Banned: Donald Sterling's lifetime suspension isn't without precedent

By Evan Hilbert |

Pete Rose was banned from baseball after betting on games. (Getty Images)

Earlier Tuesday, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was banned for life from the NBA. His punishment is hardly without precedent, though, as numerous players and coaches have been outlawed from their respective sports for a variety of reasons.

Below is a list of some of those offenders and their brief stories.

Pete Rose: Similar to many of the above stories, Rose was banned from baseball for gambling on his games -- even though he maintains he never bet against his team. The best hitter the game has seen remains on the outside looking in despite his many attempts to get back in the game's good graces., all of it: Okay, that's not fair, but the sport has been rife with scandal for years, so it's entirely unfair. From Lance Armstrong to Floyd Landis, widespread dopingseems to be the norm.

The Black Sox: You've seen Field of Dreams and Eight Men Out, right? "Shoeless" Joe Jackson and his teammates were on the take and later banned from the sport altogether.

Art Schlichter: An Ohioan by birth, Schlichter was a terriffic quarterback that started four straight years for the Buckeyes. He also like betting the ponies a bit too much. The fourth overall pick in the NFL Draft, Schlichter's gambling was his undoing and his suspensions derailed his career and he failed to make an imprint on the league. Though he never officially received a lifetime ban, he belongs on the list since his numerous suspensions added up to as much.

Marge Schott: Good news, Marge! You're the only woman to ever be banned from baseball! Schott, who was later reinstated, apparently had a lot in common with Donald Sterling. She was banned for making racist and insensitive comments, as well.

Tonya Harding: I think we all know what happened here -- what with the alleged conspiracy regarding the attack of Nancy Kerrigan -- but Harding was eventually banned from skating for life for her supposed involvement.

Stanley Wilson: A running back with the Cincinnati Bengals, Wilson's cocaine use ruined his career at the most inopportune time. Wilson was suspended for the 1985 and '87 seasons due to his cocaine use, and he was caught just prior to Super Bowl XXIII -- his third strike -- which resulted in a lifetime ban. Some believe that Wilson's absence directly contributed to the Bengals loss to the 49ers.

Daniel Koellerer: The first player ever banned from tennis, Koellerer was banned for attempting to fix matches. Nicknamed "Crazy Dani," the Austrian was once suspended for placing odds of tennis matches on his personal website.

George Steinbrenner: Surprising that the boss would throw his weight around for his personal gain, but that's exactly what happened. Steinbrenner was banned for life for employing a private investigator to look into the personal life of Dave Winfield to discredit him. It didn't stick; Steinbrenner was eventually reinstated by Bud Selig.

Ferguson Jenkins, Mickey Mantle, and Willie Mays: Weird, right? Jenkins was outlawed after being busted with cocaine at an airport but he was eventually reinstated. Mantle and Mays were banned for signing autographs in Vegas; they, too, were reinstated.

Shane Hmiel: A NASCAR driver, Hmiel was suspended for failing drug tests. He eventually received a lifetime suspension in 2006. Hmiel later got sober and began racing on the United States Auto Club Circuit, though he was paralyzed in a race in 2010.

Chris Washburn: Widely-considered one of the NBA's biggest draft busts, Washburn was chosen 3rd in the 1986 NBA Draft. However, a string of failed drug tests got him banned for life from the league.

Luckily -- if he were of the mind that misery does in fact love company, at least -- Washburn wasn't alone. He joined a batch of '80s ballers that were banned from the NBA, including John Drew, Roy Tarpley, and Michael Ray Richardson.

Giorgos Katidis: A Greek soccer player, Katidis was banned from international competition by his country after he displayed a Nazi salute after scoring a goal. He later argued for leniency to no avail.

Steve Mullings: Track and field has seen its fair share of suspensions due to the use of illegal substances, but rarely is the result a lifetime ban. However, promising Jamaican sprinter Steve Mullings was outlawed after testing positive for a masking agent in 2011.

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