Kevin Garnett and the 20 Biggest Trash Talkers In Sports
Kevin Garnett touched off a firestorm and Charlie Villanueva has every right to be angry with the ill-tempered Boston Celtics star if what he allegedly told Villanueva is actually true.
Following the Detroit Pistons loss to the Celtics last night, Villanueva tweeted: ""KG called me a cancer patient, I'm pissed because, u know how many people died from cancer, and he's tossing it like it's a joke."
For those that are wondering, Villanueva has a medical condition called alopecia universalis, which causes Villanueva not to grow hair, hence the cancer reference.
Anyway, this exchance wasn't caught on camera, so there's no definitive proof that it happened.
But there's no reason to believe Villanueva would make that up out of the blue, and Garnett does have a tendency to drop F-bombs and talk smack during just about every game.
So it's not surprising that Garnett was running his mouth toward Villanueva, who actually responded with some nice trash talk of his own.
And Villanueva and Garnett certainly know how to talk the talk, but where do they rank among the biggest trash talkers in sports?
Let's rank the top 20.
20. Charlie Villanueva
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Following the altercation with Garnett, Villanueva tweeted: "KG talks alot of crap, he's prob never been in a fight, I would love to get in a ring with him, I will expose him."
I don't think he's the only one who wants to do that.
Garnett's mouth runs more than a marathoner, and I love Villanueva's straight-to-the-point trash talking.
There's nothing creative about it, but it's clear he means business.
19. Joey Porter
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Joey Porter has been know for his verbal wars throughout his NFL career, and there's a ton of instances that you could point to as evidence of that.
I love his little spat with Brandon Marshall, which you'll see later in this list.
But one of my favorites?
"I'm going to send him the new plasma black-and-white TV. Hopefully, he's going to get the chance to watch us in our playoff game in Indianapolis."
Just simple, good trash talking that gets its point across right there.
18. Mark Cuban
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I don't even really have to go into all that much detail with Mark Cuban.
He's the most vocal leader in the NBA, he was once fined $250,000 after accusing the referees of rigging the game and he's paid millions of dollars for fines during his time as owner of the Dallas Mavericks.
I guess he can do that with the billions of dollars he has though.
17. Dizzy Dean
Former MLB pitcher Dizzy Dean may have passed away in 1974, but I couldn't leave him off this list.
Dean was famously quoted saying, "“It ain’t braggin’ if you can do it.”
Maybe that's true, Dizzy. Maybe that's true.
16. Gary Payton
During his time in the NBA, Gary Payton, a.k.a "The Glove," was known for his suffocating defense and his mouth that never stopped running.
Payton was one of those little smart alecs who would smile while he was guarding you because he knew that he could talk trash better than his opponent could.
Anyway, check out this video of Payton giving a "motivational speech" prior to the 2001 NBA All-Star game.
Let me know if you can understand everything he's saying.
Because I can't.
15. Deion Sanders
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Deion Sanders used to literally bark at opposing wide receivers when he played in the NFL.
He would then proceed to play lockdown coverage on those receivers, pick the passes off that were intended for them and high step into the end zone just to top it all off.
Man, I miss Prime Time.
14. Roy Williams
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I have Roy Williams on this list for being arguably the worst trash talker in NFL history.
Williams once famously said something the long the lines of his team--the Detroit Lions at the time--being "stupid close" to putting up 40 points against the Seattle Seahawks.
Um, the Lions actually lost that game, 9-6.
And Williams didn't learn his lesson, guaranteeing a victory against the Chicago Bears next week.
Guess what? The Lions lost 34-7.
Williams should never open his mouth again.
13. Shannon Sharpe
Shannon Sharpe talked a lot of crap on the field, but his most memorable trash talking moment came off off it.
Sharpe versus Ray Buchanan was arguably the greatest battle of words in the history of the NFL.
It got to be quite childish at times, but I love when Sharpe says he wouldn't pick Buchanan up "if my truck working and his was broken down."
I guess he'll never be confused for a good Samaritan.
12. Kevin Garnett
Earlier this year, Garnett was voted the NBA's top trasher by his peers after receiving 62 percent of the vote in a Sports Illustrated poll.
Other than the most recent incident with Villanueva--which crossed the line by the way--there are no particular incidents you can point to.
But Garnett is an incredibly intense player, whose physical intensity tends to spill out of his mouth each and every time he steps on the court.
Seriously, the dude does not shut up.
11. Brandon Marshall
Brandon Marshall's most notable trash-talking war came against a guy you saw earlier on this list, Joey Porter.
Marshall said about Porter, "All those muscles are popcorn muscles, he's soft...(he's) in nightclubs dancing with his shirt off like a girl or in the playground getting beat up back in California."
I don't know why I love this so much. I guess it's because I'm a fan of both guys, but it cracks me up how Marshall doesn't even seem to be taking his own trash talking serious.
10. Chad Ochocinco
Chad Ochocinco has toned down his trash-talking antics recently, but I don't think we can ever forget when Ochocinco was constantly ripping on opposing defensive backs.
Seriously, you have to be a good trash talker to come up with stuff like that letter you're looking at.
Or to race a horse.
Or to send your opponents deodorant so they "don't sweat" covering you.
Or to keep a checklist of cornerbacks who can't cover you.
The man is ridiculous.
9. Terrell Owens
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Ochocinco and Sanders might be pretty good trash talkers in their own right, but Terrell Owens runs his mouth more than anyone in the history of the NFL.
This is the man that once told fans to "get your popcorn ready," said he would give "181 percent" with the Buffalo Bills and even proclaimed, "I love me some me."
If that doesn't define an egotistical maniac, I don't know what does.
8. Jim McMahon
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Former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon somehow managed to alienate his entire organization:
“Who do I think the Bears should draft? I think the Bears should draft a new owner."
And an entire continent (he's talking about Europe by the way):
“The people don’t take baths and they don’t speak English. No golf courses, no room service. Who needs it?"
7. John Rocker
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Former Major League pitcher John rocker was, um, off his rocker to say the least.
And this is what he told Sports Illustrated about the city of New York:
“It’s the most hectic, nerve-racking city. Imagine having to take the 7 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.”
I'm not sure that he's trying to talk crap about an entire city, but he sure sounds like it.
6. Michael Jordan
Aside from being the greatest player in NBA history, Michael Jordan was well-known for his trash talking.
He would famously ask opposing players if their coaches got mad that they couldn't guard him, but perhaps his greatest trash talking moment came against the Denver Nuggets.
Before shooting a free throw against the Denver Nuggets, Jordan looked directly at Dikembe Mutombo and said, "This one's for you."
He then closed his eyes, sunk the free throw, and added, "Welcome to the NBA."
5. Floyd Mayweather
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Floyd "Money" Mayweather earned himself a permanent spot on this list with his rant on fellow boxer Ricky Hatton:
“When I retire, I’ll get Ricky Hatton to wash my clothes and cut my lawn and buckle my shoes. Ricky Hatton ain’t nothing but a fat man. I’m going to punch him in his beer belly. He ain’t good enough to be my sparring partner."
If that wasn't enough, Mayweather also went off on a racist, homophobic rant directed toward Manny Pacquiao and entered the world where people get paid to talk trash, the WWE, for a match with "The Big Show" at Wrestlemania 24.
4. Reggie Miller
Reggie Miller will forever be one of the greatest trash talkers in the history of sports.
He talked so much trash during his career that he even got John Starks ejected after he headbutted Miller because he was so frustrated with Miller's constant jawing.
And in 1994, New York Knicks fan (and director) Spike Lee was heckling Miller all game, but Miller responded by dropping 25 fourth quarter points and taunting Lee with that famous choke sign.
That was trash talking at its finest.
3. Larry Bird
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Here are two stories about Larry Bird that prove just how great of a trash talker he really was.
Prior to the first three-point shooting contest in 1986, Bird walked into the locker room and looked around silently for a few minutes before finally proclaiming to everyone in the room, ""I'm just looking around to see who's gonna finish in second."
Bird also told Chuck Person that he had a very special Christmas present waiting for him that he would deliver during the game.
Well, Bird hit dribbled near the sideline where Person was sitting on the bench, he drained a three-point shot, look at Person and said, ""Merry F**king Christmas."
That is amazing.
2. Muhammad Ali
"I'm young, I'm handsome, I'm fast, I'm pretty and can't possibly be beat."
Greatest line in the history of sports? Quite possible.
Muhammad Ali was not only the "greatest of all-time," he was a pretty damn good trash talker too.
Just watch the video. He's phenomenal.
1. Mike Tyson
No one can rival the insane trash talking of Mike Tyson following a tune-up fight that lasted a ridiculously short 38 seconds.
He directed this famous rant to his next opponent, Lennox Lewis: "My style is impetuous. My defense is impregnable. And I’m just ferocious. I want your heart. I wanna eat his children. Praise be to Allah.”
Plus, I don't think anyone can forget the "I'll f**k you 'til you love me" rant.