Reggie Bush has forfeited the Heisman Trophy.
The former USC running back’s decision to take money from agents while in school cost him his little bronze man. Poor guy.
It’s not the first time a Trojans’ running back has been separated from his Heisman. O.J. Simpson, sold his Heisman at auction. Selling your Heisman because you need money is one thing, but losing it because you took money is another. And I’m sure deep down it stings Reggie. It stings probably more than knowing absolute talentless ass clown Ray J paved him a “path” and a way-more productive Miles Austin is doing it too.
It got us thinking about some other members of the disgraced. We’ve compiled a group of titleholders/award winners that were stripped of their respective distinction for one way or another.
Milli Vanilli – 1990 Grammy Award for Best New Artist
All they wanted was for babies not to forget their number. Instead, they’ll forever be remembered as frauds.
Milli Vanilli came to the States via Germany and the pop duo took the U.S. by storm with three No. 1 singles in 1988-89, culminating with a Grammy for Best New Artist in 1990. However, later that year the duo was caught lip-syncing in concert and word began to trickle that the lead vocals weren’t being sung by either Milli or Vanilli.
Oh no! Say it ain’t so.
Instead of blaming their vocal inadequacies, they blamed it on the rain.
The Recording Academy revoked the Grammy and Arista Records head Clive Davis was forced to delete the master recordings from Arista’s catalog.
“We wanted to give the Grammy back. We felt in our hearts that it would be a good gesture to do that. But they made it look as though (the Academy) wanted it back. They could have come to my house and gotten it,” one half of Milli Vanilli, Fab Morvan told the USA Today earlier this year.
Morvan and Rob Pilatus, the other half of MV, planned a comeback and released “Back and in Attack” in 1998. Pilatus however, struggled with drug addiction and spent three months in jail after committing a series of robberies in California. On the eve of the new album’s promotional tour on April 2, 1998, Pilatus was found dead in a Frankfurt, Germany hotel after ingesting a mixture of prescription pills and vodka.
A year before the pageant, while working as an assistant and makeup artist to a photographer, Williams posed in nude silhouettes with another female model, which included shots of simulated lesbian sex. Seems harmless.
After Williams’ Miss America win, the photographer (and Williams’ former boss), offered the photos to Hugh Hefner and Playboy in attempts to make a quick buck. Hefner declined buying the photos, citing the pictures weren’t authorized by Williams. Larry Flynt was too busy with the Supreme Court in 1983 with Keeton v. Hustler Magazine in which he shouted, “Fuck this court!” and called the justices “nothing but eight assholes and a token cunt (that being Sandra Day O’Connor). Penthouse then swooped in and published the photos in the September 1984 issue. Penthouse brought in a $14 million windfall because of the issue.
Upon the pictures’ release, sponsors for the upcoming 1985 pageant threatened to pull out, thus Williams felt pressured to relinquish her title, which she did. However, she was allowed to keep the bejeweled crown and scholarship money and surprisingly is still recognized by the Miss America Organization as Miss America 1984. First runner-up Suzette Charles is listed as Miss America 1984b.
Carrie Prejean – 2009 Miss California and Miss USA first runner-up
“I was being dared – in front of the entire world – to give a candid answer to a serious question. I knew if I told the truth, I would lose all that I was competing for: the crown, the luxury apartment in New York City, the large salary – everything that went with the Miss USA title. I also knew, or suspected, that I was the frontrunner, and if I gritted my teeth and gave the politically correct answer, I could be Miss USA.”
Staying in the cutthroat world of beauty pageants, Prejean became national news because of her stance on same-sex marriage. That’s right. This chick, who is doing nothing more than posing in a bikini and night gown, became a household name because of a political stance.
A member of the San Diego Padres’ Pad Squad, Prejean won the 2009 Miss California earning her the chance to compete for Miss USA. Ah, every little girl’s dream and male fantasy.
Everything was going swimmingly until that overly flamboyant meat smuggler Perez Hilton, who for some reason was a Miss USA judge, asked Prejean about her stance on same-sex marriage. And I didn’t call Perez Hilton a meat smuggler, I was just inserting Prejean’s inner thoughts (not that he isn’t, and not that there’s anything wrong with that). But here’s what she actually verbalized:
“Well I think it’s great that Americans are able to choose one way or the other. We live in a land where you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage. And, you know what, in my country, in my family, I think that, I believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman, no offense to anybody out there. But that’s how I was raised and I believe that it should be between a man and a woman.”
Apparently, people give a shit about what this little tart says, you know because that sash says “USA” on it, and we just can’t have these intolerant hussies representing the best in all that is woman.
Prejean’s contract, yes beauty queens have contracts, came under scrutiny after a partially nude photo of her popped up on the Interweb. Prejean was then approached by Playboy and “I’m a Celebrity…Get Me out of Here!” As you’d expect for a girl who had been trained her whole life to be in the spotlight, she reveled in it, and decided to write a book. Prejean sued Miss California USA for libel and releasing private medical records, those being about the $5,200 breast implants the pageant paid for. They countered with a suit of their own, seeking the profits from Prejean’s forthcoming book, which they claim was written in violation of her Miss California USA contract, as well as a return of $5,200 which was spent on her boobs. The two sides settled out of court after a videotape of Prejean masturbating came to light.
Things didn’t go all bad for Prejean. She went on to marry failed quarterback and first round flop Kyle Boller. However in marrying Boller, Prejean is contradicting herself. Because that dude throws like a girl.
Maximilian I – Emperorship of Mexico
An Austrian archduke and Commander-in-Chief of the Austrian Navy, Ferdinand Maxmilian was named Emperor of Mexico by Napoleon III April 10, 1864 after the French intervention in Mexico.
The U.S. and other foreign governments refused to recognize Maximilian’s reign and encouraged Liberal forces led by Benito Juarez to overthrow the French. In attempts to calm tensions, Maximilian offered Juarez the position of prime minister, but was refused.
Napoleon III withdrew his troops from Mexico in attempts to slow the Prussian aggression in Europe, leaving Maxie Boy quite vulnerable South of the Border. The whole world knew Maximilian was a lame duck in Mexico, and it was only a matter of time before he was deposed.
Maximilian’s wife, Carlota, traveled to Paris, Vienna and Rome in efforts to gather support and assistance for her husband, but was rebuked at each stop. She cracked emotionally and never returned to Mexico. Her husband was dead a year later.
Despite Napoleon’s urging, Maximilian remained in Mexico, saying he wouldn’t leave his followers to be massacred by the Liberals. He eventually fell under siege and was betrayed by a colonel, who was bribed to open a gate and lead a raiding party into Maximilian’s stronghold with the agreement the Emperor would be allowed to escape unharmed. Yeah, about that…Maximilian was sentenced to death by firing squad, which put about 15 bullets into his chest.
John Calipari – Final Four coach and decent human being
The only coach to have multiple Final Four appearances vacated because of NCAA violations, Calipari is everything wrong with college basketball. Nick Saban labeled the agents that circle major programs as pimps. He’s wrong. It’s dudes like Calipari that are the pimps. It’s only a matter of time before he gets pinched in Lexington, and UK fans will be wishing their coach’s worst transgressions were 15 seconds with a crazy chick in a restaurant.
In January, Rodriguez won London’s Natural History Museum’s prestigious wildlife photographer of the year for snapping a shot of a rare, wild Iberian wolf jumping a fence in pursuit of prey.
Well, at least the rare part is correct.
In fact, the wolf was so rare other Spanish photographers recognized it. His name is Ossian and he’s trained and available for hire from a nature park near Madrid. A wolf for hire? Go figure.
Rodriguez claimed he patiently tracked the wild wolf for months before taking the winning photograph.
“In wildlife photography there are ethical guidelines and there has always been an explicit understanding that if you take pictures of a captive subject, you declare it on your caption,” said Chris Gomersall, a wildlife photographer who was involved in the judging.
Jim Brandenburg, a judge and wildlife photographer with 45 years of wolfing experience, called the picture “a masterfully executed moment,” but after studying pictures of Ossian and Rodriguez’s image, he is now “99.9 percent” sure it’s is the tame wolf.
Rodriguez denied he cheated, but when pressed to retell his process, there were a number of inconsistencies that led the Museum to request forfeiture of the $15,000 cash prize and a lifetime ban on Rodriguez ever entering the contest again.
It is the first time in the competition’s 45-year history that a winner had been disqualified.
Me – Fifth grade student council presidency
I was on top of the world. I had just moved to Florida and in my first year at a new school wound up winning what in essence is a popularity contest – elementary school student council president. Well it didn’t last long. I was stripped of the title following what became known as the Riverglades Candy Gram scandal.
Show a 10-year old where the excess Blow Pops and Twix bars are stored and a few might go missing. Impeachable!? Where’s Cheryl Mills when you need her?
Dean Jones – Victorian Father of the Year 2007
Former cricket legend Dean Jones was stripped of his Father of the Year Award after admitting a nine-year affair with a flight stewardess. In addition to the affair, Jones also fathered a child with his mistress, a child it is believed he had never met.
“To take off and have a love child, and that he hasn’t even seen the child…We are somewhat rocked by it. What sort of father is that?” said Father of the Year president Don Parsons. “Father of the Year should mean that you’re in a happy relationship, your children love you, and you love them. We’re not a bunch of old fuddy-duddies, but there’s an image to being Father of the Year, and he’s stepped outside it.”
Jones’ stewardess mistress or air hostess (pictured) as they’re called in Australia, said the relationship soured “when I asked him for child support.” Go figure.
“I loved that bitch until she asked for a dime…”
With Father of the Year out, it’s also safe to say Jones won’t win TV Commentator of the Year either. He made headlines while in 2006 during a cricket match in which he called South African Hashim Amla a “terrorist.” When Amla, a devout Muslim with a full beard, took a catch, Jones said, “the terrorist gets another wicket.” The comment was made during a commercial break, but it aired live in South Africa because of an uninterrupted broadcast.