15 Biggest PED Scandals in Sports History

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If you’re Alex Rodriguez, doping has never gotten in the way of a big payday and he is living proof that the old adage “cheaters never prosper” is not entirely true. An admitted performance enhancing drug user, A-Rod has been suspended for the entire 2014 season. Not to worry, the Yankees veteran third baseman is in the middle of a 10-year, $275 million deal with the Bronx Bombers. Of course, not all cheaters prosper and doping has been around for long time. One of the earliest reported cases of doping happened in 1807 when British race walker Abraham Wood confessed to using an opiate to keep himself awake longer. Only recently have dopers been scandalized and punished.

15. Ben Plucknett

Plucknett, a world class discus thrower from Nebraska, had the dubious distinction of being the first athlete to have his world records expunged for PED use in the modern era. In June of 1981, Plucknett threw the discus a world record of 273 feet 4 inches at a meet in Stockholm. However, the International Amateur Athletic Foundation (as it was then known) stripped him of his records a week later when it was revealed he tested positive for anabolic steroid use at a meet in New Zealand the previous January. This was the first time that track and field’s governing body had stripped anyone of their accomplishments and subsequently banned him from competition for life. However, he was able to appeal the IAAF’s ruling and began competing again in August of 1982. And, his record throw of 273’ 4” still stands as the American record.a-Pluck

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