People love sports partly because they provide escapism from the grind of daily life. This comes from competing and also from being a sports fan. Unfortunately, not everybody has this mindset. Some characters exploit sports to make as much money as possible. So today, we looked at 30 of the shadiest people in all sports.
This list includes athletes who were serial drug cheats. There are also evil owners who lie to their fans. Then there is the notoriously seedy world of combat sports. These are the worst because they take it to a whole new level. Check out our list below via GQ.
30. Robert Kraft
The longstanding owner of the New England Patriots, Kraft is undoubtedly an efficient businessman. He mostly avoided the embarrassing antics of Jerry Jones and Dan Snyder until 2019. Then, Florida prosecutors hit him for soliciting sexual favors at a massage parlor in Fort Lauderdale. However, in one of the shadiest decisions on this list, the judge ordered video footage from the parlor to be destroyed.
Meanwhile, the underpaid masseuses suffered the consequences of their actions. Kraft escaped scot-free because he has expensive lawyers. In terms of football, Kraft’s regime oversaw some of the biggest scandals in modern NFL history. These include the DeflateGate scandal, SpyGate, and Aaron Hernandez’s murder case. While Kraft obviously isn’t responsible for everything, his leadership doesn’t help.