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Top 20 Athlete Falls From Grace

All sports enthusiasts follow their favorite athletes through every game and every life change. The fortune, fame and all of that is fine, but when an athlete actually disappoints their fans, it can be the hardest thing to deal with for both parties. The fall from grace can be a lonely road for the athlete. From legal disputes to PR issues, athletes have a lot to handle. The athlete’s game is sometimes what heralds them to greatness. However, no matter how many memorable plays that fans watch, they will still feel a sense of disappointment at the letdown when an athlete commits a crime or is caught in an uncompromising situation. Of course, most athletes try to do the right thing and some will keep their private lives away from the public as much as possible.

Many athletes, however, who fell from grace, had the opportunity and potential to be great players had they stayed in the game. They did not live up their fan’s expectations. Whether it was peer pressure, drugs or other violations, each athlete listed below left the game in shame, remorse and dissatisfaction. One such example is American, Lance Armstrong who many viewed as a hero. He overcame cancer and used his iconic status to raise money in the hope of saving other people’s lives. Therefore, he became a visible figure and had a public life, but not by choice. He was admittedly shunned from his sport as a result of enhancement drugs used while participating in his sport.  He had to distance himself from the charity that he loved so much. Tiger Woods is another example. He was at the top of his game in golf when it was discovered that he had numerous extra-marital affairs. Both his wife and fans felt cheated since Woods portrayed such an innocent profile. The public also felt cheated by Lance Armstrong and all other athletes on this list. Take a look now at the top 20 athletes who have fallen from grace.

20 Ronaldo

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19 Vitor Belfort

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18 Jennifer Capriati

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17 Leon Spinks

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16 Lamar Odom

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15 Mike Hampton

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14 Isaiah Rider

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13 Gilbert Arenas

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12 Michael Vick

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11 Terrell Owens

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10 Lawrence Taylor

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Lawrence Taylor was known for his terrorizing play as a linebacker in the NFL, contributing to his team’s two Super Bowl wins. However, he was also known to have taken drugs and lived loosely according to the memoir he wrote and published. It was public news, however, that he was arrested for third-degree statutory rape for having sex with a 16-year-old girl. He was also charged with third-degree patronization for allegedly paying her $300 to have sex with him.

9 Marion Jones

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8 Shawn Kemp

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7 Alex Rodriguez

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6 Darryl Strawberry

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5 Vin Baker

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4 Lance Armstrong

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3 Mike Tyson

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2 Tiger Woods

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1 O.J. Simpson

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The broadcast of O.J. Simpson and the white Ford Bronco on television will forever be etched into history. O.J. can also be remembered for racking up 2,000 rushing yards within a single season during his tenure in the NFL as a running back. However, in the same breath, people are mindful of the murder of Simpson’s ex-wife, Nicole and her companion. Even though Simpson was acquitted, he did pay civil liabilities to the victim’s family. Years later, Simpson got into trouble with the law again and was arrested for armed robbery and kidnapping charges. He is still imprisoned.

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