The 50 Craziest Sex Scandals in Sports History

3. The Duke Lacrosse Case

Sports figure(s) involved: Members of the 2006 Duke Lacrosse team
Year: 2006

Never rush to judgment, even if it involves Duke's athletic program. In 2006, a stripper accused three members of Duke's Lacrosse team of rape. The story swept the country, in part because Durham's District Attorney Mike Nifong labeled the men guilty and called the night's events a hate crime. The allegations proved false and everyone from Duke University's chancellor to Nancy Grace looked like absolute jackasses for piling on the innocent teens. Nifong was disbarred for dishonesty and fraud. The woman who made the false claims, Crystal Mangum, was never charged with a crime.

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