Athletes and Scandals, 2009 Edition

Pro sports is no stranger to scandal. Thanks to Tiger Woods, 2009 was slightly more embarrassing than usual

More so than TARP sports marketing controversies, the Cowboys' new digs in Dallas, and the Yankees' return to glory, few things dominated headlines in 2009 quite like the scandals of athletes. After Michael Phelps was photographed taking a bong hit in February, the dominoes began falling. Alex Rodriguez and Manny Ramirez were implicated in steroid use. Andre Agassi released a tell-all book detailing the dark side of his tennis career. Emphatic yearend punctuation came from Tiger Woods, who crashed into what is now the world's most infamous fire hydrant, sparking the most drastic image unraveling in the history of sport.

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