History DeaderThanDisco / Sports

25th Sep '16 1:01:43 PM Xarvas
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* Rousimar Palhares was never really considered the fighter who would challenge for the highest tropheis in the sport, but he nevertheless became a bit of an EnsembleDarkhorse among the UFC fans thanks to his unusual fighting style (grappling that focused mostly on leglocks, which faded out in popularity in the last decade), tragic background (grew up in destitute poverty, was homeless for a while, and occasional CloudCukoolander antics. There was a case where he held on to a leglock on Tomasz Drwal after he tapped out, but it was forgiven by fandom as a one time offense and "Paul Harris" (nickname which stemmed from the way Mike Goldberg pronounced his surname) soon became more popular than ever. After two back to back losses at middleweight and a steroid bust Palhares dropped down to welterweight (since he was one of the shortest fighters at middleweight), which is when things turned uglier. Despite winning his debut against Mike Pierce, he was released from the UFC for once against not releasing the submission despite Pierce tapping frantically and referee literally dragging Palhares off him (in general not releasing submissions after a tap is a ''HUGE'' no-no, especially on the legs, where any injury has career ending potential). He resurfaced in World Series of Fighting, where he won their welterweight title in his first fight, but after his two defenses were again marred by him not releasing holds despite tapping and referee trying to pry him off his opponent. This was too much for WSOF, who stripped him of his title and released him from the promotion. Any goodwill he had from MMA fandom is long gone, since no one wants to see their favorite fighters permanently injured and in a sport which had to fight to erase the "blood sport" stigma having a fighter blatantly disobey rules on regular basis is a good way to become a pariah.

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* Rousimar Palhares was never really considered the fighter who would challenge for the highest tropheis trophies in the sport, but he nevertheless became a bit of an EnsembleDarkhorse among the UFC fans thanks to his unusual fighting style (grappling that focused mostly on leglocks, which faded out in popularity in the last decade), tragic background (grew up in destitute poverty, was homeless for a while, and occasional CloudCukoolander Cloudcukoolander antics. There was a case where he held on to a leglock on Tomasz Drwal after he tapped out, but it was forgiven by fandom as a one time offense and "Paul Harris" (nickname which stemmed from the way Mike Goldberg pronounced his surname) soon became more popular than ever. After two back to back losses at middleweight and a steroid bust Palhares dropped down to welterweight (since he was one of the shortest fighters at middleweight), which is when things turned uglier.his eccentricities got dangerous. Despite winning his debut against Mike Pierce, he was released from the UFC for once against not releasing the submission despite Pierce tapping frantically and referee literally dragging Palhares off him (in general not releasing submissions after a tap is a ''HUGE'' no-no, especially on the legs, where any injury has career ending potential). He resurfaced in World Series of Fighting, where he won their welterweight title in his first fight, but after his two defenses were again marred by him not releasing holds despite tapping and referee trying to pry him off his opponent. This was too much for WSOF, who stripped him of his title and released him from the promotion. Any goodwill he had from MMA fandom is long gone, since no one wants to see their favorite fighters permanently injured and in a sport which had to fight to erase the "blood sport" stigma having a fighter blatantly disobey rules on regular basis is a good way to become a pariah.
25th Sep '16 12:59:19 PM Xarvas
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* Rousimar Palhares was never really considered the fighter who would challenge for the highest tropheis in the sport, but he nevertheless became a bit of an EnsembleDarkhorse among the UFC fans thanks to his unusual fighting style (grappling that focused mostly on leglocks, which faded out in popularity in the last decade), tragic background (grew up in destitute poverty, was homeless for a while, and occasional CloudCukoolander antics. There was a case where he held on to a leglock on Tomasz Drwal after he tapped out, but it was forgiven by fandom as a one time offense and "Paul Harris" (nickname which stemmed from the way Mike Goldberg pronounced his surname) soon became more popular than ever. After two back to back losses at middleweight and a steroid bust Palhares dropped down to welterweight (since he was one of the shortest fighters at middleweight), which is when things turned uglier. Despite winning his debut against Mike Pierce, he was released from the UFC for once against not releasing the submission despite Pierce tapping frantically and referee literally dragging Palhares off him (in general not releasing submissions after a tap is a ''HUGE'' no-no, especially on the legs, where any injury has career ending potential). He resurfaced in World Series of Fighting, where he won their welterweight title in his first fight, but after his two defenses were again marred by him not releasing holds despite tapping and referee trying to pry him off his opponent. This was too much for WSOF, who stripped him of his title and released him from the promotion. Any goodwill he had from MMA fandom is long gone, since no one wants to see their favorite fighters permanently injured and in a sport which had to fight to erase the "blood sport" stigma having a fighter blatantly disobey rules on regular basis is a good way to become a pariah.
22nd Sep '16 2:12:34 PM Cavery210
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* Ryan Lochte was never the biggest name in the swimming world, always having been in Michael Phelps' shadow, but he was still a popular star, having won six gold medals at the Olympics. However, his reputation came crashing down quickly at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. About a week into the games, Lochte made a claim that he and a group of other swimmers were robbed at gunpoint. An investigation by the Rio police ultimately concluded that Lochte and his friends weren't robbed but were just trying to cover up an incident where they vandalized a gas station while intoxicated and got into a heated confrontation with local authorities. Lochte's public image dramatically changed from being a promising star on the swimming team to that of a drunk, lying privileged white guy who made an embarrassment out of the entire US Olympic Team and tried to get the hardworking authorities of a country facing severe political and economic problems held accountable for his own actions.

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* Ryan Lochte was never the biggest name in the swimming world, always having been in Michael Phelps' shadow, but he was still a popular star, having won six gold medals at the Olympics. However, his reputation came crashing down quickly at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. About a week into the games, Lochte made a claim that he and a group of other swimmers were robbed at gunpoint. An investigation by the Rio police ultimately concluded that Lochte and his friends weren't robbed but were just trying to cover up an incident where they vandalized a gas station while intoxicated and got into a heated confrontation with local authorities. Lochte's public image dramatically changed from being a promising star on the swimming team to that of a drunk, drunken lying privileged white guy dudebro who made an embarrassment out of the entire US Olympic Team and tried to get the hardworking authorities of a country facing severe political and economic problems held accountable for his own actions.
4th Sep '16 10:57:48 AM Jhonny
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* OJ Simpson was once one of the 1970's most beloved NFL players. In his heyday, Simpson also dived into acting (which he continued well after his days were over), starring in hits like ''Film/TheToweringInferno'' and ''Film/TheNakedGun''. However, his reputation came crashing to the ground in 1994, when he was accused of murdering his ex-wife and her friend. A very high-profile trial followed, and Simpson was acquitted of the murders, but his reputation took a hit when in 2008 he was guilty of robbing memorabilia with a loaded gun and is now serving a 33 year prison term.

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* OJ Simpson was once one of the 1970's most beloved NFL players. In his heyday, Simpson also dived into acting (which he continued well after his days were over), starring in hits like ''Film/TheToweringInferno'' and ''Film/TheNakedGun''. However, his reputation came crashing to the ground in 1994, when he was accused of murdering his ex-wife and her friend. A very high-profile trial followed, and Simpson was acquitted of the murders, but his reputation took a yet another hit when in 2008 he found was guilty of robbing memorabilia with a loaded gun and is now serving a 33 year prison term.
4th Sep '16 10:18:39 AM lledsmar
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3rd Sep '16 2:01:29 PM lledsmar
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* OJ Simpson was once one of the 1970's most beloved NFL players. In his heyday, Simpson also dived into acting (which he continued well after his days were over), starring in hits like ''Film/TheToweringInferno'' and ''Film/TheNakedGun''. However, his reputation came crashing to the ground in 1994, when he was accused of murdering his ex-wife and her friend. A very high-profile trial followed, and Simpson was acquitted of the murders, but his reputation took a hit when in 2008 he was guilty of robbing memorabilia with a loaded gun and is serving a 33 year prison term.

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* OJ Simpson was once one of the 1970's most beloved NFL players. In his heyday, Simpson also dived into acting (which he continued well after his days were over), starring in hits like ''Film/TheToweringInferno'' and ''Film/TheNakedGun''. However, his reputation came crashing to the ground in 1994, when he was accused of murdering his ex-wife and her friend. A very high-profile trial followed, and Simpson was acquitted of the murders, but his reputation took a hit when in 2008 he was guilty of robbing memorabilia with a loaded gun and is now serving a 33 year prison term.
3rd Sep '16 2:00:16 PM lledsmar
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* OJ Simpson was once one of the 1970's most beloved NFL players. In his heyday, Simpson also dived into acting (which he continued well after his days were over), starring in hits like ''Film/TheToweringInferno'' and ''Film/TheNakedGun''. However, his reputation came crashing to the ground in 1994, when he was accused of murdering his ex-wife and her friend. A very high-profile trial followed, and Simpson was acquitted of the murders, but his reputation took a hit from which it hasn't recovered to this day.

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* OJ Simpson was once one of the 1970's most beloved NFL players. In his heyday, Simpson also dived into acting (which he continued well after his days were over), starring in hits like ''Film/TheToweringInferno'' and ''Film/TheNakedGun''. However, his reputation came crashing to the ground in 1994, when he was accused of murdering his ex-wife and her friend. A very high-profile trial followed, and Simpson was acquitted of the murders, but his reputation took a hit from which it hasn't recovered to this day. when in 2008 he was guilty of robbing memorabilia with a loaded gun and is serving a 33 year prison term.
2nd Sep '16 5:24:48 AM Jhonny
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Carruth's life came crashing down in November 1999, when his pregnant girlfriend was found murdered (the unborn son survived, but is permanently brain damaged). Carruth was arrested a month later, the Panthers released him from his contract, and he later pleaded guilty to conspiracy to murder. As Carruth was found not guilty of first-degree murder, he was spared the death penalty and was sentenced to 18 to 24 years in prison. Carruth is set to be released in 2018, and people are afraid that he will murder again.

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Carruth's life came crashing down in November 1999, when his pregnant girlfriend was found murdered (the unborn son survived, but is permanently brain damaged). Carruth was arrested a month later, the Panthers released him from his contract, and he later pleaded guilty to conspiracy to murder. As Carruth was found not guilty of first-degree murder, he was spared the death penalty and was sentenced to 18 to 24 years in prison. Carruth is set to be released in 2018, and people are afraid that he will murder again.2018.
1st Sep '16 1:12:15 PM AreYouTyler
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* Ryan Leaf. A Heisman Trophy finalist during his time at Washington State University, he was the second pick in the NFL Draft in 1998, behind UsefulNotes/PeytonManning. It was predicted that he would go on to be one of the all-time [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball football]] greats. Fast forward to today, and he's regarded as one of the biggest draft busts in NFL history, while Manning retired a SuperBowl champion in 2016 and is a surefire Hall of Famer. Leaf's four-year career was marked by injuries, bad relations with his teammates and fans, hostility to the sports media and poor performance on the field. His fall was so infamous that, every draft, sports writers speculate on which hot college prospect will become the "next Ryan Leaf" by flopping hard in the NFL.

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* Ryan Leaf. A Heisman Trophy finalist during his time at Washington State University, he was the second pick in the NFL Draft in 1998, behind UsefulNotes/PeytonManning. It was predicted that he would go on to be one of the all-time [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball football]] greats. Fast forward to today, and he's regarded as one of the biggest draft busts in NFL history, while Manning retired a SuperBowl champion in 2016 and is a surefire Hall of Famer. Leaf's four-year career was marked by injuries, bad relations with his teammates and fans, hostility to the sports media and poor performance on the field.field (he threw two touchdowns against 15 interceptions in his rookie season!). The Chargers and their fans hated him so much (and they still do to this day) that he was released after the 2000 season and drafted future Hall of Famer Drew Brees to take his place. His fall was so infamous that, every draft, sports writers speculate on which hot college prospect will become the "next Ryan Leaf" by flopping hard in the NFL.


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* Once upon a time, Carolina Panthers wide receiver Rae Carruth was a promising young rookie. He caught four touchdowns and was named to the 1997 all-rookie team. After sitting out the 1998 season for breaking his foot, Carruth only played six games in the 1999 season and that was it.\\\
Carruth's life came crashing down in November 1999, when his pregnant girlfriend was found murdered (the unborn son survived, but is permanently brain damaged). Carruth was arrested a month later, the Panthers released him from his contract, and he later pleaded guilty to conspiracy to murder. As Carruth was found not guilty of first-degree murder, he was spared the death penalty and was sentenced to 18 to 24 years in prison. Carruth is set to be released in 2018, and people are afraid that he will murder again.
31st Aug '16 4:33:21 AM lizaphile
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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.

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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. Judge Perksy will likely spend the remainder of his term (with a strong recall campaign pretty much guaranteeing his removal at the ballot box) only doing civil cases, at his request.
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