Infamous sports suspensions

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Clippers owner Donald Sterling received a lifetime ban from the NBA. They say history repeats itself and that seems to be the case in the world of sports. Athletes, owners, and coaches have been getting themselves into trouble for decades. Take a look at the list of some of the most infamous sports suspensions.

On Nov. 19, 2004 a brawl broke out between the Pacers and the Pistons. A fan threw a water bottle at Ron Artest sending the basketball player into a fury. He charged into the stands and attacked the fans who were taunting him. Both teams received a plethora of suspensions, but Artest suffered the biggest punishment. The NBA implemented an 86-game suspension that resulted in a $5 million loss in salary.
Infamous sports suspensions
On Nov. 19, 2004 a brawl broke out between the Pacers and the Pistons. A fan threw a water bottle at Ron Artest sending the basketball player into a fury. He charged into the stands and attacked the fans who were taunting him. Both teams received a plethora of suspensions, but Artest suffered the biggest punishment. The NBA implemented an 86-game suspension that resulted in a $5 million loss in salary.
Michael Ray Richardson
Michael Ray Richardson
Michael Ray Richardson
Steve Howe, 1980
Steve Howe, 1980
Steve Howe, 1980
A gambling addiction helped destroy the career of NFL quarterback Art Schlichter. The Ohio State standout was suspended twice by the NFL over gambling issues and denied reinstatement by then commissioner Pete Rozelle in 1988. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2012 for his role in a sports tickets scam. 
Infamous sports suspensions
A gambling addiction helped destroy the career of NFL quarterback Art Schlichter. The Ohio State standout was suspended twice by the NFL over gambling issues and denied reinstatement by then commissioner Pete Rozelle in 1988. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2012 for his role in a sports tickets scam. 
Latrell Sprewell had an issue with his coach P.J. Carlesimo. Sprewell reached his boiling point at a team practice because he didn’t like the way that Carlesimo was speaking to him. The four-time NBA all-star grabbed the coach by the throat and dragged him across the court. After the scuffle was broken up, Sprewell went after Carlesimo again, this time punching him across the face. Sprewell ended up serving a 68-game suspension for his outburst.
Infamous sports suspensions
Latrell Sprewell had an issue with his coach P.J. Carlesimo. Sprewell reached his boiling point at a team practice because he didn’t like the way that Carlesimo was speaking to him. The four-time NBA all-star grabbed the coach by the throat and dragged him across the court. After the scuffle was broken up, Sprewell went after Carlesimo again, this time punching him across the face. Sprewell ended up serving a 68-game suspension for his outburst.
Roy Tarpley
Roy Tarpley
Roy Tarpley
George Steinbrenner
George Steinbrenner
George Steinbrenner
The Black Sox, Lifetime Bans
Gilbert Arenas had a love of guns that ultimately led to a 50-game suspension. Arenas kept firearms in his locker and was even charged by the D.C. police for carrying a gun without a license.
Infamous sports suspensions
Gilbert Arenas had a love of guns that ultimately led to a 50-game suspension. Arenas kept firearms in his locker and was even charged by the D.C. police for carrying a gun without a license.
Marge Schott
Marge Schott
Marge Schott
Stanley Wilson had an addiction that cost him his career. The Bengals running back received a lifetime ban from the NFL after being caught with drugs on three occasions. Wilson’s third offense occurred the night before the Super Bowl when his coach found him doing lines of cocaine in the bathroom.
Infamous sports suspensions
Stanley Wilson had an addiction that cost him his career. The Bengals running back received a lifetime ban from the NFL after being caught with drugs on three occasions. Wilson’s third offense occurred the night before the Super Bowl when his coach found him doing lines of cocaine in the bathroom.
Marty McSorley of the Boston Bruins, knocked out Vancouver's Donald Brashear by swinging his hockey stick at his head in March, 2000. McSorley was banned from 23 regular season games.
Infamous sports suspensions
Marty McSorley of the Boston Bruins, knocked out Vancouver's Donald Brashear by swinging his hockey stick at his head in March, 2000. McSorley was banned from 23 regular season games.
FILE - This Jan. 12, 1992 file photo shows Tonya Harding, left, and Nancy Kerrigan at the 1992 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Orlando, Fla. On Saturday, July 27, 2013, NBC announced a documentary about the 1994 attack on Nancy Kerrigan to air during the upcoming Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin, File)
FILE - This Jan. 12, 1992 file photo shows Tonya Harding, left, and Nancy Kerrigan at the 1992 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Orlando, Fla. On Saturday, July 27, 2013, NBC announced a documentary about the 1994 attack on Nancy Kerrigan to air during the upcoming Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin, File)
FILE - This Jan. 12, 1992 file photo shows Tonya Harding, left, and Nancy Kerrigan at the 1992 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Orlando, Fla. On Saturday, July 27, 2013, NBC announced a documentary about the 1994 attack on Nancy Kerrigan to air during the upcoming Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin, File)
Former Philadelphia Phillies baseball player Pete Rose, left, and former Phillies manager and player Dallas Green share a laugh during the 3rd annual Party with the Pros on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at The Electric City Trolley Museum in Scranton, Pa. (AP Photo / The Scranton Times-Tribune, Butch Comegys) WILKES BARRE TIMES-LEADER OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT
Former Philadelphia Phillies baseball player Pete Rose, left, and former Phillies manager and player Dallas Green share a laugh during the 3rd annual Party with the Pros on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at The Electric City Trolley Museum in Scranton, Pa. (AP Photo / The Scranton Times-Tribune, Butch Comegys) WILKES BARRE TIMES-LEADER OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT
Former Philadelphia Phillies baseball player Pete Rose, left, and former Phillies manager and player Dallas Green share a laugh during the 3rd annual Party with the Pros on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at The Electric City Trolley Museum in Scranton, Pa. (AP Photo / The Scranton Times-Tribune, Butch Comegys) WILKES BARRE TIMES-LEADER OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT
John Rocker and the general public: Rocker was every team's public relations nightmare. His notorious statement often raised controversy. This feud is between John Rocker and the general public.
15 Oct 1999: Relief pitcher John Rocker #49 of the Atlanta Braves celebrates as he walks off the field during Game 3 of the National League Championship Series against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium in New York. The Braves defeated the Mets 1-0.
John Rocker and the general public: Rocker was every team's public relations nightmare. His notorious statement often raised controversy. This feud is between John Rocker and the general public.

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