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9. Mike Vick Dogfighting Scandal

For many of us we use sports as an escape from the real world. The real world can be complicated, crazy, scandalous and downright sad. However, sometimes sports can be that too. Professional athletes are rich, famous and have a ton of free time. So we scoured the internet to find some of the most scandalous, controversial, and most discussed sport stories of all time..

The Year: 2001

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Michael Vick was on top of the NFL world. One of the most popular players in all of football and a fan favorite it seemed like Mike Vick was ready to take the next step, win a Super Bowl and take over the sports world.

Then in August 2007, hours after Vick pleaded guilty to federal charges in the Bad Newz Kennels dog fighting investigation, the NFL suspended him indefinitely without pay for violating its player conduct policy.

In a letter to Vick, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the quarterback had admitted to conduct that was “not only illegal, but also cruel and reprehensible.”

While Vick was technically a first-time offender under the league’s personal conduct policy, Goodell handed down a harsher suspension because Vick admitted he provided most of the money for the gambling side of the dog fighting operation.

2007 was a dark year for the NFL; it was the same year Atlanta Falcons star Michael Vick was caught running an illegal dog-fighting ring at his home. About 50 pit bulls were seized by authorities. Vick spent 18 months in prison before making an NFL comeback.

“I was ashamed and totally disappointed in myself, to say the least. Dog fighting is a terrible thing. I reject it.” “I will redeem myself. I have to.”- Michael Vick

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