Controversial Athletes of 2016 By: Allison Smart

Colin Kaepernick

In August of this year, Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem before one of his football games. He did it in order to protest against police brutality and violence against people of color. He was suspended for a certain number of games in spite of this. Soon, other athletes started to take part in his protest. He was brave enough to put his career on the line.

Ryan Lochte

Ryan Lochte was suspended for 10 months and was unable to participate in the 2017 world championship after he claimed he and three other swimmers were victims of a robbery during the Rio Olympics. In actuality, the swimmers stopped at a gas station and found the bathroom door locked, so they urinated behind the building and Lochte tore down a framed poster.

Caster Semenya

An Olympic runner, who was born intersex, was criticized for being too manly and was subjected to sex tests because she was "too fast and too masculine". A new policy in 2011 held with the IAAF which restricted the permitted levels of testosterone. She was found to have the levels of an average women.

Megan Rapinoe

In support of Kaepernick's protest, Rapinoe also knelt for the national anthem as well as to bring forth discrimination against the LGBTQ community. She also received the same criticisms as Kaepernick, however, faced no punishment. As a well-known athlete, people expect her to act proper, so people experience a set back when they see her, or anyone of her stature, do otherwise.

Aroldis Chapman

Not quite three months removed from returning to action after having served a 30-game suspension for violating MLB’s domestic violence in which he allegedly choked his girlfriend and fired a gun into a garage wall. He was not arrested and no charges were filed, however, he claimed to not have harmed his girlfriend in anyway but he did own up to firing his weapon.

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