Mix intense competition with crazy fans and the popularity of professional sports and you have yourself the perfect breeding ground for conspiracy theories. CTs can range from utterly ridiculous to mind-blowingly confusing and everything in between. But that’s why we love them.
Let’s get something clear — there are no claims being made here that there’s an ounce of truth in any (okay, some are easy to connect the dots) of the theories presented in the article. This article is merely a vehicle to point out their existence, so without further ado, get conspiracy theorizing(?)
Roger Goodell Covers Up Spygate
After Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots were caught spying on the New York Jets in what’s now coined “Spygate”, the NFL took to the Patriots facility.
Upon arrival, NFL executives destroyed all the tapes they found immediately even though there were reports that the Pats were also spying on other teams. Many fans believe Goodell’s team destroyed the tapes to cover up that the Pats extensively cheated to win a Super Bowl.
The conspiracy says that Manti Te’o and his friend Ronaiah Tuiasosopo basically orchestrated the existence and death of a phony girlfriend to get sympathy and become likable enough to win the Heisman Trophy.
It just seems like an elaborate plan that was super labor-intensive on the two of them, and unnecessarily so if they were in cahoots. Not 100% plausible.
Bobby Riggs Battle of the Sexes Because of Gambling Debt
It’s not a surprise to anyone that tennis player Bobby Riggs was a gambling man. His entire life revolved around the highs of winning bets, so when he challenged Billie Jean King to a “Battle of the Sexes” match, he may have seen a big opportunity.
He was the heavy favorite, but ended up getting lambasted by King to which many people thought he may have bet against himself winning so that he got an even bigger payday.
NBA Fixes 2002 Western Conference Finals
After trailing the Sacramento Kings 3-2 heading into Game 6, the Lakers and Kings were tied going into the fourth quarter. The Lakers shot 27 total free throws in the fourth and drained 16 of their last 18 points on free throws to win the game and ultimately the series.
Tim Donaghy, a former NBA referee who had to resign because of his admitted guilt in gambling on games, said it could very well be true that the game was fixed. In fact, he said he heard rumors of a game that sounded a lot like the Kings-Lakers game being fixed.