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5 Prominent Athletes Caught Telling Major Career Lies

You'd think that honesty would be kind of a key ingredient in sports. But time and again, athletes have proven this wrong by cheating a...

You'd think that honesty would be kind of a key ingredient in sports. But time and again, athletes have proven this wrong by cheating and lying their way through life.

And it's even encouraged to a degree, as evidenced by the old saying, "if you aren't cheating, you aren't trying."

Here's a look at some of the losers who got caught telling major fibs.

Tiger Woods
In 2009, rumors began swirling that Tiger Woods, one of the most famous athletes in the world, was cheating on his wife. Naturally, he denied this. 
Tiger Woods
He found it harder to lie about his infidelity, however, after a domestic incident left him with a smashed up car, numerous minor injuries, and a reputation in tatters. 

Turns out Woods had multiple mistresses, many of whom were happy to spill the beans once the cat was out of the bag. Woods eventually ended up making several public admissions of guilt, but it's been a case of too little, too late, as his golf game—and reputation—have never recovered.

Ali Dia
Ali Dia is considered by many to be the worst soccer player in the history of top flight English soccer. He's also a legend for the same reason. 
Ali Dia 

Dia, a midfielder from Senegal, got one of his college buddies to pose as famous African soccer player George Weah. The fake Weah then called up Southampton F.C. and talked the general manager into signing Dia to a contract, sight unseen. 

Dia played exactly one match for Southampton, being pulled off the field after less than an hour. That was enough time for everyone to realize they had been duped.

Lance Armstrong
While he was busy winning seven Tour de France titles, Lance Armstrong also had a second full-time job: denying widespread allegations that he was a cheater. 
Lance Armstrong
Everyone knows how this story ended, of course, with Amrstrong being revealed as a doper of the first magnitude, not to mention a world class hypocrite and liar. 

Many fans who had idolized Armstrong as much for his efforts on behalf of cancer patients as his athletic prowess were left wondering just how they were supposed to feel.

The Spanish Paralympic Basketball Team
Finally, perhaps the most heinous and egregious case of lying in sports came from the Spanish Paralympic Basketball team at the 2000 Special Olympics. 
Basketball Has Witnessed A Major Cheat
Competing in the intellectual disability category, which is meant only for players with an IQ 70 or below, the Spanish team rolled through the field and claimed the gold medal. Which was probably really easy for them considering ten of the team's members weren't intellectually disabled at all.

Morally disabled, yes, but intellectually, they were just average folks who decided to lie about it in order to steal medals from the mentally handicapped. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the worst people who have ever lived.

Rafael Palmeiro
Rafael Palmeiro is one of only five players in Major League Baseball history to amass more than 500 home runs and 3,000 hits over the course of his career. 

Yet, he's not in the Hall of Fame, nor is he likely to get in any time soon. 
Rafael Palmeiro
Why? Well, it's mostly because he's a notorious liar: while testifying before Congress about steroids, he wagged his finger in their collective faces and stridently asserted, "I have never used steroids, period. 

I don't know how to say it any more clearly than that. Never." 

Six months later he was suspended for using steroids. If he does ever get into the Hall of Fame, hopefully the bust will be a statue of America face palming. - Grunge 

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