Top 15 Shocking Athlete Drug Test Results

For as long as there have been sports, there have been athletes who are dominant in those particular sports. In the present day, this is no different and each sport has their list of dominant players and athletes.

However, what is different today, which wasn’t around in the past, is the drug test. Each league and sport has their own policy and rules for what is allowed and what is not allowed. And to ensure that their players/athletes are obeying the rules, they test the athletes and make sure there are no banned substances in their systems. Athletes have been using whatever advantage they can to get ahead for years, but only recently have they began vigorously testing for these advantages.

Some athletes we expect to be using or have used drugs by their physiques or performance, but others are very surprising for a number of reasons. Some of the athletes on this list denied steroid use and then tested positive, others failed tests at inopportune times and others simply were never expected to fail a drug test in the way they did.

Whatever the reason, excuse or justifications, these 15 athletes have had some of the most shocking drug test results in sports history.

15 Marion Jones


14 Justin Gatlin

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13 Chael Sonnen

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12 Ben Johnson


11 Chris Andersen

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10 Josh Gordon

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9 Tyson Gay

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

8 Diego Maradona

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7 Randy Gregory

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6 Dustin Johnson

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5 Floyd Landis

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4 Todd Marinovich


3 Jon Jones

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2 Wes Welker

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1 Anderson Silva

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The most shocking athlete drug test failure is that of MMA superstar, Anderson Silva. Silva is likely the best mixed martial artist who ever walked the earth and he dominated during his time in the UFC. After a devastating injury put him out for a chunk of time, his return fight was very highly anticipated and he managed to win it. What happened next shocked the world of sports. The legendary Anderson Silva failed a couple of drug tests for PEDs which led to his suspension and the possibility that he may never fight again. It’s yet to be seen how this will affect his legacy long-term, but it won’t be good.

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Top 15 Shocking Athlete Drug Test Results