Sports Scandals

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2014

    Yuri Sucart Faces a Decade in Prison After Years of Doing A-Rod's Dirty Work

    MIAMI -- It would be hard to imagine a character less suited to Alex Rodriguez's luxury lifestyle of private jets and South of Fifth condos than the shackled man federal agents led into the DEA's Weston, Florida headquarters last week. On August 5, Yuri Sucart was clad in a baggy white T-shirt, ill ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2014

    Roger Clemens and Brian McNamee Met to Discuss Possible Lawsuit Settlement

    On Tuesday, Roger Clemens, the seven-time Cy Young award winning pitcher, and Brian McNamee, the trainer who testified about injecting Clemens with steroids, met to discuss a possible conclusion to McNamee's defamation lawsuit against Clemens. A federal judge in Brooklyn asked them to try to negotia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2013

    Alex Rodriguez, "Disgusted" by the "Injustice" Against Him, Storms Out of Grievance Hearing

    Alex Rodriguez slammed his fist on a table and stormed out of his grievance hearing on Wednesday. He went down swinging, of course, as he is apt to do in autumn. "This is ridiculous!" he said before leaving the room, according to ESPN. "This is fucking bullshit!" For good measure, he punched a wa ... More >>

  • Film

    November 6, 2013
  • Blogs

    October 15, 2013

    Jack Clark, Ex-Yankee, Offers to Take Polygraph in Albert Pujols Lawsuit--If Pujols Does Same [Updated]

    Updated Monday night to include response from Pujols's lawyer. Earlier this month, slugger Albert Pujols sued former New York Yankee (and St. Louis Cardinal and San Francisco Giant) Jack Clark for defamation. Now, through his attorney, Clark has responded by challenging Pujols to a duel. Clark's w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2013

    Alex Rodriguez and Anthony Weiner: Kindred Spirits

    In February 2009, Alex Rodriguez went on television and asked for forgiveness. Two days before, he'd been revealed as a user of performing enhancing drugs. So he sat down for an interview with Peter Gammons to tell America that those tainted days were behind him. "I was young. I was stupid. I was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    The Paterno Family's Self-Serving Report Is Right About the NCAA

    The rehabilitation of Joe Paterno's image -- which began with Joe Posnanski's white-washing biography, Paterno -- continues with Sunday's release of a 238-page report commissioned by the Paterno family and compiled by former U.S. Attorney General Richard Thornburgh. I've not yet read the report and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2013

    A-Rod's Latest PED Nightmare: What Now?

    Though there are a couple of dozen well-known athletes named in yesterday's blockbuster Miami New Times story on Florida "anti-aging" doctor -- i.e. PED dealer -- Anthony Bosch and his now closed Coral Gables clinic, Biogenesis. The player that everyone is focusing on is, predictably, Alex Rodrigue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2013

    What to Make of Cooperstown and The Hall of Fame No-Vote

    A friend writes: "Did you see Tyler Kepner's proposed reform for the HOF voting process in the NY Times today? I largely agree with him, with one big exception: he wants to keep all the voting secret. Sorry, we're not electing a president or a pope here. I say voters should not only have to make th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2013

    Tom Corbett's NCAA Lawsuit: The Biggest Sports Story of 2013?

    Though it didn't dominate the sports press during college football's bowl game week--and there's an irony for you--Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett's lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletic Association may ultimately prove to be the biggest sports story of 2013. For those who don't recall ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    Shelly Silver Off The Hook For (Taxpayer Funded) Coverup Of Vito Lopez Sex Scandal

    Much to the dismay of the National Organization of Women, women's rights attorney Gloria Allred, Assembly candidate Frank Commisso Jr., and thousands of New Yorkers, we're sure, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is off the hook for his tax-payer funded coverup of allegations of sexual misconduct by hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2012

    NY GOP Compares Coverup Of Vito Lopez's Pervy-ness To Penn State Scandal

    If the many, many allegations of sexual misconduct are true, shamed Assemblyman Vito Lopez is a dirty, dirty old man -- he tells female staffers not to wear bras, shoves his hands up their skirts, etc.The coverup of the disgraced pol's alleged actions by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver are equally s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2012

    Joe Paterno Biography Defends Former Penn State Coach's (In)Actions In Sex Abuse Scandal

    For the last few weeks there's been rumors that Joe Posnanski's much discussed biography of Joe Paterno, which is published Tuesday, would contain a defense of the coach's actions - or lack thereof - in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. As it turns out, Paterno - that's it, the entire ti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2012

    Flap Over "Paterno" Grows. Galleys Or No?

    No sports book this year has garnered any publicity like that of Joe Posnanski's "Paterno" (That's what everyone is calling it, though no one knows what the final title will be). Last Friday on NBC Sports, Craig Calcaterra reported that "Posnanski's publisher, Simon & Schuster ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    July 4, 2012
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    June 24, 2012

    Rightbloggers Have Another Miserable Pride Week

    Hope you folks had a good Pride week. Rightbloggers didn't, much. For one thing, last week anti-same-sex-marriage heavyweight David Blankenhorn finally gave up the fight. And with more states (and President Obama!) on the SSM bandwagon, rightbloggers' traditional hatred of homosexuals looks like les ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2012

    Paterno Speaks To Washington Post About Sandusky Scandal

    ​Joe Paterno spoke out about the child sexual abuse scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky that cost him his job as head coach of the Penn State University football team in an exclusive interview with the Washington Post. "In hindsight, I wish I had done more," he told the Pos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    Ryan Braun: No MVP If Guilty

    ​I haven't said anything about the Ryan Braun performance-enhancing drug controversy because I don't want to rush to judgment. I'll do my rushing after all analysis, arguments, and counterarguments are in. Meanwhile, there's another issue to consider. Yesterday,'s Jayson Stark argue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2011

    Budget Deal Stalls; Second Mile Mulls Future; 'Twilight' Rakes it in

    ​Yesterday, a bipartisan congressional committee was unable to come to an agreement on a new budget. The New York Times reports Democrats rejected the Republican deal because they said it did not contain enough new revenue. "Central to the impasse is a fundamental disagreement over how much r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    Brad Pitt Aside, Here's a Baseball Quiz: Why Does Moneyball Leave Out Steroid Ball?

    Billy BeaneIt's a Moneyball media fest out there — the articles on the book Moneyball, the movie Moneyball, the stars of Moneyball and the articles about the articles about Moneyball have created a light industry. Everything you always wanted to know about Moneyball is currently available on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2011

    Manny Ramirez: No Chance for the Hall of Fame?

    ​If it hadn't happened while Barry Bonds was on trial, Manny Ramirez might have made the Hall of Fame. As you've heard by now, Manny's career is over. Late last week Major League Baseball released a statement confirming what many had been whispering about: Ramirez was in some violation of bas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    Barry Bonds and His Big Head

    ​Who says there are no new angles to the Barry Bonds perjury trial? Kimberly Bell, who is said to have "dated Bonds" - I love that term; it always conjures up a couple at a malt shop or at a high school football game - "until an ugly breakup in 2003," testified that Bonds threatened to cut of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2010

    Tiger Woods Crashed His Car, Derailed His Life One Year Ago Today

    This time last year, Tiger Woods was on his way down. On November 27, 2009, the once-golden golf star was injured in a car accident outside of his home in Orlando, Florida. According to preliminary local reports and the initial statement Woods posted to his website, "the car crash that sent him to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2010

    Roger Clemens Indicted for Perjury

    ​Following in the not-so-great tradition of Barry Bonds, former Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens has been indicted by federal authorities on six charges, including perjury and making false statements to Congress, about his use of performance-enhancing drugs.

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2010

    Another Day, Another Tiger Woods Mistress (This Time With Child)

    ​Some days we almost feel a little bit sorry for Tiger Woods. Almost. Like when we hear that yet another mistress (a dime a dozen, these) has come forward and blah, blah, blah. But this time the story has a twist! "Adult film actress" Devon James has announced that he is the father of her 9-ye ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2010

    The Huffington Post Turns Five Years Old: A Look Back Through the Years

    ​Happy Mother's Day to Arianna Huffington, whose baby was born on May 9, 2005. Maybe you could say George W. Bush's reelection campaign was the father? Inconclusive, but it's still been half a decade and the little guy has just gotten so big. The headline fonts, at least. There's been scoops, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2010

    Tiger Woods' Sexting Texts: Free Verse Poetry

    ​Tiger Woods' sexxxy text messages have made their way to the Internet this morning en masse, courtesy of Joslyn James, one of the various women the golfer's had flings with over the last few years. Her website,, is currently overloaded with people who want to see what k ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2010

    Tiger Woods May Get Back in the Game in Two Weeks: Post

    ​It took years -- including 18 months in prison -- before disgraced Olympic runner Marion Jones returned to sports as a member of the WNBA's Tulsa Shock. But Tiger Woods may be on a faster track: He's hired former Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer -- who also worked with semi-disgraced ballpl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    Jayson Williams Gets 5 Years in Shooting Death. Warning: He's Eligible for Parole in 18 Months

    Jayson Williams, the former New Jersey Nets basketball star who killed his limo driver with a shotgun in 2002 and then tried to cover it up, was sentenced today to five years in prison. But under a plea deal with New Jersey prosecutors, he'll be eligible for parole in only 18 months. It can't be co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2010

    Tiger Woods Inspires Messy Ejaculations from the Press

    ​Maybe I'm the wrong person to comment on Tiger Woods. As a writer I have zero interest in the private lives of athletes and celebrities. They are either boring or tawdry. As a fan, I do have a little interest in scandal for entertainment value. I think Tiger should apologize to his wife, but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2010

    Tiger Woods Show Trial, Live-Blogged: "For All I Have Done, I Am So Sorry" (Update: Could Be Back to Golf This Year!)

    10:55 a.m. CNN is prefacing its Tiger Woods coverage with nerve-wracking percussion music and tweets from and interviews with Concerned Citizens ("That makes you laugh. Why does it make you laugh?"). 11:00 a.m. Now, the back of heads. Blue curtain. No sound. All the trappings of high drama!

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2010

    Jayson Williams Blew 0.19 on Drunk Test After Stuy-Town Crash. Stay Out of His Way!

    Jayson Williams, the pro basketball player who killed his chauffeur while fucking around with a shotgun and still hasn't served any prison time for it, was dead drunk when he crashed his Mercedes SUV into a tree near Stuy-Town last month, prosecutors say. Anybody in the path of his vehicle during ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2010

    Tiger Woods Sex Rehab Story Revives Celebrity Scandal Once Thought Lost

    The Tiger Woods scandal gave us lots and lots and lots of pleasure in 2009, but in recent weeks the sexed-up sports star has been keeping a low profile and hence not nearly as much easy to make fun of. So it is with relief we report that the National Enquirer allegedly has photographs allegedly of W ... More >>

  • Columns

    December 8, 2009

    Queer as Folk Star Goes Lesbian!

    Plus, which Tiger Woods mistress is trailer-ier?

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2009

    Jockbeat: The NFL's Invisible Steroid Problem

    It isn't so much that the use of steroids and performance enhancing drugs in the NFL gets less attention than it does in baseball -- it's more like it's invisible.  On Wednesday, the Jets announced they had signed Larry Izzo, three-time Pro Bowl linebacker and special teams player for the New E ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2009

    A-Rod: Shot Up With "Bole," Was Young and Stupid, Never Took HGH

    At his press conference in Tampa today, Alex Rodriguez said he didn't know that the substance he took back in 2003-2005 -- which he identified as something known in "the streets of DR" as "Bole," presumably the anabolic steroid Primobolan -- was a steroid. He referred to taking the substance as "stu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    Lance Armstrong: The Straight Dope

    What a strange reunion is taking place for three cycling legends this weekend in California:  --Lance Armstrong, the 7-time Tour de France winner who is staging a comeback at 37 in part to prove that he's a clean rider and no doper, despite a controversial 2005 report claiming that he'd used th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2009

    Fan, Press A-Rod Reactions: No Role Model, But Babe Would Have Juiced, Too

    After his admission that he used performance enhancing drugs from 2001 to 2003, Alex Rodriguez received the support of the Yankees organization ("Although we are disappointed in the mistake he spoke to today, we realize that Alex -- like all of us -- is a human being not immune to fault"). Fans and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2008

    Plenty of Harm, Not Enough Fouls: Were the NBA Playoffs Rigged?

    Both of the papers today lead with the allegations that referees ignored fouls from NBA stars to keep them in the game and to keep people in the seats. The claim comes from Tim Donaghy, a former ref who has pleaded guilty to wire fraud and gambling in connection with bets he placed on games he offic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2008

    Hard Line Drives: Viagra and Baseball

    Is there something slightly unseemly about the juxtaposition of a story about Viagra's off-label use by baseball players underneath a "OUR GREAT YANKEE DVD DEAL A BIG HIT!" panel? Is this a perfect example of the separation of "church and state" for advertising/promotions and editorial, or just a wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2007

    Clemens is a Big Fat Juicer: Mitchell Report

    How else to describe the rage in Clemen's eyes when he hurled a broken bat at the Met's Mike Piazza in the 2000 Subway Series. Former Yankee hurler Roger Clemens became the first played to be connected with steroids and human growth hormone in the Mitchell report, according to various news organiza ... More >>

  • News

    December 11, 2007

    Cops on Steroids

    Baseball has no monopoly on foul balls. The NYPD's own drug scandal keeps simmering.

  • News

    July 24, 2007

    Hoop Screams

    A Crooked Ref? Commissioner Stern's got much bigger problems

  • News

    May 22, 2007

    Speed on the Bases

    Does Jason Giambi's blabbing mean he wants to be one for the Angels?

  • News

    March 18, 2003

    Paper Tiger

    Golf's Godsend Has a Below-Par Social Conscience

  • News

    February 26, 2002
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    January 2, 2001
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    June 20, 2000
  • News

    September 29, 1998

    Betting the Pharmacy

    Rx gains in the race against drugs in sports

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