Olympic athletes are often put on a pedestal when it comes to their abilities.
However, even these gifted individuals can get into trouble with the law, get arrested, need to post bail and serve a sentence. Sadly, there has been way too many cases of this not including the Michael Phelps Marijuana Scandal.
Let’s take a look at some of the bigger examples when it comes to Olympic athletes who didn’t do a good job of staying on the right side of the law in their area.
1) Oscar Pistorius
This is one of the bigger cases that has been seen in recent times. He rose to fame after running with a disability at the Olympics. He won the hearts of everyone.
However, this was short-lived as news came out he had shot his girlfriend. She was murdered after he killed her at his home.
This led to an extensive case against him and various days in court. In the end, he was convicted of culpable homicide and six years in jail.
2) Lance Armstrong
The famous cyclist whose name has been spread across the planet as one of the greatest to have ever lived does not have that moniker any longer. He was seen using PEDs for his wins and was even found to have assisted others in the matter as well.
3) Tonya Harding
She was a famous Olympic skater who was caught in turmoil with her teammate. They were bitter against one another, but Tonya Harding took it a step further by asking to have her teammate attacked.
This was done by her ex-husband on her behalf.
The court case went on for eight months before she was banned for life.
These are just some of the athletes who have got in trouble with the law and brought shame to their nations and all that they have done in their past as athletes.
And now we have Ryan Locate. These are the people we chose to represent our country!