While 2010 saw plenty of sporting success on the field, once again there was no shortage of stars making headlines off field for all the wrong reasons.
Players from a diverse range of sports, variety of sticky situations this year, with some having past exploits in their personal lives aired for the very first time.
Here is the best sporting controversies:
In October, Tiger Woods and his wife finally divorced, with Nordegren reportedly receiving a $US100 million settlement from 33-year-old Woods. The golfer - who went through 2010 without a tournament win and lost his coveted world No.1 ranking to Lee Westwood - also lost $US22 million in endorsements after AT&T, Gatorade and Accenture, among others, pulled out after learning of his prowess at scoring birdies away from the golf course.