Professional athletes are usually held to a higher standard when it comes to using performance-enhancing or recreational drugs. Athletes who have failed drug tests are chided as bad role models, and they’re occasionally forced to renounce their titles as a result of drug use.
Several famous MLB players, NFL stars and MMA fighters have failed drug tests in the course of their careers with some getting caught using artificial urine.
Some of the athletes tested positive for recreational drugs such as cocaine and marijuana, while others have tested positive for the performance-enhancing drugs such as human growth hormones and steroids.
Below is a list of 5 Famous celebs that have failed drug tests:
1. Diego Maradona (Soccer)
Diego Maradona is regarded as one of the greatest soccer players in history alongside Pele. He single-handedly guided Argentina to World Cup glory in 1986. However, his greatness on the football field was often overshadowed by his off the field antiques.
Before the 1994 world cup, Maradona was overweight and he found it quite hard to get fit before the tournament kicks off. He did manage to lose a few pounds and was named in the Argentina world cup squad.
However, after 2 group games, Maradona was tested positive for more than 5 variants of drug known as Ephedrine. FIFA consequently suspended him and he was sent back home for failing a drug test. This marked the end of his illustrious career.
2. Lance Armstrong (Cycling)
Lance Armstrong is arguably the most high profile athlete that was banned for life from any cycling competition after he admitted to having taken banned substance all through his career.
He won a total of 7 Tour de France titles but he was disgraced and then stripped off all his achievements.
He used EPO (Erythropoietin) which helps to increase the red cells in the human body and a very common drug known as Testosterone.
3. Marion Jones (Sprinting)
Marion Jones was widely regarded as the greatest athlete to have represented the United States in Olympics. She was dominant that she managed to win 3 gold medals and 2 Bronze medals in Sydney Olympics in 2000.
The whole world was at her feet.
However, after fighting the allegations of taking performance-enhancing drugs for several years, Jones finally tested positive back in 2006 for EPO.
She was later stripped of all her Olympic medals and eventually banned for life. The whole saga resulted in Marion Jones getting bankrupt.
As a result, she was forced to sell off all her properties and even her mother’s house in the course of the court proceedings.
4. Anderson Silva (MMA/UFC)
The greatest martial artist, Anderson tested positive for multiple drugs back in November 2015.
He was later banned for 1 year and fined $380,000 by The Nevada State Commission. In November 2013, in a rematch against Chris Weidman, Anderson Silva broke his left leg which resulted in him being out of MMA action for close to 1 year. His comeback fight was staged against Nick Diaz which Silva won.
However, a few days later it was announced that Anderson Silva failed a drug test which resulted in him being stripped off his title.
5. Maria Sharapova (Tennis)
Maria Sharapova was the most marketable female athlete across the world and a 5-time grand slam winner.
She announced that she had failed drug test in 2016 Australia Open for “meldonium”. This is a drug that had just been included in the list of banned substance in January 2016.
However, Sharapova has been using this drug since 2006 for some health issues.
The news came as a shock to most of her fans resulting in investigation that later tarnished Sharapova’s legacy.