Playing Dirty: Sports Scandals

Playing Dirty: Sports Scandals

Playing Dirty: Sports Scandals is a podcast from Dan Patrick, hosted by ESPN broadcaster Jay Harris. It explores some of the most mind-blowing sports scandals throughout history. We blend them up into a weekly show that shines a light on the dark side of sports. You’ll get the inside scoop while we serve up the juicy details. If you have an appetite for real reporting, join us as we uncover behind-the-scenes details of your favorite sports scandals. Playing Dirty: Sports Scandals is a production of Dan Patrick Productions, Never Ever Productions, and Workhouse Media from executive producers Dan Patrick, Paul Anderson, Nick Panella, Maia Glikman and Jennifer Clary. Hosted by Jay Harris. Written and produced by Jenn Brown, Francey Hakes, Maia Glikman, and Jennifer Clary.

Episodes

May 16, 2024 34 mins

Explore the dramatic unraveling and resolution of the Duke Lacrosse case, a journey from accusation to exoneration that captivates and confounds. Host Jay Harris guides listeners through the pivotal moments leading to the dismissal of charges, the disbarment of DA Mike Nifong, and the legal battles that followed. Witness the personal and legal aftermath for those entangled in the scandal, from the accused players striving to rebuil...

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The Duke Lacrosse case narrative deepens, unraveling a web of complexities that challenge our understanding of justice and integrity. Join Jay Harris as he navigates the aftermath of a scandal that rocked Duke University, focusing on the contentious actions of DA Mike Nifong and the turbulent path to uncovering the truth.

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May 2, 2024 28 mins

Peel back the layers of a night that spiraled into a national debate on race, privilege, and the very fabric of elite academic institutions. Explore the critical moments and decisions that propelled Duke University into the eye of a storm, scrutinizing the roles played by the media, the university, and the justice system. As accusations fly and a community finds itself divided, we're left to ponder the price of prejudice and the qu...

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April 25, 2024 30 mins

Unveil the heart of rugby's darkest hour by exploring a cunning plot of deception that transcends the spirit of sportsmanship, putting the integrity of the game under the microscope. As we navigate through the twists and turns of this infamous scandal, discover how one team's quest for victory led to a deceitful strategy that shocked fans and players alike. The repercussions of this event reverberate far beyond the pitch, challengi...

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In this episode, we explore a scandal that intertwines the high-stakes world of NFL ownership with a shadowy day spa in Florida. Robert Kraft, the billionaire owner of the New England Patriots, finds himself at the center of a storm involving allegations of soliciting prostitution. The investigation reveals a complex web of human trafficking and moral dilemmas, challenging our perceptions of power, privilege, and justice. How does ...

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April 11, 2024 37 mins

Join host Jay Harris as he exposes the harrowing world of hazing in sports. From ancient practices to modern-day scandals, discover the insidious tradition that continues to plague locker rooms and teams across the globe. Uncover the shocking stories of hazing incidents at Wheaton College, New Mexico State University, and the infamous Minnesota Vikings "Love Boat" scandal.

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Join host Jay Harris as he delves into the complex legal battle of Cain Velasquez, focusing on the implications of his son's alleged sexual abuse, the family's struggle with the justice system, and the broader societal impact of incarceration on families.

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Accused of vigilantism after a high-speed chase and shooting, Velasquez's actions raise complex questions about justice, victims' rights, and the impact of traumatic brain injuries. We explore the intertwined fates of Velasquez and the alleged child molester Harry Goularte, examining critical components like Marsy's Law, CTE, and the legal system's stance on vigilantism.

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March 21, 2024 25 mins

MMA Champ Cain Velasquez faces a trial for his freedom after what appears to be a shocking act of vigilante justice against the man Cain’s son said abused him at his daycare. While explosive violence and MMA seem to go together, Cain’s defense team tells the court he may be suffering from brain injury which caused him to attack the man he believes abused his son. Could Cain have CTE like Aaron Hernandez and Junior Seau? Join ESPN s...

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March 14, 2024 31 mins

The Mixed Martial Arts community were stunned when beloved heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez was arrested for apparently trying to kill a man by shooting from his car while chasing the other car down the highway. But this man known as a teddy bear outside the cage would soon be revealed as an avenging father, as the story slowly leaked that Cain’s young son was abused by the man in the other car. Two criminal cases make their way...

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After the US Women’s gymnastics team failed to medal in the 2000 Olympics in Australia, recriminations, blame and rebuilding followed. In the background, though, an investigation into the Chinese women’s team was brewing. US Coach Bela Karolyi and many others suspected the Chinese were fielding gymnasts who did meet the minimum age requirements, also known as cheating. The twists and turns that eventually lead to a full blown cheat...

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Explore the intense world of the 2000 Sydney Olympics gymnastics competition, where the quest for gold resulted in actions that undermined the core principles of fair competition and athlete welfare. Few could have predicted that the fierce rivalry between the US and China would culminate in a scandal that shook the international gymnastics community to its core.

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February 22, 2024 30 mins

The Bronx-based Baby Bombers, propelled to 3rd place in the Little League World Series by pitching phenom Danny Almonte, faced a crisis as rivals deployed private investigators to uncover the truth behind Danny's success. The shocking revelation that Danny's parents had falsified his age led to swift bans for his coach, the team, and Danny's father. Join ESPN sportscaster and journalist Jay Harris as he delves into the scandal that...

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February 15, 2024 32 mins

Danny Almonte was a Little League phenom destined for greatness, boasting incredible stats in the Little League World Series. However, a secret harbored by Danny's father threatened to unravel everything. When the truth emerged, it sparked the most significant scandal in Little League history, capturing the nation's attention. Join ESPN sportscaster and journalist Jay Harris as he delves into the surprisingly juicy underbelly of Am...

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February 8, 2024 31 mins

Continue the compelling saga of Marcus Dixon in Part Two of our deep dive into a case that shook the foundations of Georgia's legal system. After being sentenced to a decade behind bars under a contentious law, Marcus Dixon, a once-celebrated high school football star, finds himself ensnared in a legal nightmare. Despite the jury's verdict that he did not participate in non-consensual activity with a teenage girl, the severity of t...

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February 1, 2024 30 mins

Uncover the story of Marcus Dixon, a high school football star from Rome, Georgia, who was sentenced to a decade in prison at just 18 years old for the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl. How did Marcus receive a 10-year sentence when a jury believed him innocent of all non-consensual charges? Join veteran ESPN sportscaster and journalist, Jay Harris, as he dives into the controversial legal battle that sparked nationwide debate ...

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