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Poll: Which athlete wasted the most talent?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by wickedwritah, Dec 29, 2006.


Which stellar athlete wasted the most talent due to drugs, alcohol and/or thuggery?

  1. Mike Tyson

    15 vote(s)
  2. Darryl Strawberry

    9 vote(s)
  3. Doc Gooden

    28 vote(s)
  4. The 1986 NBA Draft drug babies (Bias, Bedford, Tarpley, Washburn, etc.)

    22 vote(s)
  5. George Rogers, the Heisman winner

    1 vote(s)
  6. Steve Howe

    0 vote(s)
  7. Other

    9 vote(s)
  1. wickedwritah

    wickedwritah Guest

    Given Mike Tyson's <a href="http://www.sportsjournalists.com/forum/threads/35713/">arrest today</a> on drug charges and suspicion of DUI, I thought the poll was timely.

    I know I am missing a bunch of other candidates, and names will be added as warranted.
  2. Derrick Coleman.
  3. wickedwritah

    wickedwritah Guest

    Coleman was just a douchebag, from his time with the Nets on. Don't know if you can say any of the above really derailed his career.
  4. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    Glenn Robinson.
  5. That's true. It was more apathy in Coleman's case. I still contend he could have been an all-time great had he given a shit.
  6. Chuck~Taylor

    Chuck~Taylor Active Member

    I gotta give it to Gooden
  7. sportschick

    sportschick Active Member

    Rae Carruth
  8. wickedwritah

    wickedwritah Guest

    There was a SportsCentury on Strawberry a few weeks back. It's so easy to forget just how talented he was in high school and in his early years.
  9. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    Chuck, Gooden lived up to a lot of his talent, got lost in the mix, and returned to throw a no-no for the Yanks. He may not have lived up to his full potential, but he had some great years.
  10. wickedwritah

    wickedwritah Guest

    After the drug suspensions, he had mediocre years at best and tossed that no-hitter. Wasn't he left off the playoff roster that year?
  11. DocTalk

    DocTalk Active Member

    While it may be contrarian... Barry Bonds. He may break the home run record, but how sad that his legacy or lack thereof, will not be based on his athletic endeavors.
  12. CradleRobber

    CradleRobber Active Member

    He may not have wasted the most talent, but Maurice Clarett wasted a lot of it.
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