8 Pro-Athletes with Huge Gambling Addictions Plenty of professional athletes have tarnished
their reputations and careers due to their weakness for gambling. Young, rich and famous,
these athletes feel the need to gamble in order to make their already exciting lives
even more exciting. Welcome to BigOnSports.com and in this video we are counting down the
top 8 pro-athletes who have lost crazy amounts rolling the dice. Number 8 – Paul Hornung:
In the early ’60s, the Green Bay Packers biggest star was suspended by the NFL for
betting upwards of $500 on NFL games. However, his openness about his gambling problem led
only to him being suspended for the 1963 season and he returned the following year.
Number 7 – Rick Tocchet: The former hockey star took a leave of absence
from the NHL after he was exposed as the main funder of a nationwide sports gambling ring,
which had more than $1 million in betting volume. He pleaded guilty in May 2007 to conspiracy
and promoting gambling and was sentenced to two years of probation. The following year,
he returned to the NHL as an assistant coach for the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Number 6 – Wayne Rooney: The soccer star has publicly struggled with
gambling addiction for years, accumulating over $1 million in debt by the age of 20 and
blowing over $100,000 in just two hours at a casino in 2008. After that incident made
headlines, he pledged to control his gambling in the future.
Number 5 – Art Schlichter: The gambling addiction of this Indianapolis
Colts draft pick effectively ruined what was a promising football career. After ending
his career in 1985 with $700,000 in debt from gambling, he was arrested in 1987 for taking
part in a multi-million dollar sports betting scheme. Schlichter has committed more than
20 felonies since then; in January 2012, he was charged with violating the terms of his
house arrest stemming from a million-dollar ticket scam by failing drug tests and is guaranteed
to serve prison time. Number 4 – Charles Barkley:
The former basketball star admitted in 2006 that he had lost over $10 million due to his
ongoing gambling habit, including $700,000 on bets during one Super Bowl and $2.5 million
during a game of blackjack. After The Wynn in Las Vegas sued him in 2008 for $400,000
in unpaid gambling debts, Barkley publicly declared that he would no longer gamble.
Number 3 – Pete Rose: The only living player ineligible for the
Baseball Hall of Fame, Rose was accused of betting 52 Cincinnati Reds game in 1987, where
he wagered a minimum of $10,000 per day. Although there were accusations he bet against his
team, Rose denied this and said he bet on the Reds “every night.” The manager accepted
a permanent ban from baseball in 1989 and began treatment for his gambling addiction. Number 2 – Michael Jordan:
The basketball legend has become notorious for high-stakes gambling since his retirement.
He admitted losing $165,000 during a heavy night at an Atlantic City casino in 1993,
while a San Diego businessman also claimed that the NBA champion owed him $1.25 million
over a game of golf. But both pale in comparison to an evening
Jordan spent at a Las Vegas Casino during the 2007 NBA All-Star weekend, where, according
to Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones, Michael Jordan obsessively played craps
and reportedly lost over $5 million! Number 1: John Daly
Former golf champion John Daly has been open about his gambling addiction, but recently
shocked his supporters by revealing just how severe the problem was. The 1991 PGA Championship
winner revealed that he lost $55 million between 1991 and 2007.
Daly says he blew through $90 million in gambling losses, compared to just $35 million in winnings.
Some of his gambling days were particularly epic, including one instance in 2006 where
he gambled away $1.65 million in just five hours playing $5,000 slots.
There you have it, our list of the top 8 pro athletes with huge gambling addictions. For
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