Weirdest Athlete Meltdowns of the Past 15 Years

Nick Dimengo@@itsnickdimengoFeatured ColumnistJuly 18, 2013

Weirdest Athlete Meltdowns of the Past 15 Years

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    We've all been there before.

    Someone says or does something that hits the wrong nerve, we turn from a normal person into the Hulk and say or do something we probably regret.

    As we've seen in sports too, athletes are susceptible to this type of stuff, too.

    That's why I'm putting together the 12 weirdest athlete meltdowns, so hopefully these guys make you think twice before losing it next time something doesn't go your way.

Terrell Owens

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    Unlike others you'll see on this list, Terrell Owens' meltdown following a 2008 divisional playoff loss isn't him going off on some ref, player or media member.

    No, it's simply him crying.

    So why does he make it?

    Because it's absolutely opposite the behavior we typically saw from T.O. during his career, when he was often brash and cocky and didn't hold back his normally negative opinions on other players.

    They say crying is a symptom of concussions, so maybe Owens just had one of those?

Tuukka Rask

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    Tuukka Rask might be the starting goaltender for the Boston Bruins, inking a new, eight-year deal with the club earlier this week, but before making it to the bigs, he had one instance he probably would like to forget.

    After feeling like the ref made a couple terrible calls against him, Rask completely went nuts, arguing with the ref before slamming his stick into the boards and, lastly, throwing a random milk carton onto the ice as he walked off.

    Losing definitely sucks, but, wow, Rask really hates it based off this meltdown.

Jerzy Janowicz

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    Unless you're a diehard tennis fan, chances are you had no clue who this Jerzy Janowicz character was before this year's Australian Open.

    But rest assured, after his little tirade in which he repeatedly yelled, "How many times?" to the umpire, before tossing a water bottle at her chair, he was probably someone you found yourself talking to buddies and coworkers about—but not because of his tennis dominance as he'd probably like.

Derek Anderson

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    Derek Anderson is a former Cleveland Browns quarterback and, being a huge fan of the Dawg Pound, I know that whenever a guy leaves town for another team, they rarely do anything good.

    Sure, DA made the Pro Bowl in his first year starting in 2007, leading the Brownies to a 10-6 record and just missing the playoffs, but did anyone really think it'd last for him?

    Probably not.

    And he showed that he didn't have the moxie of being a starting NFL quarterback when he went off on a poor reporter who asked him why he was laughing during a blowout loss on Monday Night Football.

    Regardless of the act of him laughing, dude's got to handle the question better than this.

Alex Bogomolov Jr.

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    As I pointed out in a piece last week, Alex Bogomolov Jr. instantly turned himself into a full-time cry baby with his whining during a tennis match earlier this month.

    I'm cool with a guy giving some lip service to a ump or official because they don't agree with a call, but to do it, abruptly retire from the match and give one last "F you" for good measure when walking off is a little more than anyone needs.

    It does cause quite the scene though.

Albert Haynesworth

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    Quick question.

    Would you want a 350-pound man stomping on your face?

    My guess is no.

    So, even though Albert Haynesworth was clearly upset at something that happened during this 2006 game against the Cowboys—most likely the touchdown his team just gave up—he probably shouldn't have rested his monster foot on opposing player Andre Gurode.

    Unfortunately, Haynesworth did, and it cost him a record five-game suspension, while giving him a bad rep around the league.

Delmon Young

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    Delmon Young might have had a world of promise after being a former No. 1 overall pick, but he proved during a 2006 minor league game that he may have lacked the mental toughness thing a bit.

    At least that's what it seemed like when, after being called out on strikes, standing over the plate with a blank stare towards the ump, he chucked his bat at the guy in blue.

    For his actions, Young received a 50-game suspension, while lifting his batting average against umpires at a perfect 1.000—which I'm sure he's not too proud of.

Viktor Troicki

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    If there's one thing that I've learned while writing this article, it's this: tennis players have some seriously short tempers.

    Besides the examples I've listed here, we've seen plenty of men and women players go bizerk on the courts.

    In this case, Serbian player Viktor Troicki is the one who loses his cool.

    Troicki took things to the next level as he challenged the umpire, then promptly grabbed a camera to prove that his argument was correct.

    Never have I seen something like this, but it was definitely an entertaining first.

Jose Offerman

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    Some might remember the name Jose Offerman because of his 15-year MLB career.

    Others may only know him for not just this one, but his two incidents that happened on a baseball field that left everyone a little stunned.

    This one occurred while Offerman was the interim manager of a Dominican winter league team, and he went to argue a call from the ump.

    No big deal, right?


    Something clicked in Jose's head that made him think, "Oh yeah, punching an ump is a great idea." And that's exactly what he did, earning him a lifetime ban from the Dominican Baseball League.

Zinedine Zidane

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    It's a shame that most casual soccer fans only associate the name Zinedine Zidane with this bone-headed incident from the 2006 World Cup final, because, as hopefully most of us know, he was one of France's all-time greats.

    He just happened to lose his mind when Italian defender Marco Materazzi was verbally going after him in extra time, pissing the Frenchman off enough to do something like this.

    The usual cool Zidane was sent off and, adding insult to red-carded injury, his country lost in penalty kicks.

    Hey, weirdly enough, dude got a statue for his mistake.

Izzy Alcantara

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    A former ballplayer who bounced around between the minors and majors, Izzy Alcantara completely lost it when he back-kicked a catcher and charged the mound after being brushed back from the plate back in 2001.

    You'd think something like this would reap a heavy suspension and fine, right?

    It only cost Alcantara six games and a spot on the International League's All-Star Game.

    Looks like kicking an opposing player isn't that bad after all?

Ron Artest AKA Metta World Peace

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    When sports fans talk about the biggest meltdowns by an athlete, it's rare that they find one worse than the player formerly known as Ron Artest (now, Metta World Peace).

    I could sit here and describe the video, but we've all seen it before, so what's really the point in analyzing it?

    All you need to know is that when it comes to any athlete-fan interaction, scuffling between players or arguments from player to official, Artest going into the stands is the barometer of complete athlete insanity.