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10 Scandals the NBA wants you to forget

Alex Aroko
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Kobe Bryant, Wife Appear At News Conference
Kobe Bryant, Wife Appear At News Conference in 2003

Scandals tarnish images and ruin legacies. Professional athletes are easily forgotten for mistakes they made that caught the public eye. They may have been committed or allegedly committed by individuals, but the fact that the NBA employs them, it brings some negativity to the league.

While the league tries to maintain a glamorous image, there are unforgettable events that happened in the past that would make anyone’s face cringe with displeasure and or disbelief. While some were handled according to the law, some were made to disappear and to never be talked about.

This is a list of cringe-worthy scandals that the NBA wishes we’d forget.

#10 Len Bias' death

Len Bias (Image courtesy:
Len Bias (Image courtesy:

Len Bias was described as a generational, once-in-a-lifetime talent. It’s so sad we’ll never know how his professional career would pan out.

After showing much promise in his college basketball career, Len would turn pro and be selected as the 2nd pick in the 1986 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics. This was anticipated as the move that would help them transition into the post-Larry Bird era.

48 hours later, the 22-year-old was pronounced dead from cardiac arrhythmia induced by a cocaine overdose.The NBA instituted a drug awareness program for young players because of his death.

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