There are a lot of media outlets out there in sports today that choose not to cover pregame and postgame interviews largely because athletes and coaches become robots once the final whistle sounds and provide us with cookie cutter answers that are boring, rehearsed and repetitive. However, there are some guys out there who aren’t afraid to show off their personalities. Some of these guys are likable personalities, and others not so much.
Athletes we've always loved for a quote include former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal, who was funny, accessible, entertaining and never seemed to be afraid to speak his mind. Then there are guys like Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, who don’t say anything to the media, yet still give them a story.
Whether you believe professional athletes and coaches should be obligated to speak with the media after games or not, we all love to see the highlights that are most interesting when it comes to what people say away from the field of play. Some of that has now changed with the advent of Twitter because we can dissect a tweet, but there’s no replacement for classic press conferences that get a little crazier than we initially expected. It’s in honor of those press conferences that we present to you the 10 most heated sports press conferences in history.
Not all of these coaches and players made it to a professional league where the pressure to win is at its highest, but that doesn’t mean that being in the spotlight didn’t get to them at times. You can’t blame them though because we all have our bad days, the difference is that these athletes and coaches have their bad days on camera, allowing major media outlets to display them publicly for our enjoyment. There were always some reliable sports figures for a great moment, but some of these seemingly came out of nowhere, as the status quo was thrown out the window and raw emotion just took over. You'll probably soon find yourself imitating these outbursts the next time you have to let off some steam.
11 Honorable Mention: Allen Iverson
10 Derek Anderson
9 Jim Mora
8 John Chaney & John Calipari
7 Dennis Green
6 Mike Gundy
5 Jerry Burns
4 Kevin Borseth
3 Jon Bones Jones vs. Daniel Cormier
2 Mike Tyson
During his prime years, former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson could end a bout in less than 10 seconds, making us scratch our heads as to why we had to pay $50 to watch it on pay-per-view. Nevertheless we did because he was an absolute animal and it was quite exciting to see how ferocious he could be, but with Tyson’s ferociousness came an attitude towards the public and the media that definitely scared us a little bit.
1 Hal McRae
You know a press conference is getting heated when electronics starts getting thrown around everywhere. Nowadays these things don’t happen because an athlete or coach would never want to throw their $600 smart phone around the room, but back during simpler times it was much more cost effective and relieving to take an old school piece of equipment and whip it all around the room so that the reporters would leave you alone. Here’s former MLB player and manager Hal McRae doing just that.
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