Who would have imagined four years ago that Michael Vick would recover after felony charges from operating an unlawful dog fighting ring to now receiving endorsements from Nike and Double Eagle Holdings, Ltd., the parent company of Fuse Science, Inc? After Yahoo! Sports recently reported how Vick is quickly reemerging as pitchman, look back at the top five athletes that were able to bounce back amid scandals and reemerge similar to Michael Vick.
1. Kobe Bryant
Since overcoming a sex assault allegation that rocked the NBA in 2003, Kobe Bryant “went back onto the court and returned to his all-star status. He brought back the legions of basketball fans first,” said Michael Kempner, president of MWW Group public relations in East Rutherford, N.J.
2. Mike Tyson
Once convicted of rape, which he still denies, and eventually served three years in prison from 1992 to 1995, Mike Tyson now appears in huge blockbusters such as “The Hangover“ and sketches on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” NBC News’ TheGrio.com stated that “In only a few years Mike Tyson has gone from someone long pegged as a ‘monster’ to a self-deprecating vegan with an Animal Planet reality show chronicling his love of birds. Not to mention, a surprisingly funny actor with a much better reputation than he’s ever enjoyed throughout his life in the public eye.”
3. Tom Brady
Pretty boy quarterback Tom Brady was almost untouchable until his break up with his ex girlfriend, actress Bridget Moynahan. Brady left Moynahan, who gave birth to their son, to marry supermodel Gisele Bundchen. Also, who can forget the Spygate scandal that questioned the Patriots’ Super Bowl dynasty? CBS Sports chronicles how the Patriots’ winning ways put Spygate hand-wringing to rest.
Alex Rodriquez: one of the most polarizing figures in sports; despite the fact that he has a murky history involving performance enchaining drugs and has had questionable actions on and off the field. He still has quite a large group of supporters and that he has proved to be one of the best baseball players in the league for over a decade. “In this post-Bash Brothers era, a decade defined by the surliness of Barry Bonds, most fans have come to accept that athletes owe the public nothing more and nothing less than their best honest efforts on the field” via ESPN The Magazine.
5. Andre Agassi
Champion tennis player Andre Agassi shocked the world when he admitted in his autobiography “Open” to previously lying about illegal drug use. The Telegraph reported that the “Victory at the French Open in 1999 marked a return to form and made him the first player in history to have won all four Grand Slam titles on three different surfaces.” Everyone thought that his career was over, except of course Agassi himself. Agassi would go on to win the U.S. Open that year, and the Australian three further times.