Athletes are no strangers to controversy or scandals. When it comes to sexual scandals, it seems like a new scandal is engulfing a famous athlete on a weekly basis. Besides the undue attention and scrutiny on their private life, athletes have to worry about their public image when these scandals surface. The fallout of these scandals usually include a severe public image hit for the athletes in question. For fans of these athletes, the revelations don't coincide with the public image of these individuals. Often these athletes and coaches are portrayed as heroic or people with great integrity. While these portrayals may be true for some of the public figures in the sports world, it is not true of all. Some of these sports figures have been involved in a variety of sexual scandals that have found their way into the public domain.
This article lists 15 embarrassing sex scandals in the sports world. The scandals do not just focus on athletes but also lists coaches, former athletes and sports television personalities. The scandals on this list were chosen based on how embarrassing they were to the public figures in question. Several scandals pertaining to sexual assaults or scandals that had a sinister connotation were omitted from this list.
13 Tiki Barber - Former New York Giant
The one thing Greg Oden and Brett Favre have in common is they both were involved in an embarrassing scandal involving cell phones. In 2010, cell phone images of Greg Oden posing naked in front of a mirror were circulating the internet. Oden apparently took the photo and sent it to his girlfriend via his cell phone. Many jokes followed and what must have been hard for Oden was the fact that he could not play basketball due to injuries and had no way to deflect attention from his pictures.
12 Delonte West - Former Cleveland Cavaliers Guard
11 Chipper Jones - Former Atlanta Braves 3B
10 John Terry - Chelsea
9 Alex Rodriguez - New York Yankees
8 Eugene Robinson - Former Atlanta Falcons Safety
7 Ronaldo - Former Brazilian Striker
6 Patrick Ewing - New York Knicks
5 Dwight York and Mark Bosnich - Aston Villa
4 Minnesota Vikings - Love Boat Scandal
3 Rick Pitino - Louisville
2 Marv Albert - NBA Broadcaster
1 Tiger Woods - PGA
Before November 27, 2009, Tiger Woods had a squeaky clean image regarding his private life. Everyone thought he was a happily married father. On the aforementioned date, Woods was involved in a car accident that he tried to cover up. Reportedly, Woods was leaving his home after an argument with his wife and ended up crashing into a fire hydrant. The accident led to increased scrutiny about the golfer's infidelity. It was discovered that Wood's infidelity was ongoing and was not limited to one mistress, or two, or three. Over a dozen women came forward claiming to have had affairs with Woods.
The fallout from these revelations was huge and Woods' public image took a massive hit. He was forced to take a leave of absence from golf and he also received treatment for sexual addiction. Woods and his wife divorced in August of 2010. Woods was initially greeted with animosity when he returned to the PGA tour and it seemed to affect his play. When it comes to his game, it is obvious that Woods is not the same player he was before the incident.
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