Strangest Sports Injuries
Blake Griffin did what?
On Tuesday, a piece of news broke that confounded the sports world: Blake Griffin, who is already out because of a quadriceps injury, reportedly hurt his hand in an altercation with a member of the Clippers' equipment staff. The LAC star supposedly hit the staffer twice, and will be out for multiple weeks. These types of bizarre stories seem to happen quite often with various athletes, so, using Griffin's incident as the spark, here are some other memorable (and strange) sports injuries.
No. 10) Nate Burleson's Pizza
In September 2013, Lions Wide Receiver Nate Burleson was driving at 2:30 a.m. when he reacted quickly to save a sliding pizza box from falling off the passenger seat. That's when he lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the median. Burleson broke his arm and missed eight weeks of action.
No. 9) Hunter Pence's Glass Door
At spring training ahead of the 2008 season, Pence was in a hot tub with a 'friend' when he went inside to use the bathroom. He didn't see a glass door and walked right through, incurring lacerations that sidelined him for a week.
No. 8) Moises Alou's Treadmill
In 1999, Houston Astros All-Star outfielder Moises Alou was jogging on a treadmill in his home when he slipped, fell, and tore his ACL.
No. 7) Kendrys Morales' Walk Off
In May of 2010, the Angels' Kendrys Morales hit a walk-off grand slam and celebrated by shattering his ankle while jumping on home plate. The injury kept him out of the lineup for nearly two full years.
No. 6) Orlando Brown's Eye
In December 1999, Jeff Triplette threw a flag that wound up hitting Orlando Brown in the eye, temporarily blinding the Browns offensive tackle. Brown was ejected from the game for retaliating, but he later sued the league and won between $15 and $25 million.
No. 5) Joel Zumaya's Video Game
Former Tigers' shutdown reliever Joel Zumaya missed the 2006 ALCS due to a sore wrist. His manager later revealed that the injury was a result of excessive playing of the video game Guitar Hero.
No. 4) Sammy Sosa's Sneeze
In 2004, Sammy Sosa sneezed so hard that he sprained a ligament in his back. Following the sneeze, the Cubs' slugger was forced to head to the disabled list. Bless you, Cubs fans.
No. 3) Plaxico Burress' Gun
In November 2008, Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress was in a New York night club when the glock in his waistband began sliding down his leg. That's when the quick-thinking former wide receiver reached down, accidentally set off the trigger, and shot himself in the leg. Plaxico served two years in prison after it was discovered that the handgun was not properly registered.
No. 2) Gus Frerotte's headbutt
Late in the first half of a 1997 game against the Giants, much to Norv Turner's chagrin, Redskins' quarterback Gus Frerotte celebrated a one-yard touchdown by headbutting a wall behind the end zone. Frerotte was forced to leave the game with a sprained neck.
No. 1) Bill Gramatica's Celebration
In the first quarter of a December 2001 game against the Giants, Cardinals rookie kicker Bill Gramatica celebrated an extremely irrelevant field goal by leaping into the air, landing, and tearing his ACL.