Whether considered brash or obnoxious, John McEnroe certainly livened up the sometimes staid world of tennis. The “Superbrat of Tennis” is famous both for his Grand Slam titles as for fiery outbursts on the court against officials, opponents, and even fans. He first uttered his famous insult – “You cannot be serious!” – at the 1981 Wimbledon match against Bjorn Borg. He reportedly called Czechoslovakian player Tomas Smid a “communist bаstard.” In 1990, he was disqualified from the Australian Open for unsportsmanlike conduct. Today, he works as a commentator and keeps his temper (mostly) in check.
Chelsea F.C. goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga caused a scene in a match last year when he refused his coach’s order to leave the field. He later apologized, and explained it was a misunderstanding over a possible injury to his leg. In a video of the incident, Arrizabalaga is seen shouting and waving at the sidelines toward his coach.
NASCAR champ Kyle Busch revs up his temper as much as his engines. Reported incidents include fighting with his pit crew and calling out his team publicly for errors. At a press conference following a losing race, Busch slammed down the microphone. Other times, he just stormed off without comment.
Immensely talented, Latrell Sprewell was once considered the next Michael Jordan. Although he had several run-ins with teammates – which isn’t uncommon – Sprewell’s most infamous outburst came during a practice session in 1997. His coach at the time, P.J. Carlesimo, thought the Warriors star was lackadaisical. After some words, Sprewell grabbed Carlesimo around the neck and punched him. A 10-game suspension followed.
Soccer star Mario Balotelli’s reputation as a hot-head probably started after his team, AC Milan, lost a match against Roma in 2014. Upset, Balotelli got mad in a post-game interview, slamming his microphone and complaining why everyone thinks he should score five goals a game. In the short highlight reel, Balotelli is seen punching a wall. But the other incidents are playful, like when he took a selfie with fans who ran onto the field or the time he couldn’t put his bib on.
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