O.J. Simpson and the 10-most controversial athletes in sports history

O.J. Simpson
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Who are the most controversial athletes in sports history? The passing of Pro Football Hall of Famer O.J. Simpson at the age of 76 got us thinking. His passing was met with both memories of him as an all-time great athlete and the double-murder charges he faced after his playing days.

Simpson was beloved during his time with the USC Trojans and Buffalo Bills. He also played a central role in one of one of the biggest trials in United States history after being accused of murdering his ex-wife and her friend.

Where does Simpson stand among the most controversial athletes in sports history? Who else joins him on that list? We’ll check in on that here.

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10. Dennis Rodman

Dennis Rodman
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9. Michael Vick

Michael Vick, Atlanta Falcons
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8. Barry Bonds

Barry Bonds, San Francisco Giants
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7. Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick
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6. Pete Rose

Pete Rose
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5. Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong
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4. Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson
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3. Tonya Harding

Tony Harding
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2. Aaron Hernandez

Aaron Hernandez
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1. O.J. Simpson

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