By Alex Susskind @ASusskind on June 9, 2014
During his team's 11-1 loss on Sunday, Baltimore Orioles 3B Manny Machado let his bat fly after taking exception with an inside pitch that almost hit him. This led to a benches-clearing brawl and a media frenzy. In the interest of being a part of said frenzy, here's a slideshow of ten other athletes with maturity issues:
The young outfielder made his major-league debut last June with the Dodgers and has drawn a great deal of attention -- both good and bad. The 23-year-old was reprimanded last season for showing up late and had an incident in which he snubbed D'Backs legend Luis Gonzalez. Puig also was twice pulled over for reckless driving and was arrested for one such instance. The second-year Dodger clearly still has some growing up to do.
Much like Puig, Harper is a young-outfield phenom who drew immediate attention for both positive and negative actions. Harper is known for his cocky attitude and overly showy antics. He attempted to trademark the phrase "That's a clown question, bro." Most recently he was spotted wearing a hat of Washington football rival the Dallas Cowboys.
For 434 days CM Punk was the Best in the World. However, after being beat by part-timer The Rock as well as several other things Brooks took exception to, he walked out on WWE and his fans following the Royal Rumble back in January. Since then, both Brooks and WWE have been relatively secretive about what happened and referred to it as a "sabbatical." Brooks is still under contract to WWE until July.
Pitcher Carlos Zambrano burst onto the scene for the Chicago Cubs in 2001. Zambrano appeared poised for greatness but anger issues and injuries derailed what could have been a great career. The pitcher frequently made headlines for being a hothead and exploding after poor performances. His decline in performance and character issues explain why he is not currently signed to a contract.
Unlike most of the athletes on this list, Manti Te'o finds his way onto this list not because of character issues or legal troubles but more because of a comedic foolishness. Yes, the whole fake dead girlfriend and overcompensating when asked about his sexuality thing is old news and has been done to death, but it still is ridiculous enough to land him on this list.
Matt Garza was a starting pitcher for the Texas Rangers in his prime when his incident occurred. It was last August when Garza decided to shout at opposing player Eric Sogard following a squeeze play to extend his team's lead. Sogard's wife joked about the incident via Twitter which set off Garza and led to a series of misogynistic tweets toward her meant to belittle Sogard as a man. Obviously this was a huge story and hurt Garza's reputation.
In 2009, Santonio Holmes caught the winning touchdown for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl. His career has mostly gone downhill since this. Holmes had multiple run-ins with the law which led to him being traded to the Jets in 2010 after being suspended for the first four games of the season. Holmes has a reputation for being a bad teammate. He currently is a free agent.
LeBron James is the best player in the NBA right now. His team is on its way to a third-consecutive championship. James will go down with Jordan and Kobe as one of the greatest to ever play the game. However, the fact that he has a tendency to act like a baby on and off the court and uses the now taboo word "retarded" lands him on this list.
Cincinnati Reds' 2B Brandon Phillips isn't a legal liability, but he has a reputation for being less than likable around the league. Phillips exhibited less than professional antics early on in his career and is less than respectful of the local media. If you Google Brandon Phillips' name, words such as "douche" and "jerk" are quickly suggested. Phillips' hothead and poor relationship with his team's local media land him on this list.
With the exception of Aaron Hernandez, (allegedly) PacMan Jones is probably the worst human-being to play North-American professional sports in the past several years. Jones seems to have a rap sheet longer than his list of accomplishments in football. His immaturity has gotten him suspended multiple times and is partially responsible for a man being paralyzed. How this menace to society is even allowed to play football is baffling.
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