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Sports itself is pretty thrilling yet we find many big athletes gambling away millions they earn. Gambling today is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world with professional gambling ring working incessantly it’s sometimes easy to get sucked into the industry.

The unfortunate truth is there aren’t just a few sports figures doing it but a whole range of biggest names among professional sports who have been involved in this ugly business. Take a look at the 10 sportstars with serious gambling problems:

10 Sportstars With Serious Gambling Problems

10. Rick Tocchet

sportstars with serious gambling problems

 

At number 10 position of 10 sportstars with serious gambling problems is Richard Tocchet – a former professional ice hockey. He has played for the Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Los Angeles Kings, Boston Bruins, Washington Capitals and Phoenix Coyotes for 18 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) as a right winger. He retired in 2002 and later became an assistant coach for the Colorado Avalanche. Currently he serves as an analyst on Flyers Postgame Live. In 2006 it was found out that Tocchet had been funding a nationwide gambling ring. Tocchet was sentenced for two years probation. In 2004, he got selected as head coach for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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9. John Daly

sportstars with serious gambling problems

 

John Patrick Daly is a professional golfer. Two of his greatest wins are the 1991 PGA Championship and at the 1995 Open Championship. Daly has never participated in the Ryder Cup – the only golfer in both US and Europe to do so. In 2006, Daly published his autobiography where he revealed how he has been struggling with gambling. He also informed that in the last 15 years he has gambled away some $50 and $60 million.

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8. Pete Rose

sportstars with serious gambling problems

 

At number 8 position of 10 sportstars with serious gambling problems is Peter Edward Pete Rose, Sr. – a former Major League Baseball player. Rose played from 1963 to 1986 for four different teams – Cincinnati Reds (1963–1978), Philadelphia Phillies (1979–1983), Montreal Expos (1984) and Cincinnati Reds (1984–1986). Then he also served the Cincinnati Reds as their manager from 1984 to 1989. Nicknamed “Charlie Hustle”, Rose has been the winner of three World Series rings, two Gold Gloves, one Most Valuable Player Award, the Rookie of the Year Award and three batting titles. Rose’s retirement came amongst rumours of his gambling habit. It was later said that Rose had been betting from 1984 to 1986 when he was still a player.

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7. Alex Rodriguez

sportstars with serious gambling problems

 

Alexander Emmanuel Alex Rodriguez is a professional baseball. He plays as infielder for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB). Previously he had gloriously played for the Seattle Mariners (1994–2000) and the Texas Rangers (2001–2003).  In his long successful career Rodriguez has won two Gold Glove Awards, three American League(AL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards and ten Silver Slugger Awards. He has a record 25 grand slams. Regarded as one of the greatest baseball players, Rodriguez has had a controversial career due to his involvement with gambling and using of performance-enhancing drugs.

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6. Charles Barkley

sportstars with serious gambling problems

 

At number 6 position of 10 sportstars with serious gambling problems is Charles Wade Barkley. Nicknamed “The Round Mound of Rebound” he is a former professional basketball player. Regarded as one of the National Basketball Association‘s most dominating power forwards, he has played for Philadelphia 76ers (1984–1992), Phoenix Suns (1992–1996) and Houston Rockets (1996–2000). Today Barkley has had a successful career as a television NBA analyst but previously he was frequently involved in controversies. Known for being a compulsive gambler, Barkley has revealed that over years he has lost around $10 million through gambling. He also said he has won plenty of times. In 2008, news of Barkley being neck deep in depth emerged. After he repaid all his debt, Barkley said he was going to take a break from gambling for some time.

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5. Denny McLain

sportstars with serious gambling problems
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Dennis Dale Denny McLain is a former baseball player. He had a stellar career and is noted today for being the latest pitcher who won 30 or more games in a single season at Major League Baseball. He is one of the only eleven people who have completed this feat in the 20th century. McLain has played for Detroit Tigers (1963–1970) Washington Senators (1971) Oakland Athletics (1972) and Atlanta Braves (1972) mostly as a pitcher. Despite being a celebrated sportsman, McLain indulged in crimes like gambling. For which he was charged and had to serve time in prison.

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4. Paul Hornung

sportstars with serious gambling problems

At number 4 position of 10 sportstars with serious gambling problems is Paul Vernon Hornung – a former professional football player. He played for Green Bay Packers (from 1957 to 1962 and 1964 to 1966). He played college basketball for Notre Dame. A versatile all-around athlete, Hornung played as quarterback, halfback and placekicker. After being selected in the NFL Draft, Hornung became the first pro footballer to win the Heisman Trophy in the history of the game. He has been inducted into both the college and professional football halls of fame. In the 60s, Hornung was suspected of being involved with gambling due to which he missed the 1963 season.

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3. Art Schlichter

sportstars with serious gambling problems

 

Arthur Ernest Schlichter is a retired footballer who usually played as quarterback. Schlichter has played for a number of team throughout his career – Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts (1982–1985), Buffalo Bills (1986), Ottawa Rough Riders (1988), Detroit Drive (1990–1991) and Cincinnati Rockers (1992). Schlichter was a gambling addict. During the 1982 NFL strike, his gambling habit went out of check and he ended up with a $700,000 debt. Later he again lost $489,000 by betting on basketball games. When he couldn’t pay up and was threatened, Schlichter went to the FBI and got the bookies arrested. He also revealed his activities to the NFL who suspended him indefinitely.

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2. Wayne Rooney

sportstars with serious gambling problems
Wayne Rooney

At number 2 position of 10 sportstars with serious gambling problems is Wayne Mark Rooney – a professional footballer from England. He has played for Everton (2002-2004) and Manchester United (since 2004) as forward mostly but in various in midfield roles too. Rooney moved to  Manchester United in 2004 and since then the team has won the Football League Cup twice, the Premier League five times, the FIFA Club World Cup once, the UEFA Champions League once and  the FIFA Club World Cup once. MU’s third-highest goalscorer ever, Rooney also plays for the England national team and has been awarded the England Player of the Year award three times. Apparently Wayne Rooney had lost £65000 in two hours of gambling and has altogether gambled away almost £1 million.

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1. Michael Jordan

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Michael Jordan

Jordan is a former basketball player. Jordan has primarily played with Chicago Bulls (1984–1993 and 1995–1998) and Washington Wizards (2001–2003). He is one of the greatest names in American basketball winning numerous individual accolades and accomplishments throughout his career. He was instrumental in making NBA popular around the world in the 80s and 90s. In 1993 gambling controversy rose around Jordan and later he admitted of losing $57,000 in gambling. In 2015, Jordan became a millionaire, the first NBA player to become so.

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10 Sportstars With Serious Gambling Problems

1. Michael Jordan
2. Wayne Rooney
3. Art Schlichter
4. Paul Hornung
5. Denny McLain
6. Charles Barkley
7. Alex Rodriguez
8. Pete Rose
9. John Daly
10. Rick Tocchet

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