15 Athletes Who Have Absolutely Lost Thier Minds
The world of sports is an emotional place full of intense energy. All of that energy and emotion is needed when you have a passion for your sport and get a check for playing it. Those emotions also make the games that more exciting. Athletes also have to deal with the pressures of being famous. With their busy schedules, the pressure to perform at their highest level, and the demand for their presence everywhere all the time can take a toll on the minds. Some athletes have been known to snap for various of reasons. Even if for a moment or for a long period of time, here are some athletes who have completely lost their minds.
Chris Kaman Chris Kaman currently plays for the Portland Trailblazers. He is 7 feet tall and is 265 lbs, which makes a whole lot of crazy. Kaman has always seemed more than a little bit off. He is a fireworks and firearms enthusiast who spends his downtime preparing for Armageddon. When he was the center for the New Orleans Hornets, Kaman posed with a dead bobcat that he probably killed, in honor of the Hornets playing the Bobcats. I think he took intimidation a little too far and marked himself as a mad man in the NBA.
Mike Tyson Almost everyone is familiar with the legend of Mike Tyson. Tyson has never been accused of being in his right mind, but today he actually seems more mentally stable than ever. During the 90’s “Iron” Mike Tyson was in his prime and known for his knock out punch as well as his weird antics like racing pigeons. It was a unanimous decision that he lost his mind when he bit Evander Hollyfield’s ear off in the ring. Tyson is not as crazy as he once was, even the face tattoo says something different.
AJ Pierzynski While playing for the Chicago White Sox, catcher A.J. Pierzynski was a loose cannon. He seems like the guy that has been in a few bar fights. He may have started those bar fights. When he joined the White Sox there was a story claiming that he kneed the teams trainer in the groin. In September 2011, Pierzynski was voted the meanest player in MLB by his peers and his, then manager Ozzie Guillen who explained why. “If you play against him, you hate him. If you play with him, you hate him a little less.” If Pierzynski is cranky at game time, it’s probably just because he needs a drink. He admitted to knocking back a brew or two during games.
Metta World Peace (Ron Artest) Ron Artest, who is now known as Metta World Peace has had multiple cases that prove he is not playing with a full deck of cards. While playing for the Indiana Pacers in 2004, he attacked fans and started a huge brawl in what is now known as the Malice at the Palace. He was then traded to the Sacramento Kings where he offered to donate his entire salary to keep teammate Bonzi Wells and head coach Rick Adelman. He jokingly said he’ll kill Wells if he did not stay with the Kings. He is known for being on the receiving end of many technical and flagrant fouls. Artest has calmed down and the crazy name change may be a part of that.
Dennis Rodman One of the bad boys of the NBA, Dennis Rodman has been a spectacle for majority of his career. He caught the eye of everyone with the many different colors he would dye his hair in. On the court he was one of the best defensive players ever. Off the court he was known for attracting attention, the good, bad and the bizarre. When he released he biography, he showed up to the opening book promotion in a wedding dress, declaring that he was bi-sexual and was marrying himself. That’s just one of the may crazy thing Rodman has done over the years.
Gennaro Gattuso Soccer is a game of immense passion and energy. Former Italian soccer player Gennaro Gattuso is known as one of the most aggressive and talented defensive midfielders to play the game. He’s better known as a hot-tempered lunatic. Gattuso has been known to taunt opposing players, and their coaches. In early 2011, while playing for AC Milan, Gattuso choked and headbutted Tottenham’s assistant coach Joe Jordan during a particularly intense match. Gattuso earned a four-game suspension for the incident and a reputation for being insane.
Nyjer Morgan Former Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Nyjer Morgan had brief stints in Pittsburgh and Washington, neither of which ended well. Over the years Morgan, or his alter-ego Tony Plush has been involved with confrontations with fans, the media and opposing players. While playing for the Nationals he was fined for throwing a ball at a fan in the stands. He charged the mound when Florida Marlins pitcher Chris Volstad was throwing wild pitched his way. In October 2011, Morgan dropped a celebratory F-bomb on live television after the Brewers won their National League Division Series. Morgan’s craziness is currently being held in the Korea Baseball Organization.
John Daly Golf is suppose to be a gentlemen’s sport. I guess professional golfer John Daly didn’t get that memo. Daly is the PGA Tour’s resident creepy drunk uncle with a bad temper and a worse fashion sense. John Daly once got so drunk at a Hooters he urinated on himself, and then fell asleep in a flower bed. He was then being belligerent with the police who were just trying to get him out of the flower bed and into his own bed. Daly was also caught relieving himself on the golf course on camera. This is the type of crazy you can’t cure. You either deal with it or stay away from it.
Adam “Pacman” Jones The fact that Bengals corner back Adam Jones still has a job in the NFL is a true testament to his talent, because anyone with his record and less talent would have been out years ago. There has to be some type of psychological issues going on for Jones to have as many run-ins with the law as he does. His most famous incident involved “making it rain” at a strip club in 2009. It seems Jones was under the impression that after you “make it rain” on a stripper, you’re allowed to collect all the money back. Naturally things got hectic. Jones assaulted a dancer, was kicked out the club and later someone ended up shot.
Todd Marinovich In 2011 ESPN aired and documentary titled The Marinovich Project, which provided some insight on Todd Marinovich’s quirkiness. Todd Marinovich’s behavior at USC was disconcerting and was just a glimpse of what was to come as he enter the NFL. He was drafted by the Raiders in the first round and he had some promising flashes early on, but drug addiction prevented him from being great. Marinovich’s behavior was dangerous and unpredictable and his NFL career was over after less than two seasons. It was revealed that Todd had a overbearing father, and that caused him to go crazy and dive into drugs. Even after retiring from the NFL, Marinovich found it hard to shake the drug habit and has been arrested a few time after his football career.
Albert Haynesworth Alber Haynesworth is a retired NFL defensive tackle. He has a checkered past, on and off the field, and it is a matter of public record. Haynesworth has been cut from three teams in less than two seasons, being labeled ” the worst free agent signing in NFL history” after signing a $100 million contract with the Redskins and not even playing a full two seasons. Haynesworth’s views on the contract signing make him seem like a crazy man. He said that signing a contract didn’t mean he was “for sale” nor did it obligate him to attend practice, play well, or even play at all. He must have forgot how the world of professional sports work. He is notorious for attempting to stomp on Andre Gurode’s head during a game. Off the field he has been involved in a number of serious traffic offenses and indicted on sexual assault charges.
Steve Macintyre Hockey is one of the most physical sports and unlike other sports, fighting is allowed and sometimes encouraged. In March 2012, AHL enforcer Steve MacIntyre really tested the boundaries of what’s acceptable and took fighting to a whole new level. Usually fighting is an isolated incident between two players and only last for a minute or so. MacIntyre wasn’t content to stop with one fight with one person. He completely lost it and ended up fighting everyone on the ice, including the goalie before being ejected from the game.
Gilbert Arenas Many people known Gilbert Arenas for having guns in the locker room. He and a former Wizards teammate had and unsettled wager and Arenas was going to collect his money by force. While the investigation was going on, Arenas made fun of the situation which led to his indefinite suspension. He has had some other moments on Twitter where his views and opinions led him to “retire” from social media. There are other things that make me look at Arenas in a strange light, like the fact that he wears size 13 shoe on his size 14 1/2 feet because he doesn’t want his feet to look to big.
Joey Barton English soccer player, Joey Barton has, on occasion, found himself on the wrong side of the law. Barton is notorious for being the culprit of property destruction, violent crimes. In 2008 he was also given a four months suspended sentence after admitting assault occasioning actual bodily harm on former teammate Ousmane Dabo during a training ground dispute. He was charged with violent conduct two other times when he punched Morten Gamst Pedersen in the stomach, and for attacking three players on the final day of the 2011–12 season. He has been involved with a few other incidents including breaking a pedestrian’s leg with his car in Liverpool. There is no way these are the actions of a stable human being.
Oscar De La Hoya Once a great boxer and feared contender, Oscar De La Hoya’s fall from grace proves that too many blows to the head will scramble your brain. Pictures of De La Hoya dressed in drag were leaked in 2007. The famous boxer was wearing a full body fishnet outfit with heels. It was a true disgrace. He admitted that the photos were not altered and that he did it under the influence of cocaine and alcohol. It truly was a sad day for the sport of boxing.
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