Who had the worst 2013?

8:34 PM, Dec 14, 2013   |    comments
  • In July, Anthony Weiner, who was running to become New York City mayor, admitted that he'd sent explicit texts to women even after he resigned from Congress in 2011. Weiner briefly led in polls, but his support plummeted after the scandal came to light. He would go on to finish a distant fifth in the Democratic primary in September, garnering only 5% of the vote. (Getty Images)
  • New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was again implicated in a scandal involving performance-enhancing drugs. Rodriguez previously admitted to using PEDs from 2001 to 2003, but maintained that he had not used them since. He appealed his suspension through the 2014 season, saying the allegations have tarnished his reputation and many of the businesses that he oversees. (Getty Images)
  • In June, a deposition from a discrimination lawsuit against celebrity chef Paula Deen was made public. In it, Deen revealed that she had used the N-word in the past. Despite Deen's tearful apology on "Today," Novo Nordisk, Target, Wal-Mart, Home Depot, the Food Network, QVC, Smithfield Foods and Caesars Entertainment all dropped their partnerships with her. Her agent parted ways with her and her publisher canceled a book deal. (Getty Images)
  • In late October, the police chief of Toronto said his office had obtained a video of Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack. Ford repeatedly said he did not use crack cocaine. However, he later admitted that he had once while in a "drunken stupor." The city council stripped Ford of key powers. Ford has declined to resign despite mounting pressure -- including from all four major Toronto newspapers -- for him to step down. (Getty Images)
  • Actor Alec Baldwin made headlines after hurling a homophobic slur at a photographer who was trying to snap a photo of his wife and baby. The incident was captured on video by TMZ. MSNBC execs initially suspended Baldwin in mid-November for two weeks. However, after Baldwin and his representatives could not come to a resolution with the network, the plug was pulled on the show. (Getty Images)
  • In January, Lance Armstrong admitted in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that he used performance-enhancing drugs throughout much of his storied career, including his seven Tour de France victories. After the confession, two insurance companies filed suits against Armstrong, claiming fraud. In November, Armstrong reached a settlement with Acceptance Insurance. The ongoing lawsuits could put his fortune at risk. (Getty Images)
  • In late November, Martin Bashir sparked controversy after saying during his MSNBC show that Sarah Palin should be subjected to a particularly cruel and graphic punishment used toward some slaves. He also called her a "world-class idiot." Bashir would later apologize, but critics asked MSNBC execs to discipline him. He resigned from the network nearly three weeks after making the offensive comments. Palin later accepted his apology. (Getty Images)
  • San Diego Mayor Bob Filner faced a barrage of criticism after at least 17 women came forward and accused him of sexual harassment. He resigned as mayor in August. In December, Filner was sentenced to three months of home confinement and three years of probation after he pleaded guilty in October to charges stemming from the sexual harassment accusations. (Getty Images)
  • Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun was suspended in July for the remainder of the season after being linked to the Biogenesis investigation. He faced questions about performance-enhancing drug use. In addition to a 65-day suspension, Braun faced harsh criticism of the way he responded to failing a drug test in 2011. He won an appeal after he claimed MLB's drug program was flawed. (Getty Images)
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USA TODAY Network looks back at people whose reputations and careers took a hit in the past year.

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