4:23 pm, June 19th, 2012
Pro athletes are not only rich and famous, they tend to
get rich and famous extremely early in their lives, with people telling them how great they are every step along the way. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that some athletes can be… kind of assholes about that fame, and use that fame to their advantage. Sometimes it works. Other times, though, it doesn’t… like it didn’t in the nine instances you’ll see below.
1.Is This Going To Be All In The Newspaper?
After being arrested for a DUI last year, video of former Steelers receiver Hines Ward's arrest leaked in March. The Pro Bowl wideout is shown asking the cops not to "put it out there," afraid ESPN would catch wind of his arrest. Unfortunately for Ward, this story indeed got out there.
2.You Know Who I Am?
Last month, Indians pitcher Joe Smith was
denied access into a bar despite telling the bouncer he was a baseball player. Apparently, being an athlete doesn't carry too much pull in the state of Ohio... unless you're a Buckeye, of course.
3.Who Wants To Sex Mutombo?
OK, right off the bat, we should say: this story might be fake, but real or not, it's too funny not to make the cut, so here goes: before he was a shot-blocking, finger-wagging, 7-foot-2 NBAer, Dikembe Mutombo was a Georgetown Hoya. Well, rumor has it that, as a sophomore, Mutombo once walked in to a bar, and yelled in front of everyone: "Who wants to sex Mutombo?" Again, we're not sure if this proposition even happened, much less if it was successful. But is it fun to picture Mutombo yelling it? There's
no question about that.
The Chicago Bears are one of the most storied, tradition-rich franchises in the NFL. One of those traditions: celebrating "Rookie Night" at the bar with all the team's new players. But in 2010, a celebratory night took a strange turn when
20 Bears were denied access to into a Chicago club. Lance Briggs was quoted as saying, "We're paying customers, and I'm pretty sure on Rookie Night, you're going to get extra dough." But Briggs' promise failed to get the Bears inside.
And in this case, it was the club, not the Bears, who screwed up: the club blamed the Bears not getting in on an "outside vendor" who was running the event held there that night. The club ended its relationship with that vendor after the Bears controversy.
Being a college football player at Texas is like being a god among men. But defensive end Alex Okafor and two of his teammates learned last month that it's not
exactly like that. The trio was arrested after refusing to leave a pizza parlor late at night, after they were earlier denied entrance into a bar. We're not sure what the pecking order of "fun things" is, but we're guessing "pizzeria" is several steps below "bar." But hey - when you're hungry, you're hungry.
Lil Wayne's affinity for sports is well documented in both his music, and by the fact that he's constantly spotted at games. But during the Western Conference Finals, Weezy got angry when the Oklahoma City Thunder "
did not permit" him into the arena for Game 3. Of course, the reason he wasn't permitted was that... he didn't have a ticket In this case, the F in Weezy F. was for "failure."
He might love that "jet" celebration on the field, but apparently Santonio Holmes doesn't know much about actually flying. In 2010, the Jets receiver
was removed from a flight after refusing to put away his iPod. It's okay, though, Santonio: you'll have plenty of time to listen to that iPod on the sidelines.
This is actually a sports personality's
under-estimation of their own fame.
The personality of Bobby V, the one Red Sox fans are still getting used to and that Mets fans grew to know so well, was never better illustrated than in this incident from a 1999 game. Valentine was ejected for arguing a call, but then defied the rules and returned to the dugout... in disguise. Unfortunately for him, he wasn't above baseball law - and got fined $10,000 and suspended two games.
9.No Way, Welker
Wes Welker is popular in New England, but as he recently learned, Colorado is not New England. Welker
tried to bully his way into a fancy Aspen restaurant with his posse - and without a reservation - and got turned down. Maybe if Welker caught that ball in Super Bowl XLVI, his attempted entrance might have been more successful. But he didn't, so instead he'll get two simple words: access denied.