During a contentious UFC 202 press conference on Wednesday, Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz lost their cool, launched expletives and then literally threw water bottles at one another. While hydration is absolutely important, the tension nearly triggered a full-blown brawl and caused UFC president Dana White to exclaim of McGregor, "That's a wrap, get him out of here.” It was ugly, but hardly the first time we’ve seen athletes hurl objects — liquid containers, chairs, equipment and other items during outbursts. Let’s take a look back at them in reverse chronological order.
Steph Curry throws his mouthpiece into stands and hits a fan after fouling out (June 2016)
It happened on a very big stage — Game 6 of the NBA Finals in June. Curry apologized to the fan and was fined $25,000, but was not suspended for Game 7.
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Torii Hunter disrobes and tosses his jersey (June 2015)
After the veteran outfielder got ejected, Hunter slammed his batting gloves down and then threw his jersey onto the field in a prolonged ball-and-strikes protest.
Jermaine Kearse launches a football into the crowd (January 2015)
The Seahawks wideout was celebrating a game-winning touchdown in overtime during the NFC Championship game. But the NFL disapproved and fined Kearse $5,512, citing safety concerns. Probably worth it.
Paul Pierce throws chewing gum into the Indianapolis stands (January 2011)
The NBA fined the former Celtic $15,000 for “throwing an object into the stands,” which is not Paul Pierce’s wastebasket.
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Brandon Jacobs chucks his helmet (September 2010)
And it ended up in the stands in Indianapolis. "I want to apologize one more time for accidentally tossing my helmet in the stands," the Giants running back said of the incident. "I had no business tossing my helmet in the first place, and I am thankful that nobody was hurt."
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Jets lineman Shaun Ellis heaves a block of snow at Seahawks fans (December 2008)
This was in response to the barrage of snowballs Seahawks fans threw at Jets players as they exited Qwest Field. "It was all in fun” Ellis said. “Everybody was throwing snowballs. It was kind of like a little battlefield out there, so to speak." Wintertime fun,s ure. But it was a costly battle for Ellis, as the league fined him $10,000.
Wally Backman tosses 22 bats and dumps a bucket of balls on the field (June 2007)
This one occurred when the temperamental Backman was at the helm of the South Coast League South Georgia Peanuts. To emphasize his displeasure, Backman shouted, “Pick that [expletive] up you dumb [expletive]!”
Phil Wellman throws everything (June 2007)
In one of the most memorable minor-league managerial meltdowns of all time, the Mississippi Braves skipper blew up on an umpire who ejected one of his players. Wellman started by firing his hat and then playing in the dirt — then removing third base and chucking it into the outfield, then army-crawling to the mound, taking a rosin bag and pretending to pull a pin before hurling the faux-grenade to home plate. Then he threw second base, then third base again. Incredible.
Frank Francisco launches a chair into the stands (September 2004)
Triggered by heckling, the incident turned ugly as the chair struck and broke an Oakland A’s fan’s nose. The fan sued (and settled with) the Texas Rangers over the relief pitcher’s outburst.
Tie Domi sprays water at fans over the glass (March 2001)
The former Toronto Maple Leafs enforcer responded to hecklers in Philadelphia by squirting them with water. It escalated when a fan began climbing the penalty box ... and then fell into the box, where Domi pounded the guy with a couple punches. "They threw stuff at me,” Domi said after the game. “I mean, I didn't plan on fighting anybody." Of course Domi never shied from a fight.
Roger Clemens rockets a bat in the direction of Mike Piazza (October 2000)
Just some tension boiling over during the Subway Series after a Clemens fastball sawed-off Piazza’s barrel and went flying toward the mound. Clemens didn’t strike Piazza with the bat, but he made his point.
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Hal McRae throws microphones, recorders and the phone off his desk during press conference (April 1993)
And then after the former Royals coach dismissed the darned reporters from his office, he delivered this hilarious punctuation: “Put that in your pipe and smoke it.”
Dale Jarrett Helmet fires his helmet at Bobby Hillin Jr. (April 1993)
Helmet-throwing is basically a sport within a sport on the track and don’t always result in fines. But Jarrett’s throw, which occured when the former race car driver was displeased with Hillin Jr. over some contract at the Food City 500, stands out.
Rob Dibble throws a baseball into the stands (April 1991)
Hurled following a rough outing against the Cubs, the ball struck and bruised a first-grade teacher’s elbow. MLB suspended the former Reds reliever four games for the meltdown. "I have to mature,” Dibble said. “I have to come to grips with handling the pressure.”
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Bobby Knight and the famous chair incident (February 1985)
He’s kicked a megaphone in a fit of rage, but the Hoosiers coach's chair toss during an Indiana-Purdue game may be most recognizable object-flying moment of them all. The heated coach “lost his persimmons,” as one radio caller termed it, and the incident lives on in infamy. A perfect place to end this lookback.