Infamous bites in sports history
Luis Suarez bites Giorgio Chiellini
What Happened: Luis Suarez has completed the hat trick of bites when he bit the shoulder of Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini in a penalty area scuffle during Uruguay’s Group D match with Italy.
Chiellini showed the world the teeth marks on his shoulder as Suarez lay in pain holding his own teeth after the incident, claiming Chiellini retaliated by hitting him in the face.
Penalty: Being Suarez’s third biting incident, FIFA is expected to come down hard on the Uruguayan striker, possibly handing him a lengthy ban.
Apology: None. Yet.
Luis Suarez bites Branislav Ivanovic
What Happened: In an April 2013 match between Liverpool and Chelsea, Luis Suarez again bit an opponent. This time Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic was on the other end of Suarez’s chompers.
Penalty: The Premier League handed down a 10 match ban to the Uruguayan striker.
Apology: Suarez later took to Twitter to issue an apology to Ivanovic, posting, “I'm sad for what happened this afternoon, I apologize Ivanovic and all football world for my inexcusable behavior. I'm so sorry about it!!”
Luis Suarez bites Otman Bakkal
What Happened: Playing in a match for Ajax in November of 2010, Luis Suarez was involved in a scuffle when he leaned over and bit PSV Eindhoven player Otman Bakkal on the neck.
Penalty: Suarez initially received a two-match ban from the Dutch Eredivisie soccer league, but accepted a longer suspension without appeal.
Apology: Suarez later apologized in a video posted to Facebook.
Mike Tyson takes chunk out of Evander Holyfield’s ear
What Happened: In what was billed as “The Sound and the Fury,” the bout between Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson quickly achieved sports infamy. He later described it as retaliation after Holyfield head butted him, Tyson bit into Holyfield’s ear and tore a chunk of it off halting the fight.
Penalty: Tyson was disqualified from the match and lost his boxing license, though it was later reinstated.
Apology: After years of claiming he bit Holyfield’s ear in retaliation, Tyson went on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2009 to apologize. Holyfield has since forgiven Tyson and the two consider themselves friends.
Tree Rollins bites Danny Ainge
What happened: When Boston Celtics guard Danny Ainge attempted to tackle Atlanta center Wayne "Tree" Rollins during a 1983 playoff game, Rollins responded with a chomp and a nasty one at that as Ainge needed stitches and a tetanus shot. The Boston Herald responded by crafting a particularly witty headline in the following day’s paper: “Tree Bites Man.”
Penalty: Rollins was suspended for five games following the bite.
Apology: None. In this case, the Tree’s bite was worse than his bark.
Francisco Gallardo bites Jose Antonio Reyes’ groin
What Happened: After Sevilla footballer Jose Antonio Reyes netted a goal against Valladolid, teammates swarmed him in celebration. Unfortunately for Reyes, Francisco Gallardo went a bit too far when he decided the most appropriate celebration was to bite Reyes’ penis through his shorts.
Penalty: As with the rest of the world, the Royal Spanish Football Federation was baffled when they saw video of the incident and suspended Gallardo, citing his actions violated the standards of "sporting dignity and decorum.”
Marv Albert arrested for biting companion
What Happened: Sports broadcaster Marv Albert went on trial for charges of forcible sodomy, a felony offense. Vanessa Perhach, a 42-year-old companion of Albert’s, accused him of manhandling and biting her, among a myriad of other accusations. DNA tests later connected Albert to the bite marks found on Perhach.
Penalty: While the sodomy charges were dropped, Albert pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and battery chargesand given a 12-month suspended sentence. He was consequently fired from NBC – where he’d been employed for 20 years – but returned for the 2000–01 and 2001–02 NBA seasons.
Apology: Prior to being sentenced, Albert offered a lousy court room apology to his victim, saying, "I'm sorry if she felt she was harmed."
Joey Chestnut: Seven-time hot dog eating champ
Taking the Major League Eating scene by storm in 2007, Joey Chestnut took down six-time defending champion Takeru Kobayashi after consuming 66 hot dogs and buns in 12 minutes.
He followed up his first win by taking home the Mustard Belt the follow six years and captured his seventh-straight title in 2013 by chomping down on a total of 69 hot dogs and buns, breaking the world record set previously by Chestnut in 2009.
UGA mascot bites Auburn receiver
What Happened: After catching a last-second, six-yard touchdown pass to put Auburn up 14-7 over Georgia in a 1996 college football game, the Bulldawgs’ mascot, Uga V, unleashed a vicious endzone attack on Robert Baker.
As Baker arrived in the endzone and began his touchdown celebration, Uga V launched off and snapped at the receiver’s midsection, adding more fuel to the brewing SEC rivalry.
Apology: Woof. Woof.
Marc Savard bites Daniel Carcillo
What Happened: Flyers forward Daniel Carcillo claimed Bruins forward Marc Savard bit his finger during the second period in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup, while Savard claimed Carcillo had embellished the story. Savard, however, had a history of nibbling on the ice: he was suspended in 2003 after biting Colorado right wing Darcy Tucker.
Apology: None. Savard defended himself, claiming Carcillo tried to yank out his front teeth.
Alex Burrows bites Patrice Bergeron
What Happened: During a fight in Game 1 of the 2011 NHL Playoffs, the Canucks' Alex Burrows bit the finger of the Bruins' Patrice Bergeron. After the game, Bergeron claimed that Burrows bit him, saying "I don't mind rough play and scrums at the end, as long as it's just pushing and shoving and all that. But biting? I mean come on."
Penalty: None. The NHL said they couldn't prove Burrows did indeed bite Bergeron's finger.
Apology: None. Burrows supposedly said Bergeron put his finger in the Canucks' player's mouth and that he had no other choice than to bite him.