Craziest Athletes – Top 5

The month of May honors many things – Mother’s, Cinco De Mayo, the Military, Mental Health Awareness & many others (full list).

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, we present to you our Top 5 Craziest Athletes or unstable Athletes of our Time.

5:  Chad Ocho Cinco aka Chad Johnson – Wide Receiver, Cincinnati Bengals

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  • Legally changed his name from C. Johnson to Chad Ocho Cinco to match his nickname and the numbers on his jersey.
  • While appearing on Pardon the Interruption proclaimed that he could beat Michael Phelps (the 8 time gold medal, record setting Olympic champion) in swim race.
  • Raced a horse on national television.
  • Known for his crazy celebrations, ex- holding up the Hall of Fame jacket reading, “class 20??”
  • Compiled “The List” of all the Defensive backs who covered him in the ’05 season – ranking them from best to worst.

4:  Tonya Harding – Former U.S. Figure Skater


  • Had her husband Jeff Gilooly and friend beat up Nancy Kerrigan at the 1994 US figure skating championships.
  • Released a nude “wedding video.”
  • Was a manager for USA Pro Wrestling in 1994.
  • Short-lived music career with her band, Golden Blades.
  • Numerous run in with the law including drunk driving, domestic violence and attacking the paparazzi.
  • Became a boxer in 2002 after appearing in Fox’s Celebrity Boxing, her record 3 Win – 3 losses.

3:  Ron Artest – Forward, Houston Rockets


  • “The Malace @ the Palace” – If you were living under a rock in 2004, click on this link to check out the video.
  • Known as being one of the toughest defenders in the NBA, he acquired those skills and the toughness from growing up in Queens, NY. “It was so competitive, they broke a leg from a table and they threw it, it went right through his heart and he died right on the court. So I’m accustomed to playing basketball really rough.”
  • Applied for a job at Circuit City during his rookie season with the Bulls so that he can receive the employee discount.
  • Asked for month off while playing for the Pacers to promote his album and his label mates albums.

2: Dennis Rodman aka The Worm, Retired NBA Forward


  • During his playing days died his hair all-types of different colors, tattoos and piercing all over his body.
  • Clashed with players, officials and the media – including the notorious head butt with the official and kick to the groin to the cameraman.
  • Showed up in a full wedding dress to promote his autobiography “Bad as I Wanna to be.”

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  • Part time pro-wrestler as a member of the N.W.O.
  • Numerous high profile relationships with Carmen Electra, Madonna & many others.
  • Movie actor “Double Team & Simon Sez” – great movies that earned him the Razzies award.

And… Last but not least…

1:  Mike Tyson aka Iron Mike aka Kid Dynamite aka The Baddest Man on the Planet – Retired Boxer

Iron Mike

So many moments to choose from with Tyson… here are just a few:

  • Youngest Heavyweight World Champion – Age 20.
  • 1992 was convicted and sentenced to six years in prison (served 3) for the rape of Desiree Washington.
  • Grossed over $300 million in his career but declared bankruptcy in 2003.
  • Married to Robin Givens.
  • Bit off a piece of Holyfield’s on their rematch fight in 1997.
  • Threatened to eat Lennox Lewis’ children.

Tyson’s career has too many to list, in fact.. . I’ll just let this video do the job for me.

So what do you think? Do you think Iron Mike is deserving of first place in crazy sports land? Or you have other athletes in mind?

Comments welcomed!

Hope you enjoyed our list of the Top 5 Craziest Athletes in Sports.

**** SPECIAL NOTE: This post is meant as a joke, if anyone finds offense to it, I apologize – Thanks! ****


2 Responses

  1. […] Original post by elizabeth1011 […]

  2. Holy crap…I think I’m more intimidated by Tonya Harding than Mike Tyson!

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