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Peyton Manning calls Al Jazeera report linking him to doping ring 'a joke'

Peyton Manning 'Furious, Disgusted' Following Allegations of Doping

NFL quarterback Peyton Manning on Sunday called an Al Jazeera report linking him to performance-enhancing drugs "a joke, a freaking joke."

Manning, who said he was "furious" and "disgusted," addressed the issue during an interview with ESPN's Lisa Salters. He accused Al Jazeera of defamation and adamantly denied he ever used the human growth hormone (HGH).

Al Jazeera's explosive investigation said the Denver Broncos quarterback, one of the NFL's biggest names and a star on Madison Avenue who has appeared in numerous commercials, was one of several high-profile athletes who were supplied the drug.

The documentary, which was posted online early Sunday morning, is the result of a months-long investigation. In the report, titled "The Dark Side," British hurdler Liam Collins goes undercover to expose the widespread use of performance-enhancing drugs in international sports. As part of his cover, Collins told medical professionals tied to the doping trade that he planned to compete in the 2016 Olympics.

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PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 20: Peyton Manning (18) of the Denver Broncos watches the action from the sidelines against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half of play at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers hosted the Denver Broncos on Sunday, December 20, 2015. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 28: Mike Neal #96 of the Green Bay Packers looks to the sidelines during the game against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field on December 28, 2014 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Lions 30-20. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 3: Inside linebacker Clay Matthews #52 of the Green Bay Packers walks out to the field prior to playing the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on December 3, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Andrew Weber/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 8: Julius Peppers #56 of the Green Bay Packers looks on during a NFL game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank Of America Stadium on November 8, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 08: James Harrison #92 of the Pittsburgh Steelers walks onto the field before the start of the game against the Oakland Raiders at Heinz Field on November 8, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - FEBRUARY 26: RY 26: ARY 26: Taylor Teagarden #23 of the New York Mets poses for a portrait during Spring Training photo day at Tradition Field on February 26, 2014 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 12: Ryan Howard #6 of the Philadelphia Phillies in the dugout during the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on August 12, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Phillies defeated the Diamondbacks 7-6. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 29: Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman #11 of the Washington Nationals sits in the dugout during the game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on September 29, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
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The report claimed that steroids and other drugs were shipped to Manning's home in 2011 in the name of his wife, Ashley, so that the quarterback's name was never attached to the shipments. The documentary claimed that Manning was given human growth hormone in 2011 while he was recovering from neck surgery.

Charlie Sly, who allegedly spoke to an undercover reporter working for Al Jazeera, was named as Manning's drug connection.

EARLIER: The man at the center of the bombshell Peyton Manning doping story has recanted his statements

"Absolutely not, absolutely not," Manning said. "What hurts me the most about this, whoever this guy is, this slapstick trying to insinuate that in 2011, when more than less I had a broken neck — I had four neck surgeries... It stings me whoever this guy is to insinuate that I cut corners, I broke NFL rules in order to get healthy. It's a joke. It's a freaking joke."

Manning, 39, repeatedly referred to Sly as a "slapstick" during his interview with ESPN.

Al Jazeera identified Sly as a pharmacist employed at Guyer Institute, an Indiana-based anti-aging clinic. But Sly told ESPN's Chris Mortensen that he isn't a pharmacist and wasn't at the Guyer Institute in 2011, as Al Jazeera claimed. State licensing records indicate that a Charles David Sly was licensed as a pharmacy intern in Indiana from April 2010 to May 2013. His license expired May 1, 2013.

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PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 30: Peyton Manning attends the SuperBowl Breakfast where he received the Bart Starr award at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa on January 30, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Super Service Challenge)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 19: A digital display commemorates the NFL record 509th career passing touchdown by quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos in the second quarter of a game between the Denver Broncos and the San Francisco 49ers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 19: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos throws as he warms up before a game against the San Francisco 49ers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos in action against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum on November 9, 2014 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 07: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos runs the offense against the Indianapolis Colts at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 7, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Colts 31-24. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 17: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos stands on the sidelines during their preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on August 17, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 16: NFL quarterback Peyton Manning accepts award at The 2014 ESPYS at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images For ESPYS)
JERSEY CITY, NJ - JANUARY 26: Starting quarterback Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos addresses the media on January 26, 2014 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos in action against the New England Patriots during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos in action against the New England Patriots during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos celebrates after they defeated the New England Patriots 26 to 16 during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 01: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos watches the scoreboard from the sidelines during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on December 1, 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 15: Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos calls a play during the first half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on September 15, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 28: Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints congratulates Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos after the Broncos defeated the Saints 34-14 at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on October 28, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
ENGLEWOOD, CO - MAY 21: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos waits to talk to the local and national media following organized team activities at Dove Valley on May 21, 2012 in Englewood, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
ENGLEWOOD, CO - MARCH 20: Quarterback Peyton Manning (C) poses with majority owner, president, and CEO Pat Bowlen (L) and executive vice president of football operations John Elway (R) during a news conference announcing Manning's contract with the Denver Broncos in the team meeting room at the Paul D. Bowlen Memorial Broncos Centre on March 20, 2012 in Englewood, Colorado. Manning, entering his 15th NFL season, was released by the Indianapolis Colts on March 7, 2012, where he had played his whole career. It has been reported that Manning will sign a five-year, $96 million offer. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - JANUARY 3: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts looks on from the side line during their NFL game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Orchard Park, New York. The Bills defeated the Colts 30-7. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 01: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts throws a pass during the NFL game against the San Francisco 49ers at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 1, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS - DECEMBER 14: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts waits to be introduced before playing the Detroit Lions on December 14, 2008 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 04: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts calls a play to his team in the second quarter of Super Bowl XLI against the Chicago Bears defense on February 4, 2007 at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts speaks during Media Day prior to Super Bowl XLI at Dolphins Stadium in Miami, Florida on January 30, 2007. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning warms up before play against the Cincinnati Bengals Dec. 18, 2006 in the RCA Dome in Indianapolis. The Colts won 34 - 16. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick at a 2005 American Bowl press conference at the Tokyo Dome Hotel in Japan, Thursday August 4, 2005. (Photo by A. Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
MIAMI, : Miami Dolphins' defensive end Kenny Mixon (R) can't catch up to Indianapolis Colts' quarterback Peyton Manning (L) as he scrambles into the end zone for a touchdown during second quarter action 17 December 2000 at Pro Player Stadium in Miami, Florida. AFP PHOTO/RHONA WISE (Photo credit should read RHONA WISE/AFP/Getty Images)
18 Apr 1998: First overall pick Peyton Manning shows off his jersey after being selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the first round of the 1998 NFL Draft at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan, New York. Mandatory Credit: Ezra C. Shaw /Allsport
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - AUGUST 16: Indianapolis Colts rookie quarterback Peyton Manning looks for a received during a pre-season game with the San Diego Chargers 22 August at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo credit should read JOHN RUTHROFF/AFP/Getty Images)
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Sly also said he recanted his story to Al Jazeera when he realized that it had used information he had "made up" to British hurdler Collins.

Manning acknowledged that he went to the Guyer Institute in 2011 to use a hyperbaric chamber, which was recommended by trainers and doctors with the Indianapolis Colts. But the five-time NFL MVP emphatically said that he is angry at the report that he received HGH.

EARLIER: Here's the documentary that accuses Peyton Manning, Ryan Howard, and other NFL and MLB stars of doping

"I think I rotated between being angry, furious," he said. "Disgusted is really how I feel, sickened by it. I'm trying to understand how someone can make something up about somebody, admit that he made it up and yet somehow it gets published in a story. I don't understand that."'

"It's completely fabricated, complete trash, garbage — there's more adjectives I'd like to be able to use. It really makes me sick."

A statement on Al Jazeera's website says "the investigation raises questions about whether medical professionals are helping athletes cross to the dark side, and whether doping in sport is reaching new levels."

Read original story Peyton Manning Calls Al Jazeera Report Linking Him to Doping Ring 'a Joke' At TheWrap

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20. Reggie Bush forfeits Heisman, USC hammered by the NCAA

From 2003 to 2005, Reggie Bush gained national recognition as one of the most electric players we have ever seen in college football.

Bush finished his career with 6,551 all-purpose yards and 42 total touchdowns, earning a reputation as a player capable of breaking off a touchdown on any given play. Entering the 2005 college football season, he had already helped bring a BCS National Championship to USC, in addition to two AP national titles. He was also coming off a sophomore season in which he was named the 2004 Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year and a consensus All-American.

As a junior, Bush compiled 18 total touchdowns while leading the nation with 2,218 yards from scrimmage and an astonishing 8.7 yards per carry. That year, he led the Trojans to a BCS National Championship runner-up performance, earned consensus All-American and Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year honors once again and was named the winner of the Doak Walker, Walter Camp and AP Player of the Year Awards.

The most prestigious accolade, however, came when he was named the seventh player in USC history to win the Heisman Trophy.

Unfortunately, his legendary collegiate career would be followed by a scandal that received just as much media attention. It was discovered that Bush and his family had accepted impermissible benefits from an aspiring sports agent, and as a result, the running back would forfeit his 2005 Heisman Trophy.

USC would pay the biggest price, though.

The NCAA handed down one of the harshest punishments in the organization’s controversial history, in what appeared to be an overzealous attempt to send a message.

The Trojans received a two-year postseason ban, a reduction in scholarships and all wins that Bush participated in dating back to December 2004 were vacated. USC’s 2004 national title was also vacated by the Bowl Championship Series.

(Photo by Kirby Lee/Getty Images)

19. USA basketball loses gold medal match to Soviet Union in the 1972 Olympics

In 1972, the United States and the Soviet Union were in the middle of the Cold War, a period of extreme political tension between the two nations. Sports was viewed as an escape from all of this, but that changed in the basketball gold medal match of the 1972 Olympics in Munich.

With three seconds remaining, American guard Doug Collins sank two free throws to take a 50-49 lead. The next three seconds of play would go down as one of most infamous moments in Olympic history.

The Soviets inbounded the ball, but play was stopped due to a disturbance caused by their assistant coach regarding not being awarded a timeout during the previous free throw. Rather than assessing a technical foul for disrupting play, the officials cancelled the play altogether.

On the following inbound play, a clock malfunction caused the final horn to sound after just one second, as the Americans tipped the Soviet pass out-of-bounds. The United States began to celebrate what they thought to be a victory. Once again, however, the play was wiped out and their opponent was awarded yet another chance.

This time, everything fell into place for the Soviets, as they connected on a length-of-the-court pass that led to an uncontested lay-up with time expiring. After losing a protest, the USA basketball team refused to accept their silver medals.

Over four decades later, the Americans still refuse to acknowledge the controversial Soviet victory.

Per Daily Mail:

“If there hadn’t been the scandal, the controversy, if we’d lost that game fair and square I would proudly wear a silver medal,” Michael Bantom, a forward on the 1972 team said. “But it doesn’t matter if it’s one year, ten years or forty years it doesn’t make sense for me to accept the medal I don’t think I deserve.”

Current USA basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski remembers the event as ‘a shocking example of politics meddling in sport.’

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17. Tonya Harding — Nancy Kerrigan

The Tonya Harding — Nancy Kerrigan incident of 1994 featured a shocking combination of win-at-all-costs attitude, hit men and an FBI investigation that would be unprecedented in almost any sport, much less the graceful art of figure skating.

With Harding in danger of missing the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympics, she allegedly turned to a trio of goons, including her ex-husband Jeff Gillooly, in order to derail her top competition. Kerrigan was considered the favorite to win the U.S. Figure Skating Championships that year, and was the main obstacle standing between Harding and her second trip to the Olympics.

On January 6th, Kerrigan was assaulted following a practice round for the championships. Shane Stant, who was hired by Gillooly and Harding’s bodyguard Shawn Eckhardt to carry out the attack, clubbed Kerrigan with a baton just above her right knee.

The incident caused her to withdraw from the event, which Harding would win, sending her to the Olympics. Kerrigan was still able to perform in Lillehammer as well, though, and managed to walk away with a silver medal. Harding would finish in eighth place.

All three men involved would face jail time.

Harding admitted that she learned of the plan after the attack, and failed to come forward to the authorities. According to her ex-husband, however, she was very much involved in the conspiracy to injure Kerrigan.

(Photo credit should read CHRIS WILKINS/AFP/Getty Images)

16. Lance Armstrong admits to using PEDs

During his reign of dominance over the sport of cycling, Lance Armstrong was one of the most uplifting stories in all of sports.

Two years removed from winning a near-fatal bout with testicular cancer, Armstrong began a streak of seven consecutive Tour de France victories that would span from 1999 to 2005. Due to the feel-good nature of his personal story, as well as his tremendous charity work in supporting cancer patients through the Livestrong Foundation, he became an iconic figure in the world of sports.

Unfortunately, these accomplishments would be tarnished by performance-enhancing-drug use.

In 2010, disgraced former teammate Floyd Landis made startling accusations against the legendary cyclist, claiming that the he had been using PEDs throughout his career. Two and a half years later, Armstrong came clean during an interview with Oprah Winfrey.

During the interview, he admitted to using some form of blood doping or PEDs during all seven of his Tour wins.

The admission occurred as evidence from a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency investigationmounted against him. Consequently, Armstrong was stripped of all of his Tour de France titles, as well as his 2000 Olympic bronze medal.

While it does not excuse his transgression’s, the USADA report that implicated him pointed out a much larger problem at hand: eighty percent of the Tour de France medalists from 1996 to 2010 were similarly connected to blood doping or PED use.

(Photo by George Burns/Oprah Winfrey Network via Getty Images)

13. Black Sox scandal

In 1919, the Chicago White Sox were widely considered the best team in baseball. After winning the American League pennant with an 88-52 record, they were the favorites to beat the Cincinnati Reds in the World Series.

During a time when fixing baseball games was not unprecedented, eight members of the White Sox did the unthinkable: they threw the World Series.

The scandal involved mob connections, wealthy gamblers and death threats, as well as a complete disregard for the integrity of the game. The players involved were allegedly promised $100,000 for their actions.

Among those involved was one of the greatest players that baseball had ever seen, outfielder Shoeless Joe Jackson, whose .359 career batting average ranks third all-time. The other perpetrators were first baseman Arnold Gandil, pitchers Eddie Cicotte and Claude Williams, outfielder Oscar Felsch and infielders Swede Risberg, Buck Weaver and Fred McMullin.

The Reds won the series five games to three.

While the players would not be charged criminally for their actions, all eight were banned from baseball for life in 1921 by commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis. The incident remains one of the most infamous occurrences in sports history, and is known as the Black Sox scandal.

(Photo by New York Times Co./Getty Images)

9. 2015 FIFA corruption case

FIFA has never been thought to be free of corruption and scandal, but the events onthe morning of May 27, 2015 shined a light on just how widespread and serious the problems within the organization were.

Swiss authorities raided a hotel in Zurich, arresting seven top-ranking executives from the world’s governing body of football on charges stemming from an FBI investigation. The United States would indict a total of 14 FIFA officials and corporate executives on charges of racketeering conspiracy and corruption.

Among those indicted were two current FIFA vice presidents, as well as the current and former presidents of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF). While not charged criminally, FIFA President Sepp Blatter was also a major part of the investigation, and has announced his intentions to resign once a new president is named.

The indictments come following the controversial awarding of the 2018 Russia and 2022 Qatar World Cups. The investigation goes back much farther than these two bidding processes, though, and has unveiled over two decades of corruption at the top of the organization.

A centerpiece of the investigation is an alleged $10 million bribe, which secured votes for the 2010 South Africa World Cup.

(Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

8. Tim Donaghy NBA betting scandal

Shocking revelations involving a veteran referee, mob associates and a betting scandal rocked the NBA community in the summer of 2007. Just over a year later, the referee involved, Tim Donaghy, was sentenced to 15 months in prison for his actions.

Donaghy had a severe gambling addiction, and allegedly made tens of thousands of dollars in bets on NBA games from 2005 to 2007. During this time, point spreads were significantly affected by games in which he officiated. His involvement in the scheme was revealed when his name came up during an unrelated FBI investigation into organized crime.

In addition to the negative publicity that Donaghy brought upon the NBA, he also revived one of the league’s biggest conspiracies: the alleged fixing of Game 6 of the 2002 NBA Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings.

The game featured one of the most embarrassing displays of officiating in the history of the sport, and allowed the Lakers to come back and eventually advance to the finals, where they won their third consecutive NBA championship.

Donaghy claimed that one of the referees officiating the game informed him that they were working in the league’s interest to force a Game 7.

(Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)

4. Jim Thorpe stripped of his Olympic gold medals

Jim Thorpe is widely considered one of the most versatile athletes in the history of sports. Thorpe was named “The Greatest Athlete of the First Half of the Century” by the Associated Press, and his long list of accomplishments is nothing short of outstanding.

As a college football player at Carlisle Indian School, he emerged as a star that could dominate at nearly any position on the field. He was named an All-American twice, while also competing in baseball, track and lacrosse.

The Jim Thorpe Award, given annually to the best defensive back in college football, is named in his honor. In addition, Thorpe would help found the American Professional Football Association, which eventually developed into the National Football League.

Thorpe’s most impressive athletic feat, however, was taken away from him in 1913.

At the 1912 Stockholm Olympics, he delivered a record-setting performance, winning the decathlon and pentathlon. Thorpe was beloved by fans when he returned home, but months later, his amateur status was revoked as a result of him playing minor league baseball prior to the Olympics. Despite the protest from the Amateur Athletic Union coming far past the legal limit of 30 days after the closing ceremony, the International Olympic Committee voted to strip him of his records and medals from the events.

Many believe the elimination of his records had more to do with Thorpe’s Native American heritage than it did the question of his amateur status, however.

“Those Olympic records are the best proof that he was superb, and they aren’t official,” Kate Buford, author of the Jim Thorpe biography, Native American Son, toldSmithsonian Magazine. “He’s like the phantom contender.”

His medals were eventually restored in 1983, long after he had passed away.

The fact that Thorpe’s accomplishments were not even a part of the Olympics’ official history for so long further adds to the myth surrounding one of the greatest athletes of all-time.

(Photo by PhotoQuest/Getty Images)

2. O.J. Simpson murder trial

O.J. Simpson is without a doubt one of the most polarizing sports figures of the 20th century.

Simpson rose to national prominence at USC, where he became a two-time consensus All-American and was named the recipient of the 1968 Heisman Trophy. He would go on to experience a successful pro career after being drafted No .1 overall by the Buffalo Bills in 1969. Simpson claimed four rushing titles and the 1973 MVP Award on his way to a Hall of Fame career.

On June, 12 1994, though, his ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and her friend Ronald Goldman were found murdered outside of her home. Shortly after, Simpson led police on a highly publicized chase in an infamous white Ford Bronco, which ended with him being charged with two counts of murder.

The trial turned into a media spectacle that ended with Simpson being acquitted of the criminal charges, despite being found liable for $33.5 million in damages from a coinciding civil trial. He is currently in jail after being found guilty of kidnapping and armed robbery, stemming a confrontation at a Las Vegas hotel in which he claims to have been attempting to retrieve sports memorabilia that was stolen from him.

Simpson is not the first NFL player to be involved in a murder case, with former players Rae Carruth and Aaron Hernandez currently incarcerated on murder-related charges. The high-profile nature of the trial and the fact that he walked free despite mounting evidence, however, makes it one of the most notorious scandals in sports history.

(Photo credit should read Vince Bucci/AFP/Getty Images)

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