Published On: Aug 02 2013 09:30:17 AM MDTUpdated On: Aug 05 2013 02:36:50 AM MDT
Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez served a suspension for the entire 2014 season over the use of performance-enhancing drugs, but avoided a lifetime ban. Here's a look at athletes who have been banned for life from their sports:
Steve Howe -- A Rookie of the Year winner and 1982 All-Star, he was banned from Major League Baseball for life in 1992 following seven suspensions for drug and alcohol-related offenses.
Michael Ray Richardson -- One of the NBA's premiere defenders, Richardson was banned in 1986 after violating the league's substance abuse policy for the third time. The ban was eventually lifted, but he never played in the NBA again.
Lance Armstrong -- A seven-time Tour de France champion, he was stripped of all his titles and banned from cycling for life in 2012 following a doping scandal.
Pete Rose -- He was banned from Major League Baseball in 1989 amid accusations that he gambled on baseball games while playing for and managing the Cincinnati Reds, including claims that he bet on his own team.
Shoeless Joe Jackson -- He and seven other members of the Chicago White Sox were banned from baseball after the 1920 season over accusations that they threw the 1919 World Series.
Alex Groza -- He was a two-time All-Star for the now-defunct Indianapolis Olympians when the NBA banned him for life in 1951 for point shaving.
Dexter Manley -- Nicknamed the "Secretary of Defense," he was banned from the NFL in 1993 after failing a drug test for the fourth time.
Roy Tarpley -- A dominating power forward who could have become one of the all-time greats, he was banned for life from the NBA in 1991 over his cocaine addiction.
Billy Coutu -- He became the only player banned from the NHL for life for fighting after attacking a referee at the end of Game 4 of the 1927 Stanley Cup.
Stanley Wilson -- Primarily used as a fullback with the Cincinnati Bengals, he was banned from the NFL for life in 1989 after multiple drug suspensions. On the eve of Super Bowl XXIII, he was found using cocaine in the locker room bathroom.