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Updated: Mon, 23 Dec 2013 14:15:00 GMT | By Jacquelyn Smith, Forbes
The biggest career crashes of 2013

Here are 20 powerful people from business, sports, entertainment and politics whose miscues of the past year — involving everything from drug use to reckless comments to yoga pants — could be career-threatening.



From left: Rob Ford, Mark Pincus, Paula Deen (© From left: © REX/QMI Agency, © Peter Foley/Bloomberg via Getty Images, © NBC, Peter Kramer/AP)
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  • From left: Rob Ford, Mark Pincus, Paula Deen (© From left: © REX/QMI Agency, © Peter Foley/Bloomberg via Getty Images, © NBC, Peter Kramer/AP)
  • Paula Deen appears on NBC's "Today" show, June 26, 2013, in New York. (© © NBC, Peter Kramer/AP)
  • Toronto Mayor Rob Ford meeting at Council Chambers at Toronto City Hall. (© © REX/QMI Agency)
  • Former J.C. Penney CEO Ron Johnson testifies in a Macy's exclusivity suit against Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. (© © Thomas Iannaccone/Pool via Bloomberg/Getty Images)
  • From left: Chip Wilson; Sheree Waterson (© From left: © Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images; © Djamilla Rosa Cochran/WireImage)
  • Aaron Hernandez, former player for the NFL's New England Patriots football team, listens to his attorneys during a court appearance at the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Mass., Oct. 9, 2013, in connection with the death of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd. (© © BRIAN SNYDER/Newscom/RTR)
  • Lara Logan, a correspondent on the program "60 Minutes of Sports," is pictured during a panel discussion on the show at the Showtime Winter TCA Tour. (© © Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
  • Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner stands before Judge Robert J. Trentacosta's courtroom as he was sentenced on Dec. 9, 2013 in San Diego, California. (© © U-T San Diego, John Gastaldo/AP)
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Everyone makes mistakes from time to time — and, unfortunately, one bad blunder can gravely impact your career and reputation.

That's especially true for public figures. The consequences of slip-ups or scandals among politicians, athletes, movie stars or corporate executives, for example, are usually even more severe. And while some manage to bounce right back and make a full recovery, others may struggle for days, weeks, months or years to reclaim the public's trust and admiration, and re-establish credibility.

With help from my Forbes colleagues, I've compiled a list of the biggest career crashes of 2013. (Note: We're not saying their careers are over; we're saying they took a big hit this year.)

Here, in no particular order, are the top 20 career crashes of 2013.

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