15 Athletes Who Are/Were Drug Addicts

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Drug abuse has been a serious issue in sports for decades.  It has derailed many great careers, shattered lives and even resulted in death in some extreme cases (Lyle Alzado).  Some professional athletes take drugs to escape, to enhance performance or some have gotten hooked on drugs to ease injuries sustained on the field.  Whatever the reason, professional leagues are cracking down on illegal substances in sports and all the guys on this list have either run afoul of the rules while playing or really embarrassed themselves.  We hope all these athletes can rebound (or shoot, or score, or swim, you get the idea.)

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Josh Gordon  – The NFL’s leading receiver in terms of yardage in 2013, Gordon has struggled with the sticky-icky throughout his career.  Failed drug tests and other commitment issues leaves his future with the Cleveland Browns very much in doubt in 2015.  No one is arguing his talent however, he remains the only player in league history with back-to-back games of 200+ yards receiving.

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