On June 1, 2002, Barry Bonds and Jeff Kent, who were both teammates on the Giants, publicly got into a fight in the dugout during one of the San Francisco Giants games. Kent and Bonds hated each other and rarely spoke, yet the two fueled each other's motors to win the Most Valuable Player awards.
Penn State child sex abuse scandal: In November 2011, former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, is arrested on 40 counts of sexually abusing eight boys over a 15-year period including incidents in Penn State's football facilities. In June 2012, Sandusky was convicted on 45 charges related to the scandal.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill academics-athletics scandal - In a follow-up to the UNC football scandal, new accusations of academic fraud arose in relation to the university's African and Afro-American Studies department and men's basketball program, men's football team, women's soccer, and other sports as well. The Wainstein Report, an independent report commissioned by UNC, revealed academic fraud that occurred over, at least, 18 years involving thousands of students and student athletes. Allegedly, thousands of student athletes were directed by the UNC administration to take "sham" classes in order to maintain eligibility.
New Orleans Saints bounty scandal (2012) - The NFL discovered that the New Orleans Saints had operated a secret slush fund from 2009 to 2011 that paid "bounties" to defensive players for big plays during games, most controversially for injuring opponents. The scheme was allegedly organized by a number of players plus defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, with the acquiescence of head coach Sean Payton. Shortly after the investigation came to light, Williams was accused of running similar schemes while he was defensive coordinator of the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans and Washington Redskins, and head coach of the Buffalo Bills. The league suspended Williams indefinitely and Payton for one year, and suspended the Saints' general manager and another assistant for parts of the 2012 season. Jonathan Vilma, a Saints player who had a major role in the scheme and reportedly offered a $10,000 bounty on Brett Favre, was suspended for the entire season, and three other players were suspended for parts of the season. However, in September 2012, an arbitrator overturned the suspensions of the players involved in the affair. Williams' suspension ultimately lasted one year.
DeflateGate (2015) - During the AFC Championship Game, 11 of the 12 the footballs under the Patriots' control during the first half were found to be inflated below the level mandated by the rulebook. The case then became closed because of the refs failure to check the balls prior to the game. Tom Brady has since been suspended by the NFL for the first 4 games of the 2015 season.
In the self-proclaimed "toughest division world wide", the Softcat FIFA League was hit with various corruption charges in relation to its FFA and the extremely controversial circumstances surrounding a team who were given permission to change all of their players because they 'lost half a star'. A number of participants blame the head of the FFA and the relationship he held with Ash Bilham and Aaron Smith. Roma went on to overcome adversity and win the FIFA league.
2011 Turkish sports corruption scandal - In July 2011, As part of a major match-fixing investigation by authorities in Turkey, nearly 60 people suspected to be involved with fixing games were detained by İstanbul Police Department Organized Crime Control Bureau and then arrested by the court. On June 2014, retrial process has started for all the convicted people.
Jane Blalock cheating controversy – One of the LPGA Tour's top players, Jane Blalock, was accused of illegally marking her golf ball on the green. She was suspended and fined by the tour, but Blalock in turn filed suit and won an injunction allowing her to continue playing. Blalock eventually won her lawsuit and she and the LPGA reached an out-of-court settlement.
On November 27, 2009, Tiger Woods, who was the current number one player in the world, crashed his Cadillac right outside of his home. As the story unfolded, Elin, his wife, found out Woods had affairs with multiple women while traveling around the country on Tour. Allegedly, she found out when Tiger Called "Pizza Hut" and it turned out to be another woman on the other line. Tiger eventually settled for a $750 million divorce settlement.
Vijay Singh, a former number one golfer in the world, was suspended from the [PGA Tour] for using deer antler spray, which violates the [PGA Tour Anti-Doping Policy]. Likewise, in 1985, Vijay Singh was caught erasing his score on a hole and replacing it with a lower score after the scorecard had been signed. Once the rules officials confirmed the allegations, Vijay was banned from the [Asian Tour]. To this day, Vijay will not acknowledge that he cheated.
Pakistan cricket spot-fixing scandal – In 2010, three Pakistan players—team captain Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir—were accused of involvement in a spot-fixing scheme in which they allegedly accepted large sums of money to influence specific events within a match, as opposed to an actual match result. After an investigation, the ICC banned all three from the sport for periods from 5 to 10 years. Later, Butt and Asif were tried in a London court and found guilty of charges related to the scheme, whilst Amir pleaded guilty to similar charges in the same court. All received prison sentences ranging from 6 to 30 months.
Jeremy Mayfieldmethamphetamine scandal - NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield was found to have tested positive for methamphetamine during a random drug test on May 1, 2009. Eight days later, he was suspended indefinitely from NASCAR for violating the substance abuse policy. On May 16, 2009, Mayfield stated that a combination of the over-the-counter drug Claritin-D and a prescription drug, Adderall (which Mayfield said was prescribed to help him with his ADHD ), had been the only drugs that he had taken on the day of the drug test. Mayfield's suspension was lifted by US District Court Judge Graham Mullen on July 1, 2009. However, five days later, disaster struck. Mayfield tested positive for methamphetamine again during a test session on July 6, 2009. On July 24, 2009, his suspension came back into effect.
Horse murders—From 1975 - 1995 wealthy owners and trainers of show jumping horses conspired to electrocute and otherwise kill over-valued as well as under-performing animals in a 20-year-long scheme to defraud insurance companies; crimes also committed during this equestrian sports scandal include extortion, mail fraud, animal cruelty, and the murder of at least one human being.
Fine Cotton/Bold Personality ring-in — A 1984 betting scam in which the conspirators, which included some elite figures in Australian Thoroughbred racing, substituted the far more talented Bold Personality for Fine Cotton in a low-class race. The scheme was discovered immediately after the race, and the investigation led to lifetime bans for six individuals and bans of more than a decade for at least two more.
Manny Pacquiao is being sued for failing to comply with the Nevada Boxing Association. Two weeks before the fight, Pacquiao checked off the box that he had no injuries even though he knew his shoulder was injured and that he would need surgery after the fight. Officials found out when he asked for a painkiller in his right shoulder and was denied since he failed to adhere to the requirements to obtain a painkiller. The odds of the fight would have drastically shifted if people knew that Pacquiao was injured and people who bet on Pacquiao want their money back.
Lance Armstrong doping case (2012) – After having been accused of doping for much of the latter part of his career, Lance Armstrong became the subject of an investigation by the United States Anti-Doping Agency. The USADA report revealed that he had engaged in a highly sophisticated doping campaign from 1998 onward. Following the report, the UCI stripped all of Armstrong's results and awards from that time forward, including his then-record seven Tour de France wins.
Biogenesis baseball scandal (2013) – More than a dozen MLB players were found to have received PEDs, mainly human growth hormone, from a now-defunct anti-aging clinic in the Miami area. In all, 13 players received suspensions of 50 or more games, with the longest being given to Alex Rodriguez (162 games) and Ryan Braun (65 games). The number of players suspended is the most for any single incident in the history of organized baseball in North America.