These folks didnšt get a second chance:
Pete Rose -- Banned from baseball in 1989, and you know the rest of the story.
Joe Jackson and the 1919 Black Sox -- Banned from baseball after the 1920 season.
O.J. Simpson -- Banned from polite society after his murder trial.
Art Shell: The first African-American head coach in the NFL was fired by the Raiders in 1995 despite leading the team to a .587 winning percentage and being named Coach of the Year in 1990. His name has come up for top
spots since then, but hešs never been given another chance to head coach. Itšs a puzzler. "Gosh, I don't know why," said Dan Reeves when asked about Shell being passed over, again and again. "Art is very knowledgeable. He has
a great rapport with players. I can't answer that."
Al Campanis: The Dodger exec, one of the most racially progressive front office men in baseball, stuck his foot in his mouth on ABC's Nightline in 1987, saying African-Americans lack "some of the necessities to be a field
manager or general manager." The Dodgers fired him within days, despite his 46 years of service with the club and despite the opinion of many that his remarks were entirely out of character.
Jimmy the Greek Snyder: On Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday in 1988, the CBS commentator was fired after saying that the success of black athletes was due to superior breeding. "During the slave period, the slave owner
would breed his big black with his big woman so that he would have a big black kidthat's where it all started." He was fired the next day, never to return to the airwaves.
Gary McCord: In 1994, McCord, calling the Masters for CBS, said Augusta "bikini-waxed'' the greens, and that "body bags'' were located behind the 17th green. "McCord wasn't far off when he used his morbid metaphor," wrote
SI's John Garrity of the 17th. "Everyone describes a shot hit here as death." Nonetheless, after his comments McCord never again broadcast golf's premier event.