Most Preposterous Excuses In Sports History
Nobody wants to take the blame for their mishaps, and these athletes came up with some amazing excuses.
There are many excuses athletes fall back on because they want to ensure they are playing by the rules or it wasn’t their fault for their flub on the field. Below is a list of some of the best excuses athletes have for their misfortunes. I saved my personal favorite for last.
- Oklahoma Sooners Quarterback Baker Mayfield on Oklahoma’s 2014 collapse.
In 2014, the Sooners started 4-0 and finished 8-5. Mayfield was sitting out at the time due to transfer rules and says that the reason they started losing was due to that pop singer Katy Perry “had eyes” for then quarterback Trevor Knight. She admitted that she wanted the Sooners to win as she was a guest on “College Gameday” and Mayfield said that Katy Perry jinxed the team for laying it on for Knight.
- 10 year NFL veteran Donovan McNabb on why there was no urgency in their offence as the game was winding down in overtime versus the Bengals.
In a 2008 regular season game, the Eagles and the Bengals were tied in overtime with the clock winding down. McNabb was casual on the field and had the team huddle up often. The clock expired and the game ended in a tie. In the post game press conference McNabb admitted that he didn’t know there were ties in the NFL. Now this may be a true statement instead of an excuse but he’s been in the league for 10 years and had taken his team to the Super Bowl. You’d think you’d know all the rules of the game by this point.
- Track and Field Sprinter Justin Gatlin’s coach, Trevor Graham, on why Gatlin tested positive for steroids.
Graham said that the reason Gatlin tested positive was because a massage therapist was vengeful on him and used a testosterone cream on his legs without his knowledge. How many times have we heard athletes say they didn’t knowingly take steroids?
- Three time Tour de France Winner Alberto Contador on why he tested positive for steroids.
In 2010, Contador tested positive for bronchodilator clenbuterol in his urine and he said, “This is a clear case of food contamination.” He said that he and others had some contaminated meat but he was the only one who tested positive for steroids.
- Spain goaltender Iker Casillas on why he gave up divisive goal versus Switzerland in the 2010 World Cup.
Casillas put the blame on his girlfriend Sara Carbonero who distracted him before the corner kick. Carbonero is a Spanish reporter who was standing behind the goal.
- Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing on why he tested positive for performance enhancing drugs.
Although male fertility drugs are not banned by the NFL, it does give meaning to the term “performance enhancing drugs.” Cushing refused to admit he took a fertility pill and put the blame on over-trained athlete syndrome. “I work too hard and I am too strong, so drug tests show traces of a fertility drug.”
- Giants second baseman Jeff Kent on how he broke his wrist during the off-season.
In 2002, Jeff Kent would go on to miss spring training and the first part of the season due to a broken wrist. He said that he broke it while “washing his truck.” He said he was washing the cab of his truck when he fell off and landed on his left hand causing the break. It was revealed later that Kent was doing wheelies on a motorcycle and wiped out.
- 2010 New York Knicks on why they lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Many Knick players admitted that they lost because they couldn’t get any sleep the night before. The reason they lost sleep is because Skirvin Hilston hotel in downtown Oklahoma City is haunted.
- Ndamukong Suh on stomping on Aaron Rodgers ankle as he was laying on the ground.
In the last game of the 2014 season, notorious jerk, Ndamukong Suh stepped backwards intentionally stomping on Packer quaterback, Aaron Rodgers. Suh later said because Lambeau Field was so cold, his feet were numb and he couldn’t tell the difference between turf and a person’s ankle. He was suspended for the Lions playoff game versus Dallas but the suspension was lifted for a fine of $70,000.
- Roger Clemens on throwing a piece of a broken bat at Mike Piazza during a playoff game.
The Mets and the Yankees were playing each other in the 2000 World Series when in Game 2 Mike Piazza fouled a pitch from Roger Clemens. The bat exploded into many shards and the barrel of the bat almost hit Clemens. Clemens picked up the broken piece and threw it back at Piazza. Benches cleared and Clemens later said that he though he was picking up the ball and not the bat. Would have been better if he picked up a ball and threw it at Piazza?
- Dutch Cyclist Adri Van Der Poel on why he tested positive for a poison where in small doses it is a stimulant. (Winner for best excuse for the testing positive category.)
When Van Der Poel tested positive for this poison, he claimed that he had eaten too much of his father-in-laws pigeon pie. The pigeons used in the pie were former racing pigeons and it was the pigeons that were given the stimulant. This is a rare situation where the lie is more embarrassing than the truth.
…and my personal favorite excuse…
- Buffalo Bills wide receiver Steve Johnson on why he dropped a game-winning touchdown pass that would have beaten the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Johnson had both hands on the ball in the end-zone before dropping the ball. If he had caught the ball, Johnson would have won the overtime game against the heavily favored Steelers. After the game, he blamed God for dropping the ball. In a tweet after the game he wrote, “I PRAISE YOU 24/7!!!!!! AND THIS HOW YOU DO ME!!!!! YOU EXPECT ME TO LEARN FROM THIS??? HOW???!!! ILL NEVER FORGET THIS!! EVER!!! THX THO…” This is my favorite because I was blown away that he couldn’t just accept the fact that he dropped the ball. Up until this point God was undefeated. Every post game interview with the winning team thanked God. Steve Johnson gave God his first loss in sports.