Athletes Who Are Stranger Than Fiction
Without an interesting cast of characters, sports would just be a humdrum exhibition in running and jumping. Thankfully, some of the world's most recognizable athletes are also some its most bizarre people (word to Mike Tyson).
In the spirit of celebrating individuality, I've curated a list of sports stars who behave like a Nicolas Cage acting reel personified. These guys are just as famous for their wild off-the-court episodes as they are for competing and winning.
From the maniacal side eye of James Harrison to JaVale McGee's on-court comedy, these athletes are stranger than fiction.
The Boston Red Sox platoon man is a charming throwback to baseball's glory days, when hot foot was played with refreshingly open candor.
In 2011, Andrew Bynum punctuated a playoff game ejection by ripping off his jersey and throwing a tantrum.
The event serves as a poetically fitting precursor to the center's hijinks-ridden downfall.
Today, Bynum's better known for being the world's wealthiest bowl-cut model than vaunting a dominant post presence.
Darnell Dockett is all kinds of crazy.
He's a shameless exhibitionist, as demonstrated by his independently produced shower scene. He's fearless in his brazen passes at Katherine Webb. And, the Arizona Cardinals defensive end has a pet alligator.
The guy is a veritable triple threat when it comes to insanity.
J.R. Smith, the godfather of skulduggery, is on a seemingly concerted effort to be the first athlete enshrined in the Hall of Fame while wearing a straitjacket.
As a cog in the 24-hour news cycle, I wholeheartedly appreciate this lovable, maniacally unhinged goofball.
One does not become the scariest guy in the NFL by demonstrating a Victorian era code of conduct.
And James Harrison shows about as much genteel grace as a bull shark on bath salts.
Anyone with the balls to say this about his or her boss needs an emergency CAT scan.
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
If Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s social media presence—which is basically a collection of digitally filtered $100 bills—is any indication of his titanic hubris, Pretty Boy is Donald Trump with an uppercut.
Money is truly one of a kind.
Ilya Bryzgalov is part goalie, part philosopher and entirely insane.
Godspeed if you're at a party and this guy corners you with six hour's worth of universe origin theories.
With all due respect to Mike Tyson, The Beard is the gold standard for delightfully insane athletes.
Brian Wilson looks like a petty criminal who lives out of an RV, and his persona isn't very far removed from his appearance.
Keep being awesome, No. 00.
Metta World Peace