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Scandals and controversies of 2015(14 images)

Keep up with this year's scandals and controversies that have made national headlines.

Deflatgate controversy
The NFL's New England Patriots were accused of deflating the footballs for the AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts to gain an advantage to win the game. Both the Patriots' head coach Bill Belichek and quarterback Tom Brady denied having known anything about the deflated footballs. An investigation has shown that the footballs were indeed deflated. The Patriots have been fined a million dollars and Brady has been suspended from starting in the first four games on the upcoming season. Above: Tom Brady supporters hold up signs before New England Patriots Tom Brady arrives to present his appeal to Commissioner Roger Goodell in the Deflategate controversy at NFL Headquarters in New York on June 23, 2015. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
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Donald Trump's comments on undocumented immigrants
Donald Trump entered the 2016 presidential race with controversial comments regarding race, claiming that some undocumented immigrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border are "rapists" and "killers." Soon after his comments, Univision and Macy's ended their business deals with Trump. Above: Donald Trump delivers a speech where he announces that he will be running for President of the United States at Trump Tower on 5th Avenue in New York City on June 16, 2015. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
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Confederate flag is lowered from South Carolina Capitol grounds
Following a shooting that led to the deaths of 9 black members of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina many advocacy groups, politicians, and South Carolina citizens demanded the Confederate Flag be lowered from the Capitol grounds in Columbia, South Carolina. The accused shooter, Dylann Roof, took multiple photos with Confederate flag memorabilia. Above: South Carolina State Police honor guard begin lowering the Confederate flag at the State House for the final time as a ceremony begins to remove the symbol to a museum on July 10, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina. Photo by Gillian Ellis/UPI
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Bill Cosby deposition sheds light on sexual assault allegations
Since 2014, actor and comedian Bill Cosby has been in the spotlight over allegations that he drugged and later sexually assaulting multiple women. Although he has not been formally charged by authorities, a deposition from 2005 obtained this year shows that Cosby admitted to administering the drugs to the women and having sex them, claiming that both acts were consensual. Above: Bill Cosby performs in concert at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida on January 20, 2008. Photo by Michael Bush/UPI
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