Dumb Lies Athletes Have Told About Injuries

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Dumb Lies Athletes Have Told About Injuries
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Hey, we've all been there: After doing something kind of embarrassing, it's human nature to try to downplay the incident, or lie about it altogether. However, part of the motivation of twisting—or outright fabricating the facts around such an incident—is that the new story is less embarrassing or, at least, less likely to draw attention.

In sports, an injury doesn't just have the potential to affect an athlete's career and reputation; it can run afoul of a set rules and/or contractual obligations that can lead to fines, suspensions and other punitive measures that hurt more than the injury itself.

Sometimes there isn't an injury at all, or someone else is injured—but whether an athlete slipped on a banana peel or pushed a friend into the path of a banana truck, all too often they eschew the bitter pill that is fessing up, for the massive suppository that is lying (then getting caught).

The misguided decisions and subsequently, often more misguided decisions about what to say after an injury may get an athlete into hot water, but such episodes sure do make for a compelling story.

These are dumb lies athletes have told about injuries.

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