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This has been the worst PR week in the history of the National Football League.

Star Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has basically admitted to child abuse. Ray Rice knocked out then-fianee Janay Palmer with a punch, shedding light on other domestic violence cases in the NFL and the league's lax policy when it comes to alleged offenders.

It's been a nightmare for (awful) Commissioner Roger Goodell, but it's also just been a couple new examples of a sad trend: athletes in trouble with the law, with their wives or just with the public in general.

From performance-enhancing drug use... to the banging of so many cocktail waitresses... to one of the most heinous acts and most despicable individuals imaginable, we rundown 14 scandals below that made us ashamed to cheer on our favorite teams or athletes:

Lance Armstrong denied it and denied it, but he eventually came clean: yes, he cheated to win every Tour de France.

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Former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky, serving time in prison for sexual assault, is corresponding with people on the outside a la Aaron Hernandez.

And, much like letters from the jailed former New England Patriots star, Sandusky's words reveal much, perhaps even more than he himself realizes.

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"I've been quite confined, always searching for purpose," Jerry Sandusky writes (the usual caveats applying to every word he says, obviously).

"For now, my main purpose is to endure, learn from and grow form this experience. It is very challenging. I exercise, read, meditate and do a lot of writing."

"I've written and continue to write my account of what has happened."

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A man who interviewed disgraced football coach Jerry Sandusky in prison has given his second victim an ultimatum that arguably amounts to extortion:

Give me an exclusive interview, or I'll reveal your identity.

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John Ziegler, who interviewed Sandusky for a documentary he hopes will clear Joe Paterno's name, said Monday that he planned to "out" victim #2.

Sandusky was convicted of raping the victim in a Penn State shower back in 2001, following testimony from former PSU assistant football coach Mike McQueary.

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John Ziegler, a documentary filmmaker, played excerpts of interviews he conducted with Jerry Sandusky on the Today show Monday, clashing with Matt Lauer.

Sandusky, the former Penn State football coach serving a minimum 30-year prison sentence for child sexual abuse, is portrayed somewhat sympathetically.

Ziegler's documentary, “The Framing of Joe Paterno,” has not been received positively from Paterno's family, who sought to distance itself from Ziegler.

In the brief tape excerpts, Sandusky, who did not testify at his trial, questioned Penn State’s investigation, conducted by former FBI director Louis Freeh.

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Jerry Sandusky refuses to go away.

The disgraced ex-Penn State coordinator, who was convicted in June on over 40 counts of sexual abuse and sentenced to in October to at least 30 years in prison, has released a bizarre new letter.

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Dated December 18, the note (addressed to The Citizen Voice, a Central Pennsylvania newspaper) decrees that “justice and fairness were not a focus” in his trial.

Sandusky goes on to say:

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Aaron Fisher is coming forward to tell his story, and attach his real name to it.

For four years, since he first came forward to say that former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky sexually abused him, he's been known as Victim Number 1.

In a new book, the key witness against him is ready to share not only his name, but the horror of the abuse he suffered and how he found the courage to speak out.

Aaron Fisher, 18, is releasing Silent No More: Victim 1's Fight for Justice Against Jerry Sandusky, with his psychologist, Mike Gillum, and his mother, Dawn Daniels.

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The day after he released a recording in which he alleged a major conspiracy was behind his conviction for molesting a series of young boys, Jerry Sandusky was sentenced in court this morning.

The former Penn State Defensive Coordinator will serve at least 30 years in a Pennsylvania prison, making it a near certainty that the 68-year old will die behind bars.

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Sandusky was convicted in June on 45 counts of sexual assault, yet has maintained his innocence ever since the charges were brought up.

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The day before his sentencing, former Penn State football coach and convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky has released a statement from jail.

In it, Sandusky alleges that an enormous conspiracy has been working against him, starting with "a young man who was dramatic, a veteran accuser [who] always sought attention."

Sandusky goes on to say this man was "was joined by a well-orchestrated effort of the media," in conspiring to paint him as a monster, including "investigators, the system, Penn State, psychologists, civil attorneys and other accusers.

"They won," he adds. 'I've wondered what they really won: Attention, financial gain, prestige… will all be temporary."

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Penn State University is doing all it can to separate itself from the Jerry Sandusky scandal, which has sent that pedophile to jail, resulted in unprecedented sanctions against the football team and led to new uniforms for the players.

How will the fans feel the effects of this sordid situation?

Penn State announced this week that it has outlawed the playing of Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" at home football games, a single used as a traditional sing-a-long on campus for many years.

Track lyrics, as heard below, include the line "touching me, touching you," and... well... we don't need to explain why some might see that as inappropriate now, do we?

What do you think of this decision? Should Penn State ban the song?


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Joe Paterno and other Penn State University engaged in a major cover-up to hide years of child abuse at the hands of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

So state the findings of a new independent investigation into the horrific world of the man recently convicted on 45 charges of sexual assault against minors.

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According to The Freeh Group, a task force hired by the University Board of Trustees, Paterno "failed to protect against a child sexual predator harming children for over a decade."

The reports goes on to cite the famous, late football coach numerous times - and also includes references to Penn State president Graham Spanier, Athletic Director Tim Curley and Vice President Gary Schultz - and states the leaders "repeatedly concealed critical facts" in order to stave off bad publicity for the school.

Based on interviews and emails, the group alleges Paterno knew about Sandusky's appalling, illegal actions since March 1998 and never acted to deny his co-worker access to young boys.

"They showed no concern about the victim," the report reads. "At the very least, Mr. Paterno could have alerted the entire football staff, in order to prevent Sandusky from bringing another child into the Lasch Building."

Paterno, who passed away in January of lung cancer, is classified as contributing to a list of "catastrophic failures" by the university to stop a child predator in his tracks.

It's a damning litany of accusations against a man long considered to be one of the most revered sports figures of the 20th century.

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