Table of contents:
- Ben Johnson, athlete
- Lance Armstrong, cyclist
- Jordan Belfort, financier
- OJ Simpson, footballer and actor
- Mel Gibson
- Charlie Sheen
Fame and fortune are powerful indicators of a celebrity, but sometimes they are the ones that corrupt the faint of heart and lead to disaster in their lives. After all, not everyone is able to pass the test of "copper pipes", and it often happens that a celebrity in the prime of his career suddenly commits a series of rash acts, thereby signing a verdict to his success. Today we have collected the names of some of them in the hope of telling you the stories of their lives.
Ben Johnson, athlete
The Canadian athlete, originally from Jamaica, made his way into the big sport, making a name for himself at the 1984 Olympics. There he received his first bronze medals. And after three years he was able to become the fastest sprinter, having run a hundred meters in a record 9.83 seconds. It would seem that happiness smiled - he wins the next Olympic Games in 1988, improving his own achievements. But then the anti-doping commission intervenes, which disqualifies the athlete for using stanozolol.
In 1991, the time of the ban on participation in competitions ended, and Ben Johnson returned to professional sports. And again, prohibited substances were found in his analyzes, so that the ban on participation in sports has already become lifelong. In 2009, trying to give at least some explanation for his actions, Johnson said that detractors had mixed steroids in his beer. However, another fact is known - the athlete used furazobol, which until recently was not known to anti-doping services.
Lance Armstrong, cyclist
American cycling legend who became the only athlete to finish first overall in the Tour de France seven times from 1999 to 2005. In 1993 he became the youngest (22 years old) world champion in road cycling. However, a soon neglected disease - doctors diagnosed testicular cancer with metastases - threatened the end of his sports career. Doctors gave him a 20% chance of surviving. Lance managed not only to cope with the disease, but also to become a hero, with his thirst for life and love for sports helping the sick, despite the terrible diagnosis, to believe in the future.
He created the Lance Armstrong Foundation to help cancer patients, wrote a book about his struggle, gave birth to 5 children. However, the 2012 doping scandal not only deprived him of lucrative contracts with well-known sports brands, lifelong disqualification, but he also had to return the 2000 Olympic medal, as well as the Legion of Honor, received at one time from the hands of the President of France. Lance has publicly admitted that he has participated in doping programs throughout his career. However, all his familiar athletes did this.
Jordan Belfort, financier
A talented broker with a flair for market fluctuations has managed to earn a solid fortune with the help of fraudulent schemes. His company, which employed thousands of employees at a time of financial success, conducted transactions worth more than a billion dollars a year. Law enforcement agencies became interested in the activities of the successful firm, and numerous complaints from brokers began to arrive at their office. As a result of the investigation, Jordan Belfort was found guilty of fraud and money laundering in 1998.
He spent 22 months in jail and completely lost his confidence in the stock market.Now the former financial tycoon is engaged in writing memoirs and conducting motivational seminars. In his personal life, he also had a collapse - his second wife, model Nadine Karidi, who gave him two children, divorced him, indicating the reason for numerous betrayals and drug use.
As a result, due to the temptation of easy money, women and drugs, the career of an intelligent and talented man collapsed, and it is unlikely that Jordan will be able to return to the glory days of a stockbroker. Based on his life, the biographical film "The Wolf of Wall Street" was shot.
OJ Simpson, footballer and actor
Jay Simpson managed to first build a successful sports career, and then also briskly run up the Hollywood Hills for success. His name was inducted into the Professional American Football Hall of Fame in 1985. The NFL star has successfully acted in commercials, worked as a sports commentator on television. He managed to star in a dozen films, the most famous being the Naked Pistol trilogy. However, true glory came to this man from a completely different side. In 1994, Simpson was charged with double murder - his wife and her young lover.
The jury did not consider the proof of the actor's guilt sufficient, so the death penalty was avoided. However, a civil lawsuit ordered Simpson to pay a $ 33.5 million fine to the families of the victims. Subsequently, the explosive character of the athlete and actor played another cruel joke on him - in 2008 he burst into the hotel of a sports trophy merchant and, threatening with a pistol, took away the cups that once belonged to him. For this he was sentenced to 18 years in prison. Simpson was released only at the end of 2017.
Well, this famous actor is known for sure by many. At the beginning of the 2000s, films with his participation were released one after another, he was considered one of the stars of American action films. However, Mel Gibson felt his popularity too strongly, confusing freedom of opinion with permissiveness. His statements began to appear, in which he spoke rudely about sexual minorities and showed anti-Semitic views.
This affected many influential organizations, and a number of large film companies refused to cooperate with him. In fact, Hollywood colleagues and producers announced a boycott of the sharp-tongued Gibson, which lasted almost ten years. His acting career has suffered greatly. But there was another side of the coin - Gibson managed to realize himself as a director. In 2016, his painting "For reasons of conscience" won an Oscar. Hollywood has forgiven Gibson.
Charlie Sheen is best known to viewers for his role as Charlier Harper in the TV series Two and a Half Men. This successful picture made him a superstar, for shooting in one episode alone, Shin received a record $ 1.8 million. However, his career quickly collapsed after the narcissistic actor allowed himself derogatory comments about the filmmaker. He was kicked out of the show with a scandal. Further interviews with the star were even more shocking - he announced his paranormal abilities and that "tiger blood" flows in his veins. This, as well as details of his personal life, made it onto the front pages of newspapers. He was accused of alcoholism, drug addiction, domestic violence. So it was or otherwise, but it does not matter - the reputation was irreparably damaged.
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