The 20 Dumbest Things Athletes Have Done

Kelsey GivensAnalyst IIOctober 18, 2011

The 20 Dumbest Things Athletes Have Done

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    Athletes aren't known for being the smartest people in the world.

    Everyone is well aware of the "dumb jock" stereotype, a stereotype that some athletes just can't help but to reiterate with their actions.

    From passing out at bars to insulting fans and getting swept off their feet by automatic tarp machines, sometimes these professional sports stars make fans stop and scratch their heads, wondering how they've made it this far in life.

    So here is a list of 20 of the dumbest things athletes have ever done.  

No. 20: Insulting the Team's Food

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    Twitter, it seems, may be too much responsibility for some athletes.

    When Antonio Cromartie tweeted about how disgusting he though the food served to his team was by the team’s catering service, he was fined $2500, and probably had at least several people mess with his food the next time they served him.   

    Man we have to have the most nasty food of any team. Damn can we upgrade 4 str8 years the same ish maybe that’s y we can’t we the SB we need.” 

No. 19: Couldn't Say No to Drugs

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    Ricky Williams missed not one, but two NFL seasons for failing drug tests and testing positive for marijuana use.

    It happened once, OK it happens, but you would think he would have learned his lesson, or would have least expected, after being caught once, that they would test him again.   

No. 18: Not Knowing the Rules of Your Own Game

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    After a 2009 tie between the Eagles and the Bengals, Donovan McNabb seemed genuinely shocked that NFL games could actually end in a tie.

    You would think someone that had played in the league for nine years, at that point, would know all the ways a game could end.

No. 17: Getting Angry at Inanimate Objects for Something They Can't Control

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    In 2009 then Steelers kicker Jeff Reed reportedly got into a fight with a paper towel dispenser in a bathroom when the machine didn’t have any more paper towels.

    After destroying the dispenser, Reed was cited for disorderly conduct and criminal mischief by Pennsylvania police. 

No. 16: Dunking Long After the Whistle Has Been Blown

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    When the whistle blows, the play is over.

    But for some reason, athletes sometimes still continue on with the play just to show off.

    And that kind of showing off cost Tony Allen in a game against the Pacers. He went for the dunk after the whistle had been blown and came down wrong on his leg, tearing his ACL and MCL, killing the rest of his season. 

No. 15: Comparing the Heat’s Dream Team Losing to 9/11

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    In a press conference in 2010, Dwayne Wade was trying to describe how the media would most likely blow any losses of the new dream team trio in Miami out of proportion, but in doing so said it would be like if the World Trade Centers came down again.   

    In his interview with AOL he reportedly said this:

    "We're going to be wearing a bull's-eye," Wade reportedly said. "But that's what you play for. We enjoy the bull's-eye. Plus, there's going to be times when we lose two, three games in a row and it seems like the world has crashed down. You all are going to make it seem like the World Trade is coming down again, but it's not going to be nothing but a couple of basketball games."  

    Wade said he didn’t mean to make such a gross comparison and quickly apologized for his remarks. 

No. 14: Betting on Your Own Team

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    After years and years of denial, in 2004 former Reds manager Pete Rose finally admitted to betting on his team while he was both a player and a manager.

    The admission cost him any hope of becoming part of the baseball hall of fame.

No. 13: Passing out in a Restaurant

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    John Daly has had a long history of alcoholism and gambling problems.

    But in 2008 he reportedly had a little too much to drink and passed out while in a Hooters restaurant.  

No. 12: Having Pictures Taken of Them While They Do Drugs

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    While athletes taking drugs is highly frowned upon, and can get them suspended or fined in their sports, if they are going to do them maybe they should make sure no one is taking photos while they do.   

    Michael Phelps found himself in a world of trouble after pictures were leaked of the Olympic swimmer smoking out of a bong in 2009. 

No. 11: Spending Too Much Time in the Tanning Bed

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    Marty Cordova missed several games after he spent too much time working on his tan and suffered a bad sunburn.

No. 10: Shooting Yourself in the Leg

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    In 2008, Plaxico Burress decided it was a good idea to take his gun with him to a Manhattan nightclub, tucked into the waistband of his sweatpants.

    The gun went off, and not only did he end up shooting himself accidentally in the leg, insult was then added to injury when he was arrested for not having a valid New York concealed weapons permit. 

No. 9: Insulting Fans Via Twitter

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    In 2009, former Chiefs running back Larry Johnson decided to take to Twitter to insult some of his fans, even going so far as to make gay slurs about them.

    He was suspended for one game because of the tweets, and the Chiefs were in a big hurry to get rid of the bad PR magnet after the incident.   

No. 8: Headbutting an Opponent and Getting Sent out of the Last Game Ever

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    Zinedine Zidane had had enough trash talk apparently, when he decided to headbutt Italy's Marco Materazzi during the 2006 World Cup.

    Even though he was sorely needed, he chose to do it anyway and was sent out of his last game ever. 

No. 7: Head Butt Celebration

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    Ah so now we know where Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino got his inspiration for head butting the wall during a fight in Italy.

    In the first half of a 1997 game between the Redskins and Giants, Gus Frerotte ran his head into a padded wall behind the end zone to celebrate a touchdown he had made.

    The celebratory move caused him to sprain his neck, forcing him go to the hospital instead of playing in the second half of the game. 

No. 6: Cheating a Race from in the Crowd

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    In 1980 Rosie Ruiz placed first in the 84th Boston Marathon.

    It was a huge win for Ruiz until it came out that she had actually cheated and jumped into the race from somewhere in the crowd along the marathon route, close to the finish.

    Did she think people in the crowd wouldn't notice someone jumping into the race, especially if that someone went on to win the race?

No. 5: Changing Your Name to the Number on Your Jersey

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    Chad Ochocinco, formerly Chad Johnson, decided while he was with the Cincinnati Bengals that changing his last name to his jersey number would be an excellent decision.

    While it was a little off the wall, it worked for him, until he signed with the Patriots where the No. 85 was already taken.

    Luckily the former owner of that number decided to be nice and give it up to Ochocinco so he wouldn’t look so dumb for changing his last name to a number. 

No. 4: Taking Steroids and Lying About It Under Oath

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    We’re looking at you Barry Bonds.

    During the federal investigation of BALCO (Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative) Bonds lied about using steroids from the company to a federal grand jury.

    In 2007 he was indicted on counts of perjury and obstructing justice for lying about taking the steroids. 

No. 3: Suing the NFL and Then Failing to Make a Team

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    Maurice Clarett had a promising future as a college football player with Ohio State, but got a little too cocky after only his freshman year and sued the NFL to try and move on to the pros before his time.

    He eventually won the chance to try out in the NFL, but ultimately didn’t make a team, and was later arrested for an armed robbery attempt. 

No. 2: Passing out Stoned in the McDonald's Drive Through

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    Preston Parker, a former Florida State receiver, decided he had a bad case of the munchies one night in 2008 and drove to McDonald’s while he was high.

    According to reports, he ended up passing out behind the wheel in the drive through lane, with the car still in drive and his foot on the break.

    When police banged on his window and finally woke him up, he tested positive for marijuana and was suspended for the first two games of the 2008 season after pleading guilty to two misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed firearm and possession of marijuana. 

No. 1: Getting Rolled Up in the Automatic Tarp

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    Not one of the brightest crayons in the box, Vince Coleman didn’t notice that the automatic tarp had begun to move while he was standing on the field, and was rolled up in the tarp when he failed to move out of the way.

    Coleman suffered a chipped knee from the incident and was unable to play the rest of the season.