“He’s making a list and checking it twice, Gonna find out who’s naughty and nice.” Yes, Santa’s coming to town and its not good news for some in the world of sports. From substance abuse to sexual abuse, these athletes, coaches and owners are sure to be on Santa’s naughty list.
- Jerry Sandusky, Penn State University Assistant Coach – On October 9, Sandusky was sentenced to 30-60 years in prison after being convicted of 45 counts of sexual abuse against 10 victims.
- Lance Armstrong, Cyclist -Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles on October 22 after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency found significant evidence that he used banned performance enhancing drugs.
- Gregg Williams, New Orleans Saints Former Defensive Coach – In March, Williams was suspended indefinitely for instituting a bounty system which paid cash to players for making hits on opponents.
- Paraskevi Papachristou, Greek Olympian – Triple jumper Papachristou was withdrawn from the Olympics after tweeting this racist remark, “With so many Africans in Greece, the West Nile mosquitoes will be getting home food!!!”
- Shaun White, Skateboarder – On September 17, White was arrested for public intoxication and vandalism after pulling a fire alarm at a hotel while appearing to be drunk.
- Raffi Torres, Phoenix Coyotes Forward – Torres was suspended in April for 21 games for making a late hit to the head on Chicago Blackhawk’s Marian Hossa.
- Bobby Petrino, University of Arkansas Football Team Head Coach – On April 11, Petrino was fired for being untruthful about his affair with a 25-year-old employee on his staff and providing her with favorable treatment.
- Jason Kidd, New York Knicks – Kidd was arrested in July on drunken driving charges after his car collided with a telephone pole and went into the woods in Southampton, N.Y.
- Jerramy Stevens, Former Seattle Seahawks Tight End – One day before his wedding to U.S. women’s soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo, Stevens was arrested for allegedly assaulting Solo.
- Jim Buss, Los Angeles Lakers Owner – Buss allegedly offered the head coaching position to former Lakers head coach Phil Jackson allowing him two days to respond but gave the job to Mike D’Antonio in the meantime.
 If the allegations by Jackson are true, as a Lakers fan I am disappointed with the Lakers management team for treating a man that led the Lakers to five NBA championships so unfairly.