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Unsportsmanlike Conduct - Athletes That Crossed The Line

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 2 11

These Athletes Should Be In Jail

Throughout the history of sports, there have been bad moments in time.  Then, there are the very worst moments in sports.  Check out some of ugliest incidents to ever take place in the world of sports from fans and athletes.  Some of these athletes should have been jailed for their actions, but few actually were.

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Angel Matos Loses Bronze Medal, Kicks Ref In Face

What do you do if you’re in the Olympics, competing for a Bronze medal in taekwondo and lose?  You get mad and kick the ref in the face.  That’s exactly what Angel Matos did in the 2008 games. 

Argentinian Fighter Knocks Out Ref

The series of punches takes place about 16 seconds in.  The fighter connects with multiple shots to the head of the ref and knocks him out before it can be broken up.

Tyson Bites Holyfield's Ear Off

What do you do when you’re trying to make a comeback, but the fighter you’re fighting is better than you?  You bite his ear off!  This is exactly what happened in the ring on June 28, 1997, during the fabled fight.  Holyfield never had the missing half of his ear reattached.   

The best shot of the ear bite is at 2:40, the ones you see before that are just ‘minor’ bites that don’t actually result in any body parts coming off.  There are several replays shown after the 2:40 mark as well.

McSorely Uses Hockey Stick As Weapon

Marty McSorley took it upon himself to smack Donald Brashear with his hockey stick, from behind.   There was three seconds left in the game played on February 21, 2000. McSorley skates up behind Brashear and hits him on the right side of his face, with his stick, in a blindside attack that marred hockey.  Brashear, following the hit, falls backward and smacks his head on the ice, losing consciousness. 

The slow-motion replay is at the 1:30 mark.

Gilbert Yvel Punches Ref

Yvel, known as a dirty fighter,  was in an MMA fight with Atte Backman when he intentionally punches the ref and kicks him in the head when he’s down.  How this goon continued in the sport is beyond me.

Pacers Versus Pistons Versus Fans - All Out Brawl

What do you do if someone throws a drink at you from in the distance, following a fight on the court?  You go up into the stands and punch the fan!  What do you do if a fan is on the court following the incident?  You bull rush him and punch him in the face.  Unfortunately, there are several moments in this single video that could alone be considered among the worst ever.

The last two minutes show the replays of the nastiest player versus fan shots.

Joe Namath Harasses Suzy Kolber

How sad.  Namath also holds one of the greatest moments in all of sports history when he guaranteed his underdog Jets would win the Super Bowl.  Well, times have changed.  Fast forward to 2007; Joe apparently now likes to drink and tell women, on live television, that he wants to kiss them over and over again.  He even moves in for the kiss on the sideline reporter.  Kolber is a cutie, but she’s also one of the best in the business and deserves a lot more respect.  

Charlie Brown Tries To Kick A Football

Okay, this one isn’t serious, but come on!  Charlie Brown has been trying to kick that stupid ball for decades and still hasn’t connected.  Knock it off, Lucy!


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Feb 2, 2012 3:10am
I remember McSorley's hit on Breshear and thinking to myself: In a sport that values brawling as an exciting part of the game, how hasn't this happened before? I don't agree with it at all, it's just interesting that more players haven't crossed the line in fits of high emotion, kind of like when Bertuzzi broke Moore's neck with a cheap shot from behind.
Feb 4, 2012 2:19pm
Pretty shocking. I also remember film of a boxing match in the UK that ended with an assault - but neither of the boxers was responsible. Instead, the culprit was one of their mothers - she believed decisions were being rigged against her son, and was so outraged that she jumped into the ring and hit everyone within reach with her handbag! I am not sure how it was all resolved, but I don't think she was declared the winner.
Feb 5, 2012 4:46pm
Thanks for the great article. Somehow I'm not surprised about the multiple references to fighting sports.
Feb 6, 2012 10:41pm
Hey, I would think its luck of self control which gets to these supposedly great sportsmen. Thanks for the article.
Feb 13, 2012 12:50pm
ouch.. That biting Tyson did was pretty hurt and he bring shame to his carer by doing that.
Mar 1, 2012 5:06pm
Nobody has ever loss so much skill so quickly than Tyson. He was on track to being in the top three heavyweights of all time, but he became nothing but a head hunter (and, um, ear hunter).
Mar 1, 2012 5:37pm
I agree. In the course of a few years he went from being the baddest man on the face of the planet to a punchline for jokes. Even at the end he was better than most, probably because of a declining talent pool, but couldn't compete with the elite of the division.

I always wondered what would have happened if he had dropped down to cruiserweight division, which would have been possible. He might have been able to prolong his career.
Mar 2, 2012 2:27am
He fought at 218 during his prime. I think Cruiserweight was 190 during much of his career (at least early career), so that would have been quite a drop. The current 200 lbs. limit may have been more reachable, but he had almost no defensive skills after getting out of prison. I was a fan in the 1980s but had trouble watching him in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Mar 2, 2012 4:47pm
It would be a drop, but fighters can cut 20 pounds in a night. It's not dieting, it's weight cutting and many boxers and MMA fighters do it to get into lighter divisions. I don't know for sure either, but if he could have kept his power and fought lighter guys, it could have been really interesting.

I also have to wonder what might have happened if not for the stint in prison. Long layoff to try to come back from.
Mar 2, 2012 8:38pm
No one in any generation can forget about Tyson biting Holyfield's ear. :)
Jan 23, 2014 8:35am
Gilbert Yvel also got DQ'd for raking someone's eyes. I forget the name right now.
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