Ryan Braun and the 10 Most Memorable Suspensions in Sports History


There’s no doubt that you’ve heard the news that Ryan Braun has been suspended without pay for the remainder of the 2013 season.

The Milwaukee Brewers outfielder had previously escaped suspension for allegedly using performance-enhancing drugs, but it looks like MLB has had enough of players being associated with Biogenesis of America. Back in June, it was reported that the league was going after about 20 players who were associated with the Miami-area clinic.

It appears that Braun was the first to fall in the latest baseball drug scandal. Don’t be surprised if players like Alex Rodriguez, Bartolo Colon, Nelson Cruz, and Melky Cabrera also face suspensions in the near future.

In the world of sports, however, it’s not uncommon for players, coaches, and even entire teams to be reprimanded for inappropriate, unprofessional and sometimes illegal actions. Many suspensions have been handed down throughout the years, but here are the 10 most memorable.

10. Rafael Palmeiro

Palmeiro may not have received a lengthy suspension in 2005, but it did launch future investigations on players who violated the league’s new steroid policy. Palmeiro was suspended for 10 games and his legacy was forever tarnished as a result.

9. South Africa


The entire country of South Africa was banned from participating in the Olympics from 1964-92 because of apartheid. After almost 30 years of not being a part of the festivities, Elana Meyer won a silver medal at the 10,000-meter event in Barcelona. An amazing comeback and victorious moment for South Africa.

8. Marty McSorley


Hockey is known as a tough and brutal sport, but assaulting other players is another thing. On February 21, 2000, McSorley struck Donald Brashear’s head, which resulted in a grade 3 concussion. McSorley was suspended by the NHL for the remainder of the season, placed on probation and eventually never laced up his skates again.

7. Sean Payton

The head coach of the New Orleans Saints was suspended for an entire year, and without pay, in response to the bounty program scandal that rocked the NFL in early 2012. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell reinstated Payton on January 22, 2013.

6. Latrell Sprewell

Latrell Sprewell Warriors

We’ve probably all seen a player and coach having a disagreement, but witnessing a player choke out and attack a coach is unimaginable. But that happened in 1997 when Latrell Sprewell attacked coach P.J. Carlesimo. The Golden State Warriors gave Sprewell a 10-day suspension, but public pressure caused the team to void his contract the next day.

5. Ron Artest


Before renaming himself Metta World Peace, he was Ron Artest, the guy who was suspended by the NBA for that infamous brawl in Detroit. While still on the Pacers, Artest headed into the stands on November 19, 2004 after getting hit by a soda. This resulted in a massive fight between player and fans. Artest missed 73 regular season games and 13 playoff games, which was the longest suspension for an on-court incident in NBA history.

4. Ricky Williams


Ricky Williams was one of the most hyped players to enter the NFL, but he had his issues, including smoking marijuana. In 2004, the NFl slapped Williams with a four-game suspension and a $650,000 fine. Williams didn’t like the punishment, or maybe he just wanted to keep getting high, and he retired from the team. Although, he did make a comeback.

3. Tonya Harding


If you were around in 1994, there’s no way you missed the saga between Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan. Just a couple of days before the 1994 U.S. Nationals, someone took out Kerrigan by bashing her knee. It turned out the attacker was hired by Harding and her crew. She had her national title taken away and was banned by the USFSA forever.

2. Pete Rose


Charlie Hustle was one of the greatest baseball players of all time. He broke records, remains the all-time Major League Baseball leader in hits with 4,256 and found a job as manager of the Reds after his playing days were over. Unfortunately, Rose liked to bet on baseball games. He received a lifetime ban and, although deserving, will never be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

1. Chicago Black Sox


It was speculated that during the 1919 World Series, several players from the Chicago White Sox were paid to throw the series. They were ‘Shoeless’ Joe Jackson, Eddie Cicotte, George “Buck” Weaver, Oscar “Happy” Felsch, Arnold “Chick” Gandil, Charles “Swede” Risberg, Fred McMullin and Claude “Lefty” Williams, who all received lifetime bans from baseball.

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