List of scandals with "-gate" suffix
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This is a list of scandals or controversies whose names in scholarly sources include a "-gate" suffix, by analogy with the Watergate scandal. This list also includes controversies that are widely referred to with a "-gate" suffix, but may be referred to by another more common name in scholarly sources (such as New Orleans Saints bounty scandal).
Etymology, usage, and history of -gate
The suffix -gate derives from the Watergate scandal of the United States in the early 1970s, which resulted in the resignation of U.S. President Richard Nixon. The scandal was named after the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C.; the complex itself was named after the "Water Gate" area where symphony orchestra concerts were staged on the Potomac River between 1935 and 1965.
The suffix is used to embellish a noun or name to suggest the existence of a far-reaching scandal, particularly in politics and government. As a CBC News column noted in 2001, the term may "suggest unethical behaviour and a cover-up". The same usage has spread into languages other than English; examples of -gate being used to refer to local political scandals have been reported from Argentina, Germany, Korea, Hungary, Greece and the former Yugoslavia.
Such usages have been criticised by commentators as clichéd and misleading; James Stanyer comments that "revelations are given the 'gate' suffix to add a thin veil of credibility, following 'Watergate', but most bear no resemblance to the painstaking investigation of that particular piece of presidential corruption". Stanyer links the widespread use of -gate to what the sociologist John Thompson calls "scandal syndrome":
[A] self-reproducing and self-reinforcing process, driven on by competitive and combative struggles in the media and political fields and giving rise to more and more scandals which increasingly become the focus of mediated forms of public debate, marginalizing or displacing other issues and producing on occasion a climate of political crisis which can debilitate or even paralyse a government.
The adoption of -gate to suggest the existence of a scandal was promoted by William Safire, the conservative New York Times columnist and former Nixon administration speechwriter. As early as September 1974 he wrote of "Vietgate", a proposed pardon of the Watergate criminals and Vietnam War draft dodgers. Subsequently he coined numerous -gate terms, including Billygate, Briefingate, Contragate, Deavergate, Debategate, Doublebillingsgate (of which he later said "My best [-gate coinage] was the encapsulation of a minor ... scandal as doublebillingsgate"), Frankiegate, Franklingate, Genschergate, Housegate, Iraqgate, Koreagate, Lancegate, Maggiegate, Nannygate, Raidergate, Scalpgate, Travelgate, Troopergate and Whitewatergate. The New York magazine suggested that his aim in doing so was "rehabilitating Nixon by relentlessly tarring his successors with the same rhetorical brush – diminished guilt by association". Safire himself later admitted to author Eric Alterman that, as Alterman puts it, "psychologically, he may have been seeking to minimize the relative importance of the crimes committed by his former boss with this silliness".
Arts and entertainment
|Closetgate||2006||The controversy that erupted following the broadcast of the South Park episode "Trapped in the Closet", a satirical parody of the Church of Scientology and some of its famous adherents, such as Tom Cruise.|||
|Flakegate||2000||Photographs of the wedding reception of TV presenter Anthea Turner were used to promote Cadbury's then new Snowflake chocolate bar, bringing scorn from the tabloid press and causing Turner to claim this was not part of the £450,000 by OK! magazine paid her for exclusive access to her wedding.|||
|Nipplegate (also known as Boobgate, and also popularized the phrase "wardrobe malfunction")||2004||Justin Timberlake revealed Janet Jackson's breast during the halftime show of Super Bowl XXXVIII.|||
|Pantigate||2014||The scandal involving the Irish entertainer Rory O’Neill saying in an interview on RTÉ’s The Saturday Night Show that a couple of newspaper journalists and the Iona Institute were homophobic. The comments were considered by the journalists as defamatory and RTÉ paid a pre-court settlement, which in itself was controversial with questions about the settlement reaching the Oireachtas.
The name refers to Rory’s drag queen persona, Panti Bliss
|Portraitgate||2009||Two oil paintings depicting Brian Cowen, Taoiseach of Ireland, in the nude, were briefly displayed in Dublin art galleries in March 2009 as an act of guerilla art.|||
|Sachsgate||2008||Comedian Russell Brand and TV presenter Jonathan Ross left a series of obscene voice messages on the answering machine of actor Andrew Sachs during an episode of the BBC Radio 2 show, The Russell Brand Show.|||
Journalism and academics
|Climategate||2010||Emails that were hacked remotely from the Climatic Research Unit of the University of East Anglia were publicised by climate change denialists alleging a global warming conspiracy theory: the allegations against climate scientists were subject to eight investigations, which found there was no evidence of fraud or scientific misconduct, though there was a finding of a lack of openness.|||
|Hackgate (also "Rupertgate" or "Murdochgate")||2011||Allegations that the now defunct News of the World had hacked into the phones of celebrities, politicians, members of the British Royal Family, and victims of crime.|||
|Mediagate (also known as "Anchorgate")||2012||The controversy over Pakistani top journalists in the mainstream media.|||
|Rathergate||2004||The scandal over a forged memo about George W. Bush's military record that ultimately led to the resignation of Dan Rather as anchor of CBS Evening News.|||
|Reutersgate||2006||The controversy over Reuters photographer Adnan Hajj manipulating news photos with Photoshop.|||
|Angolagate (also known as Mitterrand-Pasqua affair)||2008||Arms sales to the Government of Angola by the Government of France between 1993 and 2000.|||
|Betsygate||2004||Allegations that former United Kingdom Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith had put his wife Betsy on his payroll, without her actually doing any work.|||
|Bigotgate||2010||UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown is accidentally recorded calling a party supporter a bigot.|||
|Billygate||1980||U.S. President Jimmy Carter's brother, Billy Carter, legally represented the Libyan government as a foreign agent.|||
|Bingogate||1999||A scandal that occurred during the administration of former Premier of British Columbia Michael Harcourt, involving the skimming of charity funds for use by the ruling NDP by MLA Dave Stupich (Premier Harcourt was not involved but did resign).|||
|Bonusgate||2008||Pennsylvania scandal involving the alleged use of government funds to finance partisan political campaigns.|
|Bridgegate||2014||Allegations New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's administration ordered lane closures from Fort Lee, New Jersey, to the George Washington Bridge because the Fort Lee mayor did not endorse his reelection.|||
|Brothelgate||2010||The series of events that lead to the resignation of the Irish Minister of Defence Willie O'Dea.|||
|Cablegate||2010||In November 2010, WikiLeaks began to release American diplomatic cables from a trove of over 250,000.|||
|Cashgate||2014||The plundering of Malawian government funds by government officials that occurred in 2013.|||
|Camillagate||1992||Following the release of a tape of a telephone conversation between Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker Bowles (Duchess of Cornwall since 2005).|||
|Chinagate||1996||United States campaign finance controversy.|
|Coingate||2005||The mishandling of Ohio government funds entrusted to Ohio Republican Party operatives, involving rare coin funds|||
|Coalgate||The mishandling of coal field auctions by the Indian government under the UPA-1. The alleged loss was $37 billion.|
|Corngate||2002||A political scandal in New Zealand in 2002, which involved the suspected release of genetically modified corn seed in 2000.|||
|Debategate||1980||A political scandal in the United States involving the suspicious acquisition of debate preparation documents.|
|Duna-gate||1990||A political scandal in Hungary in 1990, with the communist regime's secret service illegally collecting information on opposition parties.|||
|Emailgate||2015||In violation of federal security and transparency guidelines, Hillary Clinton covertly used a private email account tied to a server that had been purchased under a pseudonym and installed in her New York basement while she was Secretary of State.|
|Fallagate||2007||Political scandal in Guernsey over an attempt to avoid a political conflict of interest over a hospital extension plan.|||
|Fajitagate||2002||In November 2002, three off-duty San Francisco police officers allegedly assaulted two civilians over a bag of steak fajitas (which were mistaken as drugs), leading to the retirement of the chief of police and the firing of his successor.|||
|Fingergate||2015||In March 2015, while tensions continued to build in the endless melodrama of "The Greek Sovereign Debt Crisis," Twitter accounts and news sources began to focus on video footage which clearly shows Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis "making an obscene hand gesture" to punctuate his English-language comments about the financial relationship of Greece and Germany during a lecture which he gave in Croatia in 2013.|||
|Fangate||2014||In a 2014 Florida gubernatorial election debate Governor Rick Scott did not take the stage for seven minutes after learning that his Democratic opponent, former Gov. Charlie Crist, had a small electric fan underneath his lectern, which Scott's campaign and debate organizers stated was against the agreed rules. Scott was subsequently criticized for nearly derailing a debate over a trivial issue.|||
|Filegate||1998||The illegal possession and scrutiny of 300–900 FBI files by the Clinton Administration without the file's subject's permission.|||
|Gamergate||2012||Criticisms levelled at the politician Colleen Lachowicz for playing World of Warcraft.|||
|Garglegate||2010||A radio interview given by Taoiseach (Irish prime minister) Brian Cowen in September 2010, in which many commentators said he appeared to be suffering from a hangover.|
|Gategate or plebgate||2012||UK political row, when Andrew Mitchell MP allegedly called a policeman a "pleb", after he was asked to use another gate to leave Downing Street on his bicycle. This "-gate" scandal is noteworthy for actually involving a gate.|||
|Grangegate||2014||A political scandal involving former New South Wales' Premier Barry O'Farrell and a $3,000 bottle of Penfolds Grange.|||
|Gulargate||2013||A political corruption scandal in Azerbaijan involving Member of Parliament Gular Ahmadova.|||
|Hairgate||1993||controversy surrounding a haircut given to U.S. President Bill Clinton.|||
|Iraqgate||2003||A Finnish scandal involving the leaking of secret documents to Anneli Jäätteenmäki, which helped bring down Paavo Lipponen's government. Later, it also brought down Jäätteenmäki's government.|||
|Irangate or Contragate (also referred to as the Iran-Contra Affair)||1980s||The Reagan Administration sold weapons to Iran and diverted the proceeds to the Contra rebels in Nicaragua.|||
|Irisgate||2010||UK political scandal involving an affair by Iris Robinson MP MLA, wife of Northern Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinson.|
|Kazakhgate||2005||Scandal surrounding James Giffen, an American businessman and former advisor of Nursultan Nazarbayev, the president of Kazakhstan, who paid US$78 million in bribes to high-level Kazakhstani officials to secure the oil contracts for Western companies in the 1990s.|||
|Koreagate||1976||A U.S. scandal involving South Korean influence peddling in the U.S. Congress. This was the first scandal after Watergate to receive the -gate suffix.|||
|Mammygate||2008||Gloria Squitiro, wife of Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser, allegedly called one of her secretaries "mammy". The secretary, Ruth Bates, who is black, sued the city council for discrimination. The case was settled in 2009.|||
|Memogate (2)||2011||Controversy surrounding an alleged Pakistani memo seeking the help of the Obama administration in the wake of the Osama bin Laden raid to prevent a military takeover in Pakistan.|
|Monicagate, Lewinskygate, Tailgate, or Sexgate ("Zippergate", "the Lewinsky scandal")||1990s||Named after Monica Lewinsky who had an "inappropriate relationship" with the then-U.S. President Bill Clinton.|||
|Muldergate||1970s||South African political scandal in which funds were clandestinely diverted by defence minister Connie Mulder for overseas propaganda in support of the apartheid regime. The scandal brought about the downfall of BJ Vorster.|||
|Nannygate (1)||1993||A political controversy in the United States wherein the nomination of Zoë Baird and near-nomination of Kimba Wood for U.S. Attorney General were withdrawn due to the hiring of illegal aliens as nannies or the failure to pay taxes for them.|
|Nannygate (2)||2006||Swedish scandal over the non-payment of employment taxes of nannies and obligatory television fees by members of the Reinfeldt cabinet.|
|Nkandlagate (1)||2009||South African political scandal brought to light in 2009 by Mail & Guardian regarding a multimillion state funded private home of South African President Jacob Zuma. The story became more sensitive after the release of the public protector Thuli Madonsela's report titled Secure in comfort. The scandal drove the opposition to initiate impeachment proceedings against Zuma.|||
|Officegate||2001||First Minister of Scotland Henry McLeish resigned after it was revealed that, while a Westminster Member of Parliament between 1987 and 1998 (before the advent of devolution), he sublet his constituency office in Glenrothes, Fife, but failed to ensure that it was registered or that the party issued funds from the income to the House of Commons.|||
|Pardongate||2001||Controversy surrounding Bill Clinton's pardons of 140 people on his last day in office as President of the United States, including Patty Hearst|
|Pastagate||2013||Montreal controversy, in which an Italian restaurant was investigated by the Quebec government for using words that do not comply with their language laws, such as "bottiglia", "calamari" and "pasta".|||
|Pastygate||2012||Controversy in March/April 2012 around the taxation by the UK Government of hot snacks such as pasties, where Conservative ministers were said to be out of touch with the eating habits of ordinary people.|||
|Pemexgate||2000||Scandal involving state-owned oil company Pemex in Mexico in which funds were used to support a political campaign of the presidential candidate for the Institutional Revolutionary Party.|
|Petrogate||2008||The name given by the press in Peru to the corruption case involving lots of oil, where Norway mining company Discover Petroleum and Peruvian State owned Perupetro are involved, which shocked the policy in Peru, and prompted the resignation of cabinet ministers.|
|Piñeragate||1992||Political espionage and eavesdropping involving Sebastián Piñera, later (2010-2013) President of Chile.|
|Plamegate (also "Leakgate", "CIA leak scandal", "Plame affair")||2005||The revealing, by Robert Novak, of the name of Valerie Plame. Lewis Libby allegedly leaked to the media the identity of a covert CIA agent who worked on WMDs, in retaliation for her husband, Joseph C. Wilson, criticizing George W. Bush's justification for the invasion of Iraq.|||
|Ponytailgate||2015||A young waitress claims Prime Minister of New Zealand John Key pulled at her hair's ponytail numerous times over several months while visiting café, even after being requested to stop by her and his wife. |
|Porngate||2012||Three members of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly in India resign from their offices after accusations that they watched porn during government proceedings.|
|Railgate (also known as the Basi-Virk Affair and the BC Legislature Raids scandal)||2007||Scandal and court proceeding involving influence peddling and abuse of privilege in regard to the sale of BC Rail to Canadian National Railways by the government of British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell, the raid of government offices in the provincial legislature building on December 28, 2003.|||
|Rinkagate||1976||UK scandal in which Jeremy Thorpe, leader of the UK Liberal Party, lost his position and his seat in Parliament after being accused of involvement in an unsuccessful attempt to murder an alleged former gay lover. Thorpe was eventually acquitted, but the scandal and an unrelated personal illness ended his career. "Rinka" refers to a Great Dane that was killed in the attack.|||
|Robogate||2011||Allegations of widespread voter fraud occurring during the 2011 Canadian federal election. Robotic and live calls to voters are claimed to have been made in 200 ridings. Investigation by the RCMP, the CPC and Elections Canada.|||
|Rywingate||2004||Polish scandal (including the prominent media mogul Lew Rywin, hence the affair's popular nickname) that led Leszek Miller's government to an end and his party's crushing defeat in the presidential and parliamentary elections in the following year.|
|Shawinigate||1999||Canadian scandal involving then-Prime Minister Jean Chrétien's profiting from real estate deals in his home riding of Shawinigan, Quebec|||
|Smeargate||2009||UK scandal brought to light in April 2009 by the publishing of secret "smear campaign" plans made by members of the UK Labour government aimed at tarnishing several Conservative MPs' careers.|
|Squidgygate (also known as Dianagate)||1992||Tape of a telephone conversation between Diana, Princess of Wales and a male friend.|||
|Stormontgate||2005||Allegations of a Provisional Irish Republican Army spy ring operating in Stormont (Home to the Northern Ireland Assembly).|||
|Strippergate (Seattle) & Strippergate (San Diego)||Two separate government scandals and criminal investigations|
|Thulegate||1995||Danish scandal regarding the storage of nuclear weapons in Greenland, in contravention of Denmark's nuclear-free policy.|
|Toallagate||2001||Scandal in Mexico due to the high cost of bathroom towels (around US$400 apiece) bought for the official residence of the Mexican president.|||
|Taxigate||2005||The second major scandal to rock the Scottish Parliament after its founding; Scottish Conservative Party leader David McLetchie was found to have claimed an excessive amount in taxi expenses (over £11,000) many of which were for party business rather than parliament business. The debacle resulted in McLetchie's resignation as Leader of the Scottish Conservative Party.|||
|Travelgate||1993||Controversy surrounding firings of White House Travel Office employees at the start of the Clinton administration.|||
|Troopergate (1)||1994||Allegations by two Arkansas state troopers that they arranged sexual liaisons for then-governor Bill Clinton.|||
|Troopergate (2)||2007||Controversy involving New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, who allegedly ordered the state police to create special records of senate majority leader Joseph L. Bruno's whereabouts when he traveled with police escorts in New York City.|||
|Troopergate (3)||2008||The controversy surrounding allegations that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee for the United States presidential election, fired the state's public safety commissioner, allegedly for not cooperating with her demand that he dismiss her former brother-in-law, a state trooper.|| Palin uses the term "Taser-gate", a reference to the allegation that the trooper used a taser on his 10-year-old stepson.|
|Tunagate||1985||Canada political scandal involving large quantities of possibly spoiled tuna that were sold to the public.|||
|Utegate||2009||Australian political incident in June 2009 around the lending of a utility vehicle ("ute") to Australian Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd by car dealer John Grant, and subsequent allegations of improper favorable treatment of Grant by the Treasury department.|||
|Valijagate||2007||Venezuelan-American entrepreneur Guido Antonini Wilson arrived in Argentina on a private flight hired by Argentine and Venezuelan state officials carrying US$800,000 in cash, which he failed to declare.|
|Wampumgate||1995||Controversy around the 1995 rejection of an Indian gambling project submitted by three impoverished tribes in the American northlands.|
|Watergate||1974||The original "gate" scandal got its name from the Watergate Hotel, where two politically motivated burglaries took place in 1972. The Watergate scandal ultimately led to the resignation of U.S. President Richard Nixon on August 9, 1974.|
|Waterkantgate (also known as Watergate an der Waterkant)||1987||A major political scandal in Germany|||
|Weinergate||2011||U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner's Twitter account linked to an inappropriate photograph. Weiner claimed that his account had been hacked, but later admitted he sent the tweet; numerous other lewd photographs from Weiner were later revealed. In 2013, after he resigned from the House and attempted to return to politics by running for mayor of New York City, it was revealed that he had been involved in another sexting relationship with a woman in her early twenties.|||
|Wormgate||2007||Australian Federal Election Leaders Debate Controversy. A controversial decision was taken during the debate to interrupt the provision of the live transmission signal to the Channel Nine network because of the inclusion by Channel Nine within its broadcast picture of a real-time graphical display of the aggregate studio audience reaction to the debate. This graphical display is referred to as the "Worm", after the form in which it is rendered and an approximately "worm like" movement of the display within the area of the screen in which it appears.|
|Bibgate||2009||American Nordic combined skier Bill Demong's disqualification for not wearing his bib during the ski jumping part of the team event at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2009 in Liberec, Czech Republic, on February 26.|||
|Bladegate||2012||Controversy arisen during the 2012 Summer Paralympics when athlete Oscar Pistorius questioned the size of the running blade of fellow amputee sprinter Alan Oliveira on live television when the former unexpectedly caught up with Pistorius and narrowly overtook him before the finishing line at the Men's 200 metres T44 final.|||
|Bloodgate||2009||The events surrounding a faked injury to Tom Williams of English rugby union side Harlequins in a 2008–09 Heineken Cup quarterfinal against eventual champions Leinster. Specifically, Williams used fake blood to dupe the referee into allowing Quins to send in a blood replacement, at the instigation of Quins coach Dean Richards and team physiotherapist Steph Brennan, and Williams later admitted that his mouth had been cut open immediately after the match in an attempt to cover up the fake injury. Richards was ultimately banned from rugby for three years and Brennan for two; Williams was initially banned for one year, but his ban was reduced to four months for his role in revealing the full extent of the scheme.|||
|Bottlegate||2001||Rowdy fans of the Cleveland Browns threw plastic bottles and other debris on the field after a controversially overturned call in the final minute of the game led to the Browns losing the game 15–10 to the Jacksonville Jaguars.|||
|Bountygate||2012||In March 2012, the NFL discovered that from 2009 to 2011, a number of New Orleans Saints players and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams had operated a "bounty" scheme, illegal under league rules, in which defensive players received financial rewards for big plays, including those that injured offensive players. The investigation also revealed that head coach Sean Payton knew about the scheme but took no steps to stop it. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell handed out multiple suspensions to coaches and players involved in the scheme; the most severe were an indefinite suspension for Williams and season-long suspensions for Payton and player Jonathan Vilma.|||
|Bumpgate||2014||A controversial fist bump from NFL officials after a running touchdown against the Buffalo Bills by CJ Anderson of the Denver Broncos led some fans and players to believe a conspiracy existed against the team.|
|Bumpergate||1982||The allegations that Bobby Allison's car was modified so the rear bumper would fall off giving him an aerodynamic advantage allowing him to win the 1982 Daytona 500.|
|Buttongate||2004||The contractual dispute that occurred during the second half of the 2004 Formula 1 Season between Williams and BAR, over who would acquire the services of British driver Jenson Button for the 2005 season. Button's management insisted that he was free to defect to Williams because of an uncertainty over who would be BAR's engine supplier in 2005, but they were overruled by the Formula One Contract Recognition Board in October 2004.|
|Clockgate||2001||A last-second touchdown pass thrown by Michigan State quarterback Jeff Smoker to running back T.J. Duckett against rival Michigan came under accusations that the game clock was stopped too early, allowing the Spartans to run the game-winning play.|
|Crashgate||2008||The allegations of race fixing at the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix, where Renault team bosses allegedly ordered Nelson Piquet to crash, handing an advantage to his team mate, Fernando Alonso.|
|Deflategate||2015||After the 2015 AFC Championship game, the NFL acknowledged it was investigating reports that the game balls had been deflated. One report arose from Indianapolis Colts player D'Qwell Jackson after he intercepted a pass by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Patriots coach Bill Belichick stated he knew nothing of the reports until the morning following the game, and that he and the team would "cooperate fully" with any investigation. Brady called the allegation "ridiculous". On January 20, sources reported that 11 of 12 footballs provided by the Patriots were underinflated. On May 11, 2015, the NFL announced that it has suspended Tom Brady without pay for 4 games of the upcoming season. The Patriots will also be fined $1 million and lose their 1st round pick in the 2016 NFL draft and their 4th round pick in the 2017 NFL draft. The NFL also announced a 3 day appeal deadline. Brady's agent indicated the penalties will be appealed.|||
|Grannygate||2006||A rugby league scandal involving New Zealand players and their family history. The term was most recently invoked in the 2006 Rugby League Tri-Nations series, in which New Zealand was penalised for fielding former Queensland hooker Nathan Fien.|||
|Homeworkgate||2013||Used to describe a controversial sequence of events that took place during the Australian cricket tour of India in 2013.|||
|Indygate||2005||Seven Formula One teams pull out of the 2005 United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway ("Indy") following tyre failures and the inability to come to a compromise with the FIA.|||
|Lleytgate||2008||The sixth day of the 2008 Australian Open featured a long, five-set match between World No. 1 Roger Federer and Janko Tipsarević, which extended into the evening session of the day, and thus delayed it by more than two hours. As a result, the scheduled second match of the session between Lleyton Hewitt and Marcos Baghdatis did not start until just before midnight Australian time, and the match, which also lasted five sets, did not finish until 4:33am local time. The second match had been delayed initially as a match between Venus Williams and Sania Mirza had to be played out first, as per the schedule.|||
|Moggigate||2006||Italian football scandal. Clubs of Italian Serie A were involved in a referee appointment scandal. Named after Juventus general manager Luciano Moggi.|||
|Napgate||2010||In May 2010, Ken Griffey, Jr., of the MLB Seattle Mariners was asleep in the clubhouse according to two teammates. Griffey did not deny being asleep and quit the team one month later.|||
|Noisegate||2015||The Atlanta Falcons were disciplined for piping in fake crowd noise during home games in 2013 and 2014. The team was fined $350,000 and will lose their 5th round draft pick in 2016. Falcons president Rich McKay was suspended from his position on the league's Competition Committee.|||
|Ovalgate||2006||The Pakistani Cricket Team forfeited the 2006 Oval Test Match against England after allegations of ball tampering.|
|Partgate||2008||NASCAR team owner Jack Roush accuses fellow team Michael Waltrip Racing of stealing a sway bar at a test session. Waltrip later admits they had the part, but it was taken accidentally.|||
|Ponygate||1987||During the late 1970s and early 1980s, boosters of the SMU Mustangs football program made illicit cash payments to potential recruits, with university officials and football coaches having full knowledge of it. After two former players exposed the scandal in news interviews, the NCAA gave the program the "death penalty" in 1987, shutting the program down for two years, and under strict probation for the following two seasons after that. Virtually all the university officials involved, as well as all the coaches in the program, resigned. The scandal was the subject of ESPN's 30 for 30 series' episode, Pony Excess.|
|Seatgate||2011||Referring to the scandal over 800 ticketed fans who were denied seats at Super Bowl XLV due to Fire Officials' regulations.|||
|Shouldergate||1978||A controversy that arose in June 1978 when the Pittsburgh Steelers were found to have practiced in pads during an off-season period in which such drills were not allowed under NFL rules. The team was stripped of its third-round selection in the 1979 NFL Draft as a penalty.|||
|Sirengate (1)||2008||A controversial match in Australian rules football when the umpire failed to hear the final siren, allowing St Kilda to score an extra point and draw the match. Four days later, the Australian Football League overturned the result and awarded the match to Fremantle.|||
|Sirengate (2)||2014||A National Rugby League match between the Melbourne Storm and St. George Illawarra Dragons ended in controversy when the Storm, trailing 22–24, played the ball ten metres out from their line just as the full-time siren went, and from the subsequent play, winger Young Tonumaipea scored the match-winning try which officials the following day said should never have been awarded.|||
|Sonicsgate||2009||The controversial relocation of the NBA franchise Seattle SuperSonics to Oklahoma City. The creators of the Webby Award-winning 2009 documentary Sonicsgate coined this term as the title of their film and video series, which soon became synonymous with the scandal as the definitive historical document on the topic.|||
|Spygate (1) (also known as Stepneygate)||2007||Allegations of espionage in Formula One racing carried out by members of the McLaren team.|||
|Spygate (2)||2007||The scandal involving the New England Patriots' videotaping of the New York Jets defensive signals during a 2007 NFL game.|||
|Sodagate||2013||On November 27, 2013, late in an NBA game at Barclays Center between the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers with no timeouts remaining, Nets then coach Jason Kidd communicated to Tyshawn Taylor during a stop, "Hit me", while holding a cup of soda. The ensuing spillage delayed the game and allowed for the Nets' coaching staff to draw up a final play as they were down 96–94. Although the Nets eventually lost, the incident caused much controversy among fans and the media, and after a league review deeming the event incidental, the NBA fined Kidd $50,000.|||
|Spingate||2013||Near the end of the 2013 Federated Auto Parts 400 race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Richmond International Raceway on September 7, 2013, team orders became an issue in order to ensure certain drivers would make the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Michael Waltrip Racing driver Clint Bowyer spun in turn 4 on lap 393 of 400 to bring out a caution while Michael Waltrip Racing's general manager and vice president Ty Norris ordered Brian Vickers to pit, both in an attempt to help Michael Waltrip Racing driver Martin Truex, Jr. make the Chase over Ryan Newman, who was leading the race before the caution caused by Bowyer. Carl Edwards won the race and Truex made the Chase while Newman did not. A few days after the race, Michael Waltrip Racing was fined $300,000 while Bowyer and Truex both lost 50 points, enough to knock Truex out of the Chase and allow Newman to make it. In addition, it was determined that Penske Racing and Front Row Motorsports collaborated to have Front Row Motorsports driver David Gilliland give up track position to ensure Penske Racing driver Joey Logano made the Chase.|||
|Tattoogate||2011||In May 2011, Jim Tressell, the head coach for the Ohio State Buckeyes resigned amid allegations that he lied in order to cover up activities, including tattoos, undertaken in violation of NCAA rules by players he was coaching.|||
|Textgate||2015||The Cleveland Browns and general manager Ray Farmer were disciplined for sending text messages to coaches during games in the 2014 season, a violation of NFL rules. The team was fined $250,000 and Farmer received a four game suspension without pay for the first four games of the 2015 season.|||
|Tigergate||2010||A series of alleged and admitted marital infidelities by golf superstar Tiger Woods.|||
|Tissuegate||2015||At the conclusion of an April 4, 2015 Major League Soccer match between FC Dallas and the Portland Timbers, Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja taunted Timbers head coach Caleb Porter by mockingly offering him a tissue during their post-game handshake. Pareja was irritated by Porter's "crying" at the referees throughout the match. Porter, whose team won the match 3–1, responded by pointing to the scoreboard and saying, "scoreboard," and proceeded to toss the tissue back in Pareja's face. Pareja had to be restrained by his coaching staff.|||
|Toiletgate||2006||The allegations by Veselin Topalov and his manager Silvio Danailov during the World Chess Championship 2006 that Topalov's opponent Vladimir Kramnik was visiting the toilet suspiciously frequently during games. The allegations were never proven, and were widely viewed within the international chess playing community as an act of gamesmanship on the part of Topalov and Danailov, attempting to distract Kramnik at a time when he was ahead in the match.|||
|Tripgate||2010||During a December 11, 2010 NFL game between the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins, the Jets' strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi tripped Dolphins gunner Nolan Carroll as he ran down the Jets sideline. The Jets suspended Alosi indefinitely for setting up a "wall" on the sideline and claimed that "he acted alone in doing so".|||
|Twirlgate||2015||After No. 7 ranked Eugenie Bouchard defeated Kiki Bertens in the second round of the 2015 Australian Open, Bouchard was asked during her on-court interview to "give us a twirl." When Bouchard balked, the male presenter persisted, saying: "A twirl, like a pirouette, here you go." Bouchard reluctantly acquiesced, twirling in front of the crowd. The exchange set off a firestorm on social media, with some fans excoriating the request as sexist and many questioning whether a man would have been asked to twirl.|||
|Antennagate (also known as Gripgate)||2010||The name Apple founder Steve Jobs gave to the controversy over the iPhone 4's antenna after initial users complained of dropped calls and Consumer Reports would not recommend it.|||
|Bendgate||2014||Numerous people reported bent iPhone 6 Plus phones, which was later reported on by Consumer Reports.|||
|Donglegate||2013||A series of events following a double entendre on the word "dongle" overheard at a programmers convention March 17, 2013, which led to two people being fired and a DDoS attack.|||
|Gamergate||2014||A controversy concerning sexism in video game culture.|||
|Staingate||2015||Anger over reports that the anti-reflective coating appears to be wearing off several MacBook Pros, including mid-2012 to mid-2014 models sold between June 2012 and present.|||
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