Bad Boys of Sports

From the gridiron to the national pastime, professional athletes in virtually every arena have had well-publicized legal troubles this year. FoxNews.com takes a look at just a few who made headlines the wrong way.

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    During an interview with ESPN earlier this year, New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez admitted he used performance-enhancing drugs while playing with the Texas Rangers from 2001-2003. He justified his habit by claiming it resulted from the pressures of his 10-year, $252 million contract that made him baseball's highest-paid player at the time.
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    Due out next week, Andre Agassi's new book, "Open: An Autobiography," contains revelations about his regular crystal meth use during his tennis career in 1997. Dampening his performance level on court, he dropped to No. 141 in the world rankings later that year.
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    After helping the Red Sox end an 86-year World Series title drought in 2004, Manny Ramirez, now with the Los Angeles Dodgers, was suspended earlier this year for 50 games after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs in 2003.
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    The New York Giants released Plaxico Burress on April 3, a little more than four months after the talented but troubled wide receiver was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a weapon after his gun accidentally discharged in a New York nightclub while tucked into his sweatpants.
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    Five-time Houston Astros All-Star Miguel Tejada was the first high-profile player convicted of a crime stemming from baseball's steroids era, pleading guilty in federal court to lying to Congress about use of performance-enhancing drugs and knowledge of other players using steroids. Tejada apologized to fans during a news conference at Minute Maid park in Houston in February.
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    Former Major League Baseball catcher Jim Leyritz pleaded not guilty in February to DUI manslaughter charges in connection to a crash that killed Ann Veitch in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He faces up to 15 years if convicted.
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    Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick was suspended indefinitely when he pleaded guilty to bankrolling a dog fighting ring. He was later reinstated after serving more than a year in federal prison.
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    After a photo of him smoking marijuana was leaked to the public, seven-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps not only faced suspension from USA Swimming, but also lost a slew of endorsement deals.
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    Fans of the Kansas City Chiefs started an online petition -- complete with more than 10,000 signatures -- urging team officials to deactivate running back Larry Johnson following comments he made about the team's coach and anti-gay slurs he posted on his Twitter account.
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    Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte Stallworth was suspended without pay for the 2009 season after pleading guilty to a DUI manslaughter and receiving a 30-day jail sentence. The NFL announced in August that Stallworh will be reinstated after the Super Bowl.
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    New York Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards was charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly punching a man outside a Cleveland nightclub last month, prompting his trade to New York. Edwards is expected to be arraigned in Cleveland on Nov. 17. He faces up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
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