Ted Williams: 20 Other Sports Figures Who Need Counseling From Dr. Phil
Ted Williams is the latest "feel-good" story the nation can get behind, but reports this morning of a tiff with his daughter may tarnish this fairytale slightly.
Los Angeles Police Officers were summoned to the Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood after a disturbance call was placed. When officers arrived, they found WIlliams and his daughter in a verbal disagreement, and Williams was detained. He has since been released, and there is no word on whether charges will be filed.
With Ted's newest headlines, he has punched his ticket to the malcontent show, and is well on his way to joining the rest of these sports personalities who cemented their need for Dr. Phil long ago.
These people seriously need some counseling. But in the meantime, they are fair game for cheap jokes and a hearty har-har. Therefore, we give you...
Sports Figures Who Need a Session With Dr. Phil
20. Albert Haynesworth
Haynesworth's legacy is one of complaining, whining, disrespect for authority and cheap shots of all kinds.
So what does the NFL do with him?
It increased his publicity and uped the dollar figure on his contract. Yeah, they sure showed him!
Haynesworth first made hissy-fit headlines as a Tennessee Titan after stomping on the bare face of Cowboy's offensive lineman Andre Gurode.
Since then, Haynesworth has released statements expressing discontent with almost every team he's played for. He failed to pass a conditioning drill for the Redskins that almost made him ineligible for the season.
What do the Redskins have to show for his huge contract?
A quarterback that doesn't want to play for them anymore and complete irrelevance in the NFC East.
19. Manny Ramirez
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Even if you don't follow American Baseball, you have to know this name, and why he is more famous for his on-the-field antics than his 555 career home runs.
If no one else can tell him what an ass he is, maybe Dr. Phil can at least tell him to tuck in his shirt.
18. Derek Anderson
Derek's locker room tirade is now infamous, having hit YouTube by storm and becoming the newest target of wannabe TV personalities everywhere.
During the Arizona Cardinals blowout loss at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers, Derek Anderson was caught on the sidelines laughing it up with a teammate. When asked about laughing while his team was getting embarrassed, Anderson lost his cool at routine questions and began shouting at the reporters.
Since then, he has become a pop-culture icon, but not worthy of praise. Prozac won't do here! Where is Oprah's extension when we need him?
17. Randy Moss
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Moss has tried for years to duck cameras and reporters when it pertains to his personal life.
It all started for Moss when he started receiving TD passes from Daunte Culpepper in Minnesota.
While gaining fame for spectacular catches, he provided an encore by running over a traffic officer who tried to stop him from making an illegal turn. Police found marijuana in his car, and the media bashing was on.
Since then, Moss has alienated teammates by giving up on plays and proclaiming his suddenly absent skills to be "disrespected." Hopefully they are called "Titans" because they can take a verbal barrage better than a husband watching the game without mowing the lawn first.
16. Sean Avery
Avery, of the New York Rangers, is known for his hard play, big hits and multiple tongue slips.
While with the Dallas Stars in 2008, Avery made a remark directed at Calgary Flames stars Jerome Iginla and Dion Phaneuf. The Huffington Post recounts the story:
"...Avery walked over to the group and asked if there was a camera present. When told there was, he said, 'I'm just going to say one thing.'
'I'm really happy to be back in Calgary; I love Canada,' he said. 'I just want to comment on how it's become like a common thing in the NHL for guys to fall in love with my (former girlfriends). I don't know what that's about, but enjoy the game tonight.' He then walked out of the locker room."
Well played, sir. Avery was served a suspension. Immediately his stock with the ladies took a dip, if you know what I mean.
15. Serena Williams
Serena Williams is one of the most dominant professional tennis players in history. Her outburst at a line judge for an alleged missed call is certainly worthy of a Dr. Phil conference.
Thank you Serena, for finally putting those rumors to rest about using PEDs. Your aggression is all we needed to prove you are really a man in a tiny skirt, beating up on poor, defenseless female tennis players.
14. Vince Young
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Young's antics are likely the result of continued issues with Tennessee Titans' head coach Jeff Fisher.
At one point, Young was so distraught that he disappeared without his cell phone for hours, prompting Fisher to go on a search for his missing quarterback.
Young claimed the whole thing was blown out of proportion. However, months later, Young is out in Tennessee, and the Titans claim they just can't handle his personality anymore.
13. Diana Taurasi
Perhaps tired of not being noticed in the WNBA, Taurasi has decided to take the Ron Artest approach: continue to make an ass out of yourself until you are considered a major name in your sport. However, being a major name in the WNBA is like having your own talk show on public access at 1 a.m.
12. Ron Artest
Speaking of Artest, "Malice in the Palace" will forever hang over Artest's head, but it appears he has already sought counseling.
Even so, he just can't help himself when abstaining from hard fouls and foul-mouthed rants. Maybe a pep talk from the tenacious talk show doctor will help him calm down, but I doubt it.
11. Gilbert Arenas
Firearms in the locker room and faking injuries to let teammates have court time is just the beginning for Gilbert Arenas.
And just when we thought he was out of headlines for awhile, Arenas deserted his girlfriend and their many children just before Christmas.
Arenas seems just a little off, but maybe counseling six times a week could do some good.
10. Ben Roethlisberger
Would you invite this guy to your daughter's party? We wouldn't either.
Ben Roethlisberger has been in the news not once, but twice for sexual assault charges stemming from late rendezvous and merky run-ins with women who now claim they were forced into sexual situations with the Steelers QB.
Maybe the women had knocked back a few drinks, and Big Ben started looking like Channing Tatum, only to wake up in the morning with the resolution to never drink again.
9. Carlos Zambrano
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Zambrano is possibly beyond help, but if anyone can get inside his head, it's Dr. Phil.
Once in there, however, Dr. Phil might be out-manned by the amount of personalities Zambrano must have between his ears. One day he's dominant. The next he's way off, taking it out on coaches, teammates, inanimate objects and the bat boy.
The Cubs can't seem to let him go, and maybe if he calmed down, fans wouldn't love him as much. Just don't stand in front of the TV when Zambrano is watching Baywatch.
8. Lawrence Taylor
Taylor was one of the most dominant linebackers in the history of the NFL, but his off-the-field struggles with drugs and alcohol have been the brunt of ridicule to years.
In fact, it isn't even safe to say "off-the-field," considering Taylor once admitted to keeping a small bag of cocaine the waistline of his uniform and snorting it in the bathroom at halftime.
His recent problems come from an altercation with an underage prostitute. At first Taylor admitted to paying for sexual acts, but retracted those statements in a later court appearance.
7. Milton Bradley
Milton Bradley is actually a very talented baseball player, but you'd never know that because there isn't another team in MLB that would give him a chance.
Everywhere Bradley goes, he destroys team morale and throws king-sized tantrums.
Bradley has sought counseling, following a failed return attempt with the Seattle Mariners. But how long will it be before another outburst surfaces, like this one against the Dodgers?
6. Bobby Knight
Legendary Indiana Hoosiers head coach Bobby Knight has never been one to hide his aggression.
Aside from this famous chair toss, Knight is also known for this now-famous line, delivered during a tribute for the coach: "When I die, I hope they bury me upside down, so my critics can kiss my ass!"
5. Latrell Sprewell
Sprewell was always known as a hot head in his playing days, but in a 1997 confrontation with Golden State Warriors Head Coach P.J. Carlesimo.
As the story goes, Sprewell became upset and verbally abusive towards Carlesimo after the coach told him to "put a little mustard" on his passes during practice. When Carlesimo refused to back down, Sprewell tackled him to the floor and began to choke him.
The wasn't the first time Sprewell showed displays of violence.
Sprewell's teammates at the time commented on several occasions where Sprewell came to practice with a 2x4 to make threats, among several other incidents.
4. Marv Albert
Albert is a legend in sports broadcasting, but his legacy was forever tarnished when reports of his altercation with a call girl became public.
According to Wikipedia.org:
"Albert became the focus of a media frenzy in 1997, when he went on trial for felony charges of forcible sodomy. A 42-year-old woman who had had a 10-year sexual relationship with him accused Albert of throwing her on a bed at the Ritz-Carlton in Pentagon City, Virginia, biting her on the back 15 times, sodomizing her, and forcing her to perform oral sex on him."
"She also claimed that he would force her to "face sit" him for periods of up to 45 minutes. Albert charged that the woman was seeking revenge as he was ending their relationship and 'she couldn't imagine life without him.'"
"After DNA tests proved that the bite marks were his, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and battery charges, while the sodomy charge was dropped. Albert was given a 12-month suspended sentence."
Albert also was released from his job at NBC.
Get your ruler out Dr. Phil...
3. Mike Tyson
Tyson needs no introduction.
His antics are the stuff of folklore.
So, instead of recapping what we already know about ear biting and children-testicle stomping, here is a bit of news for Tyson:
His Animal Planet series, titled "Taking on Tyson," will debut March 6 on the network, and will chronicle Tyson's rough childhood and upbringing, and his love for pigeon racing that kept him "sane."
The six-part series will discuss how Tyson would skip school to evade bullies, and how the pressures of over-night fame nearly destroyed him.
2. Lawrence Phillips
Someone needs to tell this guy Everlast is still making punching bags.
Lawrence Phillips had a promising NFL career ahead of him after building his draft stock playing for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. However, five teams ahead of the Rams passed on Phillips, citing his behavioral problems and bouts of aggression.
The Rams took a gamble on him, even after Phillips had already assaulted his ex-girlfriend while at Nebraska.
A verbal dispute between Phillips and then-Rams Head Coach Dick Vermeil led to Phillips' release, and subsequent signing with the Miami Dolphins.
The running back added to his rap sheet while in Miami, pleading no contest to assaulting a woman in a nightclub.
Even the CFL and AFL couldn't hold Phillips, who was cut from every team he played for due to insubordination.
After his football career ended, Phillips was charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon after attempting to mow down some teenagers with his car. Evidently he got into a dispute with them regarding a pick-up game in Los Angeles.
There's more on his record, but my fingers are getting tired from typing. Anyway, Phillips was sentenced to over 30 years in prison for assault on his girlfriend and the felony assault with a deadly weapon charge."
1. Jarrod Wyatt
The former MMA fighter is accused of murdering his sparring partner while high on a type of "mushroom tea." The details of the murder are so graphic they cannot be displayed entirely on this sit.
The main headline from the murder is the way Wyatt killed Taylor Powell. The details can be found here:
WARNING: This story is incredibly graphic. Please read at your own discretion.
This guy is certainly beyond help for therapy when under the influence, but maybe while he is locked up for life, Dr. Phil can make daily visits to keep him from doing this to anyone else.