Dennis Rodman – Rodman told SI.com that he should win the Nobel Peace Prize because of his friendship with North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, which Rodman insinuates is single-handedly keeping us from World War III. “My mission is to break the ice between hostile countries. Why it’s been left to me to smooth things over, I don’t know. Dennis Rodman, of all people. Keeping us safe is really not my job; it’s the black guy’s [Obama's] job. But I’ll tell you this: If I don’t finish in the top three for the next Nobel Peace Prize, something’s seriously wrong.” He might not get your Turkey of the Year Award, but at least GQ honored him: Via GQ: He was the first prominent American celebrity invited inside the nation-sized prison that is North Korea, and he did literally the least interesting thing possible with it…. Dennis Rodman is a Q-list celebrity willing to commit borderline treason just to hang out with a dictator who himself aspires to be a Q-list celebrity.
Lance Armstrong - He finally publicly admitted to the doping in an interview with Oprah Winfrey in January. While admitting in the interview to the things he did, he also said it was "absolutely not" true that he was doping in 2009-2010 and that the last time he "crossed the line" was in 2005. This came out after the Justice Department officials recommended joining the federal lawsuit aimed at clawing back money from Armstrong. Eventually, all of his sponsors dropped him, lost over $75 million. Nike even cut their ties to his charity Livestrong in May.
Miami Dolphin Richie Incognito - In November, the Dolphins suspended Incognito indefinitely for alleged misconduct related to the treatment of teammate Jonathan Martin, who left the team a week earlier to receive help for emotional issues. Incognito's conduct was said to be detrimental to the team. The Sun-Sentinel reported that "multiple sources" have said Incognito may have taken orders from Dolphins coaches to “toughen up” Martin too far. The Sun-Sentinel reported that the controversial voice mail message that ultimately led to Incognito's suspension was made after Martin missed two days of the team's voluntary workout program. The coaches asked Incognito, who by this time was the unquestioned leader of the offensive line, to make a call that would "get him into the fold." Who knows if we will ever know the true story. Jonathan Martin probably deserves his own spot on the list, but I need to get more information on his mental state.
New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez - In August, MLB suspended Rodriguez from August 8 through the end of the 2014 season for violating the league's PED policy, a total of 211 regular-season games plus any postseason games. He was one of 13 players suspended for their roles in the scandal. Almost immediately after the suspension was announced, Rodriguez announced he would appeal. He was the only player to do so; the others accepted season-ending 50-game suspensions without appeal. Although Commissioner Bud Selig had the option of using his best-interests-of-baseball powers to remove Rodriguez from the field immediately, he chose to suspend Rodriguez under the drug agreement and not the CBA, allowing Rodriguez to continue playing while the appeal is underway. If the suspension is upheld, he will not be able to play again until sometime in the 2015 season. At stake for Rodriguez, 38, is a large part of the remainder of his career and about $31 million of the $89 million he is owed by the Yankees. We should get some closure in January 2014.
Milwaukee Brewer Ryan Braun - After MLB's investigation following the Biogenesis scandal in July, Braun was suspended without pay for the remainder of the 2013 season and playoffs (totaling 65 regular season games) for violating the league's drug policy. On August, Braun released a statement in which he apologized for using PEDS. He admitted he used PED's during the latter part of the 2011 season to nurse a nagging injury. The products he used were a cream and a lozenge that would expedite his rehabilitation Braun lost endorsement deals with Kwik Trip and Nike in 2013 after he was suspended for using performance-enhancing drugs. In September, SURG Restaurant Group, which manages Ryan Braun's Graffito Restaurant and 8-Twelve MVP Bar & Grill, announced that it will end its relationship with Braun
Aaron Hernandez - In August, Hernandez was indicted by a grand jury for the murder of
Odin Lloyd, and is currently being investigated in connection with other murders in both Florida and Massachusetts. Hernandez maintains his innocence. The New England Patriots released Hernandez in June, shortly after officers from the North Attleboro, Massachusetts Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police arrested him at his home. In September, Hernandez was arraigned and plead not guilty to first-degree murder. He will be held without bail, but reserved the right to request bail later.
San Diego Chargers Manti Te'o - In January 2013, the sports blog Deadspin revealed that the existence and death of his girlfriend had been faked. An acquaintance of Te'o confessed to
orchestrating a hoax that lured Te'o into an online relationship with a nonexistent woman. This will take you back: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QF21-7PdqO8
Marlins Owner Jeffrey Loria – In the offseason, Loria made a twelve-player trade with the Toronto Blue Jays for which local and national sportswriters and Marlins fans questioned the motive of Loria's intentions of building a successful franchise, while simultaneously demanding Miami taxpayers' dollars to pay for most of the ballpark's construction and maintenance.
Despite the 2012 season, the trade, and calls of boycotting the 2013 Miami Marlins season by South Florida residents, politicians, and sportswriters, Loria defended trading away the stars saying that despite the 2012 payroll, the organization was not winning and they need "to take a new course" in winning again. In July 2013, hitting coach Tino Martinez, who had been handpicked by Loria, resigned following allegations that he verbally and physically assaulted players. Just in their second season at the new ballpark they finished with an average of 19,584 fans per game which was ranked 29th in baseball. Marlins finished 62-100.
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel – Manziel has been making noise since winning the Heisman. After getting a ticket, he took to Twitter to explain why he couldn't wait to get out of College Station. Unfortunately that opened the floodgates for Manziel and A&M being
investigated on whether he was being compensated for signing autographs. Manziel only served a one-half suspension in the Aggies' opener vs. Rice.
NCAA Football –Mark Emmert - I am not sure how far to go with this one, but it seems every week there are new twists and turns in regards to the NCAA. In today’s NCAA — tense with corrupt boosters and university faculties who would rather relish the joy of the win over the joys of social justice — the once-wholesome, all-American sport has become just an audition for the big time. And with a litany of scandals, the corruption of college sports is constant
front-page news. We continue profess outrage each time we learn that yet another student-athlete has been taking money under the table. But the real scandal is the very structure of college sports, wherein student-athletes generate billions of dollars for universities and private companies while earning nothing for themselves. Somehow this must change, but with the intent to keep the foundation of the student-athlete in place.
I think the biggest story of the year has to be the Miami scandal. It once looked like it would be one of the biggest, easiest takedowns in NCAA history. Ex-Miami booster Nevin Shapiro was going to serve up everything from photographs to credit-card receipts to demonstrate that he had been lavishing NCAA-prohibited gifts on the school’s athletes for years. But the investigation went off the rails a few months ago when it emerged that the NCAA had inappropriately paid one of Shapiro’s own lawyers to help it nail Miami.
The following are many examples from this year on why we continue to have troubles with the NCAA, thanks to NY Times:
*North Carolina case in which five people have been indicted for funneling money to college football players; criticizes 13-year old bill drafted by the NCAA, and adopted as law in 41 states, that criminalizes contact between
sports agents and college athletes; argues law illustrates how good a job the organization has done in brainwashing Americans that it is wrong to compensate student athletes.
*NCAA needs to settle with current and former student athletes who sued the organization for licensing their names and images for use in game footage, photographs and video games; contends a settlement would mend the blatantly unfair collegiate-athletic system in a way that addresses the Title IX issue.
*NCAA's corruption investigation into the University of Miami football and basketball programs, which resulted in mere slap on the wrist, is latest example of incompetence and lack of accountability at organization. NCAA penalizes the university with three years of probation and loss of 12 scholarships; decision marks end to inquiry that began in 2009.
*EA Sports and Collegiate Licensing Company are set to pay only $40 million to settle their roles in a high-profile lawsuit seeking compensation for college athletes; plan leaves NCAA as lone defendant in lawsuit filed more than four years ago by former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon.
*The case of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, who was penalized for signing memorabilia.
*NCAA restores football eligibility of former Marine Sgt Steven Rhodes amid criticism; originally declared Rhodes ineligible to play for Middle Tennessee State because he participated in organized football during his time
with the military.
*NCAA says it will stop selling player jerseys and other memorabilia through its Web site; organization is
facing legal and public scrutiny over its business practices.
*Lawyers suing NCAA over its handling of head injuries ask federal judge to let them expand lawsuit nationwide to include thousands of plaintiffs in case they contend could change college sports.
*NCAA, citing Oregon for failing to monitor its football program, places team on probation and penalizes former coach Chip Kelly, putting conditions on any return to college ranks in future; long investigation centered n Oregon's ties to a recruiting service provider, who assisted the university's football program in trying to attract players but used methods that violated NCAA rules.
*Federal judge throws out antitrust lawsuit by Pennsylvania Gov Tom Corbett against the NCAA over
penalties against Penn State related to Jerry Sandusky.
*Estate of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and several university trustees and former players reportedly plan to sue the NCAA over the penalties levied against the university in Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal.
*University of Minnesota wrestler Joel Bauman is fined for violating NCAA bylaw prohibiting student-athletes from using their name to promote a commercial product; Bauman's music has become popular on YouTube and is available for purchase on iTunes.
*Orlando Sanchez, who briefly played basketball for Dominican Republic, is asking NCAA to reconsider ruling that left him unable to play another year of basketball at St John's; Sanchez's situation is latest athlete-eligibility case
to highlight difficulties NCAA can face when determining who is allowed to play.
*NCAA sues Pennsylvania Gov Tom Corbett over new law designed to ensure that $60 million fie paid by Penn State over the Jerry Sandusky sexual assault scandal remains in the state.
*NCAA ousts chief enforcement officer Julie Roe Lach because of her role in botched investigation at University of Miami.
Thanks to New York Times and their archives this year: Full details -http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/organizations/n/national_collegiate_athletic_assn/index.html
Marty Magid – Sports agent who represented Elvis Dumervil possible extension with the Denver
Broncos. He failed to have the signed deal faxed back to the team before a contractual deadline. The team said the fax arrived seven minutes late. Magid has said the contract was faxed ahead of the deadline but did not arrive until several minutes later. Denver then released Dumervil to avoid having to guarantee payment of the $12 million salary. In October, he was suspended for six months and fined $25,000 by the NFL Players Association regarding contract negotiations.
Jen Bielema - What goes around, comes around, and after Arizona State beat Wisconsin on questionable ending. Jen, wife of Bret, the former UW football coach who's now at the University of Arkansas, she tweeted “#karma” following the Badgers’ the loss to the Sun Devils week. Since then, Arkansas is 0-8 and the Twitter universe has seen a lot of #karma hashtags after all Razorback losses.
Mike Bibby - Bibby managed to be ejected from his son's high school basketball game. Bibby attended the Phoenix Shadow Mountain boy's basketball game, his alma mater, to watch his son Michael play. Bibby got into an argument with the referees and was eventually escorted out of the gym by a police officer. As Bibby walked out, with a smile on his face, the
crowd gave him a standing ovation. See the video -priceless:
Former USC head coach Lane Kiffin – Kiffin blew a great opportunity at a great school. After losing their first two conference games of the 2013 season against Washington State and Arizona State, making Kiffin's record 4-7 in his last eleven games. After ASU, USC Athletics Director Pat Haden fired Kiffin hours after the game, when the team arrived back in Los Angeles at 3 a.m. Kiffin was called off the team bus that was preparing to head to campus from Los Angeles International Airport and taken to a small room inside the terminal where Haden told Kiffin he was being dismissed. Haden supposedly met with USC president Max Nikias in the 3rd quarter and they decided Kiffin should be terminated. Haden formally announced the decision the next day.
Denver Bronco Von Miller – In July, ESPN reported that Von Miller had been suspended four games for violating league policy, pending appeal. Miller tweeted that he did "nothing wrong." In August, he lost the appeal and was suspended for six games. The six game suspension arose after the NFL learned that he attempted to cheat a drug test. Miller became eligible to play on October 20, 2013, when the Broncos played the Indianapolis Colts. But there’s more: In
August, Miller was arrested on a failure to appear warrant for driving-related charges in
October 2012. Miller was arrested August 11, at a Colorado gun store when he tried to buy a gun and a background check revealed an outstanding arrest warrant for failing to appear in court on his previous traffic ticket. In September, Miller was cited for speeding and driving with a suspended license in Arapahoe County, Colorado. On October 28, 2013, Miller
arrived late to his court regarding traffic offenses. Miller had a 10:30 a.m. appearance but didn't get to court until 12:15 p.m.
Ed Rush – In April 1 CBS Sports reported that during a meeting prior to the Pac-12 Men’s Hoop Tournament, Rush had offered $5,000 or a trip to Cancun to referees who would eject or call a technical foul against Arizona Wildcat head coach Sean Miller. Miller was called for a controversial technical foul in Arizona's semi-final 2-point loss to UCLA, the first technical foul Miller had received all season. The report cited an unnamed referee who claimed that Rush intimidated the Pac-12's referees and "bullied everyone." It was BS that Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott responded to the allegations in a statement saying that the reports had been investigated and that the conference believed Rush had made the offer "in jest.”
Knicks owner James Dolan – After his Knicks started this season 1-2, he decided he didn’t want the Knicks dancers to dance anymore. This is the same shy owner, who wanted creative input on the dancers’outfits. Now the girls are left with throwing t-shirts to the crowd. Recently, he had the Oscar-winning director banned from Suite 200, the VIP lounge
at Madison Square Garden, after Allen refused to do any promotion for MSG Network or the Garden of Dreams Foundation.
Referee Tom McCabe – Horrible call! This makes the list since I went to THE Ohio University. Ohio coach Frank Solich described the call that resulted in a safety against the Bobcats as ''questionable.'' Buffalo coach Jeff Quinn called it ''a gift.'' McCabe called Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton for intentional grounding from the end zone, resulting in a safety. The only problem was, Tettleton had thrown the ball from the 4-yard line. Watch the play: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eh2OTuo27Hw
Ilya Kovalchuk – In July, Kovalchuk chose to quit the National Hockey League at the age
of 30. Kovalchuk's departure came as a surprise to the public. Upon his leaving, Kovalchuk had $77 million and 12 years remaining on his contract. Kovalchuk claimed that he desired to return home to Russia along with his family. Kovalchuk tallied 417 goals and 816 points in 816 games in the NHL. A week later, he signed a 4 year contract with SKA St. Petersberg of the KHL.
Tampa Bay Buc Doug Martin - Fantasy football players can relate – Martin went in the top 5 in most drafts. Martin averaged 3.6 yards per carry during his weak six games. Now on IR.
San Diego Padres Carlos Quentin - On April 11 in a game against the LA Dodgers, Quentin was hit in the shoulder by a pitch thrown by Zack Greinke. After being hit by the pitch, Quentin charged the mound breaking Greinke's collarbone, igniting a bench clearing brawl. Quentin was suspended for 8 games for his role in the incident.
Dana White - The UFC president responded to a message board post imploring him to retire (called The Underground -http://www.mixedmartialarts.com), so what does White post on a message board: “Hey Reggie, Go f*** yourself, "There is another bad word for all you P****** on the UG!!" White has drawn a lot attention by fans and media for blasting Georges St-Pierre after UFC 167. White was not happy, saying St-Pierre owed it to the UFC to give Hendricks a rematch, because most felt like Hendricks should have won the decision.
NFL Rules Committee – I understand safety, but come on. There has been an absurd number of illegal hits flagged and subsequent fines doled out. Please, please let the guys play.
NFL Officials – These guys are really doing a poor job. From big plays called back to flags being thrown then picked up. It’s amazing how many mistakes in each game, each week. It’s coming down to the officials deciding the game not the players.
Doc Rivers and Bill Simmons - These two guys have had a beef with one another for years, but in June, Rivers and Simmons took it to another level as Rivers called Simmons an idiot. They then went back and forth in the media and on twitter. It was really stupid. Here yah go: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXPsZnS8CT8
Indianapolis Colts Owner Jim Irsay – Irsay usually is making news with player signings, or giving away free stuff, but he made some big news when he basically said he was disappointed he only won one Super Bowl with Peyton Manning. Irsay felt the team should've won more. His
comments exploded in the media and on twitter. The big problem was the timing as it overshadowed the hype of Manning playing back in Indy. The make matters worse, Manning, John Fox, Tony Dungy, Todd Helton and Bill Polian all had their parts in it.
Boston Red Sox prospect Drake Britton - For being too much of an idiot to call a cab when he was drunk. And driving 111 mph.
Tennessee Titans tight end Brandon Barden – Barden was arrested and charged with a DUI in a rollover truck crash. Apparently, Barden doesn't understand the rule for getting in trouble as
a NFL player.
Paul Ralston - The University of North Dakota radio announcer was suspended after he referred to a 74-72 loss to Northern Arizona as a "choke job" during an interview with coach Brian Jones. After leading in the final minute, the team relinquished that lead when they missed five free throws. They had 21 turnovers. They lost in overtime.
Oscar Pistorius - In February, Pistorius was charged with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva
Steenkamp, whom he had fatally shot at his home in the early hours of that morning. It was
the middle of the night, and he thought an intruder was in the house. Not wearing his posthetic legs, feeling vulnerable in the pitch dark and too scared to turn on the lights, the track star pulled his 9mm pistol from beneath his bed, moved toward the bathroom and fired into the door. He was granted bail in February and at a subsequent hearing in August , dates were set for a trial in March 2014.
Major League Baseball – Announcing they will move forward with instant replay. Be careful what you ask for…
St. Louis Ram Alec Ogletree - In February 2013, just days before the 2013 NFL Combine, Ogletree was arrested on charges of DUI in Arizona.
Mike Rice – The former Rutgers head men’s basketball coach was fired for abusive behaviore toward his players. Thanks to ESPN’s Outside the Lines and their airing of several hours of
video from Rice’s practices, which was provided by then-assistant coach Eric Murdock. Video showed berating, pushing, kicking, cursing and throwing basketballs at players during practices. SNL did a hilarious sketch on the abusive situation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wJIHHVZ834
Philadelphia Eagles Riley Cooper - A video surfaced in July of Cooper being denied backstage access at a Kenny Chesney concert and using the “N” word to refer to bouncers. Cooper
has since apologized and was fined an undisclosed amount by the Philadelphia Eagles.
Rory McIlroy – World No. 1 player withdrew from the Honda Classic after eight holes in the second round citing problems with a wisdom tooth. McIlroy was seven over par in the second
round when the WD occurred. Hmmm, seven over par in the second round.
Shabuzz Muhammad - In March, it was revealed in a report from the LA Times that Muhammad was actually born exactly one year earlier than his thought-to-be birthday of November 13, 1993. A copy of his birth certificate on file with the Los Angeles County Department of Public
Health shows that he was born at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, exactly one year earlier, making him 20 years old. The Times assumes that this was to make Muhammed look better "competing against younger, smaller athletes, particularly in the fast-growing years of
early adolescence", and compared the case to that of baseball's Danny Almonte. While Muhammad's father said the younger age in UCLA's media guide was "a mistake", numerous sources online show that Muhammad had been passing himself off as younger for years. If that wasn’t enough, in August, he was sent home from the NBA's rookie transition program due to a rules violation – having a lady in his room!!!
Houston Texans Fans - Fans cheered when quarterback Matt Schaub was injured in game. This
happened just days after an irate fan showed up at his home to berate him. In fairness to Schaub, it is because his play in past four seasons that Houston entered the season with high expectations. The team was 12-4 last year and lost to New England in the playoffs.
Entergy New Orleans Power – We witnessed our first power outage at a Super Bowl. The partial outage interrupted the game between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers for about 35 minutes in the New Orleans Superdome. After the event, Entergy New Orleans stated that they installed a new electrical relay device meant to protect Superdome equipment, a power company and the device's manufacturer. The relay, put online late last year, triggered unexpectedly, causing another device to stop supplying power to part of the
building. This mishap, either human related or some type of malfunction will hurt them in the future of hosting another Super Bowl.
Metta World Peace – He makes the list every year. In February, he earned himself a one-game suspension after he punched Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Knight in the face.
Dallas Cowboys Owner/GM Jerry Jones - He makes the list just because he thinks he is doing a great job as general manager.
Milwaukee Bucks Larry Sanders - After agreeing to a 4-year, $48 million extension in August, he suffered a thumb injury during a late-night altercation at “Apartment 720,” a Milwaukee nightclub. A six-week recovery timeline will keep Sanders off the court until roughly Christmas.
Heats Fans - Some people in the sold-out Miami crowd left before the finish of Game 6 of the NBA Finals, then were not allowed back into the arena for the conclusion of what became
a wild comeback win for the Heat. Miami completed a rally from five points down in the final 21 seconds to force overtime. Even the Heat’s Chris Bosh had something to say to the fans: "For all those guys who left, make sure they don't come to Game 7," Bosh said. "We only want the guys who are going to stay in the building for the whole game. You never give up. People gave up on us and they can stay where they are and watch the game at home."
Michael Waltrip Racing – After a NASCAR investigation, MWR was nailed for manipulating the Federated Auto Parts 400. Cheating! MWR was fined $300,000 -- the biggest fine in the sport's history -- and then NAPA their huge sponsor, pulled the plug on its sponsorship agreement two years early. With the departure of NAPA and its reported $18 million annual commitment to MWR, Waltrip lost about a third of its income.
Anaheim Angels Josh Hamilton - After leaving the Texas Rangers and joining the Angels, he was quoted as saying Arlington was not a baseball town. Not a good idea.