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They’re sport’s greatest heroes… displaying superhuman-like abilities to overcome intense pressure. But when it comes to the downfalls of fame, money, and ego—they’re far more human than super. Every Thursday, Parcast’s original series SPORTS CRIMINALS keeps score on the darker side of sports. Each episode chronicles the meteoric rise and fall of some of the sports world’s biggest names.
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Dennis Rodman Pt. 2

Dennis Rodman Pt. 2

2020-07-0943:104

In the mid-to-late ‘90s, during the second half of his NBA career, Dennis Rodman struggled to maintain his celebrity. As his star faded, he resorted to more and more outrageous antics to get the public's attention.
Dennis Rodman Pt. 1

Dennis Rodman Pt. 1

2020-07-0235:382

He went from college dropout to one of the most dominant NBA defenders of all time. But Dennis Rodman’s tough childhood in the 1960s and ‘70s left him with a need for attention that threatened to overshadow everything he worked for.
Chalmers Award Pt. 2

Chalmers Award Pt. 2

2020-06-2536:432

As the 1910 baseball season came to a close, few were focused on the World Series. Instead, fans all over the U.S. were clamoring to know whether Ty Cobb or Nap Lajoie had finished the season with the highest batting average. What they didn’t know was that one player’s team was trying to cheat.
Chalmers Award Pt. 1

Chalmers Award Pt. 1

2020-06-1839:334

In April of 1910, the baseball season began, with even more on the line than usual. Whoever had the highest batting average across the American and National Leagues would be awarded a brand-new Chalmers 30 automobile—a baseball promotion that would become a full-blown embarrassment after officials tried to fix the results.
João Havelange Pt. 2

João Havelange Pt. 2

2020-06-1139:094

FIFA president João Havelange built international soccer into a global marketing phenomenon—and used it as his own personal piggy bank. Though he got away with perpetuating a cycle of corruption and cronyism for years, eventually his scandals would finally come to light in 1998.
João Havelange Pt. 1

João Havelange Pt. 1

2020-06-0435:483

He was an Olympic athlete and marketing genius. With the help of some well-connected friends, João Havelange soon rose to the top of international sports and became the president of FIFA in 1974. But behind closed doors, Havelange profited off of bribes and attempted to seal his legacy with corruption and nepotism.
He made headlines in 1920’s England after running ringers in some high-profile horse races. Finding he could no longer work in England, Peter Barrie travelled across the pond to the United States, where he once again tried to cheat his way into fortune and fame.
He was one of the most skilled and prolific horse racing cheaters of the early 20th century. Peter Christian Barrie got his start in Australia, but quickly struck it big in England after discovering his talent for painting horses. But like any gambler, Barrie insisted on pushing his luck well past its breaking point.
Rae Carruth Pt. 2

Rae Carruth Pt. 2

2020-05-1442:262

Only in his mid-20s, Rae Carruth's life was already hanging by a thread. His career as an NFL wide receiver was shattered, and he was running out of money. In 1999, at his lowest point, he even hired men to murder his pregnant girlfriend, Cherica Adams. After the shooting, Carruth tried to dodge the consequences of his crime, but he couldn't escape justice.
Rae Carruth Pt. 1

Rae Carruth Pt. 1

2020-05-0745:144

In 1999, 25-year-old Carolina Panthers wide receiver Rae Carruth destroyed his career and life when he paid a hitman to murder his girlfriend, Cherica Adams. The two hadn’t been in a real relationship for a long time, but were inexorably tied together… Adams was eight months pregnant.
Denny McLain Pt. 2

Denny McLain Pt. 2

2020-04-3040:072

After retiring from the MLB in 1972, Denny McClain had no idea what to do next. Baseball was the only thing he knew. Desperate to make a living, he turned to a life of crime—including fraud, drug dealing, and numerous other federal offenses.
NEW: Denny McLain Pt. 1

NEW: Denny McLain Pt. 1

2020-04-2735:203

We are thrilled to bring you a brand new episode of Sports Criminals today and for the foreseeable future. We thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time. In 1968, Detroit Tigers pitcher Denny McClain became the first person in over three decades to win 30 games. But his career was derailed by injuries, gambling, and a refusal to follow the rules.
If you enjoy the true stories told in Sports Criminals, check out this episode from our series Unsolved Murders: The mysterious circumstances surrounding Sonny Liston's death in 1971 from an alleged heroin overdose still drew suspicion. As police and journalists looked into his death years later, they discovered more than a few viable suspects.
If you enjoy the true stories told in Sports Criminals, check out this episode from our series Unsolved Murders: Former heavyweight champion Sonny Liston had a drive and motivation that was infectious. So when Geraldine Liston hadn’t heard from her husband for a few days, she didn’t think much of it. Then she returned home from a trip and found him at the foot of their bed...dead.
Rosie Ruiz Pt. 2

Rosie Ruiz Pt. 2

2020-04-0937:205

In 1980, Rosie Ruiz beat out past champions to win the Boston Marathon. Other runners and reporters were shocked as they watched Ruiz take her place on the winner’s stage. But the truth was that Ruiz hadn’t run the race at all.
Rosie Ruiz Pt. 1

Rosie Ruiz Pt. 1

2020-04-0242:245

She came out of nowhere to win the 1980 Boston Marathon—only for it to be revealed later that she won the race by cheating. Discover how Rosie Ruiz’s mysterious beginnings led to a lifetime of lies.
Due to the unfortunate spread of COVID-19, Parcast has decided to halt recording for the time-being. This is a precautionary measure taken to ensure the safety of our hosts and staff. In the meantime, we're excited to share one of our classic episodes that we know you'll enjoy! As an NBA referee throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Tim Donaghy was expected to neutrally uphold the rules of his sport. However, he used his position to enrich himself in the worst way possible: betting on games he officiated. The FBI investigation into his gambling would change the landscape of sports forever.
CCNY Point Shaving Pt. 2

CCNY Point Shaving Pt. 2

2020-03-3142:343

Going into the 1950-1951 season, the CCNY Beavers were the odds-on favorite to defend their titles. But the starting five decided to get in bed with a notorious game fixer, shaving points of the score for a few grand. And soon, it would be revealed that CCNY wasn't the only team in on the scheme.
CCNY Point Shaving Pt. 1

CCNY Point Shaving Pt. 1

2020-03-3142:375

During the 1949-1950 Men's college basketball season, the City College of New York Beavers did the unthinkable: they became the first team in history to win both the NIT and NCAA tournaments in the same year. But behind the scenes, several disgruntled players agreed to fix games for money.
We have reached the year 2020! So that means this is the last episode of our special, but it’s a good one! It’s about the sign-stealing scandal and the Houston Astros.
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Comments (41)

Jill Shertill

your an idiot hate Tom Brady much you jerk

Mar 27th
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Tony Kast

This story made my stomach turn, Vick is a piece of shit, there's no other way of describing him and there's no explanation that can excuse this. if you have it in your soul to support and participate in the torture and murder of innocent animals there's something fundamentally wrong with who you are as a human being, something irredeemable. You have to give credit to the Chargers brass during that time period to look past his God given physical tools and see the person he was, a person they wanted nothing to do with, and rightfully so. Instead they opted to select a QB in round two, a QB with none if Vicks physical gifts, a QB who would later go on to prove his character during the Katrina crisis, lead a team to the Super Bowl, break NFL passing records and still be playing today, all accomplishments Vick could never approach because he didn't have the character to get it done, the character to be a winner a champion and a Hall of Fame...That QB was Drew Brees, essentially the Anti-Vick. Granted the Chargers did trade Brees away before he became a legend, but at least they had the foresight to avoid the rancid stench that was Michael Vick.

Mar 26th
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Tony Kast

"Joe" Riggins?? Really....i can see getting a name wrong here and there but not even a casual football fan would call JOHN Riggins "Joe".... We are talking about an all time great...a Hall of Famer. ... To explain it in a way you guys might understand...it would be like calling Captain Kirk from Star Trek Captain Kent.

Mar 26th
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David Knight

Indianapolis Ohio? doesn't bode well for the quality of your research guys.

Mar 3rd
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Norm Coutu

should do 1 on the skateboarder Gator

Feb 14th
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Carl Doby

Here's the thing with Lance, yes he was dirty but all the top riders were dirty. Lance got caught. To complete at that level you have to cheat. Greg Lemond was the last American clean rider. The bad part about Lance is how he tried to destroy everyone around him that knew. Look at what he did to Greg Lemond. Cost Greg millions and people turned against him.

Jan 31st
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Jq Baker

like you said "Lance Armstrong was a cash cow for many". They didn't want to lose their fat paychecks. Everybody was using. I wish you would do a story on the SPORT instead of 1 guy. He does parodies in movies his use.

Jan 26th
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Tim Langlois

sea-cot, not cy-cot

Jan 25th
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Carl Doby

I totally get Tonya. She was much hotter than Nancy.

Dec 11th
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Jq Baker

Never heard of this guy. Thanks guy for the episode and the introduction?

Dec 10th
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Jq Baker

I felt bad for Tonya's upbringing but don't think she is innocent in the assault at all. Good story guys

Dec 10th
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Jq Baker

Wow! That is a crazy story.

Dec 9th
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Jq Baker

Take accountability!I

Dec 9th
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Jq Baker

He is still a Legend!

Dec 9th
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Pauly Egan

This "Storey" has already been told way better on CIS!

Dec 8th
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Bianca Gravett

Struggling with the South African names there. Its Gerrie Nel not Harry Nel.

Dec 3rd
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Julian Clavelo III

very good.

Dec 1st
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Iam Djtrebble

this show is good vs the crime in sports....it has less "added commentary n uneventful sarcasm. keep it up.

Nov 28th
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Shun Gadson

Just listen to crime in sports.

Nov 24th
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Greg Keegan

it's no Jimmy n James. parcast find a new way to make all cool subjects suck balls. just my humble opinion

Nov 23rd
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