badly enough that no amount of on-field success can make up for it. In September 2015, Rose [[http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/13737640/pete-rose-meets-mlb-decision-reinstatement-end-year met the current commissioner for a verdict on lifting his ban]]. [[http://m.mlb.com/news/article/159618258/mlb-commissioner-manfred-denies-pete-rose It didn't work]] and he remains ineligible. What's more, Ichiro Suzuki surpassed Rose's previous record for career hits.

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* From the '60s through the '80s, Pete Rose enjoyed a long and storied career as both a UsefulNotes/{{baseball}} player (most notably for the Cincinnati Reds) and, later in life, as a manager. He holds the records in [[UsefulNotes/MLBTeams Major League Baseball]] for hits, games played, at-bats, singles, and outs... and yet, he will likely never be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, as he was permanently banned from the sport in 1989 after being caught betting on games, including on his own team. [[http://espn.go.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/13114874/notebook-obtained-lines-shows-pete-rose-bet-baseball-player-1986 Later investigations]] revealed that he had a history of sports gambling, including, most damningly, during his time as a player. (To his credit, it's never been proven that he ever bet ''against'' his own team, i.e. throwing games in order to win bets.) Once hailed as one of the greatest baseball players in history, his legacy after his forced retirement has been a fiercely polarizing one at best -- one camp argues that his sheer success as a player outweighs his moral failings, while another argues that he violated the integrity of the sport badly enough that no amount of on-field success can make up for it. In September 2015, Rose [[http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/13737640/pete-rose-meets-mlb-decision-reinstatement-end-year met the current commissioner for a verdict on lifting his ban]]. [[http://m.mlb.com/news/article/159618258/mlb-commissioner-manfred-denies-pete-rose It didn't work]] and he remains ineligible. What's more, Ichiro Suzuki surpassed Rose's previous record for career hits.[[note]]Albeit with an asterisk, as his count includes his earlier career in Japan.[[/note]]
11th Jul '16 4:18:31 PM HighCrate
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** Also DTD, Jose Canseco from the Oakland A's/Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Rafael Palmeiro for the Baltimore Orioles.

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** %%** Also DTD, Jose Canseco from the Oakland A's/Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Rafael Palmeiro for the Baltimore Orioles.
11th Jul '16 2:09:17 PM lledsmar
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** Also DTD, Rafael Palmeiro for the Baltimore Orioles.

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** Also DTD, Jose Canseco from the Oakland A's/Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Rafael Palmeiro for the Baltimore Orioles.
11th Jul '16 2:05:47 PM lledsmar
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* Joe Paterno, longtime coach of the [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball Pennsylvania State University football]] program. For much of his life, it was thought that he would go down as one of the all-time great college football coaches. However, over the course of 2011-12 came revelations that he not only had a serial child molester on his staff, but that he and the Penn State administration knew about the man's behavior and had covered it up for more than fifteen years. Cue Penn State's removal of the statue of "[[FanNickname JoePa]]" that stood outside Beaver Stadium and the NCAA revoking all of Penn State's football victories from 1998 to 2011, dropping him from being the winningest coach in college football history to being #12. (The NCAA would restore Paterno's wins in 2015, but this decision was hugely controversial.) Now, many college football fans, even at Penn State, view his legacy in a much less favorable light, with only a few fans still defending him (usually by claiming that the investigation was biased). To top it all off, his death in early 2012, at the height of the scandal, ensured that his life would end in disgrace, and that he would never be able to live down what had happened.

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* Joe Paterno, longtime coach of the [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball Pennsylvania State University football]] program. For much of his life, it was thought that he would go down as one of the all-time great college football coaches. However, over the course of 2011-12 came revelations that he not only had a serial child molester on his staff, but that he and the Penn State administration knew about the man's behavior and had covered it up for more than fifteen years.years (and some say, earlier in TheSeventies). Cue Penn State's removal of the statue of "[[FanNickname JoePa]]" that stood outside Beaver Stadium and the NCAA revoking all of Penn State's football victories from 1998 to 2011, dropping him from being the winningest coach in college football history to being #12. (The NCAA would restore Paterno's wins in 2015, but this decision was hugely controversial.) Now, many college football fans, even at Penn State, view his legacy in a much less favorable light, with only a few fans still defending him (usually by claiming that the investigation was biased). To top it all off, his death in early 2012, at the height of the scandal, ensured that his life would end in disgrace, and that he would never be able to live down what had happened.
11th Jul '16 2:04:30 PM lledsmar
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** Also DTD, Rafael Palmeiro for the Baltimore Orioles.
25th Jun '16 9:28:35 AM BigBertha
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* Aaron Hernandez was one of the New England Patriots' top tight ends in the early 2010s, forming a tag team with Rob Gronkowski. However, his career [[CreatorKiller came crashing to the ground]] when he was arrested for murdering semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd in Boston. All his sponsorship deals were quickly cancelled, and the University of Florida (among other companies) [[UnPerson removed all references to him around its campus]]. Hernandez was tried and convicted for Lloyd's murder, and was sentenced to life without parole.\\\
And things could only get worse from there… Hernandez had been arrested for underage drinking and beating up a restaurant employee. Massachusetts police suspect that Hernandez may have been involved in a Florida double-shooting in 2007. He was also indicted for a 2012 double murder in Boston, as well as non-fatally shooting a friend while they were riding in a car down a Miami highway. [[CallBack While "Gronk"'s career is still going strong]], Hernandez serves as a cautionary tale of how not to waste your talent.
24th Jun '16 9:45:09 PM LaptopGuy
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* South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius was born with fibular hemimelia and had both his legs amputated when he was young. Despite his handicap, he became a star runner in his high school. Shortly afterwards, he got into the Paralympics, winning six gold medals over three games, and in 2012 became the first Paralympic athlete to also compete at the Olympics. However, in February 2013, Pistorius was arrested and charged with the murder of his girlfriend, South African supermodel Reeva Steenkamp. While Pistorius claimed that he accidentally shot her, mistaking her for an intruder, many people weren't convinced. Pistorius lost all his sponsorships, and his career was effectively ended permanently. He was later found guilty and is expected to be sentenced in July 2016. Today, Pistorius is remembered as a prime tale of a beloved inspirational athlete's fall from grace, and any chances he has of restoring his reputation are virtually nonexistent.
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