Top 15 WTF Moments In Sports History

Every now and again a moment will happen in sports that stops you in your tracks. Something that is completely absurd, shocking or disastrous will break down the façade that we buy into – the idea that the sports arena is a sacred environment separated from the falibilities of every day life. We now know this is not true because when it is all said and done, sports stars are just people capable of making the same mistakes.

While we are all capable of acting on our dark side, sports identities have the added pressure of dealing with sponsors, agents, the media and their own expectations. Performing in that field often appeals to the narcissists, obsessive-compulsive or bipolar individuals who change at the flick of a switch when they are thrown into a competitive environment.

The burning desire to win and achieve ultimate success can come at a cost. It reveals the true nature of athletes away from the spotlight, but in the 21st Century there is no safe place to hide. On other occasions the hand of Mother Nature steps in that leaves fans holding their breath. The frenetic atmosphere sport creates lends itself to all types of bizarre activity that is impossible to predict.

Here at The Sportster, we’ve taken a moment to pause and reflect on the Top 15 moments in the history of sports that left us thinking WTF? From the tragic to the simply outrageous, the games we know and love have a habit of going from the back page to the front in no time at all. So get the swear jar ready because these are the top WTF moments in sports.

15 15. Usain Bolt Segway Collision

14 14. 149 Own Goals in 1 Game


Full disclosure, we know a vast majority of our readers don’t keep up to date with developments in the Madagascan soccer league, but something happened in one game that left us thinking WTF? Yes that score line is correct. In 2002 AS Adema won 149-0 against Stade Olympique L’Emyrne. From reports on the ground, apparently the L’Emyrne players were left frustrated when their coach lost his temper with the referee and starting banging in the goals in their own net in protest.

13 13. Chuck Hughes Dies on NFL field

AP Photo/Jim Mone

12 12. Diego Maradona and the “Hand of God”

11 11. Oscar Pistorius Murder Trial


10 10. Kobe Bryant Rape Case


9 9. Tonya Harding & Nancy Kerrigan


8 8. Child Sexual Abuse at Penn State


7 7. Magic Johnson’s HIV-positive diagnosis


6 6. Eric Cantona Kung-fu Kicks Fan


5 5. Monica Seles Stabbing

AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

The last thing a professional tennis player is expecting at the change of ends is to be stabbed by a member of the crowd. Twenty years after the freak incident in 1993, Seles admitted the mental scars of that day still affect her. During a match in Hamburg, an obsessed fan of Steffi Graf’s ran onto the edge of the court to stab Seles between the shoulder blades.

4 4. Tiger Woods Sex Scandal


3 3. Mike Tyson Bites Evander Holyfield’s Ear


2 2. Muhammad Ali Arrest

Picture the biggest sports star in the world, think LeBron James mixed with Tom Brady, and imagine them being sent to prison for not going to a war that was vastly unpopular amongst the community, e.g. Iraq. Analogies are needed in 2015 because never before or since have we seen a sports personality with such magnetic charisma face the might of the U.S. Supreme Court.

1 1. 1989 World Series Earthquake

Game 3 of the World Series, 1989. Oakland Athletics versus San Francisco Giants. What was to follow would be the first ever live broadcast of an earthquake and it is believed the baseball game saved hundreds of lives in the aftermath. The Loma Prieta earthquake was captured when ABC went through to a highlights package before commentator Al Michaels could be heard saying, “We’re having an earth-“ when the feed cut out. Reruns of Roseanne and The Wonder Years fooled nobody as the news spread internationally.

A collapse of the Interstate 880 tragically killed 42 people, but with many people leaving work early to see the game it may very well be the only time a game has literally saved lives. Without a doubt, the '89 World Series earthquake remains the top WTF moment in sports history.

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