Notable lifetime bans in pro sports

Year Person Sport Reason

2014 Donald Sterling NBA Racist comments

2012 Lance Armstrong Cycling Doping

1995 Roy Tarpley* NBA Drugs

1992 Steve Howe* MLB Drugs

1990 George Steinbrenner* MLB Conspiracy

1989 Pete Rose MLB Gambling

1989 Dexter Manley* NFL Drugs

1989 Stanley Wilson NFL Drugs

1986 Micheal Ray Richardson* NBA Drugs

1983 Art Schlichter NFL Gambling

1961 Connie Hawkins* NBA Point shaving

1951 Alex Groza NBA Point shaving

1951 Ralph Beard NBA Point shaving

1927 Billy Coutu* NHL Assault on referee

1920 Shoeless Joe Jackson MLB Fixing games

* — Ban was eventually lifted

Source: ESPN