ripe in July, here is the harvest
Major sporting scandals
in July, no more dignity left in any sport, anywhere in the
month of July is when we pick the sports scandals, ripe and
fresh from the vine. This piece of sporting disgrace is not
aimed at anyone in particular, and it chases no points. It's a
simple list of the biggest scandals by sport during the month of
July 2007. We would just like to remind the sports bettors all
over the world that the bad apples should always be factored
NFL - During the month of July, the
major football scandal was, of course, Michael Vick. The Atlanta
Falcons quarterback was indicted on dog fighting charges, after
the FBI found a whole lot of evidence that illegal dogfights
occurred on his Virginia property, and an illegal dogfighting
ring named "Bad Newz Kennels" was "headquartered" there. Michael
Vick claims no part and is innocent until proven guilty.
Also in football, this time college,
three Villanova football players being investigated in a sexual
assault had their admission to the university rescinded. They
have yet to be charged, but the scandal is brewing and should
explode in due time.
NBA - Tim Donaghy made the
headlines, after the Feds accused the veteran NBA referee of
participating in illegal sports betting ring, fixing point
spreads of games he officiated in the past 2 years. Donaghy is
ready for a plea barging, according to his lawyer. NBA calls the
incident "isolated" and admitted conducting an internal
investigation of Donaghy's gambling addiction. Tim Donaghy is
also innocent until proven guilty.
MLB - Barry Bonds is about to break
Aaron's homer record, but the excitement was diluted by the
latest on his legal troubles. Now a BALCO chemist surfaced on
HBO to claim that Bonds did know about "the clear" steroid.
Barry Bonds' testimony is still under investigation for perjury.
Tax evasion also hangs over Bonds. Barry Bonds is innocent until
Tour de France - Poor Tour, it just
keeps on coming. First, the favorite to win Alexandre Vinokourov
dropped dirty for his A-test. According to officials two
different types of red blood cells were found during the test,
which meant that Vinokourov has injected blood cells from a
capable donor to enhance his performance. The results of his
B-test are pending, nevertheless, he was kicked out of the race.
The leader of Tour de France, Michael Rasmussen, also got the
boot from his team. Although the manager claims it was because
Rasmussen lied about his whereabouts last month, it could well
have something to do with missing four doping tests in the last
Formula 1 - There will be no U.S.
Grand Prix next year, but this is not the scandal. Today the
leader among the constructors (and drivers) McLaren-Mercedes was
found guilty of possessing Ferrari dosuments. Although no
penalty will be imposed on the team, the two engineers involved
in the Formula 1 spying scandals will likely "get theirs". Nigel
Stepney, former Ferrari engineer, stands accused of supplying
technical information to the former MCLaren chief engineer Mike
MMA (UFC) - Sean Sherk and
Hermes Franca received one-year suspensions and were fined
$2,500 each by the California State Athletic Commission on
Thursday for failing drug tests after their July 7 bout part of
the UFC 73 card.
Horse Racing (UK) - British jockeys
Tony Culhane and rival Dean Mernagh were suspended after they
were found guilty of providing insider information and betting
Wrestling - Chris Benoit toxicology
report released on July 17th shows elevated level of
testosterone during the murder-suicide.
And these are just the major scandals
rocking the sports in July. Many more "minor" brushes with the
law occurred, but for some reason athletes pulled over for DUI,
arrested on drug possession charges or strip club shootings just
don't seem as juicy as they would have years ago...
Published on 07/26/2007