When the Dolphins recently parted ways with general manager Jeff Ireland, most reporters seemed to go out of their way to stress the decision had been “mutual.” Yet for some reason, every time the word “mutual” was repeated, the less believable the claim felt.
That’s because we all know that precious few breakups are actually mutual. In reality, that’s just something reasonably decent people agree to say in order to spare the person being dumped further embarrassment. It’s literally the least you, as the dumper, can do.
Of course, not all breakups are that civilized—some are downright nasty. In the sports world, particularly, breakups are rarely a mutually beneficial decision agreed upon by both parties. There is almost always a clear hero and villain. Or...the lesser of two evils and just plain evil.
Here are 20 of the ugliest breakups in sports.