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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:

LIAR!
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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Philadelphia Eagles receiver Riley Cooper has become public enemy #1 since a video surfaced of him using the N-word at a Kenny Chesney concert.

Cooper, who is white, apologized and was fined by the team. He later held a news conference at the team's headquarters where he apologized at length.

On Twitter, both athletes and fans alike chimed in, as you would expect. But what you might not expect was that Marcus Vick put a bounty on Riley Cooper:

  • Marcus Tweets
  • R-Coop

Vick, a former college football star and brother of Cooper's Eagles teammate Michael Vick, quickly deleted the Tweet after his girlfriend made him (apparently).

Michael, for his part, took a different view:

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Michael Vick knows he may never change some people's minds - heck, the guy still receives death threats - but he called in to TMZ yesterday and sounded quite sincere:

The ex-convict of a quarterback says he's a changed man.

Michael Vick on a Couch

Vick is involved with the Team Freedom Outreach, an organization that asks volunteers to play sports with incarcerated kids, and cites his prison time as the basis for making such a commitment.

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NFL star Michael Vick says he won't be bullied by a spate of recent death threats, but he has canceled his upcoming book tour in the wake of them.

Vick on the Eags

The once-imprisoned QB and author of Finally Free: An Autobiography says he will continue his work with community service organizations, too.

Vick nixed his book tour after "credible threats" were called in to several Barnes & Noble stores across the country, but "won't let this control his life."

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America can be forgiving for many things, but Michael Vick still has a ways to go. He remains the most hated athlete in America, according to a Forbes poll.

Vick clocked in with an usually high awareness rate of 42 percent, meaning he’s well-known in America even among non-NFL fans ... but not in a good way.

“His awareness is up there with Peyton Manning, but a lot of it is people knowing him for the wrong reasons,” said Stephen Master, VP of Sports for Nielsen.

Top Dog!

Other notable names toward the top of the most-disliked list include Kris Humphries (Kim would totally be #1) Tiger Woods, Alex Rodriguez and Kurt Busch.

Mark McGwire, Randy Moss, Manny Ramirez and Ben Roethlisberger fell out of the dubious top 10, even if there was no major image rehab in any case.

One shocking 180 was that of the Detroit Lions’ Ndamukong Suh, who went from one of the NFL’s best-liked players to one of its worse in a matter of months.

Suh’s reputation took a beating after a highly public stomping of a Green Bay Packer on national TV on Thankgiving. It's no animal cruelty, but that'll do it.

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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick may soon be caught up in a naked photo scandal, if a woman trying to hawk a “full frontal” picture of him has her way.

According to reports, the unnamed female is shopping around a pic of Michael Vick naked to various media outlets in an attempt to secure a big payday. Wonderful.

Vick’s camp dismissed the story, saying he has better things to worry about - like losing to the Bears 30-24 last night - but doesn’t outright deny the photo exists.

Michael Vick Image

"The only thing Mike has on his mind is his date with the Chicago Bears this evening,” his rep said. “The rest of what this woman is claiming isn't worth dignifying."

According to one website the woman contacted, the pic is clearly Vick due to the tats “that appear all over his body including his signature super man tattoo [sic].”

The woman claims the photo of Vick, whose NFL comeback after a two-year prison term for running a dogfighting ring is the stuff of legend, is less than a year old.

“He is in the bathroom of the hotel room the night before the game taking the photos of himself,” she claims.  “It is from the neck down with all tattoos visible.”

So ... his face isn't visible. How convenient.

Michael Vick Biography

Michael Vick Photo Michael Vick is the troubled, former quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL, and a former All-American at Virginia Tech. The man... More »
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Newport News, Virginia
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Michael Dwayne Vick
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