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Top 10 Longest Suspensions in Sports
Top 10 Longest Suspensions in Sports
Posted On 08.7, 2013

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Lenny Randle, 30 Days ››

Ah, the suspension: the classic grade school punishment for serious disobedience. Fitting, then, that when pro athletes — sometimes astonishingly childish and immature — break the rules, they find themselves in timeout, suspended from the sport. And if they disobey again, or if their first offense is deemed serious enough, they wind up on the wrong end of a lifetime ban.

That's what reports said MLB held over Alex Rodriguez's head before ultimately decreeing the slugger should miss 211 games, merely double the previous longest PED-related suspension. A-Rod has not accepted the suspension, and an arbitrator will rule later this year, oddly enough allowing the maligned Yankee to play out the rest of the season after returning from injury. If upheld, it would be the longest non-lifetime ban in sports history, and would dwarf the 65-game suspension given to Ryan Braun, and the 50-game suspensions handed out to other players connected to Biogenesis along with A-Rod. For a league in crisis such as the steroid-ridden MLB, 50-, 100-, and now 200-game suspensions are a way of sending a message and attempting to curb (allegedly) rampant PED use.

The other cardinal sin in sports? Gambling, which is sure to draw a harsh suspension or outright ban. One of the most famous lifetime bans, given to all-time hits leader Pete Rose for the aforementioned activity, doesn't appear on this list of The Top 10 Longest Suspensions in Sports because he received it after retirement. This list is particularly interested in penalties given out to active players in the four North American major pro leagues.

(Compiled by JC Sites)


Lenny Randle, 30 Days ››

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