It’s one of those inescapable facts that when you are at the pinnacle of anything, the only way is down. When it comes to the world of professional sports this would normally mean one last amazing performance and then announcing retirement from the sport and a carer of commentary. However, there have also been professional sports stars whose careers have ended quite differently, leaving them not only disgraced, but in some cases flat broke and in trouble with the law! Check these ex-stars out…

Mike Tyson

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Iron Mike spend time in prison after being convicted of rape in the 1990’s and although his boxing career has been re launched on a few occasions, his inability to play by the rules has now seen his career totally ended since 2005. We now however see him in movie roles and on the occasional WWE listing so he is still on our screens somewhere for better or worse.

Oscar Pistorius


The ‘Blade Runner’ could do no wrong in the eyes of the public, even becoming the first para-Olympian to compete against more able bodied athletes in the Olympic Games in 2012. However, after loosing the gold medal at the games in 2012 and virtually accusing his opponent of cheating, the world started to see a different side to him, but his career ended in 2013 when he shot and killed girlfriend and model Reeva Steencamp inside of his home, saying that he mistook her for an intruder. He was convicted of culpable homicide and sentenced to 5 years in prison.