They may be admired by millions in many cases, but sports stars aren’t always the brightest people. Many of them achieve great things on the field but mess up badly in real life. All it takes is one terrible decision and they’ve changed their lives forever. It could be drinking and driving or taking steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs. These are situations that they could have avoided.
Let’s look at 25 incidents where athletes changed their lives with one dumb choice. From Henry Ruggs’ DUI to Tiger Woods’ decision to cheat on his supermodel wife, there are wild stories on this list. Some are strange and hilarious but others are tragic. Check it out below via Bleacher Report.
25. T.J. Dillashaw
Dillashaw was on course to be the greatest bantamweight fighter in UFC history. The UFC champion fought and defeated the best-of-the-best in an entertaining style. Then, he made the stupid decision to fight Henry Cejudo by dropping down a weight class and taking on his rival at flyweight. However, Dillashaw couldn’t handle the cut and took EPO to increase his chances.
Then he failed a drug test and changed the course of his career. USADA suspended him for two years after he violated their anti-doping policy. It also changed fan perception of the fighter because many of them believed his entire career was in question. Furthermore, his former teammate and rival, Cody Garbrandt, claimed that Dillashaw always cheated (via The Athletic). But this was the first time he had been caught.