The 49ers Randy Moss set tongues wagging last week after anointing himself the best wide receiver in NFL history. After the current free agent’s Super Bowl game-changer, he’s now getting flack for the remark. Moss isn’t the only sports figure whose comments have caused backlash. Read about other memorable sporting event remarks made by players and coaches alike, then click through to Bing to see or hear what was said.
It's a Masters tradition that the defending champion sets the menu for an exclusive dinner attended only by former winners. In 1997, as Tiger Woods was running away with a historic win at Augusta, Fuzzy Zoeller made an offhand comment to a reporter. It was a particularly unfortunate choice of words, given the Masters' racial history, and it cost Zoeller dearly (what brands dropped endorsement deals as a result?). Bing: Hear Zoeller's famous remark Search: More details on repercussions for Zoeller
Jimmy the Greek
Jimmy Snyder (seated, left), who cultivated the on-air personality "Jimmy the Greek," was fired by CBS in 1988 after straying too far off the beaten path, making comments that many found to be racist. Bing: Watch a clip of Snyder making his famous statement Search: How many interpreted his words Find: More details on the controversy
Floyd Mayweather has never been shy about running his mouth, but perhaps he should have thought twice before posting a video of himself delivering a racist rant about archrival Manny Pacquiao. Bing: See the video that went viral Search: The latest on the boxers' rink rivalry
TV analyst Rob Parker found himself in hot water with journalists and fans alike over his comments about Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. Bing: What did Parker call Griffin? Search: Parker's consequences for the remarks?
In 2006, while coaching the Arizona Cardinals, Denny Green reached the height of frustration after the Cardinals relinquished a lead and eventually lost a game they should have won. That was Green's point, and one that he made to anyone and everyone who would listen in the press conference after the game. Bing: Watch Green's epic rant Search: What's the tantrum thrower up to these days?
Former NFL coach Jim Mora doesn't look like the kind of coach to get overly emotional. But for those who witnessed his interactions with the press after games, the verbal tirades are not shocking. Mora's most memorable occurred when he completely lost it on a reporter who questioned his team's ability to make a run at the playoffs after his Colts team endured a dismal loss. Bing: Watch Mora's reaction to the question Search: What team does Mora's son coach?
Another reporter-induced meltdown occurred in 2007, by none other than Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy. In many instances, college kids are considered old enough to handle some criticism, but in Gundy's eyes, they still merit some protection. Instead of criticizing the players for what happened on the field, Gundy implored a reporter to do this, instead. Bing: Watch Gundy's heated response Search: Get updates on how he's running the team today
Allen Iverson reportedly made more than $150 million playing professional basketball. After a disappointing end to his NBA career, Iverson reportedly has had cash-flow issues ever since. Bing: Where has much of the former All-Star's money gone?
Charlie Villanueva insisted Kevin Garnett called him this distasteful name during a 2010 game, but KG still claims Villanueva misheard what he said. Bing: What does Villanueva claim Garnett called him? Search: Garnett reportedly ran afoul recently, too | With whom?
Isiah Thomas and Larry Bird were bitter rivals in their playing days, but Thomas might have taken a cheap shot with this claim. Bing: What did Thomas say of Bird in 1987? Search: Clips of both players playing professionally
Herm Edwards was a hard-nosed football coach. He seemed to believe in the value of a hard day's work. And he sure wanted to win. Badly. Edwards said it was a lack of effort in his NY Jets team that drove him crazy after they lost to the Cleveland Browns back in 2002. The coach threw them under the bus in his most famous press conference. Bing: Watch Edwards' famous rant Search: What does he have to say as an ESPN analyst?
Back in 2000, Mike Tyson was still one of the most feared boxers and fiercest competitors of his generation. After a TKO with Lou Savarese, Tyson sent a message to fellow boxer Lennox Lewis. Bing: What did Tyson tell Lewis he wanted? Search: Will Tyson guest star on TV this year?
Former San Diego Padres player Kurt Bevacqua was unhappy with then-Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda following what he believed to be an intentional target of Padres teammate Joe Lefebvre. Bing: How did Bevacqua refer to Lasorda? Search: Read about Lasorda's response to the player
Outspoken linebacker Bill Romanowski said during his playing days that the only reason he took steroids was to be as good as his black counterparts -- using some choice terminology (read more). Bing: Watch Romo's "60 Minutes" interview where he admitted to using Search: What's he up to post-NFL?
Marge Schott wasn't always politically correct during her days as a Reds owner. In 1992, a former Reds employee alleged that Schott used a racially insensitive term for former Reds Eric Davis and Dave Parker and made disparaging remarks toward Jewish people. Bing: What was Schott's reaction to the claim? Search: Was Schott ever reprimanded?
Comments about Desmond Howard
It isn't shocking that a radio host in Columbus, Ohio, might not be very welcoming of former Michigan star Desmond Howard. But with one tweet, the host may have stepped over the line. Bing: What did the radio host post to Twitter? Search: What did the social media rant cost him?
Comments about Jeremy Lin
In February 2012, ESPN editor Anthony Federico used an inappropriate idiom (get details) in reference to then-Knicks star Jeremy Lin. Bing: How did the editor react? Search: Consequences for the poor choice of words?
During the BCS National Championship game, broadcaster Brent Musburger made it known that he was dazzled by the beauty of Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron's girlfriend, Katherine Webb. Musburger later apologized for his effusive praise of the former Miss Alabama. Bing: Hear Musburger speak his praises Search: How did Webb react?
Former tennis star John McEnroe has a well-earned reputation for popping off at the mouth. For McEnroe, the stakes are always high, which adds to the emotion that dominates his rants. Bing: Watch one of his more famous rants
Kurt Busch is well known in NASCAR for his salty language over the team radio whenever a race isn't going his way, but at NASCAR's 2011 season finale, fans got to experience his outbursts outside the race car. Bing: Watch the video that went viral Search: The repercussions of Busch's outburst?