Sports stars are celebrities to their fans, inspire young athletes, get thousands of sports fanatics to attend events and are placed on a high pedestal by the world. When they are involved in scandals, it also affects the sport overall. A few email scandals brought down sports stars, here are the biggest scandals unraveled with leaked emails.
Oscar Pistorius made headlines as a runner gone to a gunner. Before the shooting of his girlfriend he was one of the most recognizable sportsmen, called the fastest man with no legs, Pistorius was courted by the luxury brand. International Paralympic Pistorius was once called the sexiest man alive and then he lost all the fame and became the man convicted of the murder of Reeva Steenkamp.
Pistorius could not run from the law although he was sentenced to only 5 years and released after only a 5th of the time was served. He has to continue psychotherapy and was convicted of culpable homicide. Parents of model Reeva Steenkamp are have argued that he has not served enough time in prison, but they also said nothing has changed, their daughter can’t come back and Pistorius believe he is above the law. The question is, will the blade runner return to athletics, the International Paralympic Committee said he could resume his career once his sentence is served and the South African Olympic Committee confirmed that it had no regulation to ban athletes with criminal records.
2009 Summer Olympics Caster Semenya won gold in the women’s 800 meters, in 2011 she won silver and in 2010 she was withdrawn due to questions about her gender. She was not the first woman to be called into question as in 1967 Ewa Klobukowska was the first women to fail a gender test, she was banned in that year, after winning a gold medal at the 1964 Tokyo Games.
In 2002 it was the Winter Olympic bid scandal that came to light, in 1995 Salt Lake City was announced to host the Olympics, but 3 years later the IOC members were accused of taking bribes and ten of them were expelled from the IOC. The aim was to keep the Winter Olympics in America. This event stayed in the news and when Anton Sikharulidze and Yelena Berezhnaya got the gold medals in the ice skating in the Winter Olympics of 2002 it was more than odd as during their performance they stumbled and the runners up delivered a flawless routine. This controversy got a French judge to confess that there had been pressure to vote this way by the French skating organization and the Canadian pair who should have won got awarded gold medals to defuse the situation.
It was leaked emails that played a significant part in exposing the circus of corruption and exposed the shady behavior of officials seeking favors. English Premier League chief Richard Scudamore was slammed after his crude emails to a lawyer containing sexist jokes about Edna. As the league’s director Peta Bistany was not distressed by it and when it was leaked to the Sunday newspaper Scudamore was condemned by politicians and the 55-year-old barely survived to keep his $4.5 million jobs.