Professional Athletes Turn To Cry Babies [VIDEOS]
Another weekend of sports is in the books. We saw a two-time champion get swept out of the NBA playoffs, a first time winner in Nascar, a possible end to an incredible coaching career, a baseball great come out of a long slump and we also saw professional athletes turn into cry babies.
Tempers flare in sports, we all know that. It's the competitive nature of the game that brings out the best and worst in an individual. After all, everyone who plays a competitive sport all have one goal in common - and that is to win. But, when these athletes lose their cool and take that "I'm taking my ball and going home" attitude, it leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
These guys get paid the big bucks, and granted, they all still have that heart and drive to succeed, but it's just never a good idea to lose that cool especially on national television where aspiring kids of all ages are watching. This weekend, I saw two instances where that competitive nature turned a few of these professional athletes into little cry babies.
Let's start with the NBA playoffs, where the two-time defending champion L.A. Lakers played the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavericks were up 3 games in a 7 game series and looking to close out the champs. Dallas not only closed it out, they just flat out spanked the Lakers. Now, it's important, especially as a defending champion, to not only win as a champion, but to lose as one as well. The Lakers showed an embarrassing lack of cool in the closing minutes of this romp. First, Lamar Odom slammed into Dirk Nowitski in the middle of court, earning him an ejection. That was small time, though, compared to what Andrew Bynum did.
Check out this video to see for yourself.
Pretty jacked up, right? The elbow to the chest was uncalled for no matter the situation.
Let's shift gears and look at Nascar.
The Nascar Sprint Cup Series raced at Darlington this past Saturday night. Darlington is a track that frustrates many, so it was no surprise to see tempers flare at the end of the race. It was also no surprise to see Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch involved. What was surprising, was the lack of sportsmanship that these two had. I thought it was kind of funny, but at the same time, I thought, "what a couple of morons". Again, you had grown athletes acting like babies.
Like I said, tempers do flare in sports, but these guys are professional athletes, and even though emotions are involved, you are a professional athlete and should act accordingly and quit acting like a bunch of overpaid cry babies.