Injuries and Scandals That Tragically Cut These Athletes' Careers Short

By Charlie Star
Photo Courtesy: Staff Sgt. Stephanie Jacobs/Hurlburt Field

Athletes are modern gladiators, revered by mere mortals and sometimes mistakenly believed to be immune to serious injuries, mental meltdowns and scandals. Turn on the tube, and the news will remind you that athletes are just as susceptible as the rest of us to tragic events, and those events sometimes end their careers.

Sometimes, it’s an unpredictable injury; sometimes, it’s an overinflated ego that falsely makes them believe they are above the law. Let’s take a look at some of the injuries and scandals that blew up some very promising athletic careers.