The 10 Greatest Sports Cheaters of All Time
These men and women are true game changers - in the worst possible ways.
7. BARRY JUICE
Considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time (asterisk), Barry Bonds is now known mostly for his serial steroid use and his perjury and obstuction-of-justice charges. The Giants won't let him go, though, occassionally employing his roid-enlarged forehead as an outfield target during batting practice.
8. HAND BALL
In the second half of a 1986 World Cup soccer match against England, Argentina's Diego Maradona performed perhaps the ballsiest act of cheating in the history of sports. Going up for a header, the player caught the ball in one hand and swiftly drove it straight into England's goal. The ref didn't see it, players and spectators were outraged--and Americans everywhere asked what the big deal was.
In fencing, points are signaled by a light that indicated weapon-to-body contact. So when Boris Onischenko's light went off without explanation during the fencing portion of the modern pentathalon at the 1976 Olympic Games, something wasn't right. It turned out the Soviet had Macguyvered his épée's grip to activate the light manually. Unsurprisingly, the Soviets have "no recollection" of the event.
10. DIRTY SOX
Lefty Williams, Chick Gandil, and Happy Felsch aren;t characters in a Guy Ritchie film. They're three of the eight Chicago White Sox caught accepting money to lose to the Cincinnati Reds in the 1919 World Series. Not convicted but banned from America's pastime, they went on to open an investment bank, or so we heard.