The Ted Wells report painted a damning picture of Tom Brady, who was found to be 'at least generally aware' of the deflated balls used by the Patriots against the Colts in the AFC title game in Jan. 2015. However, despite the notorious Deflategate report that led to a four-game suspension to the Super Bowl-winning quarterback, an appeal judge sided with Brady and the Patriots over Roger Goodell in overturning the ban after months of posturing. But is this really over?
He may be one of football's most brilliant minds, but Belichick isn't above a little rule-bending, as he showed in 2007 when the Pats were discovered to be videotaping opponents' defensive coaching signals during a game. Belichick was hit with a $500,000 fine over what became known as Spygate, the largest ever imposed on an NFL coach. The Pats also were fined $250,000.
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There were many faces of baseball's steroid era (Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Roger Clemens), but Alex Rodriguez is arguably the most famous one who was punished for violating baseball's joint drug agreement. Rodriguez originally was suspended 211 games but that was reduced to 162 games, missing the entire 2014 season over PEDs.
Once the most celebrated cyclist in the world and an inspiration to cancer victims, Lance Armstrong admitted to cheating during all of his record-setting seven Tour de France titles. Armstrong, who beat testicular cancer, was stripped of his championships and received a lifetime ban from competitive cycling in 2012.
One of the most dominant Olympic sprinters in history, Marion Jones denied using performance-enhancing drugs for years until 2007, when she confessed to using a designer steroid from September 2000 to July 2001. She also pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents investigating BALCO and tearfully apologized outside a courthouse. Jones gave back the five medals she won at the Sydney Olympics, and the IOC wiped her name from its record books.
The 12-year-old Danny Almonte set the Little League World Series on fire in 2001 with 70 mph fastballs and a perfect game. There was one big problem, though: Almonte, the star of the Rolando Paulino Little League All-Stars from Bronx, N.Y., wasn't 12. He was 14, too old to compete at the LLWS. The discovery nullified the third-place finish by his team and left his father facing criminal charges.
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Once a championship-level figure skater in the early 1990s, she failed to medal at the 1992 Olympics, and by 1993 her career was in decline. Nobody saw coming what happened next: Rival Nancy Kerrigan was attacked by a man hired by Harding's ex-husband during a practice at the 1994 U.S. Championships. Harding and Kerrigan both made the Olympic team as bitter teammates. Harding admitted to covering up the attack, but her lawyers' legal threats saved her spot (she finished eighth amid full-scale media glare). Later in 1994, she was banned for life by the U.S. Figure Skating Association.
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Maradona scored twice in Argentina's 2-1 victory over England in the 1986 World Cup, the second goal a spectacular finish. But his first goal will forever be remembered, as he reached a hand above his head to knock the ball into the net past England goalkeeper. The referee, however, missed the call and the goal stood. Maradona slyly described the goal as 'a little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God.' He finally apologized in 2008, but it's unlikely that made the English feel better.
The unknown Rosie Ruiz won the 1980 Boston Marathon by coming out of nowhere. Literally. OK, not literally, but race officials later determined Ruiz did not run the whole race. Instead, they said she came out of the crowd about a mile from the finish, crossed the line and pretended to have won. A subsequent investigation showed that, during the 1979 New York Marathon, Ruiz short-circuited her way to the finish line with the qualifying time she needed to run in Boston. Ruiz was disqualified, giving the Boston victory to Jacqueline Gareau.