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The Worst Cheap Shots in Professional Sports History


Professional sports feature intense competition and pressure to win, many times leading to players losing their cool, and handing out cheap shots. We have found some of the worst cheapshots in Pro Sports History, and brought them to you all in one location. We now present you with the best of the Worst Cheap Shots.

Boxing
Mike Tyson bites off a chunk of Evander Holyfield’s ear.

Andrew Golota (aka “The Foul Pole”) was disqualified for hitting below the belt in 2 different matches against Riddick Bowe, which Golota was fairly winning otherwise. Around 2:45 (on the video counter) the referee steps in.

Basketball

Kermit Washington’s TKO punch to Rudy Tomjanovich (1977) knocking him unconscious in a pool of blood in the middle of the arena subsequently ending his career.

“The Punch”

Hard foul from Robert Horry in the Spurs/Suns game on Steve Nash. A running elbow into Nash’s face in the 2007 playoffs.

Argentina’s Elvis Boeing punches ref in the face in a professional league in Uruguay.

Baseball

Pedro Martinez throwing Don Zimmer (72) to the ground in Yankees-Red Sox Game 3.

Roberto Alomar spitting on umpire John Hirschbeck (1996).

The Spitting Incident

Pawtucket’s Izzy Alcantara kicks catcher Jeremy Salazar.

Football

Bill Romanowski on breaking Dave Meggett’s finger:

Bill Romanowski Cheap Shot

“When I was at the bottom of the pile after another play in the same game, and I reached to rip the football out of the hand of Giants running back Dave Meggett, all I could get a good grip on was his finger. So I just grabbed it and crrraaaccckkk. Broke It Like a chicken bone. I could hear him scream in agony.” From his book “Romo: My Life on the Edge: Living Dreams and Slaying Dragons”

Sav Rocca Eagles Punter Cheap Shot

Albert Haynesworth stomping incident that injured Andre Gurode. The slow-mo replay is toward the end of this video.

Hockey

Dale Hunter cheapshots Pierre Turgeon in game 6 and is handed a 21 game suspension (at the time the longest suspension in league history).

Marty McSorley was suspended for the remaining 23 games of the Bruins season after he smashed Donald Brashear on the head with his stick. He was found guilty of assault with a weapon and served 18 months probation, no jail time. February 21, 2000

Chris Simon whacks Ryan Hollweg in the face with his stick. He is suspended for at least 25 games; ultimately costing him $80,000. March 9, 2007

Todd Bertuzzi sucker punches Steve Moore. Bertuzzi was charged with assault causing bodily harm and given 1 year probation. March 8, 2004

Dino Ciccarelli smashes then rookie, Luke Richardson multiple times in the head with is stick. Ciccarelli was sentenced to one day in jail and fined $1,000. Fast forward this video to 1:07.

Willi Plett’s double handed stick chop to the back of Greg Stefan’s head (1982).

Soccer

Zidane headbutts Materazzi in extra time of the 2006 World Cup final. France loses 5-3 in the following shootout.

Other

Jeff Gillooly (Tonya Harding’s now ex-husband) hiring Shane Stant to attack Nancy Kerrigan.

If you have any other cheap shots you would like to share, please feel free to do so in the comments section!



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October 3. 2007 07:44

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October 5. 2007 06:22

Sammy

Here is another Cheap Shot bit, some good selections though CS.

www.doubleviking.com/...of-a-cheapshot-4295-p.html

Sammy

October 5. 2007 07:12

Joseph J. Finn

Meh, I gotta leave off Pedro's defendaing himself against Zimmer. He was being charged by the guy, and did his best to keep out of the way without injuring the old dude.

A much better choice is the little slap Michael Barrett gave A.J. Pierzynski in 2006; I've seen better punches from 12-year-olds.

Joseph J. Finn

October 5. 2007 07:21

Mr. Joshua

Anyone remember when the Packers Charles Martin waited until the ball was away, by about five seconds, then picked up the Bears' Jim McMahon and body-slammed him? Amazingly blatent and vicious

Mr. Joshua

October 5. 2007 07:54

Mike

Pedro doesn't belong there. Zimmer charged him and he deflected the old guy into the ground. Zimmer was the one at fault there.

Mike

October 5. 2007 08:03

David

What, you didn't include Jack Tatum's hit on Darryl Stingley?

David

October 5. 2007 09:01

Mike

Hello? -- Tampa Bay's Warren Sapp's vicious blind-side hit on Packer Chad Clifton a few years ago. Totally unnecessary and away from the play, clear intent to injure. Put Clifton in the hospital for weeks, he was lucky to walk again let alone play. Sapp is an a-hole.

Mike

October 5. 2007 09:30

CSqueeze

PUT A JERSEY ON! PUT A JERSEY ON!

CSqueeze

October 5. 2007 09:35

John

Maybe you don't remember the McKeever twins, but one of them smashed both elbows into another player's face, causing multiple fractures and requiring substantial reconstructive surgery. The guy was laying on the turf when the "hit" occurred.

John

October 5. 2007 10:14

Reed

If Nancy Kerrigan counts, then the crazy fan who stabbed Monica Seles in the back during a match should be included, too...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgZhUjASt-I

Reed

October 5. 2007 11:55

dave e barrow

The worst incident that I can remember was a Dallas Cowboys player, can't remember who though, bodily lifting Raider's Jim Plunkett off of the ground, AFTER THE PLAY WAS OVER, turning hime upside down, and then body slamming him into the ground. That was the injury that made Plunkett's career tailspin. What was especially sickening was the way the "GREAT" coach of the Cowboy's at that time, Tom Landry, patted his man on the butt afterward, and could be clearly seen saying to his man "good job". The Cowboys player was fined by the league the next day, something like 4,000 dollars. I will never care for the Dallas Cowboys, ever again, and I don't care if they win every single Super Bowl from now till doomsday.

dave e barrow

October 5. 2007 12:37

Ian

How about Karl Malones entire career of throwing elbows.

Ian

October 5. 2007 14:54

Ted

Kermit Washington did not end Rudy T's career. Rudy T came back from the injury, made an All-Star team and played a few more seasons before retiring.

Ted

October 5. 2007 17:34

Ken

Most of you are too young... but anytime Conrad Dobler played football, he made an art of cheat-shotting people.

Ken

October 5. 2007 18:37

Jon

Pedro throwing Zimmer to the ground was not a cheap shot. Zimmer was trying to choke Pedro. Zimmer charging Pedro with his hands outstretched, reaching for Pedro's neck so he could choke him, now that's a cheap shot. Pedro defending himself was a natural reaction.

Jon

October 5. 2007 19:50

Richard

How about Ohio State - Minnesota in 1972? Luke Witte getting kneed in the groin and Minnesota (including Dave Winfield) attacking the Ohio State team.

Richard

October 5. 2007 20:58

Edd

Zimmer readily admits that the whole thing with Pedro was his own fault. He doesn't fault Pedro at all for defending himself.

Edd

October 5. 2007 21:22

RiskyRob

I don't think Zidane belongs on there either. Dude was talking smack about his family and took it to the extreme...Zidane shoulda buried his cleat in his chest.

RiskyRob

October 6. 2007 02:31

JP

Mr. Joshua - the ball was away, but intercepted, so the play was still going on. A Cheap Shot? Oh yeah, but not after the whistle as implied.

Go way way back and Luke Witte of Ohio State basketball getting jumped by three Minnesota Gophers, including baseball Hall of Famer Dave Winfield. Witte was a dominant player at the time and the incident cost him a professional career.

JP

October 6. 2007 05:38

michael

Woody Hayes coming off the sideline and body blocking the guy. It ended his coaching career, and rightfully so. If that would have happened in today's game it would have ben a 20 zillion dollar lawsuit.

michael

October 6. 2007 06:55

Acuna

Dave E. Barrow - Are you sure you are not thinking of what Packers Charles Martin did to Bears QB Jim McMahon -

"Before a typically hard-fought contest against the Green Bay Packers in November, Packers defensive lineman Charles Martin proudly displayed a handtowel in warmups with the numbers of Bears stars listed on it, and claimed it was a "hit list" for the game. Martin was allowed to wear the towel in the game, and after a McMahon interception he sauntered over to the quarterback from behind, grabbed him and body slammed him into the rock-hard artificial turf. Pandemonium ensued as the play was one of the most blatantly illegal in NFL history. Bears players attended to the stunned and injured McMahon as fights broke out and Martin was ejected. The crowd and the Bears players and staff were incensed. McMahon suffered a separated shoulder which ended his season. The enraged Bears defense showed no mercy on the ensuing drive, as the Packers suffered losses on three consecutive plays, then sustained a blocked punt resulting in a Bears touchdown. The Bears went on to win the game."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_McMahon - reference Final Years in Chicagoe

Plunkett was a SuperBowl MVP at God knows what age - he just got old, not body slammed.. Are you from Green Bay and deflecting?

Acuna

October 6. 2007 09:46

Chris

Warren Sapp on the Bucs vs the Packers when he took out some offensive lineman on the opposite side of the field as the ball ... ended the lineman's season. Here is the story on it:

http://cbs.sportsline.com/nfl/story/5930581

Chris

October 6. 2007 18:18

OhPlease

Zimmer went after Pedro and he defended himself. You must be a Yankee fan.
A-Rod slapping the ball out of Arroyo's arm is the real baseball cheat of all time and just like a Yankee fan to not have it up here

OhPlease

October 7. 2007 06:55

Bill Czerwinski

Hey... if figure-skating is considered acceptable as a sport for this list... why not include the guy who was running with the bulls abd got rear-ended...?

Bill Czerwinski

November 15. 2007 12:09

Mike

How about Andre "Dirty" Waters knee hits to David Archer and Steve Bartkowski.... Sean Taylor hit on Brian Moorman during the Pro Bowl..... Pete Rose headfirst shot on Ray Fosse during the All Star Game, he sperated Fosse's shoulder in 2

Mike

December 4. 2007 14:12

reggie

ZImmer had it coming.

reggie