The 7 Dumbest Things Athletes Have Done To Jeopardize Their Careers

THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Jack Dempsey

Oodles of talent and big contracts do not guarantee that superstar athletes will pull stupid stunts to put their careers in jeopardy.

Look no further than say, Manny Ramirez. While a lot of other athletes dabbled in performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) Man-Ram thought it would be a good idea to take a woman’s fertility drug. What, you say!? Yes, while he was with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2009, Manny did take, in addition to testosterone, human chorionic gonadotropin, or hCG. That earned him a 50-game suspension.

In another instance a hockey player put a teammate’s career in jeopardy with a moment of sheer stupidity. In December 2009, Florida Panthers’ defenceman Keith Ballard, upset over a goal being scored on his team, took a swing with his hockey stick at the net in frustration. Only one problem, he missed and hit his goalie, Tomas Vokoun. It floored Vokoun and led to him having his ear stitched up. Vokoun survived and Ballard wasn’t suspended but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a dumb thing to do.

Here are 7 really idiotic things high-priced athletes have done to endanger their careers.

7. Mike Tyson Bites Evander Holyfield’s Ear

In a match billed as the “Sound and the Fury”, Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson squared off for the WBA championship in June of 1997. Tyson’s career, at that point, had pretty much gone off the rails, what with the prison sentence for rape and the contentious relationship with promoter Don King. Holyfield dominated much of the first two rounds and in one instance he inadvertently head-butted Tyson, opening a cut over Tyson’s right eye. Tyson, who complained about head-butting, became more incensed as the fight went on. In the third round, a clearly agitated Tyson decided that he needed to turn the tide of the match with one totally stupid move. He chomped down on Holyfield’s ear, severed a piece and spat it out, but the fight continued. He followed up that imbecilic move by biting Holyfield’s other ear, which ended the match. For his transgression, Tyson had his licence revoked for a year and was fined $3 million.

 (AP Photo/Jack Smith, File)

(AP Photo/Jack Smith, File)

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