33 Athletes With Famously Bad Tempers

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Ryan Leaf

When quarterback Ryan Leaf entered the NFL draft in 1998 he was considered the equal of Peyton Manning. But after initial success with the San Diego Chargers, he was seen yelling at a reporter after a crushing loss. Other times he reportedly made disparaging comments about Manning. After bouncing around with several teams, Leaf, who admitted he liked to party in Vegas, quit after just 25 games, 14 touchdowns, and 36 interceptions.

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Sebastian Vettel

Even in the high-octane world of race-car competition, Sebastian Vettel stands out for going over the edge at times. In the 2018 Brazilian Grand Prix qualifying rounds, Vettel grew angry when ordered to have his car weighed. He knocked over cones and sped off the scale, nearly hitting an official. He was fined €25,000 (about $28,750) for his reckless behavior. In 2017, he reportedly deliberately drove into another car at a race in Baku, Azerbaijan.

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Serena Williams

Arguably the greatest female tennis player in history, Serena Williams also has a record of blowups on the court, the most famous resulting in penalties for throwing a racket and arguing with the officials at the 2018 U.S. Open in a shocking loss to Naomi Osaka. Before that, Williams threatened a line judge after being called for a foot foul at the 2009 U.S. Open. In 2011, she was cited for harassment for screaming at an opponent.

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Sergio Garcia

Golf is a gentleman’s sport, with rules so strict they forbid talking while other golfers take swings – so it’s a bit surprising to see one of the best, Sergio Garcia, throw clubs, destroy the green with a club, and literally pound sand in frustration after bad shots. Oh, and then there was the time he threw his shoe into the crowd.

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Steve Smith

Fights between teammates aren’t uncommon. But in 2008, Carolina Panther wide receiver Steve Smith got into a tussle with teammate Ken Lucas that left the latter with a cut around his eye. In 2002, Smith got into an altercation with a teammate, Anthony Bright. Bright suffered a broken orbital lobe. Safe to say Smith doesn’t play well with others.

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