10 High Profile Athletes Who Failed Drug Test

10 High Profile Athletes Who Caught Positive In Their Drug Test

did you know that there is a number of athletes who failed drug test?

Celebrities doing drugs is an uncommon thing nowadays so as athletes do. But, both have different reasons and causes for doing drugs. Some of them are quite compromising or acceptable. But, 90% of them are non-negotiable.

Every sport has its own policies, rules & regulations for what is allowed and what is not. Athletes have to pass the drug test to make sure that they are obeying the rules and are clear before going starting their match.

Unfortunately, these athletes didn’t take the drug test seriously and ended up destroying their careers and public relationships. Here is a list of athletes who failed drug test

Read more to know their names and a bit about their life background!

1 – Mike Tyson

If you are a movie lover or sports lover, then you may surely hear the name of Mike Tyson who is world famous fighter, boxer, and later became an actor. On our list, he is one of the famous Athletes who failed drug test.

Mike Tyson had a long history of using drugs throughout his life. Surprisingly, he managed to dodge drug tests by substituting uring specimens. However, when he caught up with drug use, he openly start discussing the battle with drugs and addiction.

However, his image and the public record are so controversial, that it is hard to determine whether his career is ended up or not.

2 – Justin Gatlin

Removing the label of “cheater” is hard when you find guilty of using drugs in your professional career. This happened with a famous US Olympic sprinter Justin Gatlin who was once a record holder for a 100m sprint world record.

Unfortunately, he failed the 2006 drug test and was banned from competitions until 2010. He immediately denies using PEDs, but after a couple of months admitted that he used that drug.

Luckily, he wasn’t banned for life and after 2010, Justin started his career clean and won several championships and medals while living a drug-free life.

3 – Chael Sonnen

Chael is one of the best UFC fighters and had a remarkable reputation. He once challenged Anderson Silva. He was doing great with his career until he failed the drug test.

The report of the test shows that he had an incredibly high amount of testosterone in his body which is the result of taking PED like Martin Hingis. In his defense, he said that it was prescribed by the doctor but the issue is that Chael didn’t disclose this information to the board before the drug test.

Rules are for everyone, and if it was prescribed by the doctor. Then, he should tell his superiors!

4 – Mark McGwire

Another high-profile athlete on our top of the list is Mark McGwire who was world-famous in 1998. He breaks the world record of 37 years for most home runs in a single MLB season for the ST. Louis Cardinals.

The same year, he got a drug test which revealed that he use steroids androstenedione. However, the interesting thing is that this drug was not prohibited officially at that time.

After his retirement, he opened up about the drug use that he used throughout his career that left black spots on his records within the leagues.

5 – Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova is one of the wealthiest athletes in women’s professional sport and also a five-time Grand Slam champion. She was banned from national and International championships after she was found positive on drug tests.

Maria used a Meldonium drug that helps maintain the blood flow but is illegal. However, this results in destroying her career and losing lucrative endorsement deals which was a big financial loss.

Luckily, she convinced the sport’s arbiters and reduced her ban to a few months after telling them that she didn’t know this drug was banned.

6 – Martin Hingis

Martina Hingis is one of the greatest tennis players who earned fame and respect as a woman in the sports industry. In 2007, her reputation had a setback due to the consumption of cocaine which was found in a drug test.

However, the International Tennis Federation responded with a ban of two years on a shining start Martin Hingis. Although she chose to get retirement at the age of 39 and it was her second time that she opted for retirement.

Martin also argue about her suspension because the amount that was found in the drug test was extremely low and it was difficult to detect.

7 – Chris Andersen

Another high-profile player on our list is Chris Andersen who is currently with Miami Heat. He was a very talented player who was famous for his dunks and big block jumps.

However, the positivity of his drug test was a big surprise for everybody as he took several drugs such as cocaine, LSD, methamphetamine, opiates, heroin, codeine, morphine, and PCP

Luckily, he was reinstated after a while to the NBA and started his life.

8 – Tyson Gay

Tyson Gay is the second-fastest man on the planet and no.8 on our list of Athletes who failed drug test. He is considered to be the best sprinter because of his performance and abilities.

In 2014, it was concluded that Tyson is getting some help from the drugs known as anabolic steroids. The surprising fact is that all of these sprinters are on different drugs but still they are helpless and unable to beat the first-ever fastest man Usain Bolt.

9 – Dustin Johnson

While revealing athletes of different sports, now is the time for golf. In the world of golf, you may hear about a famous name “Dustin Johnson” who was once the #4 golf player in the world.

Dustin was suspended for six months as he was accused of using cocaine in 2014. Surprisingly, he failed two drug tests before this incident, one time for marijuana, and the second time for cocaine.

10 – Floyd Landis

Floyd Landis was one of the greatest cyclists in the world. He won the 2006 Tour De France which boosted up his fame and popularity. But soon, his plane of fame and popularity crashed down after the news become public that Floyd also use PEDs.

He didn’t accept that he use PEDs until 2010 he finally claimed that he and some other riders were doping for years.


Using drugs or any other addictive substance is injurious for health and brings bone-chilling side effects. However, it can also destroy your personal life as well as public reputation no matter whether you are a celebrity, athlete, a business person, or a normal guy.

The thing is that this addictive substance can seize every happiness or moral value you had in your life and will leave you with nothing.

So, what are your thoughts about this? Let us know in the comments!

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