12 Instances of Teammates Throwing Down

Nick Dimengo@@itsnickdimengoFeatured ColumnistJune 26, 2014

12 Instances of Teammates Throwing Down

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    Fights happen all the time in sports.

    But when fisticuffs occur between guys wearing the same colors, that's when fans really get interested.

    And because we've seen a fair amount of tussles over the years, I'm giving you a few of my favorite instances where teammates have thrown down with each other.

Michael Jordan vs. Steve Kerr

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    Michael Jordan remains the greatest basketball player who has ever played the game.

    Steve Kerr was a great shooter who helped win Jordan at least one NBA title after nailing a game-winner in the 1997 NBA Finals.

    But during one practice while both were with the Chicago Bulls, the two just couldn't coexist.

    It turns out MJ was doing his typical trash-talking during a scrimmage, and Kerr took exception to what was said by His Airness.

    Standing up for himself, Jordan swung and cracked Kerr in the face, because No. 23 wasn't about to get talked back to.

    The altercation made both guys closer, which probably helped them win a few titles together.

Steve Smith vs. Ken Lucas

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    Although he may be short, former Carolina Panthers wideout Steve Smith isn't afraid of much—he's been known for his passion over 13 seasons in the league.

    One day during training camp in 2008, though, Smith let his emotions run a little too high, as he didn't just shove former teammate Ken Lucas but actually got him to the ground and beat him hard while he was down there.

    For his blowup, Smith was sent home, while Lucas covered his bruised eye with an ice pack.

    The wide receiver patched things up, though, as he quickly apologized and even gave his first touchdown catch that season to Lucas.

Shaquille O'Neal vs. Scott Skiles

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    The two might look all buddy-buddy here when they both played for the Orlando Magic in the mid-'90s, but based on one incident, you wouldn't think they really got along all that well.

    I do have to give former point guard Scott Skiles credit for one thing—he didn't back down from anyone—as he irritated Shaq so bad that the former center went after him once, getting him in a headlock.

    Still, I'm not sure going after a behemoth like Shaquille O'Neal is the greatest decision ever—even if it did lead to the two guys bonding together afterwards, much like the aforementioned Michael Jordan-Steve Kerr fight did for those two men.

Jeff Kent vs. Barry Bonds

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    This was simply a case of two former league MVPs with massive egos.

    OK, so that may be downplaying the fight between former San Francisco Giants teammates Barry Bonds and Jeff Kent back in 2002, but, essentially that's the simplest way of looking at it.

    While there have been a few lighthearted takes on what caused the "Slugout in the Dugout," I'm pretty sure it just came down to these two not enjoying one getting credit for making the other bettera case of two alpha males.

Lee Bowyer vs. Kieron Dyer

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    It was fairly well-known that soccer player Lee Bowyer had a tendency of going a little bit ape during the course of his career.

    Not a bad player, he often showed a lot of passion—and aggression—which caused a few brush-ups with players.

    One of those players happened to be his own teammate when Bowyer went full slugfest with former Newcastle United midfielder Kieron Dyer.

    Trailing 3-0 probably didn't sit too well with each player, but still, you can't let something like this happen—especially as both men were sent off.

Evan Turner vs. Lance Stephenson

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    Could this have been the straw that broke the camel's back for this past season's Indiana Pacers team?

    I'm not going to say it was for sure, but it definitely didn't show a great sense of unity before the playoffs started.

    During the last practice of the regular season, newly acquired guard Evan Turner apparently got into it with hothead Lance Stephenson—who is talented as all hell but struggles with his emotions at times.

    The two had to be pulled apart by teammates after throwing punches; it was just another chapter in the soap opera that was the Pacers this season.

Brian Cushing vs. Antonio Smith

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    It's typical for a few scuffles to happen during an NFL game.

    Emotions run high, and warrior-like men are running around trying to literally knock each other as hard as possible to either score or prevent a score from happening.

    It's a little less common when one player's helmet flies off because another teammate gets into it with him, yet it happened to Brian Cushing of the Houston Texans when he and Antonio Smith got tied up during a 2010 contest with the Tennessee Titans.

    I've heard of offsetting penalties between two different teams, but I'm not sure what happens when both guys are wearing the same uniforms.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto vs. Benjamin Moukandjo

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    The World Cup is the biggest tournament on the planet, bringing together fans from all different countries and cultures, so naturally the stage is very big.

    And when things don't go as planned, sometimes players show their emotions on their sleeves—or, in this case, their foreheads.

    Cameroon defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto headbutted his own teammate, Benjamin Moukandjo, in the final minutes of a blowout loss to Croatia, proving how frustrated he was with their performance.

Manny Ramirez vs. Kevin Youkilis

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    Was this just an instance of Manny being Manny?

    I don't know. But what I do know is that former big leaguer Manny Ramirez took a swing at his former Boston Red Sox teammate Kevin Youkilis which ultimately lit the fire for Man-Ram to be shipped out of Beantown in the summer of 2008.

    Ramirez was upset that Youk had a habit of throwing things after a poor at-bat, causing a scene in the dugout that made the BoSox look like a bunch of summer camp kids fighting over a cute girl.

DeMarcus Cousins vs. Donte Greene

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    As a graduate of the University of Kentucky, I will always have a soft spot for Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins—even if he did only play one year in Lexington and continuously underachieves in the NBA.

    But even I can't defend his decision to sock former teammate Donte Greene following a tough loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder back in 2011, earning Cousins a fine.

    Apparently, Boogie was upset that Greene passed to another player for the final shot of the game rather than letting the center even get a chance to take it. A punch won't change Greene's decision next time, I'd imagine.

Gilbert Arenas vs. Javaris Crittenton

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    Now this is one we probably all remember, as it was one of the most bizarre cases ever witnessed in sports.

    Going through a losing season is tough enough, but when it happens and two players on the team pull pistols on each other, it's probably the lowest point for any franchise.

    When Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton did just that in 2010, the NBA had to protect its image by busting the two players.

    I have a feeling they don't stay in touch.

Bill Romanowski vs. Marcus Williams

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    During his playing days, former linebacker Bill Romanowski was an absolute menace, terrorizing opponents with his aggressive play while also unafraid to cross the line in intimidation.

    But one would think it would end with his teammates.

    Apparently, though, Romo couldn't hold back his rage on a former defensive mate, Marcus Williams, who was beaten so badly by the roided-up Romanowski that he was forced to call his career quits.