50 Nastiest Insults in Recent Sports History
Trash talk is nothing new in the sports world—crapping on the competition has been around for as long as competition itself. Love it or hate it, there's absolutely no denying that it adds an entertaining dimension to every sport.
There's definitely a fine line between trash-talking the opposition and insulting them. Some athletes and sports broadcasters have no difficulty walking this line, but many others struggle with it—though, those who struggle with sportsmanship tend to also struggle at being human beings.
Most people in the public eye manage to resist the temptation to get involved in ugly spats, but some just can't help themselves.
Here are 50 of the nastiest sports insults in recent memory.
50. Joey Porter Calls the Colts a Bunch of Nerds
Prior to the Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts meeting in the 2006 AFC divisional playoff, Pittsburgh linebacker Joey Porter wasn't impressed with their so-called “thinking.” Porter had this to say about the Colts' style of football:
They don't want to just sit there, line up and play football… they want to try to catch you off guard. They don't want to play smash-mouth football, they want to trick you.
They want to catch you substituting. Know what I mean? They don't want to just call a play, get up there and run a play. They want to make you think. They want it to be a thinking game instead of a football game.
That might not seem like an insult coming from someone else, but Porter was definitely calling them wussy poindexters.
49. Kevin Garnett: "Burn That Suit"
After a 2009 Boston Celtics game, Kevin Garnett decided he had just about enough of TNT's Craig Sager's ridiculous outfits. KG told Sager to burn his suit and everything else:
I've never in my life tried to go at you and your suits and such…Tonight, I am stressing: You take this outfit home and you burn it. We don’t want to see this. I know you don’t double-back with your outfits, I’ve never seen you in an outfit twice…but you take this right here (grabbing his suit)…I don’t care if it’s Versace… name brand…Saeed...no, I don’t care…You take this home and you burn it.
So when you get done with this…you should be butt-ass-naked and burn it. It’s good to see you, like always. And the shoes too, just burn them. Okay? Just burn them. Don’t ask no questions, just burn them…the red socks which people can’t see at home…take all this handkerchief… lime thong…all that...burn it...okay?
Burn it…Vaseline…kerosene…whatever…burn it.
48. Wes Welker Pokes at Rex Ryan with Foot Metaphors
The New England Patriots and New York Jets have decidedly different styles when it comes to public relations. Generally, Rex Ryan runs his mouth and the Patriots respond with something along the lines of, “we’re just trying to win ball games here.”
All that changed in January 2011, when Patriots receiver Wes Welker broke rank before a playoff meeting with the Jets, dedicating his entire press conference to making fun of Ryan’s recent foot-fetish scandal.
Welker used 10 different “foot” metaphors to describe preparations for the game, some more clever than others.
47. Steve Williams Doesn't Like Phil Mickelson Either
Tiger Woods’ former caddie Steve Williams has never quite grasped the “seen and not heard” nature of his position.
At a charity event in New Zealand in December 2008, Williams spoke to the Taranaki Daily News about his personal feelings on PGA golfer Phil Mickelson and said it was no surprise that Woods and Mickelson did not get along. Said Williams:
I wouldn’t call Mickelson a great player…because I hate the [jerk]. I don't particularly like the guy. He pays me no respect at all and hence I don't pay him any respect. It's no secret we don't get along either.
I'm betting the feeling is mutual.
46. Gator Rex Grossman Mocks Gamecocks
Considering Rex Grossman’s career in the NFL, it’s pretty easy to forget he was the superstar quarterback of the Steve Spurrier-coached Gators way back when. Historically, the Gamecocks had no answer for the Gators' potent offense, and in 2001 they tried what turned out to be an embarrassing gimmick.
Most of the record 84,900 crowd showed up to Williams-Brice Stadium decked out in black for “Black Out Florida.” Florida curb-stomped South Carolina 54-17, and after the game Grossman had some fun at the Gamecocks' expense:
It was fun. It was like they weren't even there. They were blacked out. Then we drove them out, they left.
Steve Spurrier (naturally) added:
One of our receivers said, 'Coach, it was nice of them to wear all black so we can pick the ball out of the sky.'
45. James Harrison Tweets About Cheating
After the New England Patriots lost to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI, most athletes kept it positive on Twitter—offering congratulations to the Giants and condolences to the Pats.
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison decided to go another direction. Harrison tweeted:
Told you, cheaters never win!!!!!!!!!
Nobody likes the Pats, but nine exclamation points seems excessive.
44. Terrell Owens Also Tweets About Cheaters
In 2009, retired safety Rodney Harrison, an NFL analyst for NBC, accused Buffalo Bills wide receiver Terrell Owens of being more concerned about his statistics than the team's success.
In response, T.O. tweeted (h/t AOL) a reference to Harrison's 2007 suspension for using HGH:
U're a loser & a cheater? Got any steroids I cn borrow?
Would it have taken that much more time to type out the full words? And, no, it wouldn't have put him over the character limit—I checked.
43. Sean Avery's Sloppy Seconds
In late 2008, New York Rangers agitator Sean Avery was suspended four games by the NHL for comments to then-Calgary Flames defenseman Dion Phanuef about dating his ex-girlfriend—actress Elisha Cuthbert—referring to her as his "sloppy seconds."
Avery is one of the worst people in sports—and this is what his sloppy seconds look like. That doesn't seem right...
42. Roddy White Thinks This Guy Is Overpaid
In early 2012, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's contract was extended and it was reported that he'll earn $20 million per season by the end of his current contract.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White was unhappy with that figure and took to Twitter to complain about it:
How in the hell can u pay a man this much money that cant run tackle or catch?
Roger Goodell is getting over never seen anything like it 20 million for looking over the league with tremendous help I guess the NFL is banking,
The NFL is not a company it's a nonprofit organization that makes a lot of profit.
Twitter is where class, respect and professionalism go to die.
41. Cincinnati or Retirement? Carson Palmer Chooses Retirement
In January 2011, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer announced that he would not be returning to Cincinnati despite signing a contract through 2014—stating he'd rather retire than play another game for the vile Mike Brown.
It's hard to blame Palmer for wanting out, but the way he went about it was insulting to the teammates and fans he abandoned after they supported him for all those years.
40. BYU Tells Utah State to Suck It
In November 2010, the BYU Cougars defeated bitter in-state rival Utah State 78-72 at home. As fans exited the Marriott Center following the game, BYU enthusiasm overwhelmed the scoreboard operator, who posted the following message:
Dear UT St., Enjoy the LOSS
Sportsmanship at its finest. BYU later issued an apology, but something tells me Utah State wasn’t quick to forgive.
39. Daniel Snyder Relieves Jim Zorn of His Duties and Dignity, but Not His Job
In early 2008, Daniel Snyder made a surprise hire in quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn to fill the Washington Redskins' head coaching vacancy.
The relationship soured after just one season, and in late October 2009, it was announced that Zorn was going to be relieved of his play-calling duties, but would remain with the team.
Zorn spent the rest of the season wandering the sidelines aimlessly and sighing deeply every time he was asked a question at a press conference. He was fired after the season.
Daniel Snyder is just a top-notch human being—am I right?
38. Kendrick Perkins Says LBJ Is No MJ
In early 2012, Los Angeles Clippers superstar Blake Griffin's epic slam on Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins had the sports world buzzing—even catching the attention of one LeBron James, who tweeted about dunk.
Perkins said he respected Griffin for not gloating about the play and then he unleashed on LeBron.
You don’t see Kobe [Bryant] tweeting. You don’t see Michael Jordan tweeting. If you’re an elite player, plays like that don’t excite you. At the end of the day, the guys who are playing for the right reasons who are trying to win championships are not worrying about one play.
They also are not tweeting about themselves talking about going down to No. 2. I just feel [James] is always looking for attention and he wants the world to like him.
I get that LeBron generally rubs people the wrong way—but is he seriously not even allowed to publicly compliment someone now?
37. Randy Moss Freaks Over Catering
After publicly voicing displeasure with his contract situation early in the 2010 season, New England Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss was shipped off to the Vikings, the team that drafted him. The homecoming was not a happy one and within a month, Moss was released.
There were a number of reasons cited for his release, but Moss' catering tirade may have been the last straw. The scene as described by Yahoo! Sports:
As the proprietors helped serve chicken, ribs, pasta and other dishes to Vikings players, Moss paced up and down the serving line and loudly expressed his displeasure with the offerings.
According to one player who witnessed the scene, Moss yelled, 'What the [expletive]? Who ordered this crap? I wouldn’t feed this to my dog!'
That entire scene sounds beyond awkward. I really hope that someone left out the part where a teammate yelled out "Shut up you lazy, entitled jag! I would have been hesitant to take a chance on you 10 years ago, and I certainly wouldn't want to do it today!."
36. Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi Can't Play Nice for Charity
It's no secret that longtime tennis rivals Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi have a less-than-cordial relationship.
Apparently time does not heal all wounds, because the two of them got into it at a charity match in 2010—and frankly, things got a little weird. Actually, things got a lot weird.
If you want to see two middle-aged men in shorts trade bourgeois insults while two befuddled superstars stare blankly, check out the video or ESPN's weird-by-weirder recap of the event.
35. Rex Ryan and Brandon Jacobs Exchange Barbs
There was a lot of talk in the week leading up to the New York Jets' regular-season meeting with the New York Giants in December, 2011—most of it coming from the Jets.
After the Giants put the hurt on Gang Green, Jets coach Rex Ryan and Giants running back Brandon Jacobs exchanged pleasantries. Not everything was captured by the cameras, but it was just your standard name-calling business.
Jacobs gloated about the victory, called Ryan "fat boy" and threatened to punch him in the face, while Ryan basically told Jacobs to "go f--- himself."
34. Keith Olbermann & Bill Simmons Are Not Friends
Sports dude Bill Simmons and former sports dude Keith Olbermann have a longstanding tradition of exchanging hateful insults.
KO, please know the feeling is mutual. You're my worst case scenario for my career in 12 yrs: a pious, unlikable blowhard who lives alone.
Tis assumes that Mr. Simmons’ career now is where mine was twelve years ago (anchoring SportsCenter, then my own MSNBC political show, anchoring NBC Weekend Nightly News, writing a best-selling sports book, etc). In fact, this assumes that this is Mr. Simmons’ career, which is remarkable. Also, anybody who could write as many words without saying anything of consequence really should throw around the word 'blowhard' as frequently as he would a street sewer cover.
Alright girls, let's just settle down and try to behave like the middle-aged professionally successful adults you actually are.
33. Woodley Says Flacco Will Never Win a Super Bowl
No, not at all because they have to go through one team—that's the Pittsburgh Steelers in that AFC championship. So in order for them to get to the Super Bowl, they have to beat us, and we're not gonna let that happen once we get that close. So that's not gonna happen in this lifetime.
Flacco must used to this kind of thing, considering all the heat he takes from the Baltimore media and members of his own team.
32. Chael Sonnen Attacks Arianny Celeste
In November 2011, criminally unpleasant UFC fighter Chael Sonnen chose ring girl Arianny Celeste as the newest target of his misdirected rage.
When asked during an interview who he hoped would win "Ring Girl of the Year," Sonnen had this to say about Celeste:
“We only had one and that was Chandella [Powell],” he replied. “The other was the IQ card girl. Arianny [Celeste] kind of walks around and holds up her latest test score. One time when there was a title fight, she got all the way up to five and we were very proud of her.”
Well, I think we all know the unanimous choice for "Biggest Jerk of the Year" award.
31. Nate Jackson to Punters: Sit Down and Shut Up
In July 2011, failed NFL wide receiver Nate Jackson issued a public (and entirely uncalled for) "response" to a tweet about the lockout from Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe.
The lengthy and condescending letter was published on Deadspin—but why he needed 2,000 words to say "sit down and shut up" is absolutely beyond me. Wide receivers just like to hear themselves talk.
30. Charles Oakley Calls Out Charles Barkley
In February 2012, retired NBA player Charles Oakley unleashed on a number of players, past and present, but he saved his harshest words for Charles Barkley.
"...Barkley, for his size, was a good player but he’s a coward,” Oakley continued. “He was a good player for his size, but he wasn’t a leader and wasn’t a role model. Now he talks so bad about younger guys. I don’t respect that from him. He’s a fraud. He can criticize all the younger kids and if he got something to say, call them and talk to them before you just blast them. He’s wants to be funny, that whole TNT thing and all that, they’re like some clowns on that show."
I rarely use the word "hater," but Oakley definitely qualifies as one—this kind of nonsense makes him look small, not anyone else.
29. Kurt Warner: Eli Manning in HOF? No Way
Retired quarterback Kurt Warner is known as a pretty good guy, which is why he should have known better than to answer a question about the Hall of Fame potential of the man who took his job.
Days after the New York Giants' victory in Super Bowl XLVI, Warner was asked if former teammate Eli Manning's two rings qualify as a Hall of Fame career—his answer was no.
Warner's reasoning was valid and he has a right to his opinion, but it looked to many like sour grapes, given their chilly history.
28. Steve Spurrier Hangs 50 on Kentucky, Compliments Punter
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier rarely holds back. He will publicly humiliate a reporter, he will criticize himself and his team after a loss, he will run up the score whenever possible and he will take a shot at the opposition for allowing him to run up the score.
In October 2011, South Carolina blew out Kentucky 54-3 with three touchdowns coming in the fourth quarter. Spurrier had this to say about the score:
"We could have picked up 70 or 80 points today," Spurrier said smiling. "But 50 was enough."
And this to say about Kentucky:
Kentucky has a heck of a punter, I know that.
Spurrier could kill a grown man with a Coke and a smile.
27. Buzz Bissinger Goes off on Mark Cuban
In February 2011, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban called Buzz Bissinger a "coward" on Twitter in response to one of his columns. Bissinger unleashed a Twitter tirade of 10-plus tweets directed at Cuban.
Here are the best:
Trust me. @mcuban will never tweet me back. Too busy having pajama party with other spoiled brats Jerry Jones and Dan Snyder.
Fellow Twitterites have spoken and I listen—enough of @mcuban. Next move is his if he is able to move fat-assed body.
Talk about the pot calling the kettle fat.
26. Randy Moss on Cris Carter's HOF Prospects
In February 2012, wide receiver Randy Moss announced his un-retirement and former teammate and mentor Cris Carter commented publicly that Moss had a lot of "quit" in him. Talk about stating the obvious.
Moss surprised nobody with his inability to deal with the criticism—later tweeting to Carter:
@criscarter80 its sad how u stroked ur own ego when u were suppose to b my mentor! then u wonder why karma bites u in the ass! #goodlukwithhof
Carter states the obvious and Moss goes below the belt…same old Randy.
25. Tim Thomas Makes a Political Statement
The Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup in 2011, earning them an invitation to the White House and a photo-op with the president—these visits are customary and non-political.
That changed when Bruins goalie Tim Thomas declined the invitation and issued a public statement on the matter, citing "out of control" government as his reason.
24. Rex Ryan Disses Norv Turner
In October 2011, a few days prior to a matchup with San Diego, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan made headlines when he told San Diego reporters that he would have already had a couple of rings if the San Diego Chargers hired him in 2007 instead of Norv Turner. His exact quote:
Well, I think I would have had a couple rings… I'm telling you, those teams were loaded. There's no question about it. But things happen for a reason. Obviously, Norv Turner has done a great job there, and A.J. and everybody. That's a great franchise. He's probably the best guy for the job at that time.
He’s probably the best guy for the franchise? Way to recover Rex.
23. Norv Turner Disses Rex Ryan Right Back
In the wake of putting his foot in his mouth for the umpteenth time, Rex Ryan attempted to clarify his comments and even called to apologize to Norv Turner personally. In a press conference later, Turner seemed to accept Ryan’s apology and stated:
It really was between he and I. I think we've had enough coaching drama in the league the last few days. We don't need anymore.
Squashed, right? Not so fast. Turner added:
I hadn't seen the quote; I was a little surprised when he called… and then, after I saw the quote, I didn't have a chance to ask him this, but I was wondering if he had those rings with the ones he's guaranteed the past couple of years.
Ouch. Who knew Norv had it in him?
22. Albert Haynesworth's Interesting Defense
In February 2011, then-Washington Redskins malcontent Albert Haynesworth was accused of fondling a waitress at a Washington D.C. bar. The waitress claimed he tried to swipe his credit card in her cleavage and then groped her.
Haynesworth insisted he was innocent and offered proof—he doesn't like black girls.
Leave it to Haynesworth to maintain his innocence with a racially insensitive comment.
21. Kevin Garnett Crosses the Line...Again
Boston Celtics agitator Kevin Garnett has been known to ruffle feathers on occasion, but most think he crossed a line when he called the Detroit Pistons' Charlie Villanueva "a cancer patient" in November 2010.
KG later denied the accusations, claiming Villanueva misheard him.
20. Terrell Owens: Donovan McNabb Is No Brett Favre
Terrell Owens’ tumultuous tenure with the Philadelphia Eagles is well-documented, but it may have been an ill-timed compliment of Brett Favre that pushed the Eagles over the edge.
In November 2005, Owens was suspended for saying the team showed a lack of class (irony is lost on T.O.) for not publicly recognizing his 100th career touchdown catch in a game in late October. Owens added that the Eagles would be better off with Green Bay gunslinger Brett Favre behind center.
Soon after, head coach Andy Reid announced that Owens would not return to the team (ever) due to “a large number of situations that accumulated over a long period of time."
19. Allen Iverson Playing Indoor Soccer?
The financial problems of Allen Iverson are well-documented at this point. Perhaps that's why the Rochester Lancers of the Major Indoor Soccer League thought they could entice Iverson to play for $20,000 per game.
That's a massive amount of money to us regular folks, but the offer seemed more like a publicity stunt than anything else and seriously patronized one of the greatest basketball players of a generation.
18. Tony Kornheiser: Fashion Critic?
In February 2010, ESPN's Tony Kornheiser was suspended from the network for two weeks after making disparaging on-air remarks about the wardrobe of colleague Hannah Storm.
Kornheiser described Storm's outfit as "horrifying" and "very, very tight," and that her "Catholic school plaid skirt" was "way too short for somebody her age."
Perhaps Storm would have been publicly outraged if those comments weren't coming from an unlikeable senior citizen who is heavy on snark and short on both hair and likability.
17. Larry Johnson on Todd Haley's Qualifications
The Kansas City Chiefs hired former Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Todd Haley in October 2009, and not everyone was pleased with the hire. (Why does that sound so familiar?)
Most displeased was permanently disgruntled running back Larry Johnson, who took to Twitter (naturally) to question Haley's credentials.
Someone should have sat Larry down and explained to him that at age 76, the retired coach Herman Boone from Remember the Titans probably isn't looking for a head coaching job in the NFL.
16. ESPN's Jeremy Lin Coverage
In February 2012, an ESPN editor with exceptionally bad judgement used the headline "Chink in the Armor" after the winning streak of the Jeremy Lin-led New York Knicks came to an end.
The guilty party said that he meant no disrespect and was devastated once reality dawned on him, but the damage was done. He was swiftly canned from the network.
15. Jason Whitlock on Jeremy Lin's Junk
Never one to shy away from inflammatory stereotyping, FOX Sports' resident loose cannon Jason Whitlock tweeted speculation about the size and social life of Jeremy Lin's penis in February 2012.
Somehow, Whitlock was not fired for being a complete idiot, and he eventually issued a half-hearted apology that he probably didn't write and definitely didn't mean.
14. Bill Belichick Tells FredEx He Prefers UPS
Prior to Super Bowl XXXIX, Philadelphia Eagles receiver Freddie Mitchell took various public shots at the New England Patriots. Mitchell even pretended not to know Rodney Harrison's name during a media interview. Then they played the game.
Mitchell was held to one catch for 11 yards in New England's 24-21 victory. After the game, Patriots coach Bill Belichick had some uncharacteristically human words for FredEx:
All he does is talk. He's terrible, and you can print that. I was happy when he was in the game.
It might be a rare occasion, but Belichick can sure deliver a diss when the moment calls for it. Ouch.
13. Kobe Does Shaq Dirty
Obviously there’s no love lost between Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal—the two have been adversaries since day one. Of all the barbs traded, it was the allegations Kobe made during a 2003 interrogation that really crossed a line.
Kobe, who was facing rape accusations in Colorado, inexplicably tried to dismiss the allegations by insisting that Shaq routinely pays up to $1 million in hush money to make situations like his disappear. Bryant added that he should have done the same thing.
Shaq later accused Kobe of ruining his marriage via a freestyle rap.
12. Shaq Fires Back at Kobe
Shaq wasn’t happy about being called out by Kobe during his interrogation, and after being traded to Miami, he shared his thoughts on his former teammate in an interview with the Palm Beach Post. Said Shaq of Kobe:
He (messed) up in Colorado doing what he did, and what's the first name that comes out of his mouth? My name. That should tell you I'm important to this cat…
A lot of people ask me, 'What do you think about him?' This dude's a clown. He's a... clown. You're out there (messing) up and you're saying, 'He did it.' He did what? You don't even know me. I promise you we never hung out. We were never in any clubs together. He never did nothing with the team…
I don't even know this kid. But I knew he was a weirdo.
I hope Shaq never calls me a weirdo cause that was just cold!
11. Anonymous Jets Don't Like Mark Sanchez
Things really didn't go the New York Jets' way in 2011, and when they failed to make the playoffs, things got really ugly, really fast.
There was blame to go around and just about everyone was willing to point the finger somewhere—but the worst of it was directed at quarterback Mark Sanchez.
Various "anonymous" Jets spoke to the media and called Sanchez lazy, entitled and said the organization would be "stupid" for not pursuing Peyton Manning in the offseason.
At least when backup quarterback Greg McElroy dished on the Jets' dysfunction he was man enough to put his name on it. Man up, Bart Scott and Santonio Holmes—we all know it was you two.
10. Bobby Petrino's Big Goodbye
In December 2007, Bobby Petrino resigned hours after the Atlanta Falcons were blown out on Monday Night Football, after just 13 games as Atlanta’s head coach.
Being the stand-up guy that he is, Petrino handled it like a total pro, sneaking out of town in the middle of the night and being named Arkansas’ head coach at a press conference (for which he was on hand) the next afternoon.
But at least he left a note…
Atlanta Falcons Players:
Out of my respect for you, I am letting you know that, with a heavy heart, I resigned today as the Head Coach of the Atlanta Falcons. This decision was not easy but was made in the best interest of me and my family. While my desire would have been to finish out what has been a difficult season for us all, circumstances did not allow me to do so. I appreciate your heard work and wish you the best.
Sincerely, Bobby Petrino.
I'm sure his courteous note was much appreciated in the locker room...not!
9. Rory McIlroy: Tiger Woods Is Ordinary
In March 2011, 21-year-old Irish golfer Rory McIlroy shared his thoughts on the legendary Tiger Woods:
When Tiger had that aura I wasn't playing against him—I was watching on TV.
I remember getting nervous when I first met him. I was 15. There was a presence about him. There still is to some extent but when you're on the course you simply block it out.
But Tiger is not playing as well as he was even a couple of years ago, never mind going back to the late 1990s and early 2000s, when he was at his best.
I'm not sure we are going to see him dominate again the way he did.
It's not that he's playing badly. He's simply playing badly by Tiger's standards. He's playing like an ordinary golfer.
Can you imagine an NFL rookie saying something like this about Ray Lewis? Maybe Tiger has lost his magic permanently, but this was two months before McIlroy won the U.S. Open.
Have some respect, you little punk.
8. Pawn Shop Mocks Wes Welker
I'm no New England Patriots fan, but I couldn't help but feel a little tinge of sympathy for Wes Welker in the waning moments of Super Bowl XLVI.
Apparently, many in the Boston media, countless Pats fans and one attention-seeking pawn shop, who dumped thousands of Butterfinger candy bars downtown as a Welker tribute, didn't share that sentiment.
Both Welker and the Patriots organization are probably above this kind of crap, but a lesser person might want out of New England after a stunt like that.
7. LeBron James to Fans: I Lost, but You're the Real Losers
In June 2011, the heavily favored Miami Heat were upset by the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals. After losing Game 6 and the series, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James sat down to face the media at the postgame press conference.
D-Wade was contrite, but LeBron was defiant and decided that the press conference was the right time and place to address the "haters" with pathetic loser lives who had been rooting against him. Said LBJ:
At the end of the day, all the people that were rooting for me to fail ... at the end of the day, tomorrow they have to wake up and have the same life that [they had] before they woke up today. They got the same personal problems they had today. And I'm going to continue to live the way I want to live and continue to do the things I want to do.
LeBron, who absolutely detests his new role as chief NBA villain, is a public relations master. Way to win them over, dude.
6. James Harrison to Roger Goodell: You're the Devil
In July 2011, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison shared his thoughts on NFL commissioner Roger Goodell during an interview with Men’s Journal. An intense Harrison appeared shirtless on the cover with his own guns and had this to say about the commish:
(He’s) a crook and a puppet, said I was the dirtiest player in the league. If that man was on fire and I had to piss to put him out, I wouldn’t do it. I hate him and will never respect him.
He went on to explain that Goodell is “a devil” who was “too stupid to understand” his game. Jeez—can you believe Harrison lost his suspension appeal a few months later?
5. Skip Bayless Hates Everyone Not Named Tim Tebow
If you've ever seen ESPN's daily two-hour scream-fest FirstTake, you've probably heard national cancer Skip Bayless insulting someone. Bayless has heaped excessive criticism on countless athletes and has been downright disrespectful to most of them.
Among those routinely in his crosshairs: Terrell Suggs, Chad Ochocinco, Russell Westbrook, Kobe Bryant, Chris Bosh, Shaquille O'Neal, pretty much all rappers and hip-hop artists and, of course, LeBron James—who he hates more than anyone.
Unless your name is Tim Tebow, Bayless has probably called you out.
4. Favre on Rodgers: "What Took You so Long?"
Did you know that Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers have the same number of Super Bowl victories? Well, obviously Favre knows and it’s been driving him crazy. When asked about their Super Bowl ring tie, Favre had a few surprising, yet unsurprising, thoughts on the subject:
I'm going to be honest, I was not surprised. The biggest surprise to me would be that he didn't do it sooner.
He's very bright and he got a chance to watch and see successful teams do it right… and so he just kind of fell into a good situation. On top of that, he's a good player. I don't think there's any pressure on him now, the talent around him is even better than when I was there.
Aaron had a chance ... even though the last couple years it's seemed like he's almost a rookie, he's been around a while… and I'd like to think that he watched, he learned, and then when he got a chance to play, he brought in his ability—which is obviously very good or they wouldn't have drafted him in the first round.
I'm really kind of surprised it took him so long. In the early part of last season, it hadn't quite clicked yet, and I didn't know it would. I just kind of figured when they hit their stride, they're going to be hard to beat. And that's what happened.
Remember back when Favre was a beloved legend? Me neither...
Here's a question for Favre: After being adored for decades, how does it feel to be one of the most hated, derided players in the history of the game?
3. Sean Avery Insults Police, Is Arrested
In August 2011, the New York Rangers' waste of a roster space Sean Avery was arrested at his Hollywood Hills home after an altercation with law enforcement. Avery reportedly got into a shoving match with one of the arresting officers and called him a "fat little pig."
Avery got really lucky—this is the kind of situation that screams for an excessive-force tasering by the police or rubber-bullet situation.
2. Floyd Mayweather Insults Manny Pacquiao
In September 2010, yet another round of fight negotiations broke down between the camps of boxers Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. Naturally, Mayweather was angry, because he's always angry, and he decided to express that anger via live webcast.
In just 10 minutes, Mayweather unleashed a viscous, hate-fueled rant directed at Pacquiao—touching on everything from steroid accusations to various racial and homophobic slurs.
This is pretty much what everyone expects from Mayweather at this point: hateful rhetoric, ostentatious displays of wealth and complete refusal to fight a worthy adversary.
1. Colin Cowherd on the Death of Sean Taylor
In 2007, Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor died from injuries sustained during a home invasion burglary. The details of the incident weren't immediately known, but that didn't stop ESPN's Colin Cowherd from speculating.
Sean Taylor, great player, has a history of really, really bad judgment, really, really bad judgment. Cops, assault, spitting, DUI. I'm supposed to believe his judgment got significantly better in two years, from horrible to fantastic? "But Colin, he cleaned up his act." Well yeah, just because you clean the rug doesn't mean you got everything out. Sometimes you've got stains, stuff so deep it never ever leaves.
No, all the information's not in. But I feel pretty confident that my gut feeling, like any of yours, by the way, is right and was right.
Cowherd stood by his comments even after learning the truth about Taylor's murder.