33 Athletes With Famously Bad Tempers

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Philip Rivers

Quarterback Philip Rivers’s hyper-competitive nature and talent made him a star. Yet his time with the San Diego Chargers and Indianapolis Colts were marred by his temper tantrums – though as one writer pointed out, the deeply religious Rivers always kept his rants clean.

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Rajon Rondo

Scuffling with officials and even his coaches was Rajon Rondo’s trademark during his NBA career. When he was with the Boston Celtics, he launched a ball at a referee, threw a water bottle at a video screen during a video session, and got into a fight with his coach, Doc Rivers. The latter incident was said to have prompted the esteemed Rivers to leave Boston.

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Richard Sherman

In 2021, NFL cornerback Richard Sherman was arrested in Seattle on charges of domestic violence and burglary at the home of a family member. His wife told the Seattle Times she and her children were unharmed. The NFL once fined him $8,000 for making a choking gesture toward Colin Kaepernick. In 2014, he snapped “I’m so much better than the other guy” when asked a question after a playoff win. He later apologized, with speculation he was upset over a slight from an opponent.

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Ron Artest

In 2003, when he was with the Indiana Pacers, Ron Artest destroyed a camera at Madison Square Garden, earning him a $35,000 fine and three-game suspension. He paid for the camera (worth $100,000) and explained he was upset over a foul by Latrell Sprewell. In 2004, he went into the stands after a fan threw a soda at him in an incident known as “The Malice at the Palace.” In 2019, Artest, also known as Metta World Peace, cooperated in a documentary about his mental health struggles.

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Rougned Odor

Texas Ranger infielder Rougned Odor’s most infamous incident occurred in 2016 in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Still seething over an epic bat flip by the Jays’ Jose Bautista during a playoff game the previous year, Odor exchanged some words with him around second base and then clocked him with a vicious right hook. Odor displayed other anger management issues throughout his career. He once spiked an opponent and sparked a brawl with the San Francisco Giants after his questionable slide.

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