• The worst sporting excuses of all time

Ben Johnson

The original drugs cheat, Ben Johnson failed not one, but two, drugs test in his aborted career. But after the 1988 Olympic champion was stripped of his gold medal he said a herbal drink he took before the race was spiked by someone close to arch-rival Carl Lewis.

Photo by Getty Images Oct 3, 2012

The worst sporting excuses of all time

We've all used some dodgy excuses in our time for not performing - but these sports stars really needed to think before they opened their mouth...

Rugby

Live

2015 Super Rugby Tournament

H116:15
Live
Suncorp Stadium

Schedule

2014/15 Aviva Premiership (ENG)

1:00am NZST Mon, 27th April

2015 Super Rugby Tournament

7:35pm NZST Fri, 1st May
9:40pm NZST Fri, 1st May
5:30pm NZST Sat, 2nd May
7:35pm NZST Sat, 2nd May
9:40pm NZST Sat, 2nd May

League

Live

2015 NRL Premiership Season

H17
Live
Barlow Park

Schedule

2015 Australia v New Zealand

10:00pm NZST Fri, 1st May

2015 NRL City v Country

6:00pm NZST Sun, 3rd May

2015 NRL Premiership Season

9:35pm NZST Fri, 8th May
9:35pm NZST Fri, 8th May

Tennis

Football

Live

2014/15 Australian A-League

H2 (00:59)
Live
Wellington Regional Stadium Live Scores

Schedule

2014/15 English League Championship

Bournemouth v Bolton

26 April 12:00am

2014/15 French Ligue 1

Reims vs. Lyon

26 April 5:00am

Lens v Monaco

27 April 1:00am

2014/15 Australian A-League

2014/15 Spanish La Liga

27 April 1:00am

2014/15 English Premier League

27 April 1:00am