Drug Kingpins, Bloodgate & dollies. 5 sports scandals of the past decade you might of missed.

By: Rosa Lilly Melendez



While you may have heard of the Deflategate scandal from 2014 involving the New England Patriots, have you ever heard of Bloodgate? This scandal occurred on April 12, 2009 and involved the rugby union English team Harlequins in the Heineken Cup quarter final. The reason that this scandal was dubbed Bloodgate was due to the use of a team member using a blood capsule to fake a blood injury. The subsequent investigation by the European Rugby Cup and the Rugby Football Union found that the Harlequins had used fake blood injuries in the past in order to enable tactical substitutions and allow certain teammates to re-enter the game. This subsequently led to bans, suspensions and resignations of those involved in the orchestration of the fake blood injury including the teams coach and the clubs medical physician Dr. Wendy Chapman, who cut the athletes lip to allow the athlete to hide the use of the blood capsule. The Bloodgate stigma has left a lasting bad impression on the club.


Winter Olympics 2014 Ski Team

Thailand’s Olympic Ski team in 2014 had one very interesting member. Thirty-six-year old Vanessa Mae, a well known British pop violinist who was famous for mixing classical music with techno. What was so scandalous about this? Well, she participated in four races that were manipulated and fixed to make it seem as though she performed much better than she actually had in order to allow her to qualify for the Olympics. Given that her times were manipulated, it was no surprise when she came in last out of 67 racers in the giant slalom. Want to know more about Vanessa? Here is her website: Vanessa Mae


Rio 2016 Olympics Team Russia

There were many stories both good and bad surrounding the 2016 Olympics in Rio, but did you hear about the drug use scandal by Team Russia? The doping scandal resulted in critics wanting a blanket ban of the entire Russian team stating that cheating was completely unacceptable, this sentiment was echoed by WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) however, they could only make the recommendation and in the end had to respect the decision of the IOC (International Olympic Committee). The IOC did not go with a blanket ban and ultimately decided that only 118 out of 389 competitors would wind up banned from competing in the Olympics. Read more about the Olympics here.


Conor McGregor vs Khabib Nurmagomedov

In April 2018, Conor McGregor attacked a bus full of UFC fighters and staff following a media day event. When video of the incident emerged (watch the video here Bus Attack), it showed McGregor and his team throwing several items at the bus such as guard rails, trash cans and hand dollies. The hand dolly subsequently shattered the bus window causing injuries to fighters Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg who ended up having to drop out of their fights due to injuries from the glass. This incident further fueled the tensions between McGregor and Nurmagomedov. Read more about McGregor here McGregor and Nurmagomedov here Nurmagomedov


NFL Sam Hurd: Drug Kingpin

Sam Hurd is a former American Football wide receiver in the NFL. He played for the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears. Hurd was arrested by an undercover federal agent after attempting to buy half a ton of marijuana and 10 kilograms of cocaine. Following his arrest, rumors began to emerge that he was one of the leagues big drug dealers and was supplying drugs to dozens of NFL players. He was subsequently convicted and sentenced to 15 years in prison for his role in the drug distribution scheme while he was actively playing for the Chicago Bears. Find out more about Sam Hurd here Hurd

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