In 2007, Vick had the most lucrative contract in NFL history. The Atlanta Falcons looked like a superstar but then scandal broke. First of all, the police arrested him for leading a dog-fighting ring. Then a court sentenced him to 11 months in prison. After his release, Vick knew he had to apologize to get back on the playing field.
He told 60 Minutes: “The first day I walked into prison, and he slammed that door, I knew, you know, the magnitude of the decisions that I made, and the poor judgment, and what I, you know, allowed to happen to the animals. And, you know, it’s no way of, you know, explaining, you know, the hurt and the guilt that I felt.”
Baseball loves a good scandal but Rodriguez took it to the next level after the BALCO investigation exposed him. After lying for years, he finally went on ESPN to apologize and admit that he had taken steroids throughout his career. He said he did it because of the pressure on him to perform.
His apology rocked the baseball world because the problems so endemic in the sport hadn’t gone away. “I wanted to prove to everyone that I was worth being one of the greatest players of all time,” Rodriguez said in his apology. “I did take a banned substance, and for that, I am very sorry and deeply regretful.”
In the middle of the worst social upheaval in the US for decades, Brees inexplicably decided to explain why he doesn’t believe in kneeling during the national anthem. First of all, a lot of people agree with him, but the problem was the timing. Then fans slated his apology as self-serving. In sum, you just can’t win.
Brees said: “I am sick about the way my comments were perceived yesterday, but I take full responsibility and accountability. I recognize that I should do less talking and more listening…and when the black community is talking about their pain, we all need to listen. For that, I am very sorry and I ask your forgiveness.”
McGregor is no stranger to controversy. He has spent nights in jail cells for his actions but went too far in 2019 when he punched an older man in a pub. Then it was all about damage control. ‘The Notorious’ went on ESPN to apologize in a blatant attempt to patch up his image.
McGregor told Ariel Helwani: “In reality, it doesn’t matter what happened. I was in the wrong. That man deserved to enjoy his time in the pub without it ending the way it did. And although it was five months ago and I tried to make amends and I made amends back then, it’s still – that doesn’t even matter.”
After a traffic accident, it emerged that Woods had engaged in affairs with dozens of women. This rocked the world of sport because the legendary golfer had such a clean-cut image. While history has been kind to Woods, at the time, it was a major scandal and he had to apologize.
Woods spoke to a press conference of about 40 people, including his mother. His famous opening words were: “I was unfaithful, I had affairs, I cheated. For all that I have done, I am so sorry.” However, the damage to his marriage was irreparable. Meanwhile, he also spent time in rehab.