Athlete: Barry Bonds
Barry Bonds has his fingerprints all over the MLB history books. From the record-setting seven Most Valuable Player awards (seven) to his 762 career home runs which broke the old high water mark of 755 homers held by Hank Aaron, Bonds would be a hands down, first ballot Hall of Famer...except for one issue: BALCO.
On November 15, 2007, Bonds was accused of lying under oath about his suspected use of steroids and he was indicted on four counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice. After four years, the court convicted Bonds of only an obstruction of justice charge. It is very likely that the slugger will not receive any jail time, but when it comes to his admittance into Cooperstown, the shadow of consistent accusations and suspicion may be too large to escape. At least Bonds can take some solace in being No. 1 on this list of ours!