Biggest Sports Controversies of 2014

Here are some of the names that got attention for all the wrong reasons.

— -- It was another big year for sports, but some in the sports world got attention for all the wrong reasons in 2014.

The Biggest News Stories of 2014

The Year in Photos

Here are six people who did not have such a great year:

The South African athlete known as "Blade Runner" went to trial this year after shooting his girlfriend. He never denied shooting Reeva Steenkamp -- saying it had been a case of mistaken identity. Pistorius said he fired four times through a locked bathroom door in the middle of the night because he thought there was an intruder in his house.

Pistorius was unemotional as he was driven away in a police van to begin a five year prison term for killing Steenkamp, but the paralympic champion could spend less than a year behind bars.

Adrian Peterson

The six-time All-Pro pleaded no contest with no jail time for beating his 4-year-old son with a switch. The NFL then suspended Peterson for the remainder of this season.

Peterson later apologized, saying, “I won’t ever use a switch again."

Tony Stewart

One of NASCAR's biggest stars, Stewart, was taking part in a small sprint car race in upstate New York on Aug. 9 when he struck and killed a 20-year-old driver named Kevin Ward Jr.

A grand jury subsequently decided not to bring criminal charges against Stewart, who skipped three NASCAR races as a result.

Luis Suarez

Suarez, who was later given a nine-match international ban, apologized, saying, "I deeply regret what occurred. I apologize to Giorgio Chiellini and the entire football family."

The Associated Press and ESPN contributed to this report.