Falls from grace can be tough to watch. Sports has had its share of icons hit bottom.
To hear the news that Aaron Hernandez had hung himself in prison back in April was frustrating, but perhaps not so shocking. Hernandez certainly wasn’t the first athlete with fame and fortune whose image was forever tarnished.
Pete Rose, Michael Vick, Barry Bonds and Lance Armstrong are among a long list of one time heroes who have been disgraced.
This week came word that Tiger Woods was pulled over for a DUI at 3 a.m. in Florida.
The mugshot of the 41-year-old after his arrest made the rounds on social media. This generation’s living legend, a 14-time major winner, is seen at his worst.
Woods was not the first and will not be the last athlete that has a damaged reputation.
It’s almost impossible for ordinary sports fans who were once inspired by these athletes to understand why this happens to people who were given so much.