15 Athletes Who Said Stupid Things
Athletes say the darndest things. There are plenty of cases where athletes have said things that made them look stupid. It makes up happy that their professions do not require too much talking. Some athletes feel that they must be heard and end up putting their foot in their mouths most of the time. Interviews and press conferences are always a surprise with athletes. Sometimes they get a little tongue tied and things don’t come out right. It happens to the best of us. Other times these guys just don’t think before the speak. Here are 15 athletes that have said stupid things.
David Wilson David Wilson is a running back in the NFL. During his rookie year he made a cocky and stupid statement. “I think at the end of my career, I’ll be in the Hall of Fame. I know myself and I know (when) I have guys around me that feel the same way, which I feel I do.” Normally this statement would be chalked up as a confident rookie being excite to be in the NFL, but his stats didn’t back that up. Mid-way through the season he only had 87 yards and 15 carries in the six games he played. His prediction did not match his performance which made him look stupid.
Tyler Seguin National hockey player Tyler Seguin threw everyone off when he tweeted, “Only steers and queers in Texas, and I’m not a cow.” The tweet came after Tyler Seguin was traded to the Dallas Stars. The out-spoken player claimed that his Twitter account just got hacked and that he didn’t really say it, but that’s like saying the guy driving the car after an egging isn’t at fault because it was his car. The tweet just served as a distraction from his playing.
Cardale Jones Their is this stereotype that the guys who play sports in school are dumb, but because of their talent get away with a lot. The truth is student-athletes usually have the good grades because that is required for them to play. That’s why it a wonder how Cardale Jones made it to college. The Ohio State football player opened his mouth to say, “Why shouldn’t we have to go to class if we came here to play FOOTBALL, we ain’t come to play SCHOOL, classes are POINTLESS.” Last time I checked education is what college is for. Cardale Jones keeps the stereotypical jock image alive with that attitude.
LeSean McCoy When it comes to athletes and their marital situations, it’s no surprise that a lot of athletes get divorced. They’re always on the road and away from their family and that can cause a riff in a relationship. For the most part you don’t hear about these splits because the players keep their mouths shut. LeSean McCoy is a former player on the Philadelphia Eagles who made some unpleasant remarks about his ex-wife. During his divorce he expressed is frustrations toward his ex through twitter. “no correct that … Beg for money like you been doing you BUM … Don’t ever write me on here I don’t know u waste of life.” I’m pretty sure those alimony checks are making him wish he didn’t say such things.
Dwayne Wade Even the greatest of athletes slip up and say something stupid every once in a while. Dwayne Wade is no exception. The Miami Heat star took an analogy a little to far comparing the heat losing to the 9/11 attacks. “There’s going to be times when we might lose one, two games in a row, maybe two games, three games in a row… It’s going to seem like the world is crashed down. You all are going to make it seem like the World Trade has just went down again. But it’s not going to be nothing but a couple basketball games lost and we’ll have to get back on track.” Although Wade was trying to make a valid point, there are just some things you don’t touch.
Darnell Dockett Darnell Dockett is a defensive end in the NFL. He is known as one of the biggest trash talkers in the league. Sometimes that talking too much can make you look like an idiot. Dockett once said”Damn I almost brung my ‘ROCKET’ into work this morning like Gilbert Arenas. But mine was by accident it was in my book bag.” There are some things best kept to your self like this statement. Luckily he wasn’t harassed by the police afterward.
Mario Balotelli Premier League soccer player Mario Balotelli current plays for Liverpool FC. He is one of the most dynamic players that play the game. He once said “I believe I am more intelligent than the average person. There are few people with such talent, so there are few able to judge what I am doing.” That statement wouldn’t seem so stupid if he had not broken into a women’s prison before. Intelligence may not be Balotelli’s strong suit.
Johnny Manziel Johnny Manziel was one of the greatest college football players that we have witnessed this past decade. He has since gone on to the NFL were he has not experienced as much success as he once did with Texas A&M. Back in his college days Manziel was young and a hot topic for sports news outlets. He made headlines when he made the statement, “Bullsh*t like tonight is a reason why I can’t wait to leave college station…whenever it may be.” Considering that he was on the chopping block for taking $7,500 for signing autographs a statement like this would have landed any other on the bench. Manziel hasn’t seen much playing time since getting to the NFL. He probably wishes he was still at College Station now.
Rashard Mendenhall Rashard Mendenhall is another NFL player that let words slip away from him. NFL players have this notion that they are being treated like slaves. Mendenhall shared his opinion about that notion. “Anyone with knowledge of the slave trade and the NFL could say that these two parallel each other.” The million dollar paychecks that NFL players receive for playing football makes this one of the dumbest statements ever made.
Alex Rodriguez Alex Rodriguez is one of the greatest baseball players to step up to the plate. Though his athleticism is often herald, there are many cases where he has stuck his foot in his mouth. In the April 2001 issue of Esquire magazine A-Rod had shared his view on teammate Derrick Jeter. “Jeter’s been blessed with great talent around him. He’s never had to lead. He can just go and play and have fun. And he hits second – that’s totally different than third and fourth in a lineup. You go into New York, you wanna stop Bernie and O’Neill. You never say, ‘Don’t let Derek beat you. He’s never your concern.” If that was the case, then why did they make him captain of the team?
Ryan Lochte What can we say about Ryan Lochte that he hasn’t already said about him self? He is a competitive swimmer who has 11 Olympic gold medals. It’s rare for a swimmer to be known for making stupid stuff but Lochte is the exception. In an interview he once said, “What’s being talked about a lot is ‘Ryan Lochte the American douche bag.’ Douche bag? I don’t even know what is a douche bag, like what is it? Like what is the definition? ….Like I really don’t know what it means, do you know?” In his defense not too many guys know what a douche bag really is, but the fact that Lochte referred to himself in third person(which he often does) make him sound like one.
Tim Hardaway If you want to kill your legacy or career, take notes from Tim Hardaway. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but there is a time, a place and proper way to express your thoughts. The former NBA player has strong views about the gay community. “You know, I hate gay people, so I let it be known. I don’t like gay people and I don’t like to be around gay people. I am homophobic. I don’t like it. It shouldn’t be in the world or in the United States.” Harsh.
Chuck Nevitt Chuck Nevitt was a professional basketball player. He joined the NBA in 1982 after he graduated form North Carolina State University. Standing at 7′ 5″, Chuck was known for his height, and not so much his brains. He once said, “My sister’s expecting a baby, and I don’t know if I’m going to be an uncle or an aunt.” The last time I checked the sex of the baby doesn’t determine if you are an aunt or an uncle.
Carl Everett There has been a long debate between scientist, religious experts, and philosophers about the existence of dinosaurs, God and the first humans, Adam and Eve. Even former MLB player Carl Everett put his two cents in the conversation. “God created the sun, the stars, the heavens and the earth, and then made Adam and Eve, The Bible never says anything about dinosaurs. You can’t say there were dinosaurs when you never saw them. Someone actually saw Adam and Eve. No one ever saw a Tyrannosaurus Rex.” Correction Mr. Everett. The existence of dinosaurs have been proven with the discovery of their fossils. Has this guy ever been to a museum?
James Harrison It is customary in the sports world that the champions of whatever sports league receive an invitation to the White House to meet the president. In 2008 when the Pittsburgh Steelers won the Super Bowl the team received their invitation. Linebacker James Harrison declined to go. “This is how I feel, if you want to see the Pittsburgh Steelers, invite us when we don’t win the Super Bowl. As far as I’m concerned, he [Obama] would’ve invited Arizona if they had won.” Well duh! If the Cardinals won they would have been invited. The White House isn’t Disney Land where you can just pop up. Harris fails that not everyone has access to the White House and visiting is a privilege not a right.