Assaults on and off the pitch, terrible managerial tenures and scathing attacks via an autobiography. It's time now to look at the top 10 sporting villains of 2014.
The year has seen some startling antics make the headlines, with Premier League footballers, racist owners and a foul-mouthed golfer all making the list.
There is also a tennis star who showed a dark side to his game for the first time in his career, and a toothy Uruguayan unable to veer away from controversy.
Here are the top 10 sports stars that have endured a year to forget and will be praying 2015 holds better things in store...