5 Biggest Crybabies in Sports History

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As long as there have been perceived slights, injustices, blown calls and disrespect there has been a professional athlete caught on camera or in a media scrum crying victim. Peyton Manning, the victim of one of the most hideous beat-downs in Super Bowl history this year, made Crybaby history in 2002. After Indianapolis Colts’ kicker Mike Vanderjagt had the temerity to publicly criticize Manning after the Colts lost in the first round of the playoffs, he had this to say in rebuttal, “our idiot kicker who got liquored up and ran his mouth off.” He continued, “The sad thing is, he’s a good kicker. He’s a good kicker, but he’s an idiot.” Call the “WAAAmbulance!”

5. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

Sid the Kid’s got talent, there is no question. He’s also won a Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins and scored the golden goal at the 2010 Olympics. But too often, Crosby’s detractors say he is the biggest whiner on the ice — perhaps ever. In fairness, Crosby does draw a crowd of thugs and I am sure his point has been made well to the referees on numerous occasions. But the stain of being labelled ‘Crybaby’ just can’t be washed off. Even apologist broadcaster Don Cherry, who always defends Canadian talent, has chided Crosby for on-ice histrionics. Cherry said this a couple years ago, “A long time ago when Crosby was coming out I tried to warn him ‘quit diving, quit whining,’ I was the worst guy in the world … and all I was trying to do was help him.”

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AP Photo/Mike Carlson

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