While the National Football League enjoys unprecedented popularity, the sport has also seen its fair share of scandals. NFL players, coaches, and owners have all done something stupid. The league generally invites even its worst offenders back with open arms, but their legacies remain tarnished by their transgressions.
Sometimes, the punishment is delivered by the NFL itself. Examples include the fine New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick paid after the Spygate scandal and the suspension of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger when sexual assault allegations were brought against him. Sometimes law enforcement gets involved, such as when Michael Vick was incarcerated for running a dog fighting operation or the famous OJ Simpson trial.
Find our complete list of the 14 most shocking NFL scandals below.
New England Patriots Headsetgate
OJ Simpson Murder Trial
Michael Vick’s Dogfighting Ring
Ben Roethlisberger’s Sexual Relations
New Orleans Saints Bountygate
Minnesota Vikings Love Boat Scandal
Lawrence Taylor’s Sex and Drugs
Brett Favre-Jenn Sterger Scandal
Eugene Robinson at Super Bowl XXXIII
New England Patriots Spygate
Eddie DeBartolo Jr.’s Extortion Scandal
Super Bowl XXXVIII Wardrobe Malfunction
Joe Namath vs. Suzy Kolber
Paul Hornung-Alex Karras Betting Scandal