More often than not, athletes are contractually required to speak to the media. Although that's beyond their control, the one thing an athlete can control is what comes out of his or her mouth when a microphone is present.
The best way for a player to avoid inadvertently becoming the headline during media questioning is to keep it simple. Be vague and remember that sometimes less is more. Don't air dirty laundry in public, and keep emotions in check.
Then of course, there's the golden rule: If you don't have anything nice to say, then don't say anything at all. Some of us don't live by that rule in our own lives, but our petty trash-talking doesn't have the potential to become national news.
Honestly, it doesn't seem all that hard, yet there are plenty of athletes who have no idea what they should make public and what should be kept in house. They're operating without a filter and, often times, without the least bit of common sense.
One of the best ways to judge how much an athlete runs his mouth is to do a simple Google search and peruse the headlines. If the headlines are mostly about a team, that's good. If they're mostly about Twitter wars, fines, feuds or settling the score, that's bad.
Here are 15 athletes who talk way too much.