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Miguel Olivo and 10 Athletes Who Never Learned that Biting is Bad

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Biting someone is a big no-no, no matter what the setting is. Somehow, athletes simply can’t comprehend that, as there have been countless biting incidents in sports over the years. The latest is Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Miguel Olivo. Here are 10 athletes who never learned that biting is bad.

10. Ken Linesman

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10. Ken Linesman

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For some reason, a majority of biting occurs during hockey games. I assume it’s because of the fighting that’s allowed. One player in particular who enjoyed fighting was Ken “The Rat” Linesman. During a game in 1984, Linesman bit Edmonton Oilers’ Lee Fogolin on the cheek. It was so bad that Fogolin was forced to get a tetanus shot.

9. Tim Hague

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9. Tim Hague

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Joey Beltran had the misfortune of being matched up against Tim Hague in UFC 113 a few years ago. Beltran had no problem defeating Hague in the fight. The unfortunate part was that Hague felt it necessary to bite Beltran’s knee.

8. Mikhail Grabovski

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8. Mikhail Grabovski

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Last year, Toronto Maple Leafs center Mikhail Grabovski decided to dig his teeth into the thumb and wrist of Montreal Canadiens’ Max Pacioretty. The bite was so severe that Pacioretty was required to get a tetanus shot and had to go on antibiotics. However, the league didn’t suspend Grabovski due to a lack of evidence, even though Montreal sent medical records of the incident.

7. Tree Rollins

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7. Tree Rollins

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During a first-round playoff game in 1983, Danny Ainge was the victim of one of the most horrific biting incidents the NBA had ever seen. Ainge found himself in a scuffle with Tree Rollins, who ended the brawl by nearly biting Ainge’s finger right off. The current Boston Celtics GM had to get two stitches to repair the damage.

6. Jarkko Ruutu

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6. Jarkko Ruutu

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Former NHL player Jarkko Ruutu was suspended two games in 2008 after he took a big bite out of Andrew Peters’ thumb. Apparently, Ruutu did it in response to Peters constantly sticking his hand in Ruutu’s face.

5. Derian Hatcher

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5. Derian Hatcher

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During a game in 2008, hockey player Derian Hatcher denied biting Travis Zajac’s left hand. However, video evidence showed Hatcher with Zajac’s glove in his mouth. The bite was so vicious that Zajac had to get four stitches.

4. Chris Chelios

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4. Chris Chelios

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In an interview with Sports Illustrated in 2009, former NHL defenseman Chris Chelios admitted to biting opponents during his playing days. The one incident in particular that he came clean about was taking a nasty gash out of forward Tomas Sandstrom’s finger. The bite broke Sandstrom’s skin and blood poured out. Somehow, Chelios never received a penalty, fine, or suspension because of the incident.

3. Claude Lemieux

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3. Claude Lemieux

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Former Canadiens right wing Claude Lemieux was known for getting into his share of fights. However, nothing was comparable to what happened during the 1986 Stanley Cup Finals. Lemieux got in a disagreement with Calgary Flames’ Jim Pelinski. What started out as a standard fight ended with Lemieux biting Pelinski’s finger down the bone.

2. Miguel Olivo

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2. Miguel Olivo

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Olivo was suspended and then later released by the Dodgers due to his dugout altercation with teammate Alex Guerrero. Olivo felt it necessary to intensify an argument with Guerrero during a Triple-A contest, which concluded when he bit a piece of Guerrero’s ear off. Guerrero needed plastic surgery to reattach his upper ear.

1. Mike Tyson

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1. Mike Tyson

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The most famous incident of an athlete biting another athlete is easily Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield. The heavyweight fight between the two talented boxers was considered to be one of the most hyped rematches in recent memory. It was supposed to be a great fight, but instead, it turned into Tyson becoming a psycho and biting a piece of Holyfield’s ear off.

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