25 Sports Figures Who Should've Kept Their Mouths Shut

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25 Sports Figures Who Should've Kept Their Mouths Shut
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If you don’t have anything nice (or morally sound or intelligent) to say, maybe just keep your mouth shut. Too bad no one mentioned that to John Rocker. 

Sports figures have a long history of ill-advised jaw-flapping. The degree to which these geniuses should’ve kept quiet is often directly proportional to how much their comments affected their reputations in the long term. How bad were the comments? How muddy was the aftermath? And most importantly, how lasting were the impressions left on their legacies? 

Here we’ll count down 25 sports figures who definitely should have kept their mouths shut or their tweets to themselves. 

Not included are those who made comments without knowledge of the recording. Donald Sterling, Riley Cooper, Andy Gray and Richard Keys’ offenses were atrocious to be sure, but you can’t keep your words private if you don’t know they’re going to be made public. 

Also not included (but very close to making the cut) were these honorable mentions: Magic Johnson, John Calipari, Jason Whitlock and Patrick Crayton. 

Here we go.

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