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21 Athletes Who Flipped the Bird

by: Esteban On  Thursday, August 21, 2014

athletes who gave the finger

On Monday Johnny Manziel made his second preseason appearance with the Cleveland Browns. However, after the game nobody was talking about his actual performance. They were talking instead about the fact that he gave the finger to the Washington sideline.

This is understandable, of course, since Manziel has a history of doing things that draw negative attention to himself. But it’s not like he was the first athlete to lose his cool and make an obscene gesture, and it’s not like he will be the last. Plus, if we’re being totally honest here, I thought it was great. Would you rather have a quarterback who gets too fired up or a quarterback who doesn’t get fired up enough?

But I digress. Like I said, Johnny Football was hardly the first athlete to flip the bird. And today, we’re going to take a look at 21 other notable cases of athletes giving the old one figurer salute.

Lets get started, shall we?

 

athletes who gave the finger

On Monday Johnny Manziel made his second preseason appearance with the Cleveland Browns. However, after the game nobody was talking about his actual performance. They were talking instead about the fact that he gave the finger to the Washington sideline.

This is understandable, of course, since Manziel has a history of doing things that draw negative attention to himself. But it’s not like he was the first athlete to lose his cool and make an obscene gesture, and it’s not like he will be the last. Plus, if we’re being totally honest here, I thought it was great. Would you rather have a quarterback who gets too fired up or a quarterback who doesn’t get fired up enough?

But I digress. Like I said, Johnny Football was hardly the first athlete to flip the bird. And today, we’re going to take a look at 21 other notable cases of athletes giving the old one figurer salute.

Lets get started, shall we?

 

kenny powers finger - athletes flipping the bird

Technically Kenny Powers isn’t a “real” athlete, so I couldn’t include him in this list. However, since this is still one of the greatest sports-related double-birds of all time, I couldn’t ignore it, either. Thus I decided to give it the old “Honorable Mention” designation….which is cheating, but who cares.

Now, on the to real athletes…

 

Honorable Mention: Kenny F**king Powers

kenny powers finger - athletes flipping the bird

Technically Kenny Powers isn’t a “real” athlete, so I couldn’t include him in this list. However, since this is still one of the greatest sports-related double-birds of all time, I couldn’t ignore it, either. Thus I decided to give it the old “Honorable Mention” designation….which is cheating, but who cares.

Now, on the to real athletes…

 

brian gaicomini louisville flips off kentucky fans 2007 - athletes flipping the bird

Back in 2007, long before Teddy Bridewater came along and made the Louisville football program relevant, Brian Gaicomini greeted the fans of hated rival Kentucky with a good old-fashioned double bird while coming out of the tunnel.

Of course, the message was pretty redundant. As fans of Kentucky Wildcats football, these people “go f*** themselves”  every time they choose to go to a game.

 

21. Brian Gaicomini (Louisville Football)

brian gaicomini louisville flips off kentucky fans 2007 - athletes flipping the bird

Back in 2007, long before Teddy Bridewater came along and made the Louisville football program relevant, Brian Gaicomini greeted the fans of hated rival Kentucky with a good old-fashioned double bird while coming out of the tunnel.

Of course, the message was pretty redundant. As fans of Kentucky Wildcats football, these people “go f*** themselves”  every time they choose to go to a game.

 

jay bruce flips off teammates - athletes flipping the bird

Back in 2010, when Reds outfielder Jay Bruce busted out of a slump and got a few hits, he celebrated by flipping off all the guys in his own dugout who had given him a hard time.Unfortunately, it was caught on TV, so he got in hot water and had to apologize.

 

20. Jay Bruce (Cincinnati Reds)

jay bruce flips off teammates - athletes flipping the bird

Back in 2010, when Reds outfielder Jay Bruce busted out of a slump and got a few hits, he celebrated by flipping off all the guys in his own dugout who had given him a hard time.Unfortunately, it was caught on TV, so he got in hot water and had to apologize.

 

milton-bradley-middle-finger to rangers fan - athletes flipping the bird

Milton Bradley? An attitude problem? Yep, that sounds about right.

 

19. Milton Bradley (Seattle Mariners)

milton-bradley-middle-finger to rangers fan - athletes flipping the bird

Milton Bradley? An attitude problem? Yep, that sounds about right.

 

marshawn lynch flips off coaches - athletes flipping the bird

Speaking of attitude problems, how about Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch? I have no problem with him refusing to talk to reporters or holding out for more money. But flipping off your own coach, the way he did back on October 17, 2003? That’s harsh.

 

18. Marshawn Lynch (Seattle Seahawks)

marshawn lynch flips off coaches - athletes flipping the bird

Speaking of attitude problems, how about Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch? I have no problem with him refusing to talk to reporters or holding out for more money. But flipping off your own coach, the way he did back on October 17, 2003? That’s harsh.

 

ohio state marcus hall gives finger to big house after ejection - athletes flipping the bird

Last year, Ohio State’s Marcus Hall got ejected from “The Game” for his involvement in an on-field fight. Then, as he was leaving the field, he flipped off all 113,511 people packed into The Big House.

Talk about getting bang for your buck.

 

17. Marcus Hall (Ohio State Football)

ohio state marcus hall gives finger to big house after ejection - athletes flipping the bird

Last year, Ohio State’s Marcus Hall got ejected from “The Game” for his involvement in an on-field fight. Then, as he was leaving the field, he flipped off all 113,511 people packed into The Big House.

Talk about getting bang for your buck.

 

A.J. Hawk got fined $10,000 for flipping off his own teammates…which seems fine until you realize the Bears’ Brandon Marhsall was fined $10,500 for wearing the wrong colored cleats.

Seriously.

 

16. A.J. Hawk (Green Bay Packers)

A.J. Hawk got fined $10,000 for flipping off his own teammates…which seems fine until you realize the Bears’ Brandon Marhsall was fined $10,500 for wearing the wrong colored cleats.

Seriously.

 

I love the way the Ole Miss coach comes sprinting up alongside this former SEC shitdistruber because he knew he was going to do something foolish, then fails to prevent it anyway.

Nice try, bud.

 

15. Marshall Henderson (Ole Miss Basketball)

I love the way the Ole Miss coach comes sprinting up alongside this former SEC shitdistruber because he knew he was going to do something foolish, then fails to prevent it anyway.

Nice try, bud.

 

This one is from April 21, 2011. The announcer’s all like, “oh, that’s terrible.” But let’s be honest—don’t we all want to flip people off sometimes?

 

14. Andrew Ference (Boston Bruins)

This one is from April 21, 2011. The announcer’s all like, “oh, that’s terrible.” But let’s be honest—don’t we all want to flip people off sometimes?

 

michigan hockey layer louie caporusso flips off north dakota sioux fan - athletes flipping the bird

Back in 2011, Michigan hockey player Louie Caporusso was like, NO BUDDY, F**K YOU.

I know it was the wrong way to respond, I still love it.

 

13. Louie Caporusso (Michigan Wolverines Hockey)

michigan hockey layer louie caporusso flips off north dakota sioux fan - athletes flipping the bird

Back in 2011, Michigan hockey player Louie Caporusso was like, NO BUDDY, F**K YOU.

I know it was the wrong way to respond, I still love it.

 

Back in 2010, this one cost (former) Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil $40,000. That’s a down payment on a house, or one year at Harvard. I hope it was worth it.

 

12. Chuck Cecil (Tennessee Titans)

Back in 2010, this one cost (former) Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil $40,000. That’s a down payment on a house, or one year at Harvard. I hope it was worth it.

 

raiders defensive coordinator gives ref the finger - athletes flipping the bird

And speaking of defensive coordinators losing their cool, here is the Raiders’ Jason Tarver last October. For some reason, though, the amount of his fine was never disclosed because the team and the league worked out some kind of deal.

 

11. Jason Tarver (Oakland Raiders)

raiders defensive coordinator gives ref the finger - athletes flipping the bird

And speaking of defensive coordinators losing their cool, here is the Raiders’ Jason Tarver last October. For some reason, though, the amount of his fine was never disclosed because the team and the league worked out some kind of deal.

 

jay cutler gives paparazzi finger walking dog - athletes flipping the bird

Jay Cutler makes it so easy for us to hate him, doesn’t he? The dog, the sweatpants, the look on his face—it’s all just so punch-able.

 

10. Jay Cutler (Chicago Bears)

jay cutler gives paparazzi finger walking dog - athletes flipping the bird

Jay Cutler makes it so easy for us to hate him, doesn’t he? The dog, the sweatpants, the look on his face—it’s all just so punch-able.

 

jake plummer gives fans the bird - athletes flipping the bird

Speaking of former Denver Broncos quarterbacks…Jake Plummer, everybody. After throwing a first quarter interception in a game against the Dolphins back in 2004, he let one heckler know exactly what he thought of him.

 

9. Jake Plummer (Denver Broncos)

jake plummer gives fans the bird - athletes flipping the bird

Speaking of former Denver Broncos quarterbacks…Jake Plummer, everybody. After throwing a first quarter interception in a game against the Dolphins back in 2004, he let one heckler know exactly what he thought of him.

 

chris gardocki flips bird - athletes flipping the bird

Johnny Manziel was not the first Cleveland Brown to issue the finger to a deserving party. Back in 2000, after getting destroyed by Steelers linebacker Joey Porter—a hit for which Porter was penalized—Brown punter Chris Gardocki let Steelers coach Bill Cowher know exactly what he thought of his team’s tactics.

 

8. Chris Gardocki (Cleveland Browns)

chris gardocki flips bird - athletes flipping the bird

Johnny Manziel was not the first Cleveland Brown to issue the finger to a deserving party. Back in 2000, after getting destroyed by Steelers linebacker Joey Porter—a hit for which Porter was penalized—Brown punter Chris Gardocki let Steelers coach Bill Cowher know exactly what he thought of his team’s tactics.

 

When Michael Vick got tired of hearing it from the boo birds in the Georgia Dome back in 2006, he showed them some birds of his own.

The gesture earned him a $20,000 fine, but in retrospect that was pretty significant compared to the year and a half he spent in jail for running a brutal dogfighting ring.

 

7. Michael Vick (Atlanta Falcons)

When Michael Vick got tired of hearing it from the boo birds in the Georgia Dome back in 2006, he showed them some birds of his own.

The gesture earned him a $20,000 fine, but in retrospect that was pretty significant compared to the year and a half he spent in jail for running a brutal dogfighting ring.

 

jack mcdowell finger to yankees fans - athletes flipping the bird

Yankees fans let Jack McDowell they did not care for him after a particularly poor pitching performance against the White Sox on July 18, 1995, and Jack McDowell made sure they knew that the feeling was mutual.

 

6. Jack McDowell (New York Yankees)

jack mcdowell finger to yankees fans - athletes flipping the bird

Yankees fans let Jack McDowell they did not care for him after a particularly poor pitching performance against the White Sox on July 18, 1995, and Jack McDowell made sure they knew that the feeling was mutual.

 

Deceased Titans owner Bud Adams might be most famous for flipping off the Buffalo Bills from the owners box after a win in 2009. However, that wasn’t just a one-time thing. As you can see here, Bud just loved flipping off the other team.

 

5. Bud Adams (Tennessee Titans)

Deceased Titans owner Bud Adams might be most famous for flipping off the Buffalo Bills from the owners box after a win in 2009. However, that wasn’t just a one-time thing. As you can see here, Bud just loved flipping off the other team.

 

pete maravich double bird to alabama student section - athletes flipping the bird

Pistole Pete Maravich was one of the greatest college basketball players of all time…and a world class instigator. This is him flipping the double bird to Alabama fans in 1970.

 

4. Pete Maravich (LSU Basketball)

pete maravich double bird to alabama student section - athletes flipping the bird

Pistole Pete Maravich was one of the greatest college basketball players of all time…and a world class instigator. This is him flipping the double bird to Alabama fans in 1970.

 

Nate Diaz and his rother, Nick, are prolific bird flippers. This is just one example from Nate’s bout against Ben Henderson a few years ago.

 

3. Nate Diaz (UFC)

Nate Diaz and his rother, Nick, are prolific bird flippers. This is just one example from Nate’s bout against Ben Henderson a few years ago.

 

mike ditka gives finger to cameras - athletes flipping the bird

On a scale of one Ditkas to ten Ditkas, I give this 11 Ditkas. Utterly classic.

 

2. Ditka (Da Bears)

mike ditka gives finger to cameras - athletes flipping the bird

On a scale of one Ditkas to ten Ditkas, I give this 11 Ditkas. Utterly classic.

 

first-ever-photo-of-the-finger hoss redbourn boston beaneater - athletes flipping the bird

This isn’t just the first known middle finger in sports history. Scholars believe this is the first known image of anyone flipping the bird. And yes, I’m totally serious.

The flipper is a guy named Hoss Redbourn, and the occasion is the 1886 Boston Beaneasters (Braves) team photo.

Congratulations! You learned something today.

 

1. Hoss Radbourn (Boston Beaneaters)

first-ever-photo-of-the-finger hoss redbourn boston beaneater - athletes flipping the bird

This isn’t just the first known middle finger in sports history. Scholars believe this is the first known image of anyone flipping the bird. And yes, I’m totally serious.

The flipper is a guy named Hoss Redbourn, and the occasion is the 1886 Boston Beaneasters (Braves) team photo.

Congratulations! You learned something today.

 



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