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Here is a list of 6 famous athletes convicted of sexual assault

Here is a list of 6 famous athletes convicted of sexual assault

Many athletes are known because of their on-field antics and this is what earns them their fame and even fortune. However, a number of famous athletes have gone on to tarnish their images because of off-field antics that caused them disrepute and even ended their budding careers prematurely.

We take a look at 6 famous athletes who have been convicted of sexual assault. This list entails professional athletes from various leagues and sports across the world.

#NFL player Darren Sharper

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Former NFL player cum TV analyst Darren Sharper was recently charged with sexually assaulting two women in California. The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office believe that he drugged and raped the women, and it’s suspected that he did the same to other women in the states Louisiana, Arizona and Nevada.

#Boxing legend Mike Tyson

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Boxing legend Mike Tyson was convicted in 1991 and handed a prison sentence of 6 years with additional 4 years of probation for raping an 18-year-old girl. This was at the height of his stellar boxing career. After serving 3 years, he was released and was able to resume his boxing career.

#NFL player Thomas Henderson

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NFL player Thomas Henderson was barely six years into his pro football career early in the 1980s when he started facing charges of cocaine use with minors, and later sexually assaulting them. He was imprisoned for two years in prison and also underwent drug rehabilitation. Henderson went on toestablish a charity that aims at preventing other athletes from making similar mistakes.

#NBA player Eddie Johnson

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After enjoying 10 successful seasons in the NBA, Eddie Johnson started spiraling after being expelled from the league because of drug abuse. He was later to be charged with sexual battery and rape, as well as molestation of an 8-year-old minor. He received a life sentence which he is currently still serving.

#Baseball player Melvin Hall

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Melvin Hall, Jr. who was a professional Major League Baseball player with a stellar career spanning almost 15 years came back to be haunted by a rape allegation claimed to have taken place eight years earlier. After investigations, authorities discovered that there were two additional victims who were minors at the time he sexually assaulted them. He was subsequently convicted on the three counts and handed a prison sentence of 45 years.

#Pro skateboarder Mark Rogowski

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Professional skateboarder Mark Rogowski’sillustrious career came to a halt after he was charged with the rape and murder of a 22-year-old woman in 1991. After confessing to the crime, he was sentenced to 31 years imprisonment.

It’s still not clear why successful athletes, with good careers, earning good money end up committing such crimes. Mental health experts recommend that athletes seek out regular psychosocial assistance to help them learn how to cope better with the success as well as pressure of their respective professions.

8 famous professional athletes charged with tax fraud

8 famous professional athletes charged with tax fraud

It’s no secret that athletes are among the highest earning professionals today. However, with the high salaries and big money endorsement deals, comes high taxes, something some athletes find very frustrating. To them, it feels like they are giving their respective governments too much of their hard earned cash. Some have been tempted to hide some of their income from their respective governments.

Over the years, there have been a number of high profile cases where famous professional athletes have been charged and even convicted for various tax offences. Let’s take a look at 8 cases that made the headlines.

#8 Basketball star Anthony Mason

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Basketball star Anthony Mason was charged in 2012 with failing to pay up to $1.8 million in taxes to the IRA. The NBA world was shocked by this because Mason enjoyed a stellar career in the NBA and was even a Hall of Famer.

#7 Football star Plaxico Burress

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Football wide receiverPlaxicoBurresswas indicted by the State of New Jersey for failing to pay about $48,000 in income tax that was accrued in 2013.He pled guilty to avoid prison time and received 5 years probation. If he fails to pay this money as well as accrued penalties by the end of his probation, he could be imprisoned.

#6 Basketball star Sidney Lowe

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Basketball point guard cum coach, Sidney Lowe was arrested in 2013 for failing to payhis state income taxes for a total of three years amounting to about $80,000. He was lucky to escape jail time and was instead sentenced to 3 years of probation.

#5 MMA star Nick Diaz

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This was a rather bizarre incident when Nick Diaz a 13-year MMA veteran publicly declared during a post-match press conference that he had never paid US taxes his entire life. This brought IRS attention on him and investigations are still on going to ascertain this claim.

#4 Boxing legend Mike Tyson

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At some point, boxing legend Mike Tyson was worth over $300 million. However, after years of mismanaging his wealth and failure to pay his taxes, he recently had to file for bankruptcy and revealed he was $23 million in debt some of which was IRS debts.

#3 Soccer legend Lionel Messi

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This came as a surprise to many when football superstar Lionel Messi and his father were charged by a Spanish court for failing to pay over $4 million in taxes for income earned by the player in 2013. Messi however made amends by settling the debt.

#2 Boxing super star Manny Pacquiao

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The sporting world was recently shocked when both the Philippines and IRS claimed that Manny Pacquiao owes both a total $68 million in unpaid taxes and faces criminal charges. This is still an ongoing case as Manny seeks to reach an out of court settlement.

#1 Football star Terrell Owens

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Former football star Terrell Owens who was at some point worth about $70 million was recently charged by the IRS with a bill of about $438,000 in unpaid taxes for income earned between 2005 and 2009. It’s believed that the player lost all his fortune and his net worth is now $0.

There are now calls by professional bodies to ensure that athletes are trained on better money management to limit such incidences of financial impropriety.

Football – The 10 most expensive transfers

Football – The 10 most expensive transfers

Football is undoubtedly the most popular game in the world. This popularity has resulted in a huge competition for world dominance of the sport by various football clubs with their owners showing their willingness to break the bank in order to sign the best players.

We take a look at the 10 most expensive transfers in football so far.

#10Luis Suarez with a transfer fee of €82 million

Spanish giants Barcelona coughed out a cool €82 million to sign Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez from English giants Liverpool FC. This deal paid off as Suarez has since been a goal scoring machine for Barcelona, lifting the European Golden Shoe in the 2015-16 season.

#9 Virgil van Dijk with a transfer fee of €84.5 million

In an effort to bolster their squad, English giants Liverpool FC spent €84.5 million to sign Dutch defender Virgil van Dijkfrom fellow English team Southampton FC. So far, this is the highest fee ever spent on a defender.

#8RomeluLukaku with a transfer fee of €84.7 million

English giants Manchester United spent a whopping €84.7 million to signBelgian striker RomeluLukaku from fellow English team Everton FC, making him the most expensive striker in the EPL.

#7 Gonzalo Higuain with a transfer fee of €90 million

In an effort to bolster their strike force, Italian giants Juventus spent a cool €90 million to sign prolific Argentinian striker Gonzalo Higuainfrom fellow Italian club Napoli. He has since scored very important goals for the club.

#6 Cristiano Ronaldo with a transfer fee of €94 million

When Spanish giants Real Madrid spent a whopping €94 million to sign prolific Portuguese goal scorer Cristiano Ronaldo from English giants Manchester United back in 2009, it was the highest ever transfer fee in history. This figure has since been dwarfed by other transfers.

#5 Gareth Bale with a transfer fee of €100 million

In 2013, Spanish giants Real Madrid bought Welsh winger Gareth Bale from English club Tottenham Hotspurs for €100 million, making him the world’s most expensive player. This figure has since been dwarfed by other transfers.

#4 Paul Pogba with a transfer fee of €105 million

In 2016, English giants Manchester United spent a whopping €105 millionto sign French midfielder Paul Pogba from Italian giants Juventus.  At the time, the deal was a world transfer record.

#3 OusmaneDembele with a transfer fee of €105 million

Spanish giants Barcelona spent a cool €105 million to sign 20-year-old sensation OusmaneDembele from German giants Borussia Dortmund. This deal remains the most expensive deal yet by a German club.

#2 Philippe Coutinho with a transfer fee of €120 million

English giants Liverpool FC sold their prolific Brazilian playmakerPhilippe Coutinhofor a cool €120 million to Spanish giants Barcelona. According to reports, this fee could further increase to €160 million if the player meets certain milestones.

#1 Neymar with a transfer fee of €222 million

Topping the list with an audacious transfer fee is Brazilian striker Neymar who was bought from Spanish giants Barcelona by French giants Paris Saint-Germainfor a world record fee of €222 million, making him the world’s most expensive footballer.

These audacious transfer fees have caught the attention of FIFA which is believed to be working on rules to bring sanity back to the transfer market.

Top 10 highest paying sports teams

Top 10 highest paying sports teams

In our previous post, we looked into the list of the top 5 best paid athletes in the world for the year 2017. This time round, we seek to analyze the top 10 list of the highest paying sports teams in the world. This data is courtesy of a global sports salary survey that was published by Sporting Intelligence that compares player’s salaries from the first team, across 348 teams from 18 different sports leagues from around the world.

#10 The New Orleans Pelicans at $7.88 million

At number 10 on our list is National Basketball Association team, New Orleans Pelicans that had an average annual pay per player of $7.88 million in 2017, with the highest paid player earning $24.9 million.

#9 Real Madrid at $8.09 million

At number 9 on our list is Spanish football giants, Real Madrid that had an average annual pay per player of $8.09 million in 2017, with the highest paid player earning $24.3 million.

#8 The Los Angeles Clippers at $8.33 million

At number 8 on our list is National Basketball Association team, Los Angeles Clippers that had an average annual pay per player of $8.33 million in 2017, with the highest paid player earning $29.5 million.

#7 The Portland Trail Blazers at $8.36 million

At number 7 on our list is National Basketball Association team, Portland Trail Blazers that had an average annual pay per player of $8.36 million in 2017, with the highest paid player earning $26.2 million.

#6 The Charlotte Hornets at $8.38 million

At number 6 on our list is National Basketball Association team, Charlotte Hornets that had an average annual pay per player of $8.38 million in 2017, with the highest paid player earning $23.5 million.

#5 Paris Saint-Germain at $8.41 million

At number 5 on our list isFrench football giants, Paris Saint-Germainthat had an average annual pay per player of $8.41 million in 2017, with the highest paid player earning $37.2 million.

#4 Barcelona at $8.58 million

At number 4 on our list isSpanish football giants, Barcelona that had an average annual pay per player of $8.58 million in 2017, with the highest paid player earning $34.7 million.

#3 Golden State Warriors at $8.94 million

At number 3 on our list is National Basketball Association team, Golden State Warriors that had an average annual pay per player of $8.94 million in 2017, with the highest paid player earning $34.7 million.

#2 Cleveland Cavaliers at $9 million

At number 2 on our list is National Basketball Association team, Cleveland Cavaliers that had an average annual pay per player of $9 million in 2017, with the highest paid player earning $33.3 million.

#1 The Oklahoma City Thunder at $9.3 million

Topping the list was National Basketball Association team, Oklahoma City Thunder that had an average annual pay per player of $9.3 million in 2017, with the highest paid player earning $28.5 million.

From this list, it’s clear that the NBA dominates with the highest number of best paying sports teams with football coming a distant second.

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These are the top 5 best paid athletes

These are the top 5 best paid athletes

It’s no secret that sports payswell especially if you are one of the best players in the world. The numbers actually don’t lie as we’ll see in the list below highlighting the top 5 best paid athletes in the world and the millions of dollars they raked in in 2017 from both salaries and endorsements from big brands.

#1 Cristiano Ronaldo at $93 million

At the top of the list of best paid athletes is 33-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo for the second year in a row. 2017 was a good year for the Real Madrid striker as he was named by FIFA as the best player in the world for the fourth time in his career. He also led his club to their second successive Champions league trophy as well as the Spanish La Liga title, and also signed a number of endorsement deals with various sponsorship brands. All these contributed to the revenue he earned throughout the year.

#2 LeBron James at $86.2 million

Second on the list is 33-year-old basketball super star LeBron James who in 2016 led the Cleveland Cavaliers to their first NBA title in history. In the 2016-17 season, he became only the 3rd player in basketball history to earn over $30 million in salary in a calendar year. LeBron who is a four time MVP has also earned a number of endorsements from major brands and this has contributed hugely to his earnings.

#3 Lionel Messi at $80 million

Third on the list is 30-year-old Lionel Messi who has broken football goal scoring records while turning out for his club Barcelona. In 2017 he managed to turn in 53 goals in 52 appearances as well as 16 assists as he led his club to second place in the Spanish La Liga and also claimed second spot as FIFA best player in the world. Messi enjoys numerous sponsorship deals worth millions of dollars which have contributed to his high earnings in 2017.

#4 Roger Federer at $64 million

Fourth on the list is 36-year-old tennis star Roger Federer who was sidelined for a better part of 2016 due to injury but recovered in 2017 to win a couple of major tournaments such as the Australian Open which was his 18th career Grand Slam trophy, as well as the Indian Wells and Miami ATP titles. Most of Federer’s income however was earned off court from his sponsorship relationships with various big money brands.

#5 Kevin Durant at $60 million

Fifth on the list is 29-year-old Kevin Durant who helped the Golden State Warriors recapture their NBA title in the 2016-17 season from the Cleveland Cavaliers in just his first season with the team. Durant has a number of big money endorsements with major sports brands and this helped raise his income in 2017.

From this top 5 list, you can deduce that no one particular sport has an advantage over another but we can comfortably conclude that football and basketball are among the sports attracting more revenue for their stars.

This is why China is angling to become a football powerhouse

This is why China is angling to become a football powerhouse

The past couple of months have seen a huge financial investment by football clubs in China to recruit star players from English, European as well as south American football leagues. In less than a year, Chinese clubs have splashed out over $400 million on the purchase of players.The football world is curious as to why China would all of a sudden inject this much investment in their football industry.

This article seeks to explore some of the reasons why China is angling to become a football powerhouse.

Football is part of the Chinese government’s growth agenda

China successfully organized the 2008 Olympics which were held in Beijing and this helped put this nation on the global sporting radar as the Olympics is one of the highest ranking sporting events in the world. This was a huge achievement for the Chinese government and it comes as no surprise to see China looking to build on the success of the Olympic games by making an entry into football with the hope of being able to bid for the rights to host the world cup which is undoubtedly the biggest sporting event on earth. The fact that the current Chinese president is an ardent football supporter makes this plan more obvious.

China is looking to market its own football industry

It’s no secret that the Chinese people prefer following foreign leagues such as the English and Spanish leagues as opposed to their own local leagues. To the Chinese government, this is revenue being lost to other countries and its revenue they would much rather keep in China. Deliberately targeting renowned football stars and bringing them to play in the domestic league is meant to raise the interest of the Chinese people in their domestic league as well as use these internationally experience players to strengthen Chinese clubs and turn them into Asian powerhouses as a start. The overall long term plan would be to make them be able to compete with European elites.

It’s still too early to tell whether this football project by China will be successful but early evidence indicates that the plan is off to a bumpy start. Most of the players who have made big money moves to the Chinese league have had a difficult time adapting.Sceptics however are not holding their breath and strongly believe that this is a failed project.

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These are the top 3 racism incidents that have shaken the football world

These are the top 3 racism incidents that have shaken the football world

Football is a beautiful game, and among the major sporting events that have helped unite different people from all over the world. This being one of the only games to be played in all the continents of the world, means that the sport transcends racial, social, economic as well as spiritual backgrounds. This is what is expected in an ideal world. However, this beautiful game of football has not been spared from the ugliness of racism.

We take a look at 3 of the top racism incidents that have shaken the football world.

1 Ivorian defender Marco Andre Zorro abused by Inter Millan fans

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On 27th November 2005, while playing for Italian Club Messina against fellow Italian team Inter Millan, Ivorian defender Marco Andre Zorro brought worldwide attention to the issue of racism in football when he attempted to walk out of the pitch with the ball after being taunted with racial slurs by Inter Milan fans. It took the intervention of other players on the pitch from both teams to convince Zoro not to leave the game. Following this incident, the Italian Football Federation introduced strict rules to prevent a repeat of such an incident.

2 The infamous head butt by Zinedine Zidane during the 2006 world cup

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Less than a year after the Marco Andre Zorro racism incident, the racism issue affecting Italian football was once again brought to light during the 2006 world cup when Italian defender Marco Materazziwas accused of directing a racial slur towards French striker ZinedineZidanein an incident that resulted in Zidane head butting Materazzi while on the pitch during the game. Whereas Zidane was immediately red carded and dismissed from the game, Materazzi was later banned for two matches after investigations on the incident were concluded.

3 Liverpool striker Luis Suarez racially abuses Man United defender Patrice Evra

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On October 15th 2011, Liverpool striker Luis Suares who is of Uruguayan descent was accused of racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra who is a French national though of African descent. The incident brought worldwide condemnation including by then Fifa President SeppBlatter and brought the attention of the world to racism incidents in English football. Suarez was subsequently charged by the English Football Association and banned for eight matches.

There are many other racial incidents that have encroached into the football pitch but it’s important to note that they have received heavy condemnation from the football world. Every football fan is in agreement that this beautiful sport must be protected from racism.

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Here is a list of 6 famous athletes convicted of sexual assault

Here is a list of 6 famous athletes convicted of sexual assault

Many athletes are known because of their on-field antics and this is what earns them their fame and even fortune. Howeve...
8 famous professional athletes charged with tax fraud

8 famous professional athletes charged with tax fraud

It’s no secret that athletes are among the highest earning professionals today. However, with the high salaries and big
Football – The 10 most expensive transfers

Football – The 10 most expensive transfers

Football is undoubtedly the most popular game in the world. This popularity has resulted in a huge competition for world...
Top 10 highest paying sports teams

Top 10 highest paying sports teams

In our previous post, we looked into the list of the top 5 best paid athletes in the world for the year 2017. This time ...