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20 Biggest Cheaters In Sports How They Did It

May 17, 2022

For each one honorable way to succeed, there are a dozen ways to cheat in order to get there too. Over the thousands of years of sport (although we'll stick to the most recent two hundred or so), these people take the cake for doing it dirty.

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Ken Schrader's Smokescreen

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Ken Schrader's Smokescreen

In the end, cheating is cheating, but here is a ginormous sampler with an array of flavors.

Stock car racing is all about "interpreting" the rules, however sometimes drivers find creative ways to cheat that there are no rules for!

When NASCAR's Ken Schrader was competing in a short track event in Seattle, he realized that he didn't have enough tire to last the 10 laps that stood between him and the checkered flag after a restart bunched up the field.

Six laps later, after the second place car had almost caught him, he decided to "simulate" an engine failure by grabbing his in-car fire extinguisher, pointing it out the window and pulling the pin. Thinking the smoke was a sign his motor was about to blow, his competitors backed off just enough to let him first across the line.

Ken Schrader - Personal Information
  • Name: Ken Schrader
  • Gender: male
  • Age: 65
  • Birthday: May 29th, 1955
  • Net Worth: $25,000,000
  • Nationality: us
  • Occupation: Race Car Driver


Mike Tyson Ear Biting

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Mike Tyson - Ear Biting

Evander Holyfield vs. Mike Tyson II, billed as "the Sound and the Fury" and afterwards infamously referred to as "the Bite Fight" or "the Bite of '97" was a professional boxing match contested on June 28, 1997, for the WBA Heavyweight Championship. It achieved notoriety as one of the most bizarre fights in boxing history, after Tyson bit off part of Holyfield's ear. Tyson was disqualified from the match and lost his boxing license, though it was later reinstated.

The fight generated a total revenue of 0 million (equivalent to 7 million adjusted for inflation), from live gate, pay-per-view, closed-circuit telecasts, foreign television rights, and casino profits.

As a result of biting Holyfield on both ears and other behavior, Tyson's boxing license was revoked by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and he was fined million plus legal costs.[10] The revocation was not permanent; slightly more than a year later on October 18, 1998, the commission voted 4–1 to restore Tyson's license.

Mike Tyson - Personal Information
  • Name: Mike Tyson
  • Gender: male
  • Age: 54
  • Height: 5'10" (1.78m)
  • Birthday: June 30th, 1966
  • Net Worth: $10,000,000
  • Nationality: us
  • Occupation: Professional Boxer, Actor, Film Producer, Athlete


Barry Bonds Performance Enhancing Drugs

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Barry Bonds - Performance Enhancing Drugs

Perhaps one of the biggest scandals in recent sports history, steroids took the main stage with the hearings held by the U.S. Congress to investigate the use of anabolic steroids or PEDs (Performance-Enhancing Drugs) in Major League Baseball.

The Barry Bonds perjury case was a case of alleged perjury regarding use of anabolic steroids by former San Francisco Giants outfielder and all-time Major League Baseball career home run leader, Barry Bonds, and the related investigations surrounding these accusations. On April 13, 2011, Bonds was convicted of one felony count of obstruction of justice for giving an incomplete answer to a question in grand jury testimony. A mistrial was declared on the remaining three counts of perjury, and those charges were dropped. The obstruction of justice conviction was upheld by an appellate panel in 2013, but a larger panel of the appellate court overturned the conviction in 2015.

Steroids exist in every sport, but the decision of the U.S. Congress to become involved in the matter cemented the players' fate as cheaters and dishonest individuals.

Barry Bonds - Personal Information
  • Name: Barry Bonds
  • Gender: male
  • Age: 56
  • Height: 6'2" (1.88m)
  • Birthday: July 24th, 1964
  • Net Worth: $100,000,000
  • Nationality: us
  • Occupation: Baseball Player, Athlete, Actor


Ben Johnson Performance Enhancing Drugs

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Ben Johnson - Performance Enhancing Drugs

At the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, he reached the 100 metres final; after a false start, he won the bronze medal behind Carl Lewis and Sam Graddy with a time of 10.22. He also won a bronze medal with the Canadian 4 × 100 m relay team of Johnson, Tony Sharpe, Desai Williams and Sterling Hinds, who ran a time of 38.70. By the end of the 1984 season, Johnson had established himself as Canada's top sprinter, and on August 22 in Zürich, Switzerland, he bettered Williams' Canadian record of 10.17 by running 10.12.

Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson was disqualified from the 100-meter race at the 1988 Seoul Games after the post-race drug test revealed he'd been using steroids.

He was stripped of his gold medals in the 100 metres at the 1987 World Championships and 1988 Summer Olympics after being disqualified for doping.

Ben Johnson - Personal Information
  • Name: Ben Johnson
  • Gender: male
  • Age: 59
  • Height: 5'10" (1.78m)
  • Birthday: December 30th, 1961
  • Net Worth: $2,000,000
  • Nationality: ca
  • Occupation: Track And Field Athlete, Coach


Smokey Yunick's Balls

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Smokey Yunick's Balls

Henry "Smokey" Yunick (May 25, 1923 – May 9, 2001) was an American mechanic and car designer associated with motorsports. Yunick was deeply involved in the early years of NASCAR, and he is probably most associated with that racing genre.

NASCAR mandated how much gas the tank could hold, so Smokey inflated a basketball in an oversized fuel tank.

During inspection, they filled up the tank which would appear to conform to regulations. After passing the tech inspection, Smokey would deflate the ball, pull it out of the tank, and fill the regulation-plus-basketball-sized fuel tank for the race - giving him a nice fuel capacity advantage.



Lance Armstrong Doping

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Lance Armstrong - Doping

Lance Edward Armstrong (born Lance Edward Gunderson; September 18, 1971)[4] is an American former professional road racing cyclist. He was known for winning the Tour de France seven consecutive times, from 1999 to 2005, the most in the event's history, after recovering from testicular cancer. Armstrong's reputation was tarnished by a doping scandal and he was stripped of all of his achievements from August 1998 onward, including his Tour de France titles.

Yet, throughout his career, he consistently faced allegations of doping -- particularly after he faced cancer and won the Tour de France a few years later.

When it was revealed in August of 2012 that Lance Armstrong had been doping the entire time he'd been on a bike (all while denying it), the cyclist had to surrender his bright yellow jersey. Sadly, this makes it harder to find the guy and punch him in the nut.

Lance Armstrong, a former American road-racing cyclist, helped elevate cycling to global popularity. His seven consecutive Tour de France victories, from 1999 to 2005, and his status as a cancer survivor made him one of the most iconic and revered athletes outside of the professional sports world.

Lance Armstrong - Personal Information
  • Name: Lance Armstrong
  • Gender: male
  • Age: 49
  • Height: 5'9" (1.77m)
  • Birthday: September 18th, 1971
  • Net Worth: $50,000,000
  • Nationality: us
  • Occupation: Professional Road Racing Cyclist, Athlete


Tonya Harding Knee Capping

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Tonya Harding - Knee Capping

In sports, cheating usually happens on the field of play–or on the ice, depending on which sports we're talking about. For figure skater Tonya Harding, it happened the night before the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detriot. We can't tell you what she was thinking, but we can tell you what she did, which was hire someone to break rival NAncy Kerrigan's leg with a baton. Such a graceful sport.

In January 1994, Harding became embroiled in controversy when her ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, orchestrated an attack on her fellow U.S. skating rival Nancy Kerrigan. Both women then competed in the February 1994 Winter Olympics, where Kerrigan won the silver medal and Harding finished eighth. On March 16, 1994, Harding accepted a plea bargain in which she pleaded guilty to conspiracy to hinder prosecution. As a result of her involvement in the assault on Kerrigan, the United States Figure Skating Association banned her for life on June 30, 1994.

Tonya Harding - Personal Information
  • Name: Tonya Harding
  • Gender: female
  • Age: 50
  • Height: 5'0" (1.54m)
  • Birthday: November 12th, 1970
  • Net Worth: $30,000
  • Nationality: us
  • Occupation: Professional Boxer


Yoel Romero Dirty Fighting

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Yoel Romero - Dirty Fighting

Yoel Romero has been frequently accused of cheating in the UFC, and until this week his biggest controversy was the UFC 178 'stoolgate.' Romero says he couldn't understand the referee John McCarthy ordering him back to action in the final round against Tim Kennedy, and had an additional 10 seconds rest between rounds.

Coming back to KO Kennedy that night, Romero has also been accused of grabbing the fence, throwing a fight during his time as an Olympian, and ost recently failed a USADA drug test. The word is he got popped for a designer steroid.

Yoel Romero - Personal Information
  • Net Worth: $10,000,000
  • Name: Yoel Romero


Ray Lewis Deer Antlers

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Ray Lewis - Deer Antlers

After suffering a triceps injury in October, Lewis reportedly was recorded ordering deer antler spray from Sports With Alternative To Steroids (S.W.A.T.S.) owner Mitch Ross. Lewis was recorded saying, "just pile me up and just send me everything you got, because I got to get back on this this week."

Deer antler spray contains IGF-1, which is on the NFL's list of banned substances. Lewis, however, was not suspended for the allegations.

When asked directly whether he had used the spray during his recovery this season, Lewis said, "Nah, never." The last time Lewis was at a Super Bowl, questions swirled about his involvement in the murders of two men after a Super Bowl party in Atlanta in 2000. Murder charges were dropped against Lewis, who pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice.

Ray Lewis - Personal Information
  • Name: Ray Lewis
  • Gender: male
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 6'0" (1.85m)
  • Birthday: May 15th, 1975
  • Net Worth: $35,000,000
  • Nationality: us
  • Occupation: American Football Player, Athlete


Tom Brady Just Everything

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Tom Brady - Just Everything

In 2015, the New England Patriots were caught deflating footballs below league standards during the AFC playoffs, which makes the balls easier to throw and catch. The Patriots were fined million dollars and had to forfeit draft picks. Quarterback Tom Brady was suspended four games for his involvement, but the suspension was eventually overturned by a judge.

During Tom Brady's 20 years in the NFL with the New England Patriots, he got away with everything.

Soon after Brady spent the offseason signing a two-year contract as a free agent with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he became, well, um, Tom Brady.

Tom Brady has spent less than four months with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but it hasn't mattered. He resembles the same guy who bent NFL rules over the past two decades like crazy with the New England Patriots.

This nearly 43-year-old master of finding loopholes in NFL rules is trying to get a jump on his peers.

Tom Brady - Personal Information
  • Name: Tom Brady
  • Gender: male
  • Age: 43
  • Height: 6'3" (1.93m)
  • Birthday: August 3rd, 1977
  • Net Worth: $200,000,000
  • Nationality: us
  • Occupation: American Football Player


Isaac Burton Jr / Stevin Smith Gambling

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Isaac Burton Jr / Stevin Smith - Gambling

PHOENIX — Deep in debt from gambling, Stevin Smith asked Arizona State teammate Isaac Burton Jr. in 1994 if he would miss some free throws against Oregon State, if needed, to shave points. That conspiracy turned into what federal officials Friday called one of the nation's worst sports gambling scandals.

In an agreement struck with federal prosecutors, Smith, 25, and Burton, 24, pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges. The two former Sun Devils admitted taking the bribes for fixing four games in 1994. The FBI also announced a 72-count indictment against four men accused of conspiring to fix games. More indictments are expected.



1919 The Black Sox

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1919 The Black Sox

In 1919, eight members of the Chicago White Sox team were accused of throwing the World Series against the Cincinnati Reds as part of a gambling ring headed up by racketeer and gambling kingpin, Arnold Rothstein. The “Black Sox Scandal” is where the famous quote “Say it aint so, Joe?” comes from, when a child pleaded with “Shoeless” Joe Jackson that he and his teammates hadn't thrown the game, although Jackson later confirmed that the exchange never happened. The players were banned for life and illegible for future honours, such as Hall of Fame consideration.

Despite acquittals in a public trial in 1921, Judge Landis permanently banned all eight men from professional baseball. The punishment was eventually defined by the Baseball Hall of Fame to include banishment from consideration for the Hall. Despite requests for reinstatement in the decades that followed (particularly in the case of Shoeless Joe Jackson), the ban remains.



Most Notorious NBA Cheaters

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Most Notorious NBA Cheaters

Ok so the NBA might not be rife with actual cheating, but outside of that one Pro Golfer (You know who i'm talking about). NBA stars are infamous for 3 pointers on the court and Threesomes off the court.

It is true that the NBA, NHL, NFL, and MLB are all different sports leagues that showcase and promote vastly different sports, but despite all of their differences, there are certain things that the leagues have in common. One of those things is the fact that each league is home to some of the best athletes in the world, individuals who have incredible skills, and the physical and mental fortitude to play their desired sport at the highest possible level. If you are lucky enough to play in one of these leagues, then chances are pretty high that you will be making a great deal of money that will allow you to live a fairly lavish lifestyle, a lifestyle that many regular people envy.



Rosie Ruiz

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Rosie Ruiz

Rosie Ruiz won the Boston Marathon with an impressive time in 1980, but suspicions were raised when her time was discovered to be too impressive, posting a time 20 minutes faster than her previous best. She was stripped of her win when it became apparent that Ruiz had left the race, taken the subway, and rejoined miles later.

After the 1980 Boston Marathon, New York City Marathon officials investigated Ruiz's run and concluded that she did not run the entire course, so on April 25, 1980, she was retroactively disqualified from the race.



Stella Walsh Um What

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Stella Walsh - Um What

One of the world's fastest female track and field athletes, Stella Walsh won a gold medal representing her native Poland in the 100 meters at the 1932 Olympics. She took silver in the same event four years later.

Though born in Wierzchowina, Poland, in 1911 as Stanlislawa Walasiewiczowna, Walsh changed her name shortly after her family emigrated to Cleveland, which served as home base for a career that eventually included 20 women's track and field world records, 41 AAU titles and a 1975 induction into the U.S. Track and Field Hall of Fame.

But when Walsh died, after being shot in a hold-up outside a Cleveland shopping mall, an autopsy revealed that her name and nationality weren't the only things she'd changed. In fact, a coroner discovered, Walsh had both female and male chromosomes. And male genitalia. One of the greatest athletes in women's sports was actually a man.



David Robertson Inch By Inch

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David Robertson - Inch By Inch

After 14 holes in a qualifying tournament for the 1985 British Open, several players summoned a tournament official to discuss the play of David Robertson. Their complaint: Robertson wasn't placing his ball in the correct position on the green.

That's the typically restrained UK way of putting it. According to the official, Robertson was actually racing to the green ahead of his playing partners, where he would pretend to mark his ball.

In reality, however, he was simply picking it up, then placing the marker on his putter -- carrying it across the green to a more favorable lie closer to the hole. Robertson was fined the equivalent of more than ,000 and banned from the pro tour for 30 years.

About seven years later, he reapplied for amateur status and played in several events near Lothian, Great Britain.



Michael Phelps In Human

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Michael Phelps - In human

Although not considered cheating, Phelps physiology gives him a leading edge over his fellow competitors. This man is built to swim!

Even with his physical advantages over the field, he was still plagued with a drug scandal. The information is still real sketchy and not made public just yet.

But a report that the International Olympic Committee and the drug firm testing the athletes during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games has received a test result from Michael Phelps that tests positive for DDP.

The President of the IOC Jacques Rogge has prided himself on the fact that he believes that they are doing everything they possible can in attempt to catch cheating athletes. The little bit of information that is being released is that after one of Michael Phelps gold medal, world record races he was taken next for a drug test.

Michael Phelps - Personal Information
  • Name: Michael Phelps
  • Gender: male
  • Age: 35
  • Height: 6'3" (1.93m)
  • Birthday: June 30th, 1985
  • Net Worth: $80,000,000
  • Nationality: us
  • Occupation: Swimmer, Athlete


New Orleans Saints'

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New Orleans Saints'

The New Orleans Saints didn't gamble on winning or losing, but they did offer incentives to players to deliberately injure players of opposing teams between 2009-2011.

"Pay to Injure" Scheme

Greg Williams was hired by the New Orleans Saints on January 15, 2009. Head coach Sean Payton, who was heavily involved in the effort to recruit Williams to the team, raved about Williams "because he was so impressive and prepared" in his interview. In fact, Williams was so impressive that Payton offered and took a voluntary 0,000 cut in salary to help facilitate his signing with the team. He took over a Saints defense ranked 23rd in the NFL in yards allowed and tied for 26th in points allowed in 2008. Williams' approach yielded immediate results, as the 2009 Saints recorded 35 defensive takeaways, second in the league, and the aggressive defense played an integral role in the Saints' run to their first Super Bowl championship.

On March 2, 2012, it was revealed that during Williams' tenure, the Saints ran an illegal "bounty fund" which paid players for causing injuries to opponents that would result in those players leaving the game. The NFL found that Williams and as many as 27 Saints defensive players were involved in the scheme. An unidentified Saints player first alerted the NFL to the scheme in the 2010 offseason, but the investigation stalled until the NFL found irrefutable evidence of a bounty system just before the 2011–12 playoffs.

Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, the ringleader of the scheme, is banned from football indefinitely. Head Coach Sean Peyton was suspended for a season.



Bill Belichick Sneaky Sneaky

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Bill Belichick - Sneaky Sneaky

"Spygate" was an incident during the National Football League's (NFL) 2007 season, when the New England Patriots were disciplined by the league for videotaping New York Jets' defensive coaches' signals from an unauthorized location during a September 9, 2007 game. Videotaping opposing coaches is not illegal in the NFL entirely; there are designated areas allowed by the league to do such taping.

Because the Patriots were instead videotaping the Jets' coaches from their own sideline during the game, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell deemed it to be in violation of league rules, stating that the act represented a calculated and deliberate attempt to

After an investigation, the NFL fined Patriots head coach Bill Belichick 0,000 (the maximum allowed by the league and the largest fine ever imposed on a coach in the league's 87-year history) for his role in the incident, fined the Patriots 0,000, and docked the team their original first-round selection in the 2008 NFL Draft which would have been the 31st pick of the draft.

The most ironic part of the matter? Belichick won the 2007 Coach of the Year Award.

Bill Belichick - Personal Information
  • Name: Bill Belichick
  • Gender: male
  • Age: 68
  • Birthday: April 16th, 1952
  • Net Worth: $60,000,000
  • Nationality: us
  • Occupation: American Football Player, American Football Coach


Tiger Woods Really Bad Life Choices

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Tiger Woods - Really Bad Life Choices

Not caught for cheating at the game but the sex scandal around Tiger Woods did impact his golfing career just as negatively as actuall cheating at the game

The scandal that caused Tiger Woods' fall from grace is not just the biggest in the history of pro golf, it's among the worst scandals the world of sports has ever seen.

In 2009, when Woods' car crashed into that tree outside of his house, no one could've possibly predicted the chaos that would soon follow. And by chaos, we mean overwhelming allegations of cheating. Following this incident, like his pro golf game, Woods' image would never be the same.

We're not sure if this is rock bottom for Tiger Woods, but it's pretty much as close as one could get. In the latest scandal involving one of golf's greatest all-time players, Woods was arrested for driving under the influence after being found asleep behind the wheel. Interestingly enough, alcohol was not a factor in the incident, as Woods blew a 0.00 in the breathalyzer test.

Tiger Woods - Personal Information
  • Name: Tiger Woods
  • Gender: male
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 6'0" (1.85m)
  • Birthday: December 30th, 1975
  • Net Worth: $800,000,000
  • Nationality: us
  • Occupation: Golfer, Athlete, Writer


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