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25 Star Athletes Who Suffered Public Humiliation

Darren - September 15, 2021
Sports

25 Star Athletes Who Suffered Public Humiliation

Darren - September 15, 2021
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9. Jose Canseco (2021)

Former MLB star Canseco broke the baseball world when he went public about doping in the sport. He admitted to taking steroids before naming other cheats in his notorious book. However, Canseco’s star rose and he attempted to maximize his earnings. He even took an MMA fight against gigantic Korean Choi Hong Man, which predictably ended in defeat.

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In 2021, he took another bout against a Barstool Sports intern. But he earned the ire of viewers after he went down in just 10 seconds (via DAZN). Canseco lost all of his credibility because he went into the ‘fight’ with an injury. He took the paycheck and allowed it to end quickly. Fans considered this a humiliation because of the cheap manner of his defeat. He also cost many people a lot of money.

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8. Lamar Odom (2015)

Odom played for the Los Angeles Lakers and was a two-time NBA champion. He was also the Sixth Man of the Year in 2011 but never hit the heights that he should have. He is more famous for his relationship with Khloe Kardashian. However, this was very toxic and ended with humiliation for the basketball star. Kardashian was tired of his drug abuse and filed for divorce.

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But matters escalated when Odom overdosed in a brothel located in Nevada (via CNN). He went into a coma and there were genuine fears for his life. Kardashian put her divorce plans on hold because she wanted to help him recover. Finally, the pair split in 2016. It was a horrible experience for all parties and even worse because it was all in the public eye.

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7. Aaron Rodgers (2021)

Rodgers rocked the NFL and the Green Bay franchise after his MVP season. He demanded a trade to another team because he was tired of the Packers. After a summer of controversy, Rodgers committed to a final season in Green Bay. Many people thought that they were potential Super Bowl contenders. With their added depth and the retention of Rodgers, they had all of the pieces.

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Then the New Orleans Saints smashed the Packers on opening day by a score of 38-3. Furthermore, Rodgers put in one of the worst performances of his career with two interceptions and only 15 successful passes. Former NFL quarterback Carson Palmer said that Rodgers looked miserable (via New York Post). But many people felt gleeful because of Rodgers’ humiliation and the Packers’ meltdown.

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6. Ryan Giggs (2015)

It shouldn’t have to be said, but it’s not a good idea to sleep with your brother’s wife. Manchester United Star Giggs committed this unforgivable sin with his younger sibling’s spouse, Natasha. The Daily Mail reported that the soccer legend had an ongoing affair with her for eight years. Meanwhile, Rhodri Giggs revealed that his wife had relations with at least 10 men during their marriage.

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Furthermore, Ryan was also married at the time. This was Giggs’ second humiliation after an attempt to silence reality star Imogen Thomas backfired. He also cheated on his wife with her too and attempted to get an injunction against her. This failed and Twitter went crazy because of his high-profile status. It’s crazy that a figure as visible as Giggs would make such public mistakes.

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5. Spencer Jones (2021)

When an Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver attracts national attention it’s usually because of their draft stock. However, Jones found himself on the wrong side of a bar fight with career-threatening injuries. It was a classic case of a football player who was too big for his boots. Jones went into a bar with his friends and allegedly provoked another man in the bathroom.

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But Jones didn’t realize that his ‘victim’ and his brother were seasoned MMA fighters. The pair proceeded to unleash a vicious beatdown and broke the player’s eye socket (via People). The worst part was the damage to his pride because of the public humiliation. Many sports fans were delighted to see the viral video and believed that he was too big for his boots. In the end, he learned the meaning of respect the hard way.

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4. Tyron Woodley (2021)

Former UFC welterweight champion Woodley ended his MMA career with four straight defeats. It was unfortunate because he looked on course to break records before his bizarre losing spiral. However, he had enough clout and name value to attract Jake Paul’s attention. Then, the YouTuber challenged Woodley to a boxing match. ‘T-Wood’ accepted but this was a big mistake.

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The pressure was on Woodley because of his combat sports experience. However, he failed to go after Paul and lost a decision. Woodley said he’d get a tattoo saying ‘I love Jake Paul,’ but this came off as desperate (via Yahoo! Sports). It also added salt to his public humiliation. This was a magnanimous end to his professional boxing career before it even properly began. MMA fans tormented him because he let their sport down.

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3. Justine Kish (2017)

Kish isn’t the biggest star on this list but endured a horrible humiliation. The veteran MMA fighter fought seven times in the UFC with three wins. Finally, the UFC released her in 2021 after she lost four of her previous five. In 2017, Kish faced off against Felice Herrig in Oklahoma City. She lost the fight by unanimous decision but she also lost her dignity by pooping her pants.

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That’s right, the fighter’s body let her down and she defecated in the Octagon. Herrig attempted a rear-naked choke which expanded Kish’s lungs and put pressure on her lower abdomen. This resulted in a disgusting moment for everybody involved (via MMA Fighting). To be fair, Kish was able to laugh it off and tweeted, “S**t happens.” It was a rough moment but at least fans remember her, right?

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2. Tiger Woods (2009)

Woods was on top of the world before his car crash in 2009. Then, the National Inquirer ran a story disclosing the golfer’s extramarital affair with another woman (via Golf Channel). But things escalated even further because a multitude of women came forward claiming that they had slept with the star. They included hostesses and porn stars amongst their number. Needless to say, Woods’ wife wasn’t impressed and duly divorced him.

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It was a public humiliation for Woods because the media fixated on the story. Before this, he had a clean-cut image and everything he touched turned to gold. To make matters worse, Woods began to accumulate injuries. He spent time in rehab as he dealt with sex addiction and substance abuse. In the end, he received redemption when he won the Masters in 2019, his first major in 11 years.

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1. Conor McGregor (2021)

McGregor is one of the most controversial and polarizing figures in sports. He suffered another bizarre public humiliation in 2021. He attended the MTV Video Music Awards in Brooklyn but made the headlines for negative reasons. The Irishman became embroiled in a feud with Cleveland rapper, Machine Gun Kelly. McGregor allegedly spoke to Kelly before the artist pushed him. Then, ‘The Notorious’ flung his drink at his foe.

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Some outlets reported that McGregor asked for a picture with Kelly and became angry after rejection. However, others said that he slid into Megan Fox’s DMs and infuriated her boyfriend MGK. MMA fans took to social media to lambaste McGregor because he is a walking cliche at this point. After the incident, McGregor claimed he didn’t even know who Kelly was (via Variety).

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