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10 Athletes Who Suck at Life

While those in the public often place professional athletes on pedestals, the truth of the matter is that those stars are human just like the rest of us. Anybody, including a pro athlete who is making

While those in the public often place professional athletes on pedestals, the truth of the matter is that those stars are human just like the rest of us. Anybody, including a pro athlete who is making millions of dollars in salary and via endorsement deals, can make the occasional mistake. Sports and news television stations seemingly love nothing more than to tell tales about the falls of famous people such as athletes and celebrities, but a person who chooses unwisely once in his or her life should not be torn apart by anybody. After all, nobody regardless of status or wealth is perfect.

There are, however, cases of athletes seemingly being unable to avoid tripping over their own feet and those who prevent themselves from achieving levels of greatness that should have been their destinies. One reason that we frown upon such individuals is that we, who will never have opportunities to be celebrities and swimming in cash because of athletic abilities, cannot believe that anybody would squander such talents. Fans, observers and journalists are also left speechless because it is unfathomable that any adult with the world at his feet could, because of whatever causes, be so dumb.

It is stories of American football players that, more often than not, leave us shaking our heads in disbelief and bewilderment. Maybe such incidents occur because of the well-known head injuries that plague football players during their amateur and professional careers. Perhaps it has to do with the fact that 32 National Football League franchises employ over 50 athletes every season. It would, however, be unfair to pick on just football players, as they are hardly the only pro athletes who have not, over the years, been able to figure this thing called “life” out after achieving heights of fame and wealth.

10 Justin Blackmon/Josh Gordon

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9 Evander Holyfield

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8 Jack Johnson

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7 Pete Rose

6 Tiger Woods

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5 Tonya Harding

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4 Donald Cerrone

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3 Paolo Di Canio

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2 Lance Armstrong

1 Plaxico Burress

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Quarterback Eli Manning was finding his groove in November 2008, and the New York Giants were the best team in the NFL and on the verge of defending their Super Bowl title when Plaxico Burress thought it would be a good idea to carry a loaded gun into a Manhattan nightclub over Thanksgiving weekend. The rest, of course, is history. Burress accidentally capped himself, the Giants lost a top offensive weapon and ultimately became a one-and-done playoff team, and Burress was sent to prison for nearly two years. To put the cherry on top of the idiot sundae, Burress, upon his release from prison, hit out at Manning and at Giants head coach Tom Coughlin. Keep it classy, Plax.

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