We Talkin' About Outbursts: The 20 Best Athlete Outbursts of All-Time
With coaches such as Dennis Green, Jim Mora, and Mike Gundy going absolutely insane in recent years, we've forgotten just how often athletes go off as well.
Professional athletes are often viewed as role models.
Children look up to them, fans stalk their every move, and cameras follow them wherever they go.
They are expected to be near perfect in front of the camera.
While pro athletes are usually able to deal with these expectations, the heat of competition can drive any man crazy.
Here's a tribute to 20 athletes who just totally lost it. Enjoy!
Honorable Mention: Izzy Alcantara Goes Crazy
What happens in the MILB, stays in the MILB.
Izzy Alcantara, you my friend stayed in the MILB for almost your entire career, unfortunately for you this video of you taking one of the worst cheap shots in sports history has gotten Major League fame.
20. Allen Iverson Doesn't Come Off the Bench
This was the beginning of the end for Allen Iverson.
When Iverson was swapped for Chauncey Billups back in 2008 it exposed Iverson as a team cancer.
The Pistons had been one of the NBA's best teams for years, but as soon as they brought in the seemingly more talented Allen Iverson for Chauncey Billups they found out that his career was on the downside.
Once Iverson failed to perform he was moved to the bench in favor of Richard Hamilton.
Allen would have none of that.
This outburst by Allen is silent but deadly.
19. Zinedine Zidane Uses His Head
During the 2006 FIFA Word Cup soccer legend Zinedine Zidane played in his final match.
For somebody with such a storied career nobody could have predicted how it ended.
During the extra time period an event that would have made a crystal ball's heart drop occurred-Zidane was ejected after headbutting an Italian no-name soccer player right in the chest.
That Italian no-name was none other than Marco Materazzi.
It was later revealed that Materazzi had insulted Zidane's mother and sister.
Whatever it is that Materazzi said, it was enough to set Zidane off and it very well may have costed France the match and Zidane his reputation.
18. Terry O'Reilly Leads the Bruins into the MSG Stands
Terry O'Reilly was one tough mother f***er.
He took crap from nobody.
However, what made O'Reilly such a beloved figure in Boston was the fact that he stoop up for his teammates just as much as he stood up for himself.
The guy was one of the best enforcers in Boston Bruins history.
However, on December 24, 1979, O'Reilly got a little too defensive.
On that fateful day when the Bruins traveled to Madison Square Garden to play the Rangers, a Rangers fan punched Bruins left wing Stan Jonathan across the face and took his stick.
"The Tazmanian Devil" would have none of this.
O'Reilly led a flurry of Rangers into the stand in what quickly became an ugly fans vs. players riot.
17. Shaq Curses on Live TV
Shaquille O'Neal has one of the most active mouths in the history of the NBA.
More often than not, when Shaq runs his mouth it's all in good fun.
However, sometimes the big guy gets frustrated. And he doesn't think before he speaks.
On Feb. 1, 2004 Shaq had some choice words about the officiating in a live post game interview on a Los Angeles TV station.
He was suspended one game without pay for this incident, and in my opinion he deserved a steeper punishment.
16. Roberto Alomar Spits on Umpire
Robby Alomar was unrightfully shunned by the Hall Of Fame committee this past season, and it's likely in large part to this.
In what was an extremely weak year for Hall Of Fame hopefuls, Alomar's career should have been more than enough to net him a spot in Cooperstown, but as we all know, on-field performance isn't the only factor in separating a first ballot Hall of Famer from a sixth or seventh ballot one.
It pains me to say it, but the one moment that has defined Robbie Alomar's career is without a doubt the spitting incident.
Spitting in another mans face is one of the biggest displays of disrespect that you could possibly think of.
It's a shame Robbie had to lose his cool like this, because he very well may be the greatest second baseman in baseball history.
15. Delmon Young Chucks a Bat at an Umpire
Players sure are thinking up creative ways to disagree with umpires these days.
Back in 2006—10 years after Robbie Alomar spit in the face of John Hirschbeck—the top prospect in all of baseball thought he should up the ante.
Delmon Young threw a bat in the umpires direction after disagreeing with a called third strike. Keep in mind this was just a minor league game.
Young was suspended 50 games for the incident, and never did live up to his sky high potential.
14. Water Cooler, Meet Carlos Perez... RIP Watercooler
When a baseball player allows an inside pitch to hit him, it's considered taking one for the team.
Taking one for the team is regarded to as an act of toughness, unselfishness, and courage.
While select players who aren't afraid to let a fastball catch them in the back often gain fame (Craig Biggio comes to mind) water cooler's acts of courage go almost unnoticed.
Never was this more evident than when Dodgers' pitcher Carlos Perez brutally beat a water cooler after a tough outing.
I'll let the video do the talking here.
http://www.cylive.com/content/22189/Carlos_Perez_Massive_Dugout_Blowout (You'll need follow the link to the video)
13. Roger Clemens Doesn't Like Pepperoni Piazza
Roger Clemens was one of the most fiery competitors in sports history.
Back on July 8, 2000 Mike Piazza had gone deep off Clemens at least once in each of their last three meetings. Clemens beaned him in the head, in what was almost certainly an intentional throw.
However, for the minority of people who believed that Clemens' bean ball earlier that season wasn't intentional, their mind was quickly changed during the Subway Series.
After Piazza hit a broken bat foul ball, half of the bat bounced towards Clemens who scooped it up and fired it in Piazza's direction.
Roid rage much?
Fast forward to about 2:25
12. John McEnroe Can Not Be Serious
John McEnroe had a reputation for on-court temper tantrums throughout his career. But during the 1981 Wimbeldon Championships he took it to the next level.
After McEnroe hit a shot that he swore was in but was called out by umpire Ted James, McEnroe shouted one immortal phrase: "You can not be serious!"
This would become the name of McEnroe's autobiography years later.
11. Jim Everett Tackles Jim Rome
Jim Rome has been known to burn on nearly every topic in sports. He never has anything nice to say.
However, before he was famous Rome was nothing more than the host of an interview show on ESPN2.
Rome had been referring to Falcons quarterback Jim Everett as Chris (after the female tennis player) saying that he shied away from hits.
When Rome had Everett on the show as a guest, he continued to taunt him to the point where Everett gave him one last chance to rescind his insults.
Rome didn't stop and Everett made good on his promise when he brought Rome down... Live!
10. Tie Domi Fights a Fan
Heckling fans are a part of sports. It's something that athletes learn to deal with and ignore.
Athletes not named Tie Domi that is.
When an intoxicated fan began to insult Domi who was in the penalty box, Domi squirted his water bottle in the fans direction.
The fan then leaned right up against the glass and continued to shout insults at Domi. The glass gave way.
When the glass gave way the fan fell right into the penalty box and right into the lap of Maple Leafs' enforcer Tie Domi.
Domi pinned the fan and gave him a few blows to the face before referees broke it up.
9. Anything Tie Domi Does Rob Ray Can Do Better
When will fans learn not to jump onto the ice at a professional hockey game?
These hockey players are trained in battle.
If you really want to jump onto the field that bad, go to a baseball game... Just not a Phillies game.
8. Jose Offerman Can't Handle the Independant Leagues
When former All-Star Jose Offerman couldn't find a team at the age of 37, he decided to sign with the Long Island Ducks of the Independent Leagues.
After a slider was thrown in the direction of his left calf, Offerman charged the mound with a bat in hand.
Offerman took two swings at Bridgeport Bulefish pitcher Matt Beach.
Luckily no major damage was done to Beach, but the same couldn't be said about Bluefish catcher Joe Nathans.
Nathans charged after Offerman in an attempt to protect his pitcher, and Offerman struck him right in the head.
7. Mike Tyson Wants To Eat Lennox Lewis' Children
I know it's been said before, but Mike Tyson was a bad, bad man.
Every time he talked, the world listened.
However, when Tyson told Lennox Lewis he was gunning for him, I was scared for Lewis.
Not only did Tyson scare the crap out of me with this interview, he also gained my respect: Who knew Mike Tyson was so smart?
Impetuous and impregnable don't sound like words that would be in Mike Tyson's vocabulary.
6. John Rocker Ends His Career In Under 200 Words
I know this wasn't an on camera outburst, but omitting Rocker from this list would be a damn crime.
Back in 2000, Rocker was a promising relief pitcher for the Atlanta Braves.
Until a Sports Illustrated interview that very year ended Rocker's career right before our eyes.
When Rocker was asked if he would ever play for a New York team here's what he had to say:
"I'd retire first. It's the most hectic, nerve-racking city. Imagine having to take the seven train to the ballpark looking like you're riding through Beirut next to some kid with purple hair, next to some queer with AIDS, right next to some dude who just got out of jail for the fourth time, right next to some 20-year-old mom with four kids. It's depressing... The biggest thing I don't like about New York are the foreigners. You can walk an entire block in Times Square and not hear anybody speaking English. Asians and Koreans and Vietnamese and Indians and Russians and Spanish people and everything up there. How the hell did they get in this country?"
No further explanation needed.
5. Kellen Winslow Jr. Is a F**king Soldier
Kellen Winslow tried to contain himself throughout the course of this post-game interview.
He avoided swearing the whole time. Until he blew up at the end.
First, he didn't give a flying you know what about them, then they didn't give a fricking you know about him, but then he was a F***ING SOLDIER!
Just think how much better this outburst would have been if he had been swearing the entire time.
4. Shawn Antoski Jumps into the Other Penalty Box
In 1991 IHL game, referees broke up a fight between Shawn Antoski and Steve Martinson on the ice.
Boy oh boy do hockey players love to fight.
After both were escorted to their respective penalty boxes, they continued to exchange words. Before you knew it words turned into water bottles as Martinson chucked a water bottle in Antoski's direction.
Antoski then proceeded to jump into the other penalty box where him and Martinson went blow for blow.
3. Allen Iverson's Talkin' about Practice
This is the athlete outburst in which all other athlete outbursts are measured against.
Allen Iverson's "practice" press conference might very well be the most famous press conference in the history of sports.
At the conclusion Iverson famously said, "How the hell can I make my teammates better by practicing!?"
It starts off slow, but as you continue to watch Iverson's voice picks up some steam.
Iverson recites the word practice a total of 23.5 times throughout the course of this press conference.
And we're left on the edge of our seats for each and every one of them.
2. Ron Artest Is in the Stands!
You knew it was coming.
When Ron Artest got into it with a fan at The Palace In Auburn Hills back in 2004, an all out brawl spilled out.
And it wasn't pretty.
Before you knew it, fighting the fans became a team effort for the Indiana Pacers.
This is one of the worst moments in the history of the NBA.
1. Mike Tyson Takes A Bite Out Of Evander Holyfield
Are you really surprised?
When you take a bite out of the ear of another live man, you will always have a spot at the top of this list.