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Sports CriminologyA Critical Criminology of Sport and Games$
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Nic Groombridge

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447323150

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447323150.001.0001

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Celebrity and corruption: case studies of sports scandals

Celebrity and corruption: case studies of sports scandals

(p.37) Three Celebrity and corruption: case studies of sports scandals
Sports Criminology

Nic Groombridge

Policy Press

This chapter examines a number of scandals involving sporting celebrities such as drug use/doping, violence, racism and unsporting behaviour. One case is illustrative, ‘bloodgate’. A rugby union player feigned a blood injury to allow a specialist player onto the field that saw him, coaching and medical staff punished by sport and professional authorities. In American Football such replacements form a legal part of the game. Sport has its own ‘war on drugs’ yet allows therapeutic exemptions of some of the same drugs. Cycling and Lance Armstrong in particular have come to represent the problems sport has with drug use. Strangely, as society becomes more tolerant of recreational drugs sport continues with penal policies.

Keywords:   Gasquet, celebrities, football, doping, Armstrong

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