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Another Top 10 Unsportsmanlike Moments in Sports

VOICE OVER: Rebecca Brayton
Script written by Q.V. Hough

They're VIPs of the sporting world and some real SOBs as well. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we'll be counting down our picks for Another Top 10 Unsportsmanlike Moments in Sports. For this list, we're obviously excluding entries from our original list and focusing on some more athletes who displayed malicious intent.

Special thanks to our users Matthew Dewsbury for submitting the idea using our interactive suggestion tool at http://www.WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Script written by Q.V. Hough

Another Top 10 Unsportsmanlike Moments in Sports


They’re VIPs of the sporting world and some real SOBs as well. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for Another Top 10 Unsportsmanlike Moments in Sports.

For this list, we’re obviously excluding entries from our original list and focusing on some more athletes who displayed malicious intent. For criteria purposes, we’re excluding someone like Diego Maradona, who emotionally destroyed all of England with his 1986 “Hand of God” goal but didn’t actually physically harm anyone.

#10: Nasty Bits
Shaq Dunks on Dudley (1999)


Over the course of his eight-year tenure with the Los Angeles Lakers, Shaquille O’Neal posted some huge numbers. During one particular sweaty game against the New York Knicks in 1999, he posted his hefty figure all up on Chris Dudley before “complementing” the move with a classic shove. Dudley, being a grown man and all, didn’t quite appreciate this questionable display of sportsmanship. So, he naturally launched the ball at Shaq – as if that could erase this nasty bit of human posterizing from his memory.

#9: Tit for Tat
Eden Hazard Kicks Ball Boy (2013)


If you’re familiar with European soccer, you know that both players and fans alike will basically do anything in the spirit of gamesmanship. So, when a Swansea ball boy attempted to bamboozle the Chelsea club during their 2013 Capital One Cup semifinal game, Eden Hazard wreaked some serious havoc and launched a swift gut bomb to the poor kid’s mid-section. Sure, we don’t exactly condone the ball boy’s behavior. But, in a time when all sporting events are captured on film, we have to wonder what exactly Hazard was thinking, even it was kind of funny. We’ll say this: Eden earned that Red Card.

#8: That Left Hook
Barry Hall Punches Brent Staker (2008)


If you Google the Australian footballer named Barry Hall, you’ll discover that he’s been involved in a few “incidents” during his AFL career. In a 2008 match against the West Coast Eagles, the veteran tough guy put a left hook on Brent Staker’s chin – because, you know, he’s “competitive”… or perhaps a few cards short of a full deck. All joking aside, the cheap shot took Staker out of the game, and Hall was later suspended for seven games while securing a permanent place on the YouTube wall of shame for unsportsmanlike moments.

#7: The Underarm
Trevor Chappell’s Pansy Bowl (1981)


When it comes to the rules and regulations of cricket, there’s nothing that says one can’t bowl underarm. But in the spirit of competition, it’s simply a no-no. So, imagine the outrage when an already contentious 1981 match between Australia and New Zealand took a troubling turn when Australia’s Trevor Chappell effectively mailed it in to secure a final victory. The New Zealanders actually needed six runs to tie it up, but in perhaps the most bone-headed decision of Australian cricket, Greg Chappell asked his brother to embrace his inner cowardice, because sports are just that damn important. Briefly a champ, forever a BUM.

#6: Leatherface
Albert Haynesworth Stomps Andre Gurode (2006)


Early on in the 2006 NFL season, the Tennessee Titans were hosting “America’s Team,” the Dallas Cowboys. However, one big dude named Albert Haynesworth nearly ended the American Dream of Andre Gurode for no apparent reason other than malicious intent. After a play, Haynesworth strolled on over to a pile of opponents and thought “Hmm, maybe I’ll drop a few spikes into this guy’s head.” But while most mature players can handle their emotions and thoughts, Haynesworth just went ahead anyway like it was no big deal, which led to 30 stitches for Gurode.

#5: How Dare You!
Dale Hunter Blindsides Pierre Turgeon (1993)


Today, Dale Hunter has a fantastic reputation as a professional hockey coach in the Ontario Hockey League. But back in 1993, he proved himself to be just another testosterone-fueled athlete in the Patrick Division Semifinals of the NHL Playoffs. In Game Six against the New York Islanders, Hunter lost the puck to Pierre Turgeon. Not only did Turgeon capitalize on the opportunity by scoring, but he would also celebrate – as hockey players have been known to do. Hunter then proceeded to hunt down Turgeon and deliver a hard-hitting check. As a result, he would miss the first 21 games of the following season.

#4: The Taste of Spinal Fluid
Kermit Washington Punches Rudy Tomjanovich (1977)


When you’re one of seven players to average 20 points and 20 rebounds over your entire college career, it takes something pretty despicable for that to be overshadowed. And there’s really nothing to justify the 1977 roundhouse punch that Kermit Washington dropped on Rudy Tomjanovich, who was simply trying to break up an in-game brawl between the L.A. Lakers and Houston Rockets. The punch nearly killed Tomjanovich, and considering the graphic descriptions of those who witnessed it first-hand, it’s kind of a miracle that he went on to have a successful coaching career – considering he tasted his own spinal fluid on that fateful day.

#3: Hey, What’s That?
Floyd Mayweather Jr. Punches Victor Ortiz (2011)


A few years ago, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. destroyed the hopes of casual boxing fans. The pound-for-pound champ crushed the jaw of an opponent that maybe – just maybe – could’ve handed Money his first professional loss. Nobody expected Victor Ortiz to out-box the champ on that June evening, but then again, nobody expected Floyd to get his boxing shorts in a knot and cheap shot a defenseless Ortiz. If you’re a die-hard Mayweather fan, then you probably have a tough-guy take on the incident. But any boxing purist will tell you this, Mojoholics: THAT was a punk move.

#2: Kung Fu and Seagulls: A French Tale

Eric Cantona Kung Fu Kick (1995)

Soccer and martial arts: these two sports don’t often appear in the same sentence, but a French athlete known as King Eric brought the two together during an outrageous moment in 1995. Playing away to Crystal Palace, Eric Cantona overheard a Palace fan’s hateful boasting. Did he just shrug it off? Nah, he greeted him with a Bruce Lee-style Kung Fu kick, followed by a series of Floyd Mayweather-like jabs. When all was said and done, Cantona earned himself an eight-month ban. In perhaps the strangest press conference ever, the guy referenced… “seagulls.” Such a baller move.

#1: Your Classic Face Slash
Marty McSorley Hits Donald Brashear with Stick (2000)


In the world of hockey – a sport in which players are allowed to publicly fight – there’s nothing that typically surprises fans, or players for that matter. Unless, of course, it’s a blindside cheap shot. In 2000, with less than five seconds left in a game against the Vancouver Canucks, the Boston Bruins’ Marty McSorley inexplicably whacked Donald Brashear in the face from behind. This led to Brashear having not only a nasty backwards fall, but also a severe concussion. When there are so many ways to confront your opponent in hockey, this particular display ofunsportsmanlike conduct unsurprisingly caught the attention of the British Columbia authorities. McSorley would end up being sentenced to 18 months’ probation, and never played another game in the NHL.

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