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30 Sports Stars Who Cheated and Got Caught

Darren - May 20, 2021
Sports

30 Sports Stars Who Cheated and Got Caught

Darren - May 20, 2021
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2. Houston Astros

Technically this wasn’t just one player but an entire roster that cheated. The Astros became a force in baseball but used nefarious methods to establish themselves. Their sign-stealing scandal ruined the reputation of the franchise and tarnished their 2017 World Series victory. However, MLB bizarrely never stripped them of this win despite the fact it was proven that the Astros cheated.

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There were also question marks over their 2019 run to the World Series. Astros players had a massive role in this cheating system but escaped scot-free because they ratted out their GM and field manager. Meanwhile, Houston received a five million fine and lost two draft picks. Many believed that the punishment wasn’t harsh enough. They also questioned how much MLB knew about the Astros’ systemic cheating.

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1. Bob Baffert

Baffert is one of the faces of American horse racing. Earlier this year, he won the Kentucky Derby for the seventh time but this story doesn’t have a happy ending. After the race, his horse, Medina Spirit, tested positive for betamethasone. This steroid reduces swelling and inflammation. Meanwhile, it was the fifth time in the space of 12 months that one of his horses failed a drug test.

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Instantly, his reputation was in shatters.  The leading governing bodies across the nation suspended him. Then he was unable to send his horses to compete in prestigious races. Baffert claimed that a groom consumed cough syrup and urinated on the horse’s hay. However, this is one of the worst excuses in the history of horse racing. Donald Trump labeled Medina Spirit a ‘junkie.’ He wasn’t wrong.

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