In the heat of the moment, some sports stars lose their cool.
They speak out and say things they will either regret or get them into trouble. Recently Sir Alex Ferguson got fined for criticising assistant referee Simon Beck for not giving Manchester United a ‘clear’ penalty in their 1-1 draw at Tottenham. Here we will look at a few examples of sportsman speaking out.
Ashley Cole gave evidence on the John Terry race trial. When Terry got a four match suspension, the Football Association’s Independent Regulatory Commission released a report and cast a doubt of Cole’s credibility of his testimony.
Cole reacted angrily and took to twitter to vent his anger. Cole tweeted “Hahahahaa, well done #fa I lied did I #BUNCHOFT***S” Cole took down the tweet shortly after, but the damage was done. With over 17,000 retweets, the tweet was seen by people that matter. The FA charged Cole £90,000.
Lewis Hamilton has had a few run-ins with the stewards. But in 2011, after the Monaco Grand Prix and being summoned to the stewards office 3 times over the weekend and in 5 of the 6 races that season, Hamilton’s emotions were running high. In a interview after the race, Hamilton said “maybe it’s because I’m black. That’s what Ali G says. I don’t know.” Hamilton later went to the stewards office again to apologise and make peace.
Lleyton Hewitt‘s emotions on the tennis court were always clear to see. But during a match against James Blake, a linesman called him for two foot-faults. Hewitt requested him to be removed, “look at him, look at him and tell me what the similarity is. Just get him off the court.” Hewitt was comparing the black linesman with James Blake. Hewitt said it was same official on both faults which was the reasoning for the similarity. Later on in the year, Hewitt was also in trouble for calling two officials ‘spastic’ which caused complaints.
Kobe Bryant is a 13 time all star. But when he committed his 15th technical foul of the season, Bryant was furious. After begrudgingly going over to the bench, Bryant was seen by television cameras calling an on-court official a ‘f*****g fa***t.’ It caused a storm in America and the anti-gay slur saw Bryant receive a 60,000 pound fine.
Joey Barton‘s outbursts are frequent. Barton takes to twitter to get his view across. But he also takes to twitter to release his anger. After Barton was dismissed on the final day of the season, Match of the day pundits and host got a flurry of tweets from Barton. He called Gary Lineker an ‘odious little toad’ and threatened to expose the “vast closet of skeletons” of “Mr Squeaky Clean”. But worse was still to come as he attacked Newcastle legend Alan Shearer.
Barton said that he ‘despised’ Shearer and called him selfish and boring with no personality. Barton has also attacked Dietmar Hamann, Newcastle’s managing director Derek Llambias and former manager Neil Warnock. One thing for sure, Barton won’t be silenced on twitter.