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30 Star Athletes Who Ruined Once-Pristine Reputations

Darren - May 25, 2021
Sports

30 Star Athletes Who Ruined Once-Pristine Reputations

Darren - May 25, 2021
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3. Tiger Woods

Woods was one of the most recognizable and marketable athletes on the planet before his incredible sex scandal erupted. The golfer enjoyed a stellar career and maintained a pristine image. The likes of Nike and Gillette used him as brand ambassadors while he was the face of an EA Sports videogame franchise. But he lost it all when the news broke of his incredible cheating exploits with dozens of women.

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In short, Woods was a sex addict and slept with an incredible number of women. These included porn stars as well as barmaids and waitstaff. In the end, he went to rehab, and his Swedish supermodel wife Elin Nordegren left him. The golf legend effectively disappeared for a few years because of personal issues and injuries. Finally, he bounced back to win the Masters in 2019.

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1. Kobe Bryant

Bryant was the LA Laker’s golden boy in the early 2000s. He didn’t put a foot wrong as he blossomed as one of the most exciting players in the NBA. Then, in 2003, a woman accused him of raping her in a hotel room. This story ruined his clean-cut reputation and put him in serious legal trouble. Things became worse when he admitted that he had slept with her in the hotel.

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Basically, he admitted that he cheated on his own girlfriend. However, he avoided a criminal conviction because the alleged victim failed to testify against him. They settled out of court and Bryant apologized for his behavior in their encounter. Many sponsors dropped him but picked him back up again. Meanwhile, this was before the dawn of social media so nobody canceled him. It ruined his nice-guy image but not his career.

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