LOS ANGELES, December 31, 2013 — As the world turn the page on the year 2013, The Washington Times Communities would like to turn the page on some of the darker stains upon the sports world from last year. Here is the list of the five worst things that happened and in sports in 2013.
5. Miami Dolphins Bullying — Jonathan Martin abruptly left the Miami Dolphins in October, citing bullying from Ritchie Incognito as the main reason. The details surrounding the situation remain somewhat murky, but threatening texts from Incognito to Martin were released. Both players missed the remainder of the season as a result. Nothing has been resolved for 2014 either.
4. Biogenesis Scandal — In January, the steroid monster came rearing its ugly head in the world of Major League Baseball as a list with names of current MLB stars was leaked to the Miami New Times. The names included current MLB super stars Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun and Nelson Cruz. All of the players named accepted their punishment, except Alex Rodriguez. A ruling Alex Rodriguez’ appeal of his suspension from an arbitrator is expected in January.
3. Aaron Hernandez — The tight end for the New England Patriots was charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd in June. In August, a grand jury indicted Hernandez and heis currently awaiting his trial. He has entered a not guilty plea.
2. Oscar Pistorius — An inspiration to many, Oscar Pistorius was the first double-amputee to participate in the Summer Olympics in 2012. In February, Pistorius was arrested and charged with the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Police say Steenkamp was shot by Pistorius in his home. A trial date is set for March 2014.
1. Boston Marathon Bombings — In April, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev set off two bombs made out of pressure cookers near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring over 250 other people. A manhunt followed resulting in the death of Tamerlan and arrest of Dzhokhar, who has plead not guilty and is awaiting trial.
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