Admit it—we say some stupid things sometimes.
Mine happen to come after a few too many drinks, but even when sober, there are times I can't even believe what's coming out of my mouth.
And just like you and me, athletes wish they could take back their words sometimes too.
Try as they might to hire the best PR teams and surround themselves with smart people, some players just can't escape having a slip of the tongue—and these are 11 of the worst offenders.
What He Said: "I think at the end of my career, I'll be in the Hall of Fame. I know myself and I know (when) I have guys around me that feel the same way, which I feel I do. When I get my opportunity, the sky is not the limit. I think it's past it. You have to believe in yourself to do good things. This is how I feel." (Source, NFL.com)
My Take: Now, I normally would resist bashing a guy for having confidence in himself, but what Giants running back David Wilson said midway through his rookie season of last year was just a little bit absurd, even for me.
Wilson, who had just 87 yards on 15 carries in the six games leading up to his bold prediction, might turn out to be the next Barry Sanders, and, for the sake of posterity, we really hope he does.
Adrian Peterson says this? No problem with it.
A rookie who spent the majority of his time playing special teams last year though? It's dicey.
What He Said: “Only steers and queers in Texas, and I’m not a cow.” (Source, Yahoo! Sports)
My Take: The outspoken 21-year-old new Dallas Stars center may have claimed that his Twitter account just got hacked and that he didn't really say it, but that's like saying the guy driving the car after an egging is at fault because it was his car.
Tyler Seguin has a ton of talent and should help the Stars contend in the Western Conference, but if he can't keep his trap shut, he may be more of a distraction than anything else.
What He Said: “Why should we have to go to class if we came here to play FOOTBALL, we ain’t come to play SCHOOL, classes are POINTLESS.” (Source, Huffington Post)
My Take: I'm a huge Ohio State fan, so this one is dear to my heart.
Here's a little hint for backup Buckeye quarterback Cardale Jones: Just because everyone is thinking it and guys are joking about it either in the locker room or the dorms, doesn't mean you should go blast it out to your followers.
Or should I say former followers, now that you had to delete your account after your display of school spirit.
What He Said: "no correct that ... Beg for money like you been doing you BUM ... Don't ever write me on here I don't know u waste of life" (Source, Awful Announcing)
My Take: Well, looks like Eagles running back LeSean McCoy does prove that chivalry truly is dead after tweeting some hateful things out to the mother of his son.
Known for his past Twitter beef with former Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora (currently with the Falcons), McCoy needs to learn that being a gentleman doesn't mean just holding doors or pulling out chairs.
What He Said: "There’s going to be times when we might lose one, two games in a row, maybe two games, three games in a row… It’s going to seem like the world is crashed down. You all are going to make it seem like the World Trade has just went down again. But it’s not going to be nothing but a couple basketball games lost and we’ll have to get back on track.” (Source, Huffington Post)
My Take: WOW—and I'm not referring to the Heat guard's self-proclaimed nickname, "Way Of Wade."
As much as D-Wade might want to think that everyone on the entire globe hates the Heat enough to compare their failures to one of the worst tragedies to ever happen, it just isn't true.
Sure, after stacking their squad in 2010 by bringing on LeBron James and Chris Bosh (among others), people have hoped Miami loses, but while the media might overreact to everything the team does, it's ignorant to even mention anything like Wade did.
What He Said: "Damn I almost brung my 'ROCKET' into work this morning like gilbert arenas. But mine was by accident it was in my book bag." (Source, CBSSports.com)
My Take: As one of the biggest trash talkers in the NFL, Cardinals defensive end Darnell Dockett always seems to be running his mouth, so it probably shouldn't be surprising to hear him say some really stupid things at times.
From his tweets about being pulled over by the cops to his opinion on how he could have snagged Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron's girlfriend, Katherine Webb, Dockett's words are less than insightful most of the time.
What He Said: "I believe I am more intelligent than the average person. There are few people with such talent, so there are few able to judge what I am doing.” (Source, FoxSports.com)
My Take: Ah yes, the enigma that is Mario Balotelli.
One of the most dynamic footballers on the planet, the Italian striker really knows how to grab headlines, doesn't he?
Whether it's him saying he's better than the rest of us—yes, the same guy who broke into a women's prison once before—or showing the world via Twitter a statue he had built for himself, Balotelli isn't short on offering his opinion to the media.
I'm just glad that he didn't actually get the one he was originally talking about.
What He Said: "Bullsh*t like tonight is a reason why I can’t wait to leave college station...whenever it may be" (Source, ESPN)
My Take: I've said it before and I'll say it again—I'm getting really sick about hearing, reading and yes, even writing about Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.
As a polarizing figure following his Heisman trophy victory last season, the guy has made some questionable decisions when it comes to using the First Amendment.
He's a great talent, but it seems at least one college football analyst agrees that he might have a couple wires loose in the old noggin of his.
Suspected of taking more than $7,500 for signing autographs, kid might not get a chance to be around much for us to keep talking about—and that day the Internet will sleep.
What He Said: "Anyone with knowledge of the slave trade and the NFL could say that these two parallel each other.” (Source, Huffington Post)
My Take: As awful as the above statement by Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall is, he was just defending a fellow running back, Adrian Peterson, so he thought it was appropriate to voice his thoughts too.
Problem is, it's not the only time he's had something absurd to say, as he tweeted a few things following the assassination of Osama bin Laden a couple years ago.
Whether true or not, most sports fans don't want to hear about it from an athlete.
Mendenhall has proven that no subject is too sensitive a topic to talk about, but maybe he should start thinking a little bit more before going so hands-off.
What He Said: "Therapy can be a good thing; it can be therapeutic." (Source, Comcast)
My Take: I admit that this is just a very small sampling of Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez saying something that hurts his rep.
A lightning ball for controversy seemingly everywhere he goes, A-Rod has said stupid things to the media, over his Twitter and even with nonverbal communication by way of a baseball asking for some girls' phone numbers.
With a pending 211-game suspension looming over his head, having Rodriguez out of baseball for over a season will at least save him from embarrassing himself even more.
What He Said: "Jeah." (Source)
"What's being talked about a lot is 'Ryan Lochte the American douchebag.' Douchebag? I don't even know what is a douchebag, like what is it? Like what is the definition? ....Like I really don't know what it means, do you know?" (Source)
"For me, being Ryan Lochte is fun. I train harder than probably anyone in this world." (Source, Betches Love This)
Lochte may be one of the best human beings at gliding his way through water, but ask him a question or just stand in his general vicinity, and chances are you'll hear something that's funny—and completely confusing—while hearing him talk about himself in third person.