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Star Athletes Who Fought Off The Field

Darren - September 26, 2019
Lists

Star Athletes Who Fought Off The Field

Darren - September 26, 2019

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6. Phil Bardsley

Premier League veteran Bardsley has been around the block. He started out with Manchester United but found his feet in the lower half of the division with teams like Sunderland, Stoke City, and now, Burnley. A very rugged, traditional defender, there’s not a lot of glamor to the veteran’s game.

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Bardsley is also a volatile character. Now and again he gets himself into trouble. A massive fight broke out in an Ibiza hotel with Bardsley in the middle of it. Chairs and tables got flung across the room. Bardsley was held back by friends to prevent him from making the situation even worse. Burnley fined him for his behavior.

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5. BJ Penn

Penn was once on top of the MMA world. The former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion was brilliant in the early days of his career.  However, those memories feel like a long time ago now. Penn has been involved in multiple unsavory incidents and is currently dealing with a custody battle for his children.

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After his most recent barfight, his chances are looking slim. Penn got into a scrap with a shirtless dude outside a bar on Hawaii’s main island. ‘The Prodigy’ ate a huge left hook and was knocked out. Later, footage showed Penn choking the same guy. As a result, UFC President Dana White said the Hawaiian would never fight for the promotion again.

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4. LeSean McCoy

Fighting a cop is just a dumb move. However, LeSean McCoy thought differently. The Kansas City Chiefs running back found himself in hot water after an incident in a Philidelphia bar. McCoy had a full-on brawl over a champagne bottle with an off-duty police officer named Roland Butler.

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After the bottle shattered on the floor, a big skirmish kicked off in the Recess Lounge in Philly. So much for the City of Brotherly Love, because Butler suffered broken ribs, a thumb, a broken nose, and several cuts. The attack cost McCoy $55,000. In short, punching a cop is an expensive hobby.

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3. Tyrone Crawford

This is one of the most recent incidents on this list. Crawford has represented the Dallas Cowboys with distinction. The big defensive end is a hero in Texas, where he’s played since 2012. But he also provided a major distraction for his team in the build-up to the 2019 NFL season.

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Crawford got into a  bar fight in Panama City Beach, Florida. He threw heavy haymakers in the brawl. Of course, you can’t get away with doing something like that. Consequently, Crawford had to do an anger management assessment and six months of probation. But it was probably worth it.

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2. Steven Gerrard

A Liverpool FC legend, Gerrard had a squeaky-clean reputation for the majority of his career. However, that all came to a head in 2008 when he got into a barfight. The incident took place in Southport, Merseyside. This is also a fine example of how a superstar can get away with misbehaving.

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In short, Gerrard gave an uppercut to the DJ because he wouldn’t play his music. The pair eyeballed each other across the room and then got into a verbal confrontation. But then the former Liverpool captain punched the man, claiming he did so in self-defense. Consequently, the jury let him off the hook.

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1. Conor McGregor

MMA superstar McGregor just can’t stay out of trouble. The Irishman has even spent nights in jail after his involvement with a number of wild incidents. Earlier this year he smashed the phone of a fan who was annoying him outside of a nightclub. Finally, he punched an old man in a bar who didn’t want to drink his whiskey.

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The former UFC champion’s most notorious incident saw him storm Brooklyn’s Barclay Center and toss a dolly through a bus window. Don’t forget about his involvement in post- and pre-fight brawls. One of the main reasons why fans love McGregor is because he is so volatile. But how much is too much?

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