NEW ORLEANS BOUNTY SCANDAL (2009-2011)You can almost still see Gregg Williams recreating a production of Alice in Wonderland while screaming, “Off with their head!” In an effort to motivate his defensive players, Williams and Sean Payton constructed a pay-back scheme if their players took certain players out of the game. There were high profile targets, such as Brett Favre and Kurt Warner, and while this is a violent crime in and of itself, it’s not like they weren’t out there playing football anyways.
PETE ROSE BETS ON HIS OWN TEAMThis makes the list for a few reasons. The first, of course, is that we obviously endorse gambling on sports. The second is that Pete Rose allegedly only bet on his team to win. The third is that none of this ended up hurting anyone, except for Pete Rose.
THE CHICAGO BLACK SOXBefore Pete Rose were the 1918 Chicago White Sox, who rebelled against a cheap owner by – gasp! – tanking games on purpose and accepting bribes from scummy underworld kingpins.
THE TEXAS DEATH PENALTY STRIKES SMUIt’s been covered in an extremely detailed documentary. The SMU Mustangs rolled through college football as one of the most dominant recruiting forces thanks to alumni paying players. There are tons of examples of players taking money from USC to Miami, but this was the harshest penalty ever inflicted on any college program. They received a one-year ban from college football and still haven’t fully recovered nearly three decades later.
THE VIKINGS PARTY BOATYou probably forgot about this one, didn’t you? This was humungous news in 2005, when the Vikings’ players organized a Love Boat that involved prostitutes and lots of shenanigans. Sexual shenanigans. Several players lost their jobs over this and the Vikings were not high fived for throwing what sounded like a really fun party.
OPERATION SLAPSHOTThe coolest name amongst all sports scandals if you ask me. Operation Slapshot involved Rick Tocchet and the gambling ring he organized throughout his time within the league. I’d get more in to it but you probably don’t really care because…ya know…hockey.
DONALD STERLING HATES ‘THOSE PEOPLE’Sports cycles move so quickly these days that, when combined with our short-as-ever attention spans, it’s hard to remember that this whole debacle transpired this summer. The NBA had long endured the racism and bigotry of the disillusioned Donald Sterling but had turned a blind eye for more often than not. It took the release of an audio recording to make the public realize just how bad things had gotten. For a lifetime of being one of sport’s biggest scum bags Sterling was hit with a $2.5 million fine and – more importantly – a lifetime ban from the NBA. Some might suggest that words hurt more than punches. I’ll let the way my stomach turned inside out when seeing the elevator KO compared to its reaction to hearing Sterling’s racist ramblings make the call here.
SPYGATEThe Patriots video taped their opponents. This seemed like blasphemy at the time and probably still is. But compared to what Ray Rice did? Man this is nothing. Just in case, don’t tell Bill Belichik about drone technology. He’d be so in to it. You think Roger Goodell would of learned something from SPYGATE and not foobared the Ray Rice KO fallout.
Vikings say Adrian Peterson will play this week http://t.co/Cm877QMmqJ — ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) September 15, 2014