The biggest cheating scandals in sports history

From stealing signs to performance-enhancing drugs, here are five of the major sports scandals of all time.

5 Controversial scandals

Houston Astros sign stealing scandal

In 2019 it was revealed that the Astros were stealing signals from opposing teams using video cameras in centerfield. The Astros were fined $5 million — the MLB’s maximum. Dusty Baker was recently hired as the Astro’s new manager. He replaced previous coaches, A.J. Hinch and Jeff Luhnow, who were fired. As a result of the scandal, thee Astro’s 2017 World Series title has been tainted.

Lance Armstrong's doping

Once cycling’s most decorated champion, Armstrong admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs during a January 2013 interview with Oprah Winfrey. The media began to perceive him as someone who expected to get whatever he wanted and to control every outcome because of his success. He denied these claims but was left responsible to rebuild his reputation. He was stripped of his 7 Tour de France titles and forced to pay millions to the companies that promoted him.


In 2015, an investigation stating that the New England Patriots had been intentionally deflating footballs below the NFL-required gauge pressure began. The investigation was not resolved until the summer of 2016. After various court rulings, press conferences, and narratives, quarterback Tom Brady was suspended for 4 games and the Patriots were fined $1 million. The timing of the scandal was extremely unfortunate given that the Patriots were scheduled to play in another Super Bowl days before news of the controversy broke.

Marion Jones

After the track and field star won 3 gold and 2 bronze medals during the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Jones admitted to steroid use as part of a scandal that implicated over 20 professional athletes.


In 2007, the New England Patriots were found videotaping coaches from the New York Jets. The NFL fined head coach Bill Bellichick $500,000 — the largest fine ever placed on a single coach. The Patriots were also fined $250,000 and docked a first-round draft pick.


01/30/2020 2:57 PM
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  • Renee R.
    2 days

    He is the biggest joke!

  • Antonio M.
    3 days


  • Edgardo L.
    5 days


  • Rob B.
    5 days

    Shouldn’t the New Orleans Saints one be on here

  • Jmerson D.
    5 days

    I still cant believe to the seahawks. Bad play

  • Veronica H.
    6 days

    Presi you're funny.

  • Mathew G.
    6 days

    3 out of the top 5! Not too shabby

  • Jared D.
    02/21/2020 04:56

    Ben Johnson? Bounty Gate? Aaron Rodriguez?

  • Carlos S.
    02/20/2020 18:58

    Obama sucks

  • Avant M.
    02/19/2020 07:10

    Just to win. Am gutted

  • Jay P.
    02/18/2020 04:46

    Classy president !!

  • Jose J.
    02/18/2020 01:12

    Obama just dropped the Mic

  • Dexter L.
    02/18/2020 00:07

    weakshit your team.ahahaha

  • Juan P.
    02/17/2020 01:59

    So how did the deflate go on this again??? Yeah it proves nothing and then NFL apologizes at 2am in the morning.... then ESPN fire a lot of people know your facts please....

  • France D.
    02/16/2020 06:19

    cheaters champion's🤬🤬🤬

  • Earl C.
    02/15/2020 11:11

    I know u might not be up but if you would noticed Marion Jones and Lance Armstrong were stripped of their hold medals and fined millions but the Patriots and the Astros were not stripped off their championships. And if it happened during the regular season then Brady nor Belichick should not have been allowed to play and coach in the Super bowl.

  • Ronel C.
    02/15/2020 01:08

    Also worth mentioning the 2008 Singapore crashgate where Nelson Piquet JR. was asked to crash to let Fernando Alonso win the GP.

  • Bjj K.
    02/14/2020 08:39


  • Armando S.
    02/14/2020 04:51

    ve el primero y el último

  • Jon S.
    02/06/2020 20:08

    Boston a city of cheater's