Caught Red Handed: Infamous Cheating Scandals

April 30, 2012

Features, Olympics

“If you’re not cheating, you’re not trying.” 

These words have been uttered many of times in jest, and even sometimes in defense of cheating.

Recently there has been much controversy made out of the badminton match-fixing scandal. This will surely become apart of the infamous history of cheating in sports

Here are some of the more infamous cheating scandals to ever take place in sport, and folks there is a reason we are talking about them today; because they got caught. Hopefully that is a lesson for some.

Juventus and the 2006 Italian Football Scandal

During the 2004-05 Serie A season, the champions of the Italian league Juventus were exposed by Italian police for their role in match-fixing. The Clubs general manager Luciano Moggi was accused of making phone calls to referee’s in hopes of influencing the officiating for their matches. It was later found that 4 other teams, AC Milan, Fiorentina, Lazio, and Reggina were involved as well.

Juventus suffered the harshest consequence however. The side forfeited their 2005 and 2006 Serie A Championships, thrown out of UEFA Champions League for 2006-2007, and were sent down to Serie B for the following season.

Sammy Sosa and the Corked Bat

In Major League Baseball it is illegal to have foreign objects inserted in a bat. One of those foreign objects is a corked bat, which in theory is suppose to make the bat lighter while not hindering the power of it.

In 2003 during a interleague game against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Sammy Sosa broke his bat during his first plate appearance. When the umpire confiscated the bat it was found that there was a cork inside of the bat. He was immediately thrown out of the game and then suspended by MLB for 8 games; later being reduced to seven

The now infamous corked bat used by Sosa in 2003. After further investigation by the MLB this was the only bat ever used by Sosa that was corked.

Sosa insisted that the bat was used on accident; and after testing numerous of other bats used by him it was found that none of them were corked. However this remains one of the forgettable events in his now infamous playing career.

Spygate: The 2007 video tape scandal

The New England Patriots received a swift blow from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after they were found guilty of video taping the Buffalo Bills defensive signals during their matchup in 2007.

The action was a violation of NFL rules and resulted in the forfeiture of their 2008 first round draft pick, along with a league maximum $500,000 fine to coach Bill Belichick.

Belichick later admitted to using similar methods dating all the way back to 2000, but stated that he believed he was playing within the rules of the game.

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick talks with reporters during a news conference before football practice, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2007, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Alex Sanchez: 2005 Steroid Scandal

In wake of the steroid crackdown in baseball, it wouldn’t have been surprising to hear names of big bats test positive for illegal substances. However the first player to fall victim of the new policy was Alex Sanchez. Sanchez was hardly known for his power, and rather his roll as a leadoff man with speed. However he was punished with a 60 game suspension and career suicide after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs.

The outfielder during his season with the Detroit Tigers. Sanchez accumulated only 6 home runs and 10 times that amount in games suspended in his infamous MLB career.

Rosie Ruiz: The Winner That Wasn’t

Running a marathon isn’t easy, however claiming to have run one is. That is exactly what Rosie Ruiz did in 1980 during the Boston Marathon. After qualifying for the prestigious event by claiming injury New York Marathon, Ruiz took the easy route yet again during the Boston Marathon. However this time she was not as lucky and her plot was figured out. I am guessing this interview didn’t help her case…

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