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Respected Athletes Who Have Done Terrible Things

Behind the million-dollar publicists, watered-down personas, and endearing shoe commercials, athletes are still just men and women. Men and women who won the genetic lottery, for sure, but they often have deep, dark sides, and the money to keep those dark sides under wraps. For every O.J. Simpson, there are ten athletes who did something awful and somehow seemed to just walk away. What makes these Teflon sportsmen so special? How did their time in the courtroom not affect our fandom?

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    Respected Athletes Who Have Done Terrible Things

    Respected Athletes Who Have Done Terrible Things

    Behind the million-dollar publicists, watered-down personas, and endearing shoe commercials, athletes are still just men and women. Men and women who won the genetic lottery, for sure, but they often have deep, dark sides, and the money to keep those dark sides under wraps. For every O.J. Simpson, there are ten athletes who did something awful and somehow seemed to just walk away. What makes these Teflon sportsmen so special? How did their time in the courtroom not affect our fandom?

    Real-Life Heroes Who Are Actually Pretty Terrible People

    Real-Life Heroes Who Are Actually Pretty Terrible People

    In a scary world, where everything on the news seems to be bad all the time, it's so nice when a real-life hero emerges. There are some people out there who do selfless things most of us could never dream of. Day in and day out, they dedicate their lives to science, or charity, or just making the world a better place. Many people benefit directly from their actions, and we all benefit from knowing that we can be better, that deep down humanity is good. And then they break your freaking heart because no person is perfect. Wait long enough and eventually that pedestal you put them on crumbles to dust. It hurts so much more than when it happens to your average famous person because you really believed they were inherently better. But even people who get the "hero" moniker can be as selfish and flawed as the rest of us normies.

    Respected Politicians Who Were Actually Terrible People

    Respected Politicians Who Were Actually Terrible People

    It's no secret that there are plenty of terrible politicians in history. Something about being drawn to politics seems to suggest that you might be just a teensy bit wrong in the head. Horrible and ill-considered policies abound. But every now and then you get that shining diamond in the rough — a politician who doesn't totally suck. They emerge and amazingly do some good for the country, and everyone loves them. They go down in history as heroes and good, decent people. But history books are selective. It turns out that a lot of those politicians who seemed great actually had some serious personal problems. Maybe they were epic racists. Some of them were criminally deviant. A couple actually had people killed. It's hard to see individuals you looked up to come crashing down in your estimation, but the truth is important. And these politicians deserve to be remembered as the terrible people they were.

    Respected Artists Who Were Actually Terrible People

    Respected Artists Who Were Actually Terrible People

    While you're probably aware that not all artists are paragons of virtue, you're likely less aware of just what total waste-expelling orifices some of them are. There are artists out there whose names you can recall with greater ease than you can recall your own mother's birthday — towering geniuses in the worlds of painting, music or design who are so unlovely that spending time with them would be the psychological equivalent of hurling yourself into a waste disposal unit. Think great art can't be made by people who are total art-holes? This pantheon of pimps, murderers, bullies, and rip-off merchants begs to differ.

    Respected Writers Who Were Actually Terrible People

    Respected Writers Who Were Actually Terrible People

    Some of the best novels and short stories ever written have been penned by men and women with incredibly dark secrets. On the page, they're masters of their craft, but in real life, they've sold out colleagues, assaulted family members, and left friends trembling in fear. If you want to know which of your favorite novels were written by monsters, then brace yourself as we look at some respected writers who were actually terrible people.

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