They told us one thing ... and then something very different turned out to be true. Hey, we've all been there. But unfortunately for these sports figures, the lies they told will live on in our memories for a long time to come. Tom Brady joined the club when the Wells report and the NFL decided he hadn't been truthful about his knowledge of the Deflategate tactics. See who else made our list of notable sports fibbers.
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Armstrong, cycling's most dominant star while winning seven consecutive Tour de France titles, denied doping for years before finally admitting it to Oprah. He was stripped of all his titles. Bing: Watch his confession Search: Why did he finally confess?
The former Arkansas football coach was left red-faced by a motorcycle accident, then even redder when it was revealed he wasn't riding alone like he'd said, but rather was with a female assistant he was having an affair with. It was revealed that he'd also helped her get hired and given her a $20,000 gift. Petrino was fired soon after. Bing: Where's he coaching now?
Former president and chairman of the United States Olympic Committee, Baldwin resigned in 2002 after admitting she padded her résumé. Bing: What did she say during her confession? Search: What else is Baldwin known for? Find: What prominent CEO also lied on his résumé?
Milwaukee Brewers slugger Braun, the 2011 National League MVP, was suspended without pay in for 65 games 2013 for his involvement with the Biogenesis of America PED scandal. His denials were especially offensive because he tarnished the reputation of the guy who collected his sample. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers even stood up for Braun, who eventually had to fess up and apologize. Bing: Read his official apology Search: Watch video about his confession
Track and field star Jones was stripped of her three Olympics gold medals in 2007 when she admitted she took steroids during much of her career, which she'd previously denied. In fact, she'd denied it to federal investigators under oath, and that landed her in prison for six months. Bing: Watch her confession Find: Jones weighs in on another disgraced sports star
The former slugger testified with Mark McGwire on Capital Hill in 2005, famously pointed at the panel and said "I have never used steroids, period." Less than five months later he was suspended by baseball for testing positive for a steroid. His career was finished after the 2005 season. Palmeiro also was named in the Mitchell Report on PED use released in 2007, though he continued to deny ever knowingly taking steroids. Bing: Who else was exposed in the Mitchell Report?
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The 2002 American League MVP was among the stars implicated in the steroid scandal of the early 2000s, including by former teammate Palmeiro. Tejada denied using steroids, even when testifying at the congressional hearing in 2005, but he pled guilty in 2009 to lying and received a year of probation. The Dominican star also admitted he'd lied about his age and was two years older than he'd claimed. In 2013, Tejada received a 105-game suspension for twice testing positive for amphetamines. Bing: Watch his apology Search: What else did he lie about?
Inaccuracies on his résumé caused O'Leary to resign from his Notre Dame coaching job just days after starting in 2001. O'Leary claimed to have played football at the University of New Hampshire (he didn't) and received a masters degree from NYU-Stony Brook (there's no such school.) Bing: Read his apology Search: Another scandal involving O'Leary Find: What NFL team did he coach?
No lies have been more fascinating than the ones told by Te'o, the Notre Dame linebacker who had a tearjerker of a back story during his All-American season in 2012. His girlfriend Lennay Kekua and his grandmother both had died on Sept. 11, 2012, Kekua succumbing to leukemia. However, just days after Te'o and the Irish were blown out by Alabama in the BCS championship game, an exposé claimed Kekua was completely fictitious. Te'o eventually claimed he'd by catfished by an acquaintance online claiming to be Kekua, and that he'd been too embarrassed to reveal the truth. Bing: Which NFL team drafted him?
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A-Rod spent years denying he'd used PEDs, including in a 2007 interview with Katie Couric. But in 2009 he came clean, admitting to using steroids from 2001 to 2003. However, that wasn't the whole truth. A-Rod was implicated in the Biogenesis scandal in 2013, and subsequently suspended for the entire 2014 season — the longest ban handed out by MLB. Bing: Read A-Rod's apology
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Like many other coaches, Saban said he was not taking a job with another team and then did exactly that. Saban was head coach of the Dolphins in 2006 when the Alabama job opened up. Saban repeatedly denied he was interested, even saying "I'm not going to be the Alabama coach." But once the season was over, Saban jumped ship and rolled with the Tide. The rest is history. Bing: Which coach said lying is part of recruiting?
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The USC cornerback was hailed as a hero when he came forward with a story that he'd hurt his ankles jumping from the second story of a family member's home to save his drowning nephew. The school even took the story and ran with it. However, Shaw soon admitted no such thing ever happened. He'd jumped from his own balcony when cops were called to investigate a domestic disturbance with his girlfriend. USC suspended him for all but three games of his senior season. Bing: Which NFL team did he sign with?
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When sports' biggest star was exposed as a cheater in his marriage to Elin Nordegren, he fessed up to having multiple affairs during their six-year marriage. "I lied to a lot of people, deceived a lot of people, and I also lied to myself," Woods said. He's endured the worst struggles of his career since the scandal and failed to win another major. Bing: Did Tiger cheat on girlfriend Lindsey Vonn?