Today I learned that all of the NFL players who signed their names on the Brady v. the NFL lawsuit were the last thing holding up lockout talks. However when I became aware that a few players were trying to cut their own deal, I couldn’t help but mirror the sentiments of Vikings punter Chris Kluwe.
What Kluwe is referring to, is the fact that Logan Mankins and Vincent Jackson, two players who have been slapped with the franchise tag, want to become unrestricted free agents. Mankins and Jackson also want $10 million in a court settlement that could delay a new CBA. Peyton Manning and Drew Brees hope to be rid of the franchise tag for the rest of their careers.
Knowing now about this situation, I’d like us to ride the time machine to have a look at some other douches in sports history.
If you’re talking about one of the biggest jerks in sports, you could write a book about how big a jerk Randy Moss is. Easily. It’s no mystery that guys with great talent tend to treat others around them like crap, but Randy found a way to take this to levels so high it’s disgusting.
Randy Moss has done everything a person could do to be considered a jerk. Randy has stopped trying in games because he’s been unhappy. When Randy played with Raiders in 2006 he would give littler to no effort and blame his “lack of concentration” on the fact that the team was losing. “I might want to look forward to moving somewhere else next year to have another start and really feel good about going out here and playing football,” Moss once said to Fox Sports Radio.
He even left a game with time left on the clock in the 2004 NFL season against the Washington Redskins. There was 2 seconds left on the clock, but the point here is that Moss left his teammates high and dry. He later said selfishly, that he didn’t think his team would recover the onside kick.
Moss has also allegedly openly mocked and thrown away the food of local caterers who served the Minnesota Vikings, saying that he “wouldn’t feed that food to his dogs.” The caterers were a local restaurant and they were excited to have a chance to serve the Vikings.
This would be terrible but, Randy Moss is no match for the mentally unstable . . .
Or should I say Metta World Peace. Ron Artest has mentioned that he was “wild” as a young player and even drank Hennessy cognac at halftime during his time with the Chicago Bulls early in his career.
Ron of course is well known for the brawl in the 2004-05 NBA season in which Ron Artest ran up into the stands and decked a fan. Artest’s take on the issue in retrospect is this, “It wasn’t my fault. … I don’t see anything I could have done different. The only thing I could have done was have God pause time so I could have said, ‘Oh, look, you’re about to run in some stands, so stop.'”
Other things that Ron has done includes applying for a job at Circuit City so he could get an employee discount, allegedly asking then coach Rick Carlisle for time off because he was tired from promoting an R&B album on his record label, destroying a camera at Madison Square Garden, and an altercation with Pat Riley.
Ron may be cocky, but his head will never get bigger than . . .
Is the biggest jerk in sports history. I’ll stand by that. John Rocker has said so many homophobic, sexist, and racist things that it’s quite literally not funny. Rocker has been noted on multiple occasions to mock asians.
In an interview with Sports Illustrated Rocker was once asked about playing in New York.
He said, “I’d retire first. It’s the most hectic, nerve-racking city. Imagine having to take the 7 train to the ballpark looking like you’re riding through Beirut next to some kid with purple hair, next to some queer with AIDS, right next to some dude who just got out of jail for the fourth time, right next to some 20-year-old mom with four kids. It’s depressing… The biggest thing I don’t like about New York are the foreigners. You can walk an entire block in Times Square and not hear anybody speaking English. Asians and Koreans and Vietnamese and Indians and Russians and Spanish people and everything up there. How the hell did they get in this country?”
Yep. He went there. Though it would be more accurate to say that Rocker lived “there.” There of course being that imaginary point that pisses everyone off.
The point is that while many athletes can certainly be jerks. Many times because of greed, there is always somebody who is worse. And nobody is worse than John Rocker.