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Spits, Slaps and Sucker Punches: The Dirtiest Moments in Sports History

Jeff ChaseSenior Analyst IIJanuary 3, 2017

Spits, Slaps and Sucker Punches: The Dirtiest Moments in Sports History

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    Any sporting event comes with its heated moments, but sometimes, things get too out of hand and players take things to the next level.

    That level tends to include some extremely dirty moments, which can include anything from cheap shots to actually spitting on one another.

    It will likely never be something that goes away, so this list will only begin to grow as athletes get caught up in the heat of the action—or their plain stupidity.

    Here are the 20 best slaps, spits and sucker punches in sports.

     

    Returning Readers: I respect valid argument, and with that I have adjusted the order. Thank you for your contributions.

20. Joel Przybilla Makes an Awkward Return to the NBA

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    This is a fresh pick to the list, but veteran big man Joel Przybilla didn't exactly get his return to the NBA off to a hot start.

    After recently being signed to the Trail Blazers, Przybilla didn't show a whole lot of respect to Ricky Rubio, the Minnesota Timberwolves rookie guard.

    After being pushed to the ground, Przybilla walked right over to Rubio and just stood there with his area right in his face.

19. Kevin Garnett Throws an Elbow

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    With Kevin Garnett, we haven't been too surprised to see him act a little more villainous since he joined the Boston Celtics.

    In this game against the Portland Trail Blazers, Garnett throws an elbow at forward LaMarcus Aldridge for no reason at all.

    Garnett has been a little more noticeable in his dirtiness, but at least Aldridge had the courtesy to smack the veteran in the back of head following the incident.

    Good for him.

18. Marcus Vick Shows Just How Mature He Is

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    The best part of this whole situation is that right before Marcus Vick stomped on his opposition leg, the announcers were praising his maturity.

    Well, apparently, they spoke too soon, as Vick went out to embarrass himself on national television.

    Of course, this isn't as surprising today, as Vick has proven to be a little more of a loose cannon even compared to his brother's dog fighting incident.

17. Le'Ron McClain Spits in Channing Crowder's Face

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    While spitting probably happens more often than noted on the field, it is pretty clear that Miami Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder wasn't too happy when Baltimore Ravens running back Le'Ron McClain spat in his face.

    The situation, which the referees didn't seem to notice, broke out into a minor scuffle on the field.

    Things were not cleared up until Crowder was asked what happened in a post-game interview, where he made sure the world knew exactly what he was suddenly so mad about.

16. Kevin Love Takes an Extra Step

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    While he has always come off as respectable player, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love surely had heads turning as he stomped on Houston Rockets' Luis Scola's head during this game in the 2011-12 season.

    Clearly, things were getting heated between the two, but a player should never have to go to such extremes to hurt another player.

    Especially since it was a guy like Love, who has had a pretty good track record since entering the league.

    Love was suspended just two games for his actions, which really wasn't enough to send a message to the league.

15. Zidane Gets out a-Head

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    Talk about going out with a bang.

    In Zinedine Zidane's final game playing for France in the 2006 World Cup, he was ejected from championship match as he head-butted Marco Materazzi after the Italian offended Zidane's sister at around the 110 minute.

    Worst of all, France lost the match in a penalty shootout where they probably could have really used Zidane to help capture a nice departing note for the legend. 

14. Ndamukong Suh's Stomp

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    Perhaps becoming the dirtiest man in all of sports, Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh already has a laundry list of questionable decisions on the football field.

    Nothing will stand out more though than this heated battle from the 2011 NFL season, where he ruined a great defensive stand against the Green Bay Packers as he kicked one of the Packers offensive linemen.

    As one watches the replays, we see Suh shoving the player's head into the ground.

    While this is just one of many, this is by far the dirtiest thing Suh has done so far in his career.

     

    Moved in respect of valid argument.

13. Kermit Washington Drops Rudy Tomjonavich

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    This situation between Kermit Washington and Rudy Tomjonavich during a game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets will go down in history as the punch heard around the world, and it definitely was an unnecessary incident.

    A fight broke out between the Rockets' Kurt Kunnert and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar following a situation that broke out after an agressive situation for a rebound.

    As Washington stood by, Tomjonavick came running into the action to try and break it up, but instead, he was taken out by a right hook from Washington.

    While Tomjonavich should have just stayed out of the situation, Washington shouldn't have ever handled the situation like he did.

12. Mayweather TKOs Victor Ortiz...kind of

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    While many people stand divided on the Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather debate, all can likely agree that Money's shot here before the bell on Victor Ortiz was out of question.

    While Mayweather did come away with his 42nd straight win, the shot was cheap. The ref was clearly not watching the action, and the announcers seem to agree that the fight wasn't called into action.

    The punch hasn't been called into question, but many won't argue that it wasn't a cheap shot.

    In the end, though, all that matters to Money is that he is now the WBA Super Welterweight title holder.

11. Todd Bertuzzi Takes out Steve Moore

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    Hockey has its fair share of violent moments, as the sport allows fighting and checking other players.

    Still, once in a while, things get out of hand, as they did when Todd Bertuzzi sucker punched Steve Moore.

    While there was no penalty on the play, the hit was so hard that it knocked Moore straight into retirement.

    Bertuzzi was suspended indefinitely following the situation, but was allowed to rejoin the league for the 2005-06 season.

     

    Moved in respect of valid argument.

10. Marty McSorley Takes out Donald Brashear

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    As mentioned before, hockey is one dangerous sport. One wrong move, and things could go terribly wrong.

    In this incident between the Boston Bruins' Marty McSorley and Vancouver Canucks' Donald Brashear, the latter was taken out by the former in the final moments of the game by a stick to the face.

    As Brashear lied there out cold, fights broke down on the other side of the ice.

    The rest of the Canucks on the ice went for McSorley, but the refs were quick to break up the action.

    Brashear turned out be OK after some time recovering, but that was all it for McSorley in the NHL.

9. Nebraska's Kellen Huston Takes out a Fan

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    Whether you are a professional, college athlete or anything that represents some sort of community, you have to be smart with your actions.

    In this situation, Nebraska Cornhusker's Kellen Huston took out a Missouri Tigers fan following a loss that had the team's fans running onto the field.

    As you can see from the video, the shot was completely unnecessary.

    What is even more ridiculous is that he was only suspended one game for his actions.

8. Elizabeth Lambert Pulls Some Hair

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    Not often do we get too many dirty moments in women's sporting events, but this display of action from New Mexico soccer player Elizabeth Lambert is just dirty.

    Throughout the action, she is seen doing almost every trick in the book.

    At one point, she is throwing her elbows into players, as well as doing whatever she can to take them out like a football player.

    Nothing was more eye-popping than when she grabbed her opponent's ponytail, taking her right to the ground.

    As one would believe, she was suspended for her actions.

7. Paul Daley Wants One Last Shot

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    Another sport that is pretty violent but has an unwritten code of respect is mixed martial arts, more specifically, the UFC.

    In this fight between Paul Daley and Josh Koscheck at UFC 113, Daley decided to take one last shot after losing the fight.

    As he acted to approach his opponent to congratulate him, he actually came around and gave him one last shot at the head.

    What was the result? Daley was out of the UFC for good.

6. Andrew Bynum Shows His Best WWE Impression

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    While they always say to pick on somebody your own size, apparently, Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum wasn't paying attention to this life lesson.

    In a game against the Dallas Mavericks in last season's NBA playoffs, Bynum elbowed J.J. Barea, which shot him right to the ground.

    Barea, who stands at 6'0", is a whole foot shorter than Bynum.

    The play was in retaliation of Lamar Odom being ejected after he fouled Dirk Nowitzki, and it was clear that he wasn't mature enough to play at this level.

    Bynum was suspended for the first four games of the 2011-12 season, as well as being short $25,000.

5. LeGarrette Blount Knocks out Boise State

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    The Oregon Ducks didn't start out their 2009 season exactly how they expected.

    First, they lost to the Boise State Broncos, 19-8, which is no way a perennial powerhouse wants to get things underway.

    To make matters worse, star running back LaGarrette Blount took himself out for the season, as he delivered a punch to Broncos defensive end Bryon Hout's face.

    Perhaps he was upset about this poor showing of minus-eight yards and a safety for the night, but either way, his actions were inexcusable.

    While he has made a nice return with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL, this moment will always overshadow his career, as well as why he was never drafted.

4. Albert Haynesworth Proves He Is Worth $100 Million...

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    Before Albert Haynesworth was the Washington Redskins' $100 million man, he was a face-stomping lineman for the Tennessee Titans.

    While this is a major exaggeration, Haynesworth will always go down in history for this game against the Dallas Cowboys, where he stomped on one of their offensive lineman's heads with his cleat while his helmet was off.

    Just dirty. Real dirty.

     

    Moved in respect of valid argument.

3. Michael Barrett Punches AJ Pierzinski

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    Unfortunately, there is not a single video of this incident on the web.

    As the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox is always a heated rivalry, things certainly elevated to the next level in this cross-town clash, as opposing catchers Michael Barrett and AJ Pierzinski got into a scuffle where both reside.

    As Pierzinkski slid into home, he knocked over Barrett. As As Pierzinkski made his way up, he smacked home plate and preceded to run his shoulder into Barrett.

    Feeling disrespected—as the White Sox's run counted anyways—Barrett preceded to take a right hook right in Pierzinski's face.

    Barrett was suspended for 10 games, while Pierzinkski was only fined for the incident. 

2. Dereck Chisora Slaps Vitali Klitschko

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    Possibly the moment that will define cheap shot for ages was during the heavyweight championship weigh-in between champion Vitali Klitschko and challenger Dereck Chisora.

    Following the weigh-in, the two did the typical picture taking while staring at each other sort of thing. The only difference this time around was that Chisora wound up and smacked the champion right in the face.

    WHAT?!

    Yep, he did it. And while now it comes at no surprise (Chisora is crazy), at the moment, this was just shocking.

    Before the fight actually got started, Chisora spit water all over Klitschko's brother's face, who is also a heavyweight champion—Wladimir Klitschko.

    Chisora did lose the fight, even though he somehow managed to take it the distance. 

    Things only continued though after the bout, as Chisora got into a press conference brawl with other British boxer David Haye.

    While Chisora can no longer challenge for a title, it hasn't been said if he has been officially kicked out of the ring.

1. Mike Tyson Bites off a Chunk of Evander Holyfield's Ear

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    Is there a dirtier moment in sports than when Mike Tyson bit off a chunk of Evander Holyfield's ear?

    No way, no how.

    This is incident is just so far out there that it likely can never be topped.

    This was the second time these two fought, but this time was clearly much different than the last.

    As the match got heated, Tyson started to bite Holyfield's ears. Quite odd to say the least.

    That led to a quick break in the action.

    Apparently, though, Tyson had a goal, and once the fight started again, Tyson once again went for the ear, and bit out a chunk of Holyfield's ear.

    This made the MGM Grand go crazy, and many were just caught by surprise by what they just saw.

    Tyson was disqualified following the incident and had a shaky career following that situation.

    It would be until 1999—two years after the whole thing happened—that Tyson would return to the ring. His last big shot came against Lennox Lewis in 2002, but he was knocked out in the eighth round, and that is when we all pretty much knew the ride was officially over.

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