The Craziest Quotes from the Craziest People in Sports

Nick DimengoFeatured ColumnistOctober 17, 2013

The Craziest Quotes from the Craziest People in Sports

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    I'm not saying that I say the smartest things when put on the spot, so should we expect some of our favorite athletes to do the same?

    Fair or not, everything athletes say these days gets talked about and skewed in thousands of different ways that they need to be really careful when opening their mouths and talking to someone else.

    As much as things are criticized, though, there are some guys out there who say dumb stuff constantly, otherwise putting a target on themselves for not being taken seriously—and these are just a few of those people.

Greg Hardy

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    Craziest Quote: Hardy told The Charlotte Observer's Jonathan Jones, "How should I answer this question? …I would dominate that dude. Hands down, guaranteed win. And that’s my favorite player,"

    My Take: I'm not sure if Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy falls under the category of a crazy dude quite yet, but rest assured that if he keeps claiming he can "dominate that dude" in reference to LeBron James—as he did here when asked about how he'd fair against the best baller on the planet—he may need to be checked for a few screws loose.

Evel Knievel

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    Craziest Quote: "I did everything by the seat of my pants. That's why I got hurt so much."

    My Take: Although this isn't probably the best example of former stuntman Evel Knievel's wackiness, it sure as hell explains a lot about both him and his profession.

    With a variety of quotes and lessons he had learned in his lifetime, Knievel was probably the most extreme person anyone had ever met—which also made him undeniably nuts.

Terrell Owens

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    Craziest Quote: "Get your popcorn ready, 'cause I'm gonna put on a show."

    My Take: One of the most polished crybaby athletes of the past couple of decades, the former wide receiver literally talked himself out of the league thanks to his antics and reputation as a team cancer.

    It was his brash attitude that helped him succeed, but it was also that same attitude that ended up taking away from his legacy too.

Randy Moss

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    Craziest Quote: "Now that I'm older, I do think I'm the greatest receiver to ever do it."

    My Take: Just like the aforementioned Terrell Owens, former wideout Randy Moss also loved to talk about himself.

    Simply put, while Moss' numbers stack up nicely when compared to other wide receivers in the game. But when he famously anointed himself as the greatest ever—at the Super Bowl, no less—was a bit over-the-top.

    Oh Randy, when will you realize it's more than just stats that make a player?

Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith

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    Craziest Quotes: Skip Bayless predicted on ESPN's 1st and 10 that "Tim Tebow is the next Brett Favre.". While Stephen A. Smith actually tweeted, "I'm an honorable man, so I must admit @realskipbayless is right-on with that. He IS the one who told me about Manziel." 

    My Take: In all honesty, while ESPN just loved to pair these two loud-mouths up to debate the hot, trending topics in sports each day, us sports fans were forced to hear them sayand do—some pretty dumb stuff.

    While we normal fans just yell back and forth with our buddies about different things, these two actually get paid to do it—okay, maybe I'm a little jealous.

Chad Ochocinco

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    Craziest Quote: "I'm traveling to all 51 states to see who can stop 85."

    My Take: Seeing how former wideout Chad Ochocinco completely botches the number of states in the U.S.—come on man, there are 50—he also refers to himself in third person, sort of, assuming you count Ochocinco calling himself, well, Ochocinco—or 85.

Kevin Garnett

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    Craziest Quote: "Too much coffee. Too much coffee and Gatorade. It's a hell of a mix. If you're ever tired in the morning, just try that mix, and tell me what you think."

    My Take: Like some other athletes, Kevin Garnett is is a guy who once got criticized for comparing the game of basketball to war; who pounds his head against the padding under the hoop to get hyped for games; and who screams and slaps the floor at random moments.

    So yeah, I'd say KG is a bit whacko.

Joey Barton

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    Craziest Quote: "I'd rather flush my head down the toilet daily than be a 'Belieber'. He's a smack addiction waiting to happen. #macaulaycaulkinstyle."

    My Take: Yes, believe it or not, of all the things that Joey Barton has said and done in his professional soccer career, I referenced the Twitter spat Twitter spat he got in with Justin Bieber fans.

    Maybe I'm the crazy one—but then again, this guy is so crazy that there was once a humor article written about him unknowingly fighting with himself on social media.

Brian Wilson

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    Craziest Quote: "I feel like I want to rage...right now."

    My Take: Okay, I can't really hate on Brian Wilson giving a straight answer after he helped lead his former team, the Giants, to a World Series victory back in 2010.

    Still, this is the type of saying that pretty much defines the colorful personality that he has, isn't it?

Diego Maradona

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    Craziest Quote: "My legitimate kids are Dalma and Giannina. The rest are a product of my money and mistakes."

    My Take: No stranger to causing a stir with some of his opinions, former Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona summed up his partying ways best when he once said this when asked about parenthood.

    While Maradona may have won numerous international awards for his play on the pitch, a "Father of the Year" medal probably wasn't draped around his neck after saying this.

Shaquille O'Neal

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    Craziest Quote: "I'm not too worried about the Sacramento Queens."

    My Take: I could have chosen any of a handful of thousands of things former basketball great Shaquille O'Neal made famous.

    I chose to go with this one though, because as much as he could care less about the "Sacramento Queens" back while playing, he sure gives a damn about them now—after he became a part owner of the franchise.

Lou Holtz

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    Craziest Quote: "They say a tie is like kissing your sister. I guess that is better than kissing your brother."

    My Take: Believe me, if I had time to do it, I may have just listed everything that former coach Lou Holtz mutters while making an appearance on ESPN—assuming you can actually understand him—but I went with one of his old classics here.

    Though I admit they're entertaining at times, the "Pep Talk" segments Holtz gives are nearly impossibly to follow thanks to his weird voice and weirder analogies.

Don King

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    Craziest Quote: "He speaks English, Spanish, and he's bilingual, too."

    My Take: A legendary boxing promoter, Don King might be well-spoken when it comes to talking up his fights, but this specific quote didn't seem to get the job done when referring to boxer Julio Cesar Chavez.

    On a positive note, at least King isn't nearly getting into a fight himself—as was the case earlier his year.

Jose Canseco

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    Craziest Quote: “They always put the smart guys out in right field. That's where I used to play.”

    My Take: Okay, Jose Canseco, I'll applaud you for knowing that you did indeed play right field, but proclaiming yourself a smart man, well, now that's just stupid.

    How easily you forgot about your little head-butt, home run while playing out there for the Rangers once.

Mario Balotelli

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    Craziest Quote: "Just to see what it looks like," after crashing into a women's prison uninvited.

    My Take: Mario Balotelli loves controversy and creating news, so what better way to do that than to say something outlandish to grab headlines?

    Whether on the pitch or with a mic in his face, it's clear that Balotelli will put on a show for people.

Dennis Rodman

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    Craziest Quote: "Chemistry is a class you take in high school or college, where you figure out two plus two is 10 or something."

    My Take: Yep, who needs to describe what team chemistry is when you have Basketball Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman to explain what chemistry as a class is.

    It's too bad that Rodman completely butchers it, probably giving his former high school teachers a heart attack in the process.

Alex Rodriguez

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    Craziest Quote: "I knew we weren't taking Tic Tacs. I knew that." 

    My Take: What else would any of us expect to hear from Alex Rodriguez when asked back in 2009 about his admission to PEDs?

    Seeing how A-Rod is currently appealing the longest PED suspension in MLB history, I'd say he wasn't just trying to freshen his breath with a little minty candy.

Ryan Lochte

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    Craziest Quote: "It means, like, almost everything. Like happy. Like, if you have a good swim, you say, 'Jeah!'"

    My Take: I just can't stand hearing swimmer Ryan Lochte say a single word ever again, let alone one that he actually trademarked following his rise to fame following last year's Olympics.

Metta World Peace

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    Craziest Quote: "I'm just too sexy for my cat. If I wasn't as sexy for my cat, I probably wouldn't have came back. I'm so sexy, I came back."

    My Take: Let's forget about Metta World Peace giving an alleged special shout-out to Right Said Fred following a game earlier this year for a second, and let's all focus on him admitting to wanting to try his hand at Arena League football after getting released by the Lakers in July.

    Sure, his little lyrical showcase was definitely out there, but could any of us imagine the new Knicks forward in pads and a helmet?

Mike Tyson

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    Craziest Quote: "I want to rip out his heart and feed it to him. I want to kill people. I want to rip their stomachs out and eat their children."

    My Take: Like most of the athletes on here, there were seriously gobs of nutso quotes that could fall under the crazy category from Mike Tyson.

    One of the baddest, meanest, most feared boxers ever has made a living trash-talking people, so of course "Iron Mike" happens to be the craziest talker of them all.

    But seriously, how did this guy become a cartoon character for kids to watch?