25 of the Funniest Ejections of All Time
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.