As long as sports exist, athletes and coaches will find controversial ways to ruin their careers. Sometimes they cheat or gamble their livelihood away. Other times their actions contradict the beliefs of their league. As you’ll soon learn, the marriage between sports and controversy has been going strong since the 1800s and these sports figures paid the price. The real reason Pete Rose will never get into Cooperstown will surprise you.
Tonya Harding’s Violent Tendencies Forced Her Out Of Ice Skating
Tonya Harding resigned from the United States Figure Skating Association after admitting her involvement in the physical harm of teammate Nancy Kerrigan before the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Harding avoided jail time after pleading guilty to conspiring to hinder prosecution of the attackers.
As punishment for her involvement, she received 500 hours of community service and three years’ probation. She was also forced to pay a $160,000 fine. The United States Figure Skating Association stripped Harding of her 1994 U.S. Championships title. The organization also banned her from coaching for life. Up next, find out if “Shoeless” Joe Jackson deserved to banned at all.