There’s a saying that goes something like, “if you’re not cheating, you’re not trying.” In sports, that can be true when athletes often look for ways to beat their competitors. Athletes and even coaches will try to get any advantage for things to work in their favor. The key is not to get caught red-handed. Unfortunately, this happens way too often. Here are five favorites getting caught cheating in their sports.
1. Tom Brady
Deflate-Gate is something all football fans are probably familiar with by now. Tom Brady was at the center of it as he told the team staff that he preferred the footballs used for the Patriots offense plays to be deflated to a level that is considered illegal by the NFL standards. Brady got rid of all evidence from his phone when the NFL tried to investigate whether he was involved or not. Brady was suspended for 4 games after the investigation.
2. Danny Almonte
The Little League World Series is something that many people enjoy watching. It is astounding to see incredibly talented 12-year-olds play baseball like adult professionals astounding. In the 2001 World Series, Danny Almonte was a pitcher that pitched balls at 76 miles per hour, which is equal to a 103-mile-per-hour in the major leagues. He threw a perfect game, the first in almost 30 years, and people started to wonder if he was only 12 years old. During the investigation, he was caught red-handed, and evidence revealed his parents forged documents to state that he was 12 instead of 14 years old.
3. Nelson Piquet Jr.
Cheating can lead to victory, but it can also cause pain — not just theoretical pain, but physical pain, too. Nelson Piquet Jr. purposely crashed his car in 2013 to help his teammate Fernando Alonso win the race. This resulted in him being banned from all Formula 1 events.
4. Mike Tomlin
Not only was Mike Tomlin caught cheating red-handed, but the NFL also fined him $100,000. With the Steelers down in the 3rd quarter and the Ravens in possession of the ball running to score a touchdown potentially, Tomlin had his foot on the field around the 40-yard line and had his back to the play. It caused Jacoby Jones to turn during his kick return and get tackled. Tomlin was seen smirking on the sidelines but was later paying a hefty fine.
5. Dwight Howard
Stickum is a substance that helps make a ball easier to catch and hold. The NFL banned it in 1981, but the NBA never actually banned it, even though it is frowned upon. Dwight was caught red-handed using stickum on a ball during a game against the Atlanta Hawks. Paul Milsap was the one that felt something funny on the ball while shooting a free throw shot. Dwight was discovered as the culprit.