For some athletes, the risk of losing—or even being less than the best—is worse than the many consequences of doping in professional sports, and for decades, performance-enhancing drug controversies have made headlines around the world. Other athletes have garnered media attention, criminal charges and sporting suspensions for their recreational drug use. Biography.com examines some of the world's greatest athletes to ever fall from fame, whose names have been tarnished by drugs scandals, including Barry Bonds, Jose Canseco, Marion Jones, Andre Agassi, Floyd Landis and Lance Armstrong.
Lance Armstrong reached a settlement of $5 million to settle claims that he defrauded the federal government, avoiding a potentially far costlier trial. The Tour de France cyclist used performance-enhancing drugs while sponsored by the U.S. Postal Service team.