How the mighty have fallen. These once-shining stars destroyed their careers
and personal lives with terrible behavior and deplorable actions. From Lance Armstrong to Tonya Harding, find
out which athletes ruined their careers in one fell swoop. Hope Solo “I have a fighter in me kinda a fighting spirit
and I embrace that because I’m passionate about my sport and what I do.” Hope Solo’s fall began in 2012 when she tested
positive for a banned substance, according to Us Weekly. She claimed to not know the medication she
was on contained the illegal drug. Then, in 2014, things got even uglier for
Solo. Solo was arrested for domestic violence when
she got into a fight with her half sister and nephew, during which she was tackled to
the ground – and threatened an officer while cuffed. Later at the booking station, when asked to
remove a necklace, she boastfully told the police officer that it was “worth more than
he made in a year. Then, in 2015, she was suspended by U.S. Soccer
for her involvement in her husband Jerramy Stevens’ DUI arrest. Most recently in 2016, Solo was slapped with
a six-month suspension for calling Team Sweden a “bunch of cowards,” after the US lost to
them in Rio. “I am sorry. I said it was a cowardly way to play and I’ve
been lambasted in the media… Terminated contract. Effective immediately.” Until she saves her off-field behavior, Solo’s
career will never recover. Lamar Odom Despite a stellar 14-year career in the NBA,
Lamar Odom has a long and bitter history with drug abuse. In 2012, Odom ended his run with the Dallas
Mavericks. As Mavs GM, Donnie Nelson, put it,
“He’s dealt with a lot of personal issues. At this point, we need to be able to count
on some things.” But the downward spiral continued when Odom
was arrested on a DUI in August 2013. Odom’s most brutal fall from grace came in
October 2015 when he was found unconscious at a Nevada brothel after a drug binge, as
reported by Us Weekly. “I cheated death, and I had a lot of loss
in my life, In November 2017, Odom collapsed at a nightclub
but insists it was due to dehydration. But still, it was a nightclub. At 2 am. Ray Rice NFL fans knew former Rutgers star Ray Rice
as a powerful running back who delivered shots to defenders, but when TMZ published footage
of Rice dragging then-fiancée, Janay Palmer, out of an Atlantic City elevator after an
altercation, the rest of the nation knew him on a completely different level. Rice was indicted on third-degree aggravated
assault. In March that year, Rice avoided trial, and
was accepted into a pre-trial intervention program. During that time, the NFL suspended Rice for
a measly two games and fined the star athlete $58,000. By September, Rice made headlines again, with
new footage of the elevator incident showing Rice violently knocking Palmer unconscious. The Ravens released him from the team, while
the NFL suspended him indefinitely. Rice later beat the suspension on appeal. He told USA Today Sports in 2016 that he’s
owning his mistakes, and looking for a second chance. “This is what happened…for.. For everything that I had to gain back and
it had nothing to do with fame and fortune it had to do with making your wrongs right.” Lance Armstrong One of sport’s most decorated and celebrated
athletes, Lance Armstrong shocked the world when he was stripped of all seven of his Tour
de France titles in October 2012. According to ABC News, the U.S. Anti-Doping
Agency published a report with testimony from 11 of Armstrong’s teammates stating he used
illegal drugs. Sponsors like Nike dropped him from campaign
ads, but Armstrong continued to deny doping — until a damning January 2013 interview
with Oprah. “Did you ever take banned substances to enhance
your cycling performance?” “…yes..” “Did you ever blood dope or use blood transfusions
to enhance your cycling performances?” … yes.” The fallout left plenty of people disappointed
including his Livestrong cancer charity. Armstrong was later stripped of his 2000 Olympic
bronze medal. Chad “Ocho Cinco” Johnson NFL star Chad Johnson’s career came crashing
down after he was arrested for headbutting his then wife, Evelyn Lozada in August 2012. Johnson was charged with misdemeanor domestic
battery, spent one night in jail, and was released on a $2,500 bond. But less than 24 hours later, the Miami Dolphins
officially terminated Johnson’s contract. Regarding the incident, he told Inside the
NFL he takes full responsibility. “I’m human, my time had come, I made a mistake.” “Chad has to go deep down inside and figure
out where he went wrong at what point did you lose focus on what’s most important?” Ryan Lochte “What you see is what you get.” Ryan Lochte’s career as an Olympic swimmer
took a dive after he was caught in a ridiculous lie. Lochte claimed he and his teammates were robbed
at gunpoint on the way home from a party during the 2016 Rio Olympics. But the truth quickly unfolded to reveal Lochte
and his buddies had drunkenly vandalized a gas station bathroom, and were stopped by
an armed security guard. The swimmer ultimately apologized to fans
and the city of Rio in an interview on Today saying,
“They put on a great Games. And my immature, intoxicated behavior um..
tarnished that a little.” But the aftermath not only brought shame to
the American team, the U.S. Olympic Committee suspended Lochte from swimming for 10 months. He also had stipends withheld, lost sponsorship
deals, and was banned from visiting the White House with Team USA, according to the the
LA Times. Tonya Harding “The media had me convicted of doing something
wrong before I had even done anything at all.” Tonya Harding’s career as a figure skater
was permanently put on ice after it was revealed her ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, and a handful
of other men allegedly carried out an attack on skater Nancy Kerrigan’s knee, just six
weeks before the ’94 Olympic Games. Gillooly pled guilty, and all went to jail,
except Harding, who eventually pled guilty to hindering the investigation and confessed
to knowing the details of the plot. “Many of you will be unable to forgive me
for that. It will be difficult to forgive myself.” In total, she received three years probation,
was ordered to complete 500 hours of community service and pay a $160,000 fine. Kerrigan would recover and go on to win silver
at the games while Harding performed poorly. Harding was ultimately banned from U.S. figure
skating, for life. “How do I get a fair shot here?” “We also judge on presentation.” “suck my d—.” Thanks for watching! Click the Nicki Swift icon to subscribe to
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