Dumbest Examples of Rule Violations in Sports

Nick Dimengo@@itsnickdimengoFeatured ColumnistSeptember 12, 2014

Dumbest Examples of Rule Violations in Sports

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    Look, nobody actually likes rules.

    Sure, they might be put in place to help keep structure and order, but that doesn't mean that what was decided years ago should still be applied today, right?

    Since I personally like to bend or completely break the rules all together, I dug around to find some people in sports who did the same—even if they weren't necessarily aware that they were doing it.

    So what are the dumbest reasons players or coaches have been slapped on the wrist? Keep reading to find out.

Boise State Can't Help a Homeless Player

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    Being homeless is something that no one wants to be.

    But for Boise State football player Antoine Turner, that was what he was dealing with earlier this year, hoping to find a roof over his head when he first arrived at the school.

    Naturally, after word broke that he was on the streets, Broncos fans offered their assistance—which was initially ruled a violation by the NCAA since Turner was receiving improper benefits.

    Thankfully, the organization reversed the decision.

Shabazz Napier Going Hungry

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    Eating is a pretty crucial thing, don’t you agree?

    That’s why it was pretty ridiculous hearing that the NCAA looked into several cases in which coaches were buying players and recruits food or schools were actually self-reporting instances where athletes were eating more than what was offered—as was the case for some Oklahoma Sooners football players.

    After former UConn men’s hoops player Shabazz Napier talked about how he sometimes went to bed starving, the NCAA finally eased up on their stance about players eating food—which should have happened decades ago.

Dez Bryant Lied About Being Friends with Deion Sanders

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    Dez Bryant might be a Pro Bowl wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys nowadays, but before he was a player in the NFL, he was just a college athlete who was mingling with former athletes.

    One of those guys happened to be Deion Sanders, with Dez forming quite a friendship with Neon Deion.

    Of course, Bryant couldn’t tell the NCAA about that though, as the former Oklahoma State player was actually penalized for hanging with Sanders, costing him the bulk of his 2009 season—which happened to be his last in Stillwater.


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    Here’s a note to all of you who love to take pictures and post them on social media—think twice before doing it.

    The Georgia Bulldogs football team found that out the hard way when, back in 2010, they got slapped with an infraction after a picture surfaced on a website of a UGA assistant coach and a potential recruit.

    Why two guys smiling into a camera is against NCAA rules is unknown to me, but it’s definitely one of the dumbest things ever.

Penalized for Tucked-in Jersey

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    Unlike other sports that typically require guys to tuck their jerseys in, the NHL actually requires their players to keep their sweaters out.

    And, wouldn’t you believe it, if they don’t do that, they could be penalized.

    That’s the case thanks to a rule that was adopted prior to last season that says all skaters must have their back numbers visible at all times.

    The fact that a grown man is told how he can and can’t wear a jersey is absolutely ridiculous.

    C’mon, NHL!

Enes Kanter Can't Play

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    One of the best big men in the 2010 recruiting class, Enes Kanter may have had all the skills to help the University of Kentucky men’s hoops team, but the NCAA made sure he wasn’t able to put them on display.

    That’s because Kanter was rules ineligible after he earned $33,000 from a former Turkish pro basketball team prior to playing for the Wildcats.

    While the NCAA does allow Euro-born players like Kanter to accept pay for pro clubs, the money can only cover basic needs like food and travel.

    Apparently, Enes made and additional $13,000 that the NCAA didn’t approve of, thus forcing the kid to never even suit up for UK.

Football Media Guide Page Limit

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    As someone who got my start in media relations at the University of Kentucky athletics department, this rule is one that still perplexes me.

    For all those who love to read up about the great history and achievements of former players and teams in a college football team’s media guide, the NCAA wants to make sure that no college exceeds 208 pages.

    Is this because they find it difficult to read more than that, or that people’s attention can’t last that long?

    No, it’s simply to limit programs from using the books as a hefty recruiting tool—and can you believe that a school actually got busted for going over the limit? (Though it wasn't actually LSU.)

Rules on How Athletes Can Buy College Textbooks

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    Isn’t the point of going to college to learn?

    Looks like the NCAA might be confused on that mission, as players from numerous Howard University athletic teams were being investigated for receiving improper textbook allowances.

    Wait, what?

    NCAA rules are clearly confusing, but this law is one that sounds absolutely ridiculous—especially seeing as how it’s advocating the whole student-athlete thing.

UNLV Player Buys Used Mattress

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    USA TODAY Sports

    For anyone who has ever bought anything used, it’s normally buyer beware, right?

    Well, former UNLV basketball player Chris Richardson learned that instead of getting ripped off on a mattress that was filled with bed bugs or had some random substance on it, his purchase was against the NCAA laws.

    That’s right, Richardson had to sit out a few games in 1998 because he bought a bed and box frame from an assistant coach.

Can't Support the Ladies

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    Being an athlete in college is one of those great moments for students.

    On top of building relationships with players on your own team, men’s and women’s teams from the same sports seem to build a unity, showing support for one another pretty often.

    But if you asked the NCAA, they might not enjoy that aspect of college, because they penalized the Louisville men’s basketball team back in 2013 when the guys weren’t allowed to travel with the girls during the ladies’ run to the Final Four.

    Whatever happened to showing school pride?

Geno Auriemma and Mo'Ne Davis

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    USA TODAY Sports

    Who knew that congratulating a 13-year-old girl on her success in the Little League World Series was a violation?

    Apparently, UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma was supposed to, because upon calling phenom Mo’Ne Davis afterwards, he got slapped with a punishment from the NCAA.

    Of course, Mo’Ne did say she would love to play for Geno and the Huskies at one point—seeing how she’s a star hooper, too—so don’t think that Auriemma didn’t really know what he was doing.

    Still, though, this is pretty ridiculous.

Violation for Shaving...Not Points but Your Face

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    Of all the ridiculousness of all of these infractions, this one might just be the most insane I’ve read so far.

    After forgetting his shaving supplies during a recruiting trip to the University of Oregon, the dad of a potential future Duck was given a razor and shaving cream by one of the school’s game-day staff.

    Apparently, the NCAA would have preferred the kid's dad went all Grizzly Adams, because the school had to self-report the incident as an infraction.


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