25 of the Funniest Ejections of All Time

Amber LeeSports Lists Lead WriterMarch 14, 2012

25 of the Funniest Ejections of All Time

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    Assuming there are no major injuries involved, someone getting ejected from a sporting event is usually a pretty amusing event. You know what I'm talking about!

    Obviously anything even slightly reminiscent of Albert Haynesworth or Ndamukong Suh is completely out of bounds. There is absolutely nothing funny about purposely inflicting an injury on someone or getting booted from the game after. 

    Most everything else is fair comedic game. Managers losing their marbles and directing their rage at a combative umpire. Basketball referees literally making up reasons to eject players on the spot. And, of course, in-game shenanigans that amuse everyone but the officials. 

    All of it's great, right? So, lets take a look at 25 of the funniest ejections of all time. I'm sure you'll let me know in the comments section if I missed any big ones—just remember to post a video link too!

25. Rasheed Wallace, Portland Trail Blazers

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    The Culprit: Rasheed Wallace 

    The Team: Portland Trail Blazers 

    The Offense: Technical Foul 

    The Comedy: No clue what Wallace says to get the referee so worked up, but apparently it was bad enough that he didn't even argue his case. 

24. Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics

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    The Culprit: Paul Pierce

    The Team: Boston Celtics 

    The Offense: A bad call on a complete dive 

    The Comedy: Pierce refuses to go quietly and instead rips his jersey off and swings it over his head on the way out. That's how they do it in the pros. 

23. Brandon Stokley, Denver Broncos

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    The Culprit: Brandon Stokley 

    The Team: Denver Broncos 

    The Offense: *Smacking* the referee 

    The Comedy: The positively girly nature of the slap. Stokley was obviously super heated, but you need to commit to a real slap or just skip it entirely. 

22. Hedo Turkoglu, Orlando Magic

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    The Culprit: Hedo Turkoglu

    The Team: Orlando Magic 

    The Offense: Talking…apparently

    The Comedy: Just the absolute absurdity of someone being ejected for talking…on the bench. The referee is the one who should have been ejected...from the NBA...permanently.  

21. Rick Rypien, Vancouver Canucks

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    The Culprit: Rick Rypien 

    The Team: Vancouver Canucks

    The Offense: Technically it's fighting 

    The Comedy: Initially, Rypien scraps with a Wild player and earns a game misconduct. All pretty standard stuff until Rypien decides he has a bone to pick with a fan in the stands on his way out. Overreact much?

20. Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics

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    The Culprit: Kevin Garnett 

    The Team: Boston Celtics

    The Offense: Technical foul ejection

    The Comedy: KG doesn't agree with the call and just keeps repeating "Are you serious?" His smile says "this is a joke" but his demeanor says "I wish I could kill you and make it look like an accident."

19. Terry Francona, Boston Red Sox

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    The Culprit: Manager Terry Francona 

    The Team: Boston Red Sox 

    The Offense: Overheated dispute with the home plate umpire

    The Comedy: Francona ranting and raving and then imitating the ump's "You're outta here!" hand gestures. He has a few hand gestures of his own to share.

18. A LeBron James Fan, in Cleveland

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    The Culprit: An unlucky LeBron James fan 

    The Team: Attending a Cleveland Indians game

    The Offense: Wearing a LeBron James Miami Heat jersey to the ballpark 

    The Comedy: It's a little funny, a little sad and a lot crazy. The fan is basically ejected from the ballpark for his own safety. Sheesh.

17. Manny Ramirez, Los Angeles Dodgers

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    The Culprit: Manny Ramirez 

    The Team: Los Angeles Dodgers 

    The Offense: Manny being Manny 

    The Comedy: Manny being Manny on his last Dodger at-bat. Honestly, it was a pitch-perfect exit for Manny. 

16. Aaron Brooks, Phoenix Suns

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    The Culprit: Aaron Brooks 

    The Team: Phoenix Suns 

    The Offense: Junk Grabbing

    The Comedy: The whole scenario is pretty funny, but Brooks giggling as he walks off to cheers is the best part.

15. Lou Piniella, Chicago Cubs

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    The Culprit: Manager Lou Piniella 

    The Team: Chicago Cubs

    The Offense: Heated argument with the umpire 

    The Comedy: The whole thing is hilarious from beginning to end. This meltdown is definitely one of Piniella's greatest hits.

14. Shaquille O'Neal, Los Angeles Lakers

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    The Culprit: Shaquille O'Neal 

    The Team: Los Angeles Lakers

    The Offense: Rocking too hard, apparently 

    The Comedy: Shaq handles the bogus ejection in exactly the kind of way you'd expect him to. Awesomely.  

13. Gary Robinson, State College Spikes

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    The Culprit: Manager Gary Robinson 

    The Team: State College Spikes

    The Offense: Arguing with the umpire 

    The Comedy: Dude knows how to make an exit. You can kick Robinson out of the game, but you can't stop him from kicking dirt, stealing bases and giving out presents before he leaves.   

12. Pat Knight, Texas Tech Red Raiders

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    The Culprit: Coach Pat Knight

    The Team: Texas Tech Red Raiders

    The Offense: Screaming?

    The Comedy: An unhinged, full-on temper tantrum is always pretty amusing coming from a coach—the supposed adult in the room. 

11. Bobby Knight, Indiana Hoosiers

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    The Culprit: Coach Bobby Knight 

    The Team: Indiana Hoosiers

    The Offense: Throwing stuff

    The Comedy: Always the responsible role model, Coach Knight throws a chair onto the court and seems to argue his case when it gets him ejected. I'm pretty sure there's no explaining that one away.  

10. Alexander Semin, Washington Capitals

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    The Culprit: Alexander Semin 

    The Team: Washington Capitals 

    The Offense: Technically he's ejected for taking off his jersey 

    The Comedy: The ejection isn't what's funny in this video, it's the ridiculous slap fight that precedes it. There simply isn't enough slap fighting in sports. 

9. Chris Corchiani & Tom Gugliotta, N.C. State Wolfpack Fans

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    The Culprit: Chris Corchiani & Tom Gugliotta 

    The Team: Former N.C. State Players

    The Offense: Complaining 

    The Comedy: Referee Karl Hess booted the fans for what he called "excessive demonstration on several calls." Roughly translated, that means Hess was sick of hearing them complain. Hess was reprimanded by the ACC for the incident. 

8. Yoav Ziv, Maccabi Tel-Aviv

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    The Culprit: Yoav Ziv 

    The Team: Maccabi Tel-Aviv 

    The Offense: Kicking shoe at referee 

    The Comedy: Ziv kicks a shoe at the referee! That was funny enough on its own, but then he briefly tries to explain himself before just giving up. 

7. Brian Walker, Arkansas Razorbacks

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    The Culprit: Brian Walker 

    The Team: University of Arkansas Razorbacks

    The Offense: Faking an injury, epic overacting and then a confrontation with the umpire

    The Comedy: This is one of the worst dives of all time and then he follows up his acting performance with a psychotic red-faced freakout as an encore. Roooooooid rage could be the real culprit here. 

6. Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs

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    The Culprit: Tim Duncan 

    The Team: San Antonio Spurs 

    The Offense: Giggling 

    The Comedy: One of the dumbest ejections in the history of sports and another referee who should lose his job. It's so stunningly stupid that you can't help but laugh.

5. Cam Haas, Watauga High School Pioneers

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    The Culprit: Cam Haas 

    The Team: Watauga High School Pioneers

    The Offense: Unauthorized use of (very impressive) gymnastics 

    The Comedy: The hilarious use of the unauthorized gymnastics and the crowd's very angry reaction to the ejection. They are apparently of the opinion that boys will be boys.  

4. Wally Backman, South Georgia Peanuts

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    The Culprit: Manager Wally Backman 

    The Team: South Georgia Peanuts 

    The Offense: Starts with an argued call and offenses escalate from there

    The Comedy: When the umpire refuses to explain any further, Backman found a number of creative ways to get his attention. 

3. Steve MacIntyre, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

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    The Culprit: Steve MacIntyre

    The Team: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, aka Baby Penguins (AHL)

    The Offense: Fighting

    The Comedy: Fighting in hockey is commonplace, but it's not often you see a guy fight just about everyone on the ice…including the goalie. If you check out the video, keep the audio on because the announcer's commentary is priceless. 

2. Gary Allenson, Norfolk Tides

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    The Culprit: Manager Gary Allenson 

    The Team: Norfolk Tides 

    The Offense: Arguing with the umpire and accusing him of hiding the "real" ball 

    The Comedy: Not only does the paranoid Allenson accuse the umpire of cheating, he then insists on looking for the "real" ball and climbs over the outfield wall to find it. Only then is he finally ejected. The umpire had the patience of a saint. 

1. Phil Wellman, Mississippi Braves

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    The Culprit: Manager Phil Wellman 

    The Team: Mississippi Braves

    The Offense: Typical MLB diva freakout at the umpire 

    The Comedy: Wellman literally goes crazy—throwing his hat, stealing the bases, running around like a lunatic and needlessly army-crawling through the dirt, before finally leaving.

    The funniest thing is that he's all business with the bases, as if he's picking up a brief case and leaving the office for the day.