Richie Incognito and 15 Athletes With Serious Anger Management Issues
Athletes With Anger Issues
Anger is one of the most powerful human emotions there is and it has a very large presence within the world of sports. There are countless stories of professional athletes who have used anger to fuel their success. There are also countless stories of professional athletes who have let their anger get the best of them.
Recently, Richie Incognito is someone who has let their anger get the best of him. By now you should be familiar with the situation that plagued the Miami Dolphins this past season. If not though, the short story is Richie Incognito sat out pretty much the entire 2013 season amid allegations that he bullied his teammate, Jonathan Martin. In the months since the story broke the public has learned a lot about Richie Incognito and I think it's safe to say that the guy could seriously benefit from some counseling, anger management included.
I've never been in an NFL locker room and neither I nor any of you know where the line is truly drawn as it relates to bullying in a professional locker room. I'm also not a psychologist. It doesn't take a psychologist though -- just a human being capable of reading human emotions -- to see that Incognito has some serious anger problems, and that they're negatively effecting the professional abilities of himself and his team.
Incognito may have plenty of reasons to feel frustrated. It's become pretty apparent that he feels like his behavior was what he thought to be acceptable, normal behavior within his environment and that he is now being singled out unjustly. Richie Incognito feels like he has been slighted by Jonathan Martin and because of that, he has every right to have feelings of anger towards him. In life there are lines though and problems occur when individuals step too far over them. Richie Incognito has blatantly disregarded that line.
Incognito, as recently as February, had been outspoken about the idea that he and Jonathan Martin were best friends. Shortly after making that claim, he took to Twitter to share with the world -- spitefully -- that Jonathan Martin had once gone to him to share suicidal thoughts. If somebody I considered a best friend were to come to me with a secret like that I couldn't imagine sharing that secret with thousands of people. I would need to be fueled by an incredible amount of anger, I would need to experience a level of anger that I have never experienced before to act in so much spite.
It's alright to be angry, when you're angry to the point where you're airing the deepest and darkest secrets of your "best friend" to the whole world though, that's when you have a problem.
In the following slideshow I look at 15 athletes -- Incognito included -- who could definitely benefit from some anger management.
15. Delmon Young
Delmon Young was once a top prospect in baseball who hasn't had the career most figured he would. Unfortunately for him, what he'll likely be most remembered for was an ugly incident in 2006 in which he threw his bat and struck an umpire after he was ejected from a minor league game for arguing balls and strikes.
14. Philip Rivers
Just watch one offensive series for the San Diego Chargers and unless it's a perfect drive that results in a touchdown, you're pretty much guaranteed to see Philip Rivers go ballistic on someone.
13. Brett Lawrie
Major League Baseball has been known to have some players with a short fuse and Brett Lawrie may have the shortest fuse in the game today. Lawrie has been thrown out of games on numerous occasions, has been known to argue with teammates, helped lead a brawl against the Mexican team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic and has had his fair share of angry Twitter rants.
12. Steve Downie
Steve Downie has been suspended numerous times by the NHL/AHL for violent incidents and he has served two separate 20 game suspensions throughout his career, the most recent coming in 2009 when he slashed an AHL linesman following a controversial empty-net goal.
11. Lance Armstrong
During his reign as the greatest doper in sports, anger was often Lance Armstrong's No. 1 defensive mechanism. Whenever anybody would accuse him of doping, Lance would publicly lambast the accuser and have their reputation absolutely destroyed. Apparently though it took much less then that to rile up the once, seven-time Tour de France "winner." Check out this video from 2010 when Lance snaps at the one person in a group of about a hundred fans who boos him.
10. Serena Williams
Serena Williams is one of the most dominant female tennis players in the history of the sport, but she is also known to have a short fuse on the court. She has been guilty throughout her career of throwing tantrums towards officials and in 2009, she allegedly told a judge, "I will kill you."
9. Mario Belotelli
Mario Balotelli has thrown darts at youth players, thrown tomatoes at a Serie A manager, started a fight with four bouncers at a strip club after breaking the "no touching" rule, hast gotten into fights with multiple teammates, was once dragged out of the 18-yard box because he refused to let a teammate take a penalty kick and once stomped on Scott Parker's head.
8. Richie Incognito
Every time I see this picture of Richie Incognito, all I can think of is the O'Doyle family from Billy Madison.
7. Floyd Mayweather
Floyd Mayweather has been accused of domestic abuse on multiple occasions and in 2011, he was sentenced to 90 days in jail after he pleaded guilty to a reduced battery domestic violence charge and no contest to two harassment charges.
6. James Harrison
Many NFL players are fueled by anger but none are as angry as James Harrison. Harrison absolutely detests the league he plays for and many of it's employees (players included). Harrison was very outspoken back in a 2011 Men's Journal interview, and one of my favorite quotes from it came when he was asked what he would have said to Roger Goodell on the podium had the Pittsburgh Steelers beaten the Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl. Harrison responded, "I'd have whispered in his ear, 'Why don't you quit and do something else, like start your own league in flag football'?"
5. Kurt Busch
There are a few angry NASCAR, drivers but Kurt Busch has the biggest anger problem of them all. The elder Busch brother is well known for frequently berating his team during races, he was penalized early in his career for abusing NASCAR officials during a race and off the track he's apparently just as hot-headed. In 2005, Busch was detained by authorities (and consequently suspended by his team) for losing his cool with an Arizona police officer during what should've been a routine traffic stop. In 2012, Busch was released by Roger Penske after a rant towards an ESPN reporter was caught on camera and last year he was placed on probation for berating a Sporting News reporter during a pit-road interview. Busch has -- to no surprise -- been punched at least twice by opposing drivers.
3. Milton Bradley
Let's see … Milton Bradley has screamed at teammates; he once threw a bag of baseballs at an umpire, he's hurled a plastic beer bottle into the stands and in 2004, he was the passenger of a car that was pulled over and decided it was best if he got out of the car and scream at the police officer. He ignored the officer when he was asked to return to his vehicle and was subsequently arrested.
2. Ron Artest
Who can forget the Malice at the Palace? And also, I don't think James Harden is going to forget the elbow Ron Artest delivered to his head back in 2012 anytime soon.
1. Mike Tyson
Mike Tyson dominated a sport where athletes are routinely fueled by anger. Tyson's anger was on a whole different level though. Tyson lost his WBA crown to Evander Holyfield in 1996. In 1997, they had a rematch … and Tyson was disqualified because he bit off Holyfield's ear.