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20 Athletes Who Got In Trouble For Using Performance Enhancing Drugs

With all the money athletes can get from endorsements deals today, they all want to make sure they perform. Sometimes driving them into using performance enhancing drugs. The reports of athletes getting caught and suspended for these acts doesn’t seam to discourage them from using PED’s, some actually start being more careful with the use of these drugs. It’s such a shame, cause being caught usually results in them losing all what they’ve worked for. Check out these athletes below who went through trouble for using performance enhancers.

#1 Ben Plucknett

Late Ben Plucknett was an American track and field athlete. In 1981 he broke the world record in discus throw, twice within seven weeks, with a throw of 233’7″. He broke the record again with a throw of 237’4″ on July 7, 1981. Both records have been thrown out because he tested positive for drug use, anabolic steroid use to be exact. Ben Plucknett became the first athlete to be disqualified by the International Association of Athletic Federations due to a positive drug test.

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#2 Vijay Singh

Vijay Singh is a Fijian World Golf Hall of Famer, inducted in 2006. In a Sports Illustrated article he talked about using deer antler spray, “looking forward to some change in my body.” This led to a lot of trouble for him, because the spray is said to include an insulin-like growth factor that was on the tour’s list of banned substances. The tour sent a sample from Singh to be tested, and it returned small amounts of IGF-1. This led to his suspension, with the letter reading: The sanction imposed on you for your clear violation of the Program rules is ineligibility to participate in PGA Tour or Web.com Tour competitions and any related activities for a period of 90 days. End of April, the PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem announced that the tour was dropping its case because of new information from the World Anti-Doping Agency, which said deer antler spray was no longer considered prohibited because it contained just minimal amounts of the growth factor. Vijay can play again, but filed a lawsuit that accuses the PGA tour of exposing him “to public humiliation and ridicule for months.”

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#3 Steve Courson

Late Steve Courson was a two time Super Bowl winning offensive lineman for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1978-1983 and two years for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He released a book, False Glory: The Steve Courson Story in 1991, about his life in football when using steroids. Carson suffered from a heart condition which was believed to have been caused by his steroid use.

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#4 Marion Jones

Former track and field athlete Marion Jones became the first woman ever to win a total of five medals, at the 2000 Sydney Olympic games. She lost her titles after admitting in 2007 to using banned substances. She also admitted to have participated in a check-fraud scheme. She served six months in prison in 2008.

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#6 Floyd Landis

Former professional cyclist Floyd Landis was the winner of the 2006 Tour de France, till he was tested positive for synthetic testosterone. Óscar Pereiro received the win for the 2006 Tour de France. After that Floyd Landis’ $3 million contract with Phonak wad terminated. Even though he maintained his innocence for several years, he broke down in 2007 admitting to doping. He explained why he used doping saying: “It appeared to me that the very federation running the sport and tasked with enforcing the rules was uninterested in doing so,” Landis said. “The majority of the cyclists that I knew were using drugs. It was either do it or accept the fact that I wouldn’t reach the goals I had set for myself.” In his admission to USADA and USA Cycling, Landis also pointed the finger at other American cyclists who had doped, including his former teammate on the U.S. Postal Service team, Lance Armstrong. In January 2011, Landis was unable to find a new team, which effectively ended his professional career.

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#9 Barry Bonds

Barry Bonds is MLB’s all-time home run king with a 762 career home runs and 73 home runs in a season. But he was involved in one of baseball’s biggest steroid scandals, which led him to lose endorsement deals from the likes of MasterCard, KFC, and Charles Schwab. Sports Illustrated estimated that with a spotless reputation and clean record, Bonds could have hauled in $28 million a year in endorsements. On December 15, 2011, Bonds was sentenced to 30 days of house arrest, two years of probation and 250 hours of community service, for an obstruction of justice conviction stemming from a grand jury appearance in 2003. However, U.S. District Judge Susan Illston then delayed the sentence pending an appeal, which may take a year or more. On February 13th, 2013 a three judge panel of the Federal 9th Circuit Court heard the appeal to overturn Bonds’s conviction for Obstruction of Justice.

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#10 Andy Pettite

New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte is one of 89 Major League Baseball players named by US Senator George Mitchell’s report in Major League Baseball. The pitcher claimed his HGH use (in 2004) saying: “Though it was not against baseball rules, I was not comfortable with what I was doing, so I stopped. This is it: two days out of my life: two days out of my entire career, when I was injured and on the disabled list.” Even though his case was not as severe as lets say, Barry Bonds it still had consequences. Andy Pettitte said that this whole thing put a strain on his friendship with fellow pitcher Roger Clemens.

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#11 Nelson Cruz

Texas Rangers slugger Nelson Cruz is one of the 13 players suspended by Major League Baseball because of ties to the Biogenesis clinic. The outfielder gave an explanation on why he recurred to using performance enhancing drugs saying: “From November, 2011 to January, 2012, I was seriously ill with a gastrointestinal infection, helicobacter pylori, which went undiagnosed for over a month. By the time I was properly diagnosed and treated, I had lost 40 pounds. Just weeks before I was to report to spring training in 2012, I was unsure whether I would be physically able to play. Faced with this situation, I made an error in judgment that I deeply regret, and I accept full responsibility for that error. I should have handled the situation differently, and my illness was no excuse. I am thankful for the unwavering support of my family, friends, and teammates during this difficult time. I look forward to regaining the trust and respect of the Rangers organization, my teammates, and the great Rangers’ fans, and I am grateful for the opportunity to rejoin the team for the playoffs.” Cruz got a 50-game suspension for this whole case, cause it’s his first case. Among players accepting 50-game suspensions: #Rangers’ Cruz, #Tigers’ Peralta, #Phlllies’ Bastardo, #Mets’ Valdespin, #Padres’ Cabrera. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 5, 2013 https://twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal/status/364423822755102720

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#12 Jesus Montero

Despite a few holding out hope that it was Jesus Montero’s brother Jesus (really) listed among the rule breakers, Ken Rosenthal is reporting that Jesus Montero of the Seattle Mariners has indeed been suspended for his involvement in the Biogenesis Clinic. There are some new names that weren’t previously listed, but no other Mariners are included outside of Montero. Jesus Montero was also caught in the Biogenesis scandal. He also received a 50-game ban because it’s his first violation too.

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#13 Jhonny Peralta

Detroit Tigers’ shortstop Jhonny Peralta was also caught in the Biogenesis scandal. Like the two before him, Peralta will not appeal the decision and begin serving his suspension immediately. Peralta released a statement Monday through the Tigers organization: In spring of 2012, I made a terrible mistake that I deeply regret. I apologize to everyone that I have hurt as a result of my mistake, including my teammates, the Tigers’ organization, the great fans in Detroit, Major League Baseball, and my family. I take full responsibility for my actions, have no excuses for my lapse in judgment and I accept my suspension. I love the fans, my teammates and this organization and my greatest punishment is knowing that I have let so many good people down. I promise to do everything possible to try and earn back the respect that I have lost.

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#14 Kornelia Marek

Kornelia Marek is a Polish cross country skier who has been competing since 2002. At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, she finished sixth in the 4 x 5 km relay, ninth in the team sprint, 11th in the 30 km, 35th in the 7.5 km + 7.5 km double pursuit, and 39th in the 10 km events. On March 11, 2010, it was reported that Marek was tested positive for EPO by the Polish Olympic Committee. On 7 April, 2010, it was announced that she will be banned from all competitions for two years This is one of the cases I don’t understand, cause her best career finish was ninth in a 4 x 5 km relay in France in 2008 while her best individual finish was 23rd at a 10 km event in Estonia in January 2010. Why all the trouble if you’re not going to end first?

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#15 Michael Rasmussen

Danish cyclist Michael Rasmussen admitted the use performance enhancing drugs from 1998 to 2010, in a press conference held on 31 January 2013. Under he drugs he used are, EPO, growth hormone, testosterone, DHEA, insulin, IGF-1, cortisone and did blood transfusions. Because he wanted to cooperate with the Danish anti-doping institutions, the authorities reduced the normal eight-year to a two-year ban.

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#16 Olga Medvedtseva

Retired Russian biathlete Olga Medvedtseva, is a gold medal winner. At the 2002 Winter Olympics she won an individual gold medal in the 10 km pursuit, as well as the bronze medal in the team relay. At the 2006 Winter Olympics she won the silver in the women’s 15 km individual race. She was disqualified on 16 February, from further competition for failing a drug test when she tested positive for the stimulant carphedon. She was stripped from her medal and was banned for two years.

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