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Beyond OJ: 7 Other Shocking Moments That Took Our Breath Away

Occasionally something happens in the sports world that makes you stop dead in your tracks. You probably even remember where you were when you heard the news. Setting aside deaths (RIP Reggie Lewis and Jose Fernandez), these are our Top 7 most shocking moments of the past 25 years…

7. A-Rod Outed as a PED User

This isn’t higher on the list because a baseball player admitting to steroid use can only be so shocking, but in case you forget, this was a big fucking deal in 2009 when it happened. A-Rod was still considered the best all-around player in the game and was generally seen as a clean player. The revelation from Sports Illustrated that he tested positive for multiple PEDs in 2003 blew the lid off all of that and altered his reputation forever…




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKpLSQlILoI

6. Kobe Bryant Accused of Rape

You probably don’t remember where you were when A-Rod was revealed as a steroid user. The same may not be true for Kobe being accused of rape in the summer of 2003. While we didn’t know much about Kobe at the time, what we did know indicated he was a good guy. He got married young and seemed to put all his spare energy into training, not chasing (or assaulting) women. This was also before the recent societal “awakening” regarding athletes and sexual assault, which means the news was shocking in a way that would be almost impossible today…




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5W4JfnEQg4

5. Tiger Woods Attacked by his Wife on Thanksgiving

As stupid as it sounds now, pre-Thanksgiving 2009 Tiger Woods’s reputation was that of a boring family man. We bought all the bullshit about him being a loving husband, and didn’t pause to consider the possibility that the whole thing was more of an elaborate PR strategy than actual reality. The revelation of a famous athlete being unfaithful can only be so shocking, but the way this went down, with all of Tiger’s liaisons blowing up in his face at once as his wife chased him down the street with a nine iron, turned it into one of the biggest – and most surprising – stories of all time. Even more shocking? Tiger still hasn’t recovered from that night…




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vL4rjW523lg

4. Jerry Sandusky Revealed as a Pedophile

This story was a little different. No one outside of hard core college football circles even knew who Jerry Sandusky was. And as the news initially broke in November 2011, the severity and scope of the crimes wasn’t entirely clear. That changed quickly as the media began to understand what actually happened, and within a day or two Sandusky was the lead story on every sports or news program in America…




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lq6MNcQOxSM

3. Aaron Hernandez Charged with Murder

In retrospect, there were more than a few signs that Aaron Hernandez wasn’t exactly the kind of guy you would want to bring home to mom. At the time though, his faults were generally considered to be minor, along the lines of “he smokes too much weed and hangs out with a rough crowd.” His selection in the 4th round by the Patriots was considered a steal, and the team had recently awarded him a rich contract extension when news broke that he was a psychopath…




https://youtu.be/IATBa_K0mgE?t=57s

No 2. Michael Jordan’s Sudden Retirement

Jordan was coming off three straight titles and was in the middle of his prime when he decided to walk away from the game. Two comebacks and subsequent retirements have taken some of the juice away from this moment in retrospect, but at the time we thought #23 would never play again. If Twitter had existed on October 6, 1993 when MJ sat down at the mic to let the world in on his secret, it may have combusted on the spot…




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8xJrOnyaWU

1. Magic Johnson’s HIV Announcement

25 years later, this still takes the cake. All you need to know is that when Magic called Larry Bird to break the news, Bird had to pull off the road. No one this famous had ever been diagnosed with HIV before, never mind a healthy athlete in the prime of his life. Think about how shocking it would be today if LeBron called a press conference to announce he was retiring because of herpes? Now multiply that 20x for Magic…

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