Professional sports have been full of scandals, from cheating to gambling, murder to drugs, and everything in between. But, at the end of the day, none have been more infamous or memorable than the following.
1. O.J. Simpson Murder Case
The O.J. Simpson trial was not just one of the biggest sports scandals but also one of the most watched, most controversial trials of the century. The case was so shocking not only because O.J. was a hot shot running back for Buffalo Bills and later the San Francisco 49ers, but also (and even more so) because he was acquitted for something pretty much everyone in the nation was convinced he was guilty of.
In 1994, O.J. was arrested and accused of killing his wife and another man. When the police showed up to arrest him, Simpsons fled and a car chase that looked like it was taken from a Walter Hill movie. He was, of course, captured and trialed.
Even though there was more than plenty of solid physical evidence against him, including DNA samples, Simpson was declared not guilty. America was shocked. Everyone was so sure he did it and the acquittal seemed like a huge blow for the nation’s trust in its own justice system.