9. Glen Taylor: Suspended from NBA in 2000
Prior to his 1994 purchase of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Glen Taylor was a Minnesota state Senator from 1981 to 1990. In 2000, he came under scrutiny for a violation of the NBA’s salary cap. It was determined that a deal between the team (mainly orchestrated by then executive Kevin McHale) and forward Joe Smith went against salary cap rules. Essentially the contract involved Smith signing multiple one-year deals with the team for less than his value, in exchange for a more lucrative and lengthy contract for the 2001/2002 season. At the end of the 99/00 season, the contract was voided and while little happened to McHale for his part in the agreement, Taylor was suspended for the year and Minnesota lost several draft picks and $3.5 million. While this is the story reported by the news networks at the time, I’m skeptical. I mean, a former politician involved in shady business dealings? There must be some mistake.