20 Athletes Who Have Lost Bets

Nick DimengoFeatured ColumnistApril 2, 2014

20 Athletes Who Have Lost Bets

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    Dave Martin

    If there's one thing that athletes hate to do, it's lose.

    And while most fans just associate that with a player's sport, there are other times we've seen guys lose when they aren't involved in a game.

    Whether it's from rolling the dice by gambling or placing a bet with a fan or teammate, these are a few athletes who ended up on the wrong side of their confidence in something.

Cam Newton

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    This one might not have been anything more than just a little tongue-in-cheek with some campers at a football camp that he runs, but Cam Newton did technically lose his bet with the youngsters.

    Luckily, Cam has no problem doing some push-ups after one of the kids made a catch.

Steve Novak

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    As you'll see throughout this article, New York Knicks All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony seems to have a penchant for making bets.

    And after his former teammate, Steve Novak, bet Melo that Novak's alma mater, Marquette, would knock off Anthony's Syracuse Orange last year—but lost—it was Novak who was forced to don the opposition's colors.

Chase Daniel

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    Denis Poroy

    Like others on this list, backup quarterback Chase Daniel found that it's never a good idea to bet with a teammate who went to a different college than his own.

    Yet, that's what Daniel did when his former Missouri Tigers took on Kansas City Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop's South Carolina Gamecocks last season.

    Daniel's punishment? To wear the colors of South Carolina one day—which just adds insult to injury.

Jason Terry

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    Kathy Willens

    Sacramento Kings guard Jason Terry is known for a variety of weird superstitions, but one that's typically associated with him are his high tube socks and headband.

    That all changed a few years ago, though, as he bet fellow guard Jameer Nelson that he could beat him in a CrossFit challenge during All-Star weekend.

    The younger Nelson beat the wily vet, with Terry ditching the socks and headband for a game later that week between the two.

Michael Bradley

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    It's never a good sight to see one of the stalwarts for the U.S. men's soccer team wearing another country's colors, but Michael Bradley was seen doing just that about a month ago.

    Was it his way of a prank?

    Nope. It was because he lost a bet with Toronto FC assistant coach Jim Brennan, who believed Team Canada would defeat Team USA in hockey at the Sochi Olympics.

    Oh well, at least Team USA can brag about having a better soccer team than our neighbors to the North.

Warren Sapp

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    Phelan M. Ebenhack

    While some of the other bets I mentioned were all just fun and games, NFL Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp's was anything but fun—for him, at least.

    That's because Sapp bet rapper Rick Ross that Peyton Manning's Denver Broncos would win the Super Bowl a few months ago.

    As we all probably know, the Broncs got blown out, costing Sapp $100,000 in the process.

Tyson Chandler

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    Matt Slocum

    As I mentioned earlier, Carmelo Anthony really likes to bet his teammates—winning in his gamble with former teammate Steve Novak last year.

    Well, it seems like Melo has the magic touch, because he actually won his bet with Tyson Chandler over last year's Super Bowl too.

    As a Baltimore Ravens fan, Anthony got to see his team hoist the Lombardi Trophy—as well as Chandler pay up by wearing a Ravens hat during a postgame interview.

Aaron Rodgers I

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    Mike Roemer

    While no one ever wants to admit to losing anything—especially pro athletes—one of the worst things that can happen is that person bailing on what they previously promised if they did.

    That's what happened with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers a few years ago after he not only fell flat on the field by losing to the San Francisco 49ers, but then didn't follow through on a bet he made with, get this, the band Boyz II Men.

    C'mon, Rodgers, you're better than that.

Stephen Curry

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    Stephen Curry and Harrison Barnes are two of the reasons why the Golden State Warriors have had great success the past two seasons, but they found themselves pitted against each other earlier this season by ways of a bet.

    How'd it go down?

    After Barnes' UNC Tar Heels beat Curry's college team, Davidson, the sharpshooter was forced to wear a UNC hoodie—which had to be double hard on the entire Curry family, seeing how Steph's brother Seth played at Duke.

LaMarcus Aldridge

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    Don Ryan

    Although Portland Trail Blazers big man LaMarcus Aldridge played for the University of Texas, he was seen wearing Oregon kicks and a hoodie earlier this year.

    Chill out, Longhorns fans, because he didn't switch allegiances. Truth is, Aldridge was just paying off a bet to Blazers communications manager Collin Romer, who graduated from Oregon.

    While LaMarcus couldn't have been happy about losing, at least he showed off some rare Nikes that had yet to be released, so that's pretty dope.

Russell Mark

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    OK, so this one is just a bit disturbing—though, luckily, it didn't come to fruition.

    After losing a bet following Carlton of the Australian Football League in 2012, Aussie's Olympic target shooter Russell Mark was considering wearing a mankini for the opening ceremony—made famous by the movie character Borat.

    I'm not sure what happened, but I think we can all be glad that Mark wasn't forced to wear it while repping his country at the Olympics.

Mark Ingram

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    Jonathan Bachman

    Auburn-Alabama is one of the fiercest rivalries in all of sports, so it was a little odd when former Crimson Tide running back Mark Ingram was seen wearing Auburn colors after last year's game.

    After all, Ingram won the freakin' Heisman Trophy while in Tuscaloosa.

    But that was the price to pay following Auburn's shocking, last-second win against the Tide, which forced the runner to own up to a bet he made with teammates—and former Auburn players—Ben Grubbs and Will Herring.

Charles Barkley

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    H. Rumph Jr

    NBA and March Madness analyst Charles Barkley has openly talked about how much he loves to bet on games—even claiming to have lost over $10 million in his lifetime.

    Yet, it was the bogus call by a few replacement refs in a Monday Night Football game in 2012 that had Barkley all worked up, as he lost five figures because the Seattle Seahawks beat the Green Bay Packers on a highly questionable Hail Mary at the end of regulation.

Brandon Spikes

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    Elise Amendola

    As you'll see in a few slides, athletes need to be careful about making bets with random folks on Twitter—because they often come back and bite them in the ass.

    It's what happened to Brandon Spikes a few weeks ago when he said with conviction that the UConn Huskies would "get trashed" by the Villanova Wildcats.

    It didn't happen, with the underdog Huskies not only beating their former Big East rivals, but they have actually advanced all the way to the Final Four.

    Now Spikes has to give one fan tickets to an upcoming game next season.

Carmelo Anthony

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    There are plenty of athletes who claim that playing video games is one of their hobbies, so they think they're naturally pretty good—but Carmelo Anthony wasn't as great as he may have thought.

    After betting a friend that he would beat him in a matchup of NBA Live 09 while still playing for the Denver Nuggets, Melo was forced to cut his trademark braids, giving himself a more cleaned up, adult look.

    The look seemed to grow on Anthony, as he has ditched the braids ever since.

Roddy White

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    Reinhold Matay

    This bet has gotten tons of pub lately, since Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White has seemed to try to duck out of paying up.

    Much like the aforementioned Brandon Spikes, White had bet a fan on his Twitter page that he would give the kid tickets to a game next season should Mercer beat Duke in the NCAA Tournament.

    It actually happened, as the 14th-seeded Bears knocked out the No. 3-seeded Blue Devils.

    After a few days to think about it, White has done the right thing, getting the fan season tickets and seats to the Super Bowl.

    But it proves to be careful with what you bet.

Shaquille O'Neal

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    There aren't too many people who would imagine a seven-foot man squeezing himself into a pair of pink undies, but Shaquille O'Neal isn't just any normal 7-footer.

    He showed that by walking onto Jimmy Fallon's show a few years ago wearing a bright, colorful bottom that were about as tight as humanly possible.

    Good for Shaq to own up to the bet. But bad for anyone who was in attendance.

Aaron Rodgers II

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    Jeffrey Phelps

    I have nothing against Aaron Rodgers, but the dude seems to have a history of backing out on bets that he makes.

    While the one I previously mentioned with Boyz II Men wasn't a huge deal, his support for friend Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers could have been.

    That's because Rodgers put his faith in Braun that the slugger was totally clean of any PEDs—which wasn't the case—even saying he'd bet his $39.5 million salary.

    Of course, the quarterback didn't pay up, but still, technically, he said he would.

Kobe Bryant

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    Jae C. Hong

    If there's one guy I'd almost never bet against in sports, it'd be Kobe Bryant.

    Yet, former Louisville Cardinals basketball player Kevin Ware not only had the balls to wager something with The Black Mamba, but also had the luck to win.

    Thanks to Ware returning to the court following his horrific injury in last year's NCAA tourney before Bryant could return from his Achilles' tear, Kobe had to pay a visit to the Cardinals earlier this season.

    Not sure if he ever made the trip, but either way, this was a cool bet between the two.

Floyd Mayweather

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    Lynne Sladky

    While I mentioned Warren Sapp lost a hefty sum of cash due to the Denver Broncos losing this year's Super Bowl, it would have been nothing when compared to boxer Floyd Mayweather's hit.

    That's because the aptly named "Money" Mayweather allegedly dropped an astonishing $10.4 million on the Broncos to win.

    The score wasn't even close, so if Mayweather did indeed bet, he'd have to admit to losing. Floyd never admits to losing. So to this day, I'm not sure what the true story is?