Lance Armstrong is known as a cancer survivor, racing champion, and close friend of actors everywhere. What is not to like about Lance...

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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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It hasn't exactly received the same press as the Fifty Shades of Grey casting search, but Hollywood has finally found an actor to portray Lance Armstrong.

Deadline confirms that Ben Foster (3:10 to Yuma, The Messenger, The Mechanic) will play this disgraced cyclist in an unnamed project to be directed by Stephen Frears.

It will begin production on October 18 and also feature Chris O’Dowd, Guillaume Canet and Jesse Plemons in supporting roles.

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Armstrong, of course, is a testicular cancer survivor who won a record seven Tour de France titles.

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Lance Armstrong says he doped because everyone else did, winning was impossible without it, and he's only scrutinized because he was the best at it.

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The disgraced cyclist's admission to Oprah about using performance-enhancing drugs tried to appear apologetic, but a lot of people didn't buy it.

Now that time has passed, Armstrong is being a lot more direct in an interview with France's Le Monde, admitting that he "didn't invent doping."

He was just better at it than everyone else.

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File this under Lance Armstrong image-tarnishing news you didn't see coming.

Comedienne April Macie said, on Howard Stern's radio show Monday, that the disgraced cyclist once asked her to perform a lewd sex act on him.

What was said act, you ask? You're not going to believe the details.

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Macie, a frequent guest on the Howard Stern Show, claims that Lance Armstrong once asked her to lick his butt in a hotel bathroom. Seriously.

She and a friend allegedly enjoyed a night out in L.A. with Lance "5-6 years ago," and eventually returned to his hotel room ... where $h!t got weird.

"I went to use the bathroom, and I went in and Lance was bent over a bathtub and she was just face deep in his a**hole. I was terrified," she said.

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The U.S. government is suing Lance Armstrong for $40 million.

The banned cyclist, 41, is accused of violating his contract with his team and is said to have been "unjustly enriched" while cheating to win the Tour de France.

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That team? The U.S. Postal Service, which "paid about $40 million to sponsor the USPS racing team from 1998 to 2004," court documents said.

Armstrong admitted to doping during all of his seven Tour wins.

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It's not about ... the pool? Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong is planning to return to competitive sports this weekend ... as a middle-distance swimmer.

He'll compete in the Masters South Central Zone Swimming Championships in Texas, which aren't subject to USA or World Anti-Doping Agency codes.


Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles after deciding not to defend the litany of doping charges filed against him last August.

This weekend, he is set to compete in freestyle races of 500 yards, 1,000 yards and 1,650 yards at the swimming event held in his home city of Austin.

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When it rains, it pours for Lance Armstrong, who is under federal investigation for obstruction, witness tampering and intimidation, according to reports.

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The U.S. Attorney's office is reportedly in the midst of an active criminal investigation of the disgraced, 41-year-old former Tour de France champion.

According to an ABC source, who agreed to speak to the network the condition that his name and position were not used regarding the matter:

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Note to Lance Armstrong: This is a new low for you.

Forget admitting to Oprah Winfrey that you are a lying cheat. Forget breaking that same news to your 13-year old won.

Charlie Sheen - yes, that Charlie Sheen - thinks you are a "creepy douche."

Those were the words Sheen used to described the disgraced cyclist during an appearance on The Tonight Show yesterday, although he seemed more upset that Armstrong blew him off in person awhile back than that whole performance-enhancing drugs thing.

Watch Sheen explain now:

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The new Star Wars director and a 2013 Academy Awards nominee may be teaming up to bring Lance Armstrong's controversial life to the big screen.

With J.J. Abrams already on board to produce a Paramount Pictures film based on the upcoming book, "Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong," Bradley Cooper has made it clear:

He would like to portray the disgraced athlete.

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"I would be interested," Cooper told BBC News of the role, which at one time was rumored to be going to Matt Damon. "I think he's fascinating. What a fascinating character."

That's one way to describe the ex-Tour de France champion, who owned up to drug use last week in an interview with Oprah Winfrey.

What do you think of the Silver Linings Playbook star taking on Armstrong? Good choice?


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When it rains, it pours: Lance Armstrong is apparently being sued by two California book buyers over claims that he peddled "fiction" as an autobiography.

Rob Stutzman, a former communications adviser for Arnold Schwarzenegger, filed a complaint January 22 in federal court in Sacramento, Calif.

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He says he wouldn't have bought “It’s Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life” had he known the truth about Armstrong’s involvement with doping.

In the 2000 book and the 2003 follow-up, “Every Second Counts,” Armstrong denied ever having used banned substances, which he clearly had done.

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