20 Athlete Social Media Fashion Fails
The moment social media evolved from a 21st century Internet curiosity to a primary form of communication with friends, family, coworkers...and total strangers, apps like Twitter and Instagram have proved that more of us isn't necessarily better.
If anything, they've shown that if given the opportunity, anyone—rich, poor, famous or toiling in obscurity—is capable of transmitting truly cringe-worthy words and images.
In essence, social media has democratized buffoonery, which explains why athletes who otherwise would be relatively inoculated from scrutiny in their dome of celebrity, are perfect examples of both the perks and perils.
And when it comes to social media crimes, few things have suffered as much wanton and egregious abuse than fashion—often with awesome and hilarious results.
Put a de facto digital camera in the pocket of millions of Americans, including athletes, and give them the ability to upload pics to apps like Facebook from almost anywhere, and what was once a misguided choice of pants among friends is now a viral hit landing in inboxes across the world.
These are 20 athlete social media fashion fails.
Von Miller, Denver Broncos
Instagram ID: millerlite40
Broncos linebacker Von Miller's Instagram page is filled with fashion fails (like this and this)—although that lion ensemble definitely stands out even if he's not actually wearing it. Miller missed a fair bit of action in 2013, which probably gave him too much free time to shop. Let's hope he stays healthy this season.
Nick Young, Los Angeles Lakers
Jose Canseco, Retired MLB
Instagram ID: 33josecanseco
It seems retired major league slugger and noted steroids enthusiast Jose Canseco's idea of formal attire includes an Ed Hardy T-shirt. Because of course it does. At least he tried to get dressed up, though—his lady friend just threw on her sexy referee Halloween costume and called it a day.
Pierre Thomas, New Orleans Saints
DeJuan Blair, Washington Wizards
Instagram ID: dejuan45
Caption: In the hood at the YOWN Video Shoot PDotO!!!
Wizards center DeJuan Blair looks pretty confident and pleased with himself in that photo, which is pretty impressive for a guy wearing such a snug denim outfit. He tried to dress it up with a massive gold medallion and diamond watch, but neither can distract from that sea of denim.
Tavares Gooden, NFL Free Agent
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
Instagram ID: kingjames
Caption: Straight flexing with my homies lastnight! Who want it with us #RWTW #StriveForGreatness
Cavaliers superstar LeBron James normally keeps it classy and cool when it comes to fashion but has also been known to take a few risks. Wearing a Pharrell hat is a risk that never pays off unless you're Pharrell. James looks so silly in that hat that it looks like the heads on the wall behind him are actually judging him.
Tyrann Mathieu, Arizona Cardinals
Instagram ID: devine_mathieu
Caption: 88G. #ChristopherKane #ALLRED #RobinDenim
You can tell Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu spent a lot of time and way too much money to look that ridiculous. Nothing on its own is that over the top, but all put together, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Glen “Big Baby” Davis, Los Angeles Clippers
Adam "Pacman" Jones, Cincinnati Bengals
Floyd Mayweather, Boxer
Sean Weatherspoon, Atlanta Falcons
Instagram ID: spoonjones56
Caption: In the middle of it all #Jones #miz
Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon's goofy tiger shirt and matching kicks make more sense on the campus of his alma mater, the University of Missouri, than they would in the real world. Though not enough sense to completely overlook how silly he looks.
Rudy Gay, Sacramento Kings
Anthony "Boobie" Dixon, Buffalo Bills
Instagram ID: boobiedixon
Caption: #AllGoldEverythang .......Don't Believe me Just Watch
Bills running back Boobie Dixon is one of countless athletes who have inexplicably embraced leopard print. It doesn't look good on middle-aged women desperate for attention, and it doesn't look good on men...ever. Dixon's overalls aren't much of an improvement, either.
Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
Instagram ID: russwest44
Caption: Teenchoice special!!! #whynot #donthateonthebrodie #ayeeeeee
I will concede that Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook exists on another fashion planet than the rest of us—he clearly puts a lot of time, money and effort into crafting his look. That being said, to the naked eye of your average fashion layman, Westbrook usually looks a little nuts.
Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens
Serena Williams, Tennis
Instagram ID: serenawilliams
Caption: [No caption]
Tennis great Serena Williams is known for being bold with her fashion choices. Sometimes, she knocks it out of the park while other times, she wears a long-sleeve leopard leotard to the beach as a bathing suit. Williams has the body to pull off that cut, but it doesn't change the fact that it's just not beachwear.
Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions
Ben McLemore, Sacramento Kings
Instagram ID: youngsav23
Kings shooting guard Ben McLemore and his jewelry guy probably had the best intentions when they dreamed up this golden Jesus medallion encrusted in diamonds. Unfortunately, there are much better ways to display one's faith and honor one's God. What would Jesus do? Not this.
Jeremy Ross, Detroit Lions
Instagram ID: j_ross_10
Caption: Posted at the Telly in my Onesie #BigKid
Lions wide receiver Jeremy Ross is just one of many athletes who have embraced the adult onesie trend. And just to be clear, it's a bad trend—a very bad trend. There's just something unsettling about adults dressing like babies.