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More American Football Scandals
Who knew American football could be so scandalous? Everyone, of course! I already covered some of the sex scandals in the first part of this super scandalous series: American Football Scandals. Now, let’s get to the really dirty stuff. These scandals have to do with football players who got into some serious legal trouble for some serious crimes. I think you gossip lovers know what’s coming.
Michael Vick’s Dog Fighting
Seriously…this is beyond scandalous: it’s sick. This dude not only kicks around dead pig skin, but he also electrocutes innocent animals. Vick is currently serving a term for his felonious dog fighting (doesn’t that sound dirty?). He acted as a full partner in the Bad Newz Kennel dog fighting ring, which is so disgusting.
This guy was super successful as a football player, why not stay legit?
Not only did Vick run a kennel where dogs were forced to fight until death, but dogs who didn’t perfom well were strangled or drowned. Vick pled not guilty to the charges, but was convicted and sentenced.
And, this just covers his animal cruelty…I’m not even touching Vick’s illegal drug use.
Let’s just sick PETA on the guy—we’ll never see him again.
Of course I have to go there! The guy hasn’t only created a few scandals, but he is also a posterboy for why you shouldn’t encourage your children to play football: all of those blows to head make you even dumber, obviously.
Honestly, I’m not even going to go into detail with this guy. If you don’t know the story, then you must have just woken up from a twenty year coma. All I’ll do here is proved a Simpson Timeline:
1947: OJ Simpson born
1972: Named NFL Player of the Year
1979: After doing some acting stints, he started his own film production company
1985: Indicted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He also married Nicole Brown this year
1989: Pled no contest to domestic violence charge and separated from Nicole Brown
1992: Divorced Nicole Brown Simpson
1994: Tried for murdering ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman
1995: Acquitted of both murder charges
1997: Found liable for their deaths in civil court
2006: Wrote a book with the title: If I Did It—the publisher withdrew it. The Goldman family acquired rights to the book, and released it under the title: If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer
2007: Arrested and charged for felonies, ranging from burglary with a deadly weapon to conspiracy to commit kidnapping. Apparently, he was trying to steal some of his football memorabilia.
Oakland Raiders to Los Angeles Raiders to Oakland Raiders
Wait, is this scandalous? Kind of. The fact that it was considered newsworthy is what makes this so scandalous. I grew up in the California Bay Area, so I was caught dead in the middle of the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders rivalry. It was quite pitiful to see men crying on the streets when the Raiders announced they were heading to Los Angeles. It was even more sad to see the same men bumping chests when team came back to Oakland.
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