Olympic track and field stars are notorious for doping. One of the most disappointing incidents came in 2006 when Gatlin tested positive for tetrahydrogestrinone. Banned substance THG improves your endurance by producing short-term energy when oxygen is short. Obviously, it’s not exactly kosher for a 100m Olympic gold medallist. When he failed a drug test, the sport’s governing body banned Gatlin for four years from the track and field competitions.
However, Gatlin’s coach came out with one of the most ridiculous excuses in the history of humanity. In short, he claimed that a massage therapist rubbed it into the athlete’s body without him knowing. This is about as likely as the Charlotte Hornets winning the NBA championship. Needless to say, he didn’t convince many if anyone with this defense and Gatlin served out his ban. It was a downward moment.
McGregor’s rivalry with Khabib Nurmagamedov was one of the most toxic in the history of combat sports. MMA fans saw a bus attack, multiple arrests, racism, as well as a brawl to top it all off. With all of this in mind, it’s easy to forget that there was actually a sanctioned fight. In the end, Khabib won this convincingly by fourth-round submission. However, ‘The Notorious’ is not one to let things go.
However, the most ridiculous of his excuses came as a comment on Joe Rogan’s Instagram. The podcaster and comedian shared a post relating his excitement about Khabib’s upcoming match against Justin Gaethje. He commented: “Chill bro, I’d a hangover.” ‘The Notorious’ was particularly unhinged before this bout but this is one of the worst excuses that we’ve ever heard.
It was 1996 and Manchester United played Southampton in the Premiership. United went 3-o down before half-time and their legendary manager Sir. Alex Ferguson wasn’t happy. He remarkably blamed their uniforms for negatively affecting their play. Usually ‘The Red Devils’ wore red jerseys with black or white shorts, but this time they had a drab grey away kit.
Ferguson forced his players to change their uniforms during the break. They managed to pull a goal back but still went on to lose. The manager ensured that his team never wore the grey uniform again because he believed that it affected the speed of eye muscle reactions. Actually he may have had a point, but excuses aside, his team was just rubbish against ‘The Saints.’ To the day, this is an iconic moment in league history.
Former WBC heavyweight champion Wilder lost his rematch to Tyson Fury in 2019. Wilder’s cornerman Mark Breland threw in the towel because Fury was battering his fighter. Sometimes you have to admit that the better man won and live to fight another day. But Wilder is unable to accept defeat and has unloaded an assault of excuses including the infamous, ‘My entrance outfit was too heavy.’
The Alabama native actually claimed that his garish 40-pound outfit (see above) weighed so much that it sapped his strength. Later, he released a bizarre, cringe-worthy video on Instagram complete with awful music, where he explained his disgust. He called Breland a traitor and even accused him of poisoning the water. It was just incredibly disappointing from one of the sport’s most inspirational figures.