By Michael Terrill @MichaelTerrill on May 28, 2014
Athletes and partying go hand-in-hand. If you think your favorites players aren’t doing it, then you’re aren’t paying close enough attention. These are young people with more money than they know what to do with, which naturally means they will party hard. Unfortunately, sometimes the partying spins out of control. Here are 15 instances of athletes partying a little too hard.
Before going on live television for a morning interview, UFC superstar Chuck Liddell thought it would be a good idea to get plastered. Talking seemed to be a lot of work, while Liddell also had a hard time putting sentences together. The best part was that the host looked terrified because of Liddell’s uncertain state of mind.
Monday Night Football has produced some television gems over the years, but none was better than Joe Namath giving a drunken interview with sideline reporter Suzy Kolber. Apparently, Namath had been drinking for several hours prior to kickoff, which explains his big grin and glazed over eyes. The best part of the interview was when Namath blatantly hit on Kolber as if a worldwide audience wasn’t tuning in for the game.
When Brad Keselowski won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship in 2012, it was his duty to drink as much Miller Lite as possible considering he was driving the Miller Lite car. What ESPN didn’t count on was that he would do it right before an interview immediately following the race. Keselowski was clearly drunk as he continued to chug a giant glass of beer during the SportsCenter interview.
Winning a championship in sports is exhilarating no matter what level it occurs at, just ask the Russian youth hockey team. After winning the World Junior Hockey championship in New York in 2011, the Russian national team got so wasted that all 30 members were removed from their Delta Air Lines flight prior to takeoff. Supposedly, the 20-year-old players drank nothing stronger than champagne in the locker room after the big win.
Oh look, another instance of a drunken athlete on a plane. A Sri Lankan cricket player had one too many cocktails on a flight from St Lucia to Gatwick. Even though the entire team was drinking, this one player in particular appeared to have new clue where he was. While in midflight, he attempted to open the aircraft door. Apparently, he really had to use the bathroom and couldn’t figure out where the restroom was.
One of the craziest MLB stories is that of starting pitcher Dock Ellis and his improbable no-hitter. In 1970, Ellis used his off day in San Diego to hang out with friends and take the hallucinogen drug LSD. He woke up the next morning, consumed more acid, and went back to sleep. He was then awoken by his friend who told him that he had to get to the ballpark to pitch. Ellis consumed some Benzedrines and tossed a no-hitter while still on LSD.
Even though no eyewitnesses have been able to confirm it, I’m going to assume this story actually happened. According to a trainer with the Memphis Grizzlies, Ricky Davis and his small group of friends allegedly drank 19 bottles of tequila and nearly set the Elvis memorial on fire. The crazy part is Davis had to play a game the next night. Even more incredible is that he came close to recording a triple-double.
If there is one hockey player who knows how to party, it’s Patrick Kane. There are so many stories of him getting hammered in public that it’s hard to choose just one instance. One of the best I’ve heard is Kane’s weekend in Madison for the Mifflin Street block party. Kane got so drunk that he was thrown out of numerous frat parties, passed out on bars, made out with several women, and even allegedly choked a girl.
When American Olympian Ryan Lochte isn’t winning medals at the Summer Games, he’s out on the town getting blind drunk. One instance in particular occurred at the London Summer Olympics in which he left a nightclub with a dazed look on his face. The good news for him is that he always manages to bring a hottie home with him.
The Olympics are no stranger to athletes going crazy overboard on the partying. However, most athletes can keep it under control. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for cyclist Gijs Van Hoecke. Apparently, getting photographed peeing his pants and being carried out of a club was enough for the Belgian Olympic Committee to send him home before the competition began.
Max McGee is a legend in Green Bay for his seven receptions, 138 receiving yards and two touchdowns in Super Bowl I. However, what many fans may not realize is that he was very hung over after a long night of partying. McGee wasn’t expected to play much during the big game, which is why he decided to take advantage of a prime party opportunity. However, when Boyd Dowler went down with an injury, McGee was called upon to play.
The Austrian hockey team suffered an embarrassing 4-0 loss to Slovenia in the 2014 Winter Olympics. What was even more disappointing for the fans was that the Austrian team had partied too hard the night before, which played a direct role in the defeat.
Talk about scandalous. Several players on the Minnesota Vikings had a boat party that was loaded with booze and prostitutes. Ringleader Fred Smoot and several other players allegedly engaged in oral sex and other activities with several women. Once the media got wind of the story, it was game over as the Vikings organization received a black eye for the incident.
Eugene Robinson was considered to be a class act who worked hard for the community, including charities and youth events. The night he received the Athlete in Action’s Bart Starr Award for being a role model on and off the field, he was arrested for soliciting an undercover police officer for oral sex. The crazy part was the incident occurred the night before he was to start in Super Bowl XXXIII. Robinson gave up an 80-yard touchdown in the game.
The night before the Oakland Raiders were set to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVI, starting center and captain of the offensive line Barrett Robbins went missing. It was later revealed that he went on a drunken binge in Tijuana, Mexico due to a manic depression episode. Robbins says he doesn’t recall anything prior to the binge, except for that he thought the Raiders had already won the game.
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