Archive for the ‘Sports Disgrace’ Category

We haven’t done a Sports Disgrace post in a while and apparently Britt McHenry has been aiming to get her chance to be profiled.

Who is Britt McHenry, you ask? Good question, I had never heard of her until just recently and she happens to be one of those 20-something blonde gals that somehow lands a job with ESPN despite very little experience.

And you thought ESPN looks for established pros with a long history of stellar journalism. Yeah, right.

Experience aside, we know now all about McHenry and there is nothing pretty about the girl on the inside.

Mocking a (possibly) minimum-wage tow truck yard worker with elitist rhetoric and making fun of her weight is well below the standard of somebody worthy of working for ESPN. I knew what was coming from reading about it and I still cringed when I saw McHenry spewing some of her garbage on the video tape (see it here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5JesKdZJ2Y).

You know you have lost when you have to resort to “I’m on television and you’re in a f–king trailer, honey” and “lose some weight baby girl.” Kind of like when NFL bust Ryan Leaf yelled “I can buy your dad” after being kicked out of a college party.

McHenry is her demeaning best when she ridicules the woman’s education – “Do you feel good about your job? So I could be a college dropout and do the same thing? Why – cause I have a brain and you don’t? Maybe if I was missing some teeth, they would hire me, huh?”

If you’re throwing out that you’re on TV to a woman working at a tow lot, you rank pretty low on the classy meter. Save that entitlement for when you’re trying to impress yourself in front of the mirror.

The rest of the stuff is just beyond embarrassing. Not that it matters Britt, but you don’t seem as pretty in the tow lot video as when ESPN covers your face with makeup that must take hours to squeegee off.

ESPN suspended McHenry for a week and she tweeted out a apology that seemed about 50 percent apologetic. Not the least bit surprised – deep inside she probably doesn’t get why her behavior was so wrong.

I’d be willing to bet McHenry acts different when she has to interview an athlete. That I’m on TV stuff act doesn’t impress too many athletes or coaches.

Hopefully McHenry learns a lesson from the whole ordeal. But now she can cross off one of those goals from her list – she made it on MrSportsBlog!

Because she’s the latest Sports Disgrace. Congrats, Britt!

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has been suspended for two games by the NFL for the incident in which he beat his fiancé – now his wife – into a pulp.

The length of Rice’s penalty is pretty weak when you consider he knocked a woman unconscious at an Atlantic City casino and then dragged her out of the elevator. Yep, Rice received a shorter suspension than what players receive when caught with possession of marijuana.

Pathetic is the only word that fits.

The NFL sent a loud message to women with this light punishment. You know, the same group of people the league goes overboard in attracting with its marketing of pink apparel.

Commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL’s 32 owners sure are interested in how much cash they can siphon out of a woman’s bank account.

But clearly not anywhere near as concerned if a player decides to use his fiancé as a punching bag.

Goodell wrote the following in the letter to Rice – apparently not grasping that an overwhelming amount of the “public” views the length of the suspension as an extremely light penalty.

“The league is an entity that depends on integrity and in the confidence of the public, and we simply cannot tolerate conduct that endangers others or reflects negatively on our game,” Goodell wrote. “This is particularly true with respect to domestic violence and other forms of violence against women.”

It’s hard to take Goodell seriously when Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon is facing a possible season-long suspension for substance-abuse transgressions.

Gordon certainly deserves a penalty but taking away a full season’s worth of pay from a guy struggling with personal demons doesn’t sound right when compared to Rice’s little slap on the wrist.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh also seemed to miss the point with his own statement.

“He makes a mistake, alright? He’s going to have to pay a consequence,” Harbaugh said. “I think that’s good for kids to understand it works that way. That’s how it works, that’s how it should be.”

So kids, make sure you decipher that message: If you should somehow be lucky enough to be one of the few kids to become an NFL player, you too can belt women and can receive a hand slap.

But good luck if you turn out to be a mere mortal like the rest of us. Then you might find yourself serving jail time.

You know, because you have to “pay a consequence.”

Rice released his own statement claiming his future actions will show he’s sincere in regaining his status as a role model.

Doesn’t really matter if you ask me. The visual of Rice dragging a woman out of an elevator after knocking her unconscious will always trump anything he does in the future.

Rice dropped the ball with his conduct and the NFL fumbled badly when it came to doling out punishment.

Hope everybody remembers this when the NFL is pushing its pink apparel on women during its annual breast-cancer awareness promotion in October.

Donald Sterling was a buffoon when people in San Diego first learned of him way back in 1981.

He has only gotten worse over the years – much, much worse.

The owner of the Los Angeles Clippers is now universally known as a disgusting scumball racist.

And you know, it couldn’t happen to a more deserving creep.

Sterling is in the news for racist remarks he made on an audiotape that was leaked to TMZ. The distasteful comments greatly irritated the black players he employs – and the white ones – and the black coach (Doc Rivers) that leads the best team in the mostly awful Sterling-ownership era.

On the tape that is alleged to be Sterling, he complains to his girlfriend – identified as V. Stiviano – about her friendships with minorities. Sterling was vehemently displeased that she posted a picture of herself with Magic Johnson – yes, the legendary player and all-around class act – on a photo-posting website.

“It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people,” Sterling said on the tape. “Do you have to? You can sleep with (minorities). You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want. The little I ask you is not to promote it on that (site) and not to bring them to my games.”

HIS games. That he sees the games as HIS comes as no surprise.

Sterling has always been an arrogant jerk, dating back to when he owned the team in San Diego and splashed his face all over the side of buses and on billboards.

He promised that he would make San Diegans “proud of the Clippers.” All he really did was make people proud he left town.

The Clippers were at least entertaining before he purchased the team in 1981. They quickly became a disaster and a joke of a franchise.

We once had a sports editor boss who covered the team during Sterling’s San Diego era and he used to tell us stories about Sterling calling him up to ask his advice on trades. Sterling once called the writer to see if he thought it was a good idea for him to trade Terry Cummings – the Rookie of the Year and one of the few bright spots – to Milwaukee for Marques Johnson.

The writer told him no way – of course, none of us would have trusted this same sports editor to tell us whether the sun was out, which just made Sterling’s plea for approval even more sad and outlandish – but guess what happened a few years later once Sterling moved the team to Los Angeles?

Yep, he traded the emerging All-Star Cummings for the aging and about-to-decline Johnson.

Sterling wrecked pro basketball in San Diego but you know what – few people were sad to see him go.

The franchise was a mess and he was a complete joke. Good riddance.

He continued to be a buffoon in Los Angeles but at least he was no longer San Diego’s buffoon.

He was involved in a major racial scandal associated with his real-estate ventures – he didn’t want his properties rented to blacks and other minorities. Since he’s rich, he eventually paid a $2.75 million settlement to get himself out of legal hot water.

Of course, that kind of silliness didn’t stop the Los Angeles branch of the NAACP from honoring him in 2009.

And get this, the same NAACP branch was slated to give Sterling a lifetime achievement award on May 15. (http://www.tmz.com/2014/04/26/donald-sterling-naacp-audio-racist-l-a-clippers/)

Makes you wonder what kind of buffoons work at the NAACP’s Los Angeles office, doesn’t it?

New NBA commissioner Adam Silver said the league is holding off punishment while investigating the situation. The league never once punished Sterling for his racial beliefs during the tenure of David Stern, who was long an enabler of Sterling by refusing to put his foot down.

One other thing, let’s not feel sorry for V. Stiviano – the V surely doesn’t stand for victim. What kind of person becomes the girlfriend of someone like Sterling – who is MARRIED, by the way – in the first place?

If she wants to go through life as a gold-digger with no redeeming qualities or a single ounce of pride, that’s her problem.

But if the 80-year-old Sterling – who is nearly three times the age of Stiviano – is the man one chooses to be involved with, that in itself should raise red flags. In other words, Stiviano is no peach of a gal herself.

So good work Donald Sterling, all of us San Diegans were glad you scrambled out of town 30 years ago. We found you to be perhaps the biggest buffoon to ever blow through town.

And now the entire world knows what a buffoon and downright disgusting person you truly are.

Rick Pitino has a pet peeve.

He doesn’t think highly of people who use social media and who spend a lot of time on the Internet.

Which pretty much means the Louisville basketball coach is thumbing his nose at everybody.

Here is what the coach of the defending NCAA champions thinks of social media, thanks to a screen shot somebody on Twitter took of his comments.

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The famous coach went on to say most of what you find on social media is “insulting.”

That left me to ponder something.

I kind of find it insulting that married people cheat on their spouses.

When it comes down to it, what kind of scumbag has sex with a woman in public at a restaurant in Louisville when he is married to a different female?

Particularly one who is allegedly serving as a role model to 13 to 15 college kids every season.

Oh, you mean Slick Rick did that? Nooooooooooooooooo!

The guy who is chastising Americans for “not paying attention to what they should be?”

LOL – look that acronym up Rick if you don’t know what it means. Or perhaps ask your wife to Google it for you.

Pitino is an outstanding basketball coach but he’s always been a big phony. A lot of people in professional and college athletics cheat on their wives but it becomes extra galling when somebody spends a great deal of time cultivating his image and carves out a public image that makes him seem better than others.

But Pitino is no better at ethics than numerous other hypocrites. The extortion trial that was associated with his affair exposed him badly and he became a national punchline over his claims the sex lasted all of 15 seconds.

As Shania Twain might sing – “That don’t impress me much.”

Good ol’ Rick wanted to look cool after Louisville won the national title last April so he made it known he would be getting a tattoo.

We all know what word he didn’t get tattooed on his skin:

INTEGRITY

At least Ryan Braun figured out a way to save us from more meaningless talk about the Royal Baby.

But wow, Braun revealed what we already all suspected — that he is a complete fraud.

The 2011 National League MVP – MVPee fits him much, much better – was suspended without pay for the rest of the 2013 season on Monday for violating Major League Baseball’s drug policy.

Good ol’ “Lying Ryan” – stealing Ryan Leaf’s well-earned title – is now sorry that he didn’t obey baseball’s policies against performance-enhancing drugs. The Milwaukee Brewers outfielder says he now realizes he made mistakes and that the situation has created stress for him and his family.

Let’s cut this down to the real truth – Ryan Braun is sorry for only one thing:

That he got caught.

Remember, this guy trashed the reputation of a urine sample collector named Dino Laurenzi Jr. and got a reprieve from a 50-game suspension due to a technicality over the handling of his sample.

A few months later, Braun faced the media in spring training in Feb. 2012 and defiantly criticized all the people who wrongly accused of him of being a cheater. He said things like “the simple truth is I’m innocent” and “I would bet my life this substance never entered my body.”

Based on the way this doper asserted that he didn’t do anything wrong 17 months ago in front of a large media throng, he needs to get himself in front of the media again within the next 48 hours and face all the questions he has been running from and doesn’t want to answer.

Braun decided to take the Lance Armstrong approach – lie, lie, lie and deny, deny, deny – and a wimpy 130-word statement doesn’t cut it.

There is a reason why athletes are known for their talents and not for intelligence. These guys continue to think they can lie their way out of a drug policy violation because these guys lie about other things all the time.

You would think the Rafael Palmeiro finger-wagging session before Congress – and Palmeiro’s suspension a few months later after angrily denying he ever used steroids – would have been enough to stifle these dingbats or scare them straight.

But guys like Braun and Alex Rodriguez think little about honesty. And the reputations of both players are fully shot and they have joined Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire and Palmeiro as embarrassments to the game of baseball.

Remember, Ryan Braun thought nothing of destroying the life of a guy like Laurenzi. Now that it is official that Braun is a fraud, Laurenzi is about to become a very rich man once he hires a lawyer to file a defamation suit.

Milwaukee fans like to serenade Braun with chants of “MVP, MVP, MVP.” From this moment on and for the rest of Braun’s career, here is the accurate version of that chant:

“MVPee, MVPee, MVPee.”

It has been a long time since I filed something under the Sports Disgrace category.

But where else would an item about disgraceful Titus Young belong?

The former NFL receiver – a tag that will likely be permanent – got arrested three times in Southern California in less than a week as he seems intent on proving that he’s one of the biggest idiots of all time.

The late Chris Mims would even be shocked at Young’s stupidity. And Mims pulled off one of the dumbest stunts ever during his second stint with the San Diego Chargers.

But let’s deal with Young first. He wore out his welcome in just his second year with the Detroit Lions with a string of selfish and silly acts.

He boasted he was better than teammate Calvin Johnson, one of the top wideouts in NFL history. He sucker-punched teammate Louis Delmas in the offseason after his rookie season and got suspended during his second season when he intentionally lined up in the wrong spot in the offense.

The Lions told him to go home and not come back. They released Young after the 2012 season and the St. Louis Rams claimed him, but lost interest after a serious of conversations with Young and also cut him.

Young is now just a sexual assault charge short of completing the Criminal Grand Slam. He was arrested on DUI charges in Moreno Valley the early hours of May 5 and arrested again later that same day after he scaled the fence of an impound lot trying to retrieve his black Mustang.

Young then was arrested for the third time in the early hours of May 11 in San Clemente. Shortly after midnight, Young attempted to break into a home and officers arrived and chased him down and arrested him.

Wait, didn’t Young claim to be better than Johnson? Then how come a few measly police officers were able to chase him down AND tackle him?

Doesn’t sound like he’s in football shape but the former Boise State standout is on top of the charts when it comes to being a moron.

Which brings us back to Mims. I was covering the Chargers in 1999 when Mims was involved in an embarrassing incident that defied all logic.

The 300-pound Mims was out drinking like a fish after a Chargers’ loss and the limousine in which he was riding pulled into a downtown San Diego Del Taco around 2:30 a.m. Mims got out of the limo and began urinating.

A 23-year-old guy who weighed less than half of Mims’ weight remarked that the behavior was inappropriate and Mims threatened to beat him with his belt. And then he lived up to it, pushing the guy into the wall and whipping him with the belt.

He then stole the guy’s four tacos – a whole $2 worth of food – and ran back to the limousine and high-tailed it out of the area.

A Del Taco worker recognized Mims and that is how police officers knew who to arrest. It was one of the most surreal moments of my professional career when Mims faced the media a few days later after a Chargers practice to field questions about the incident. (Would love to post the story but I worked for a newspaper behind the times so there is no online article to post).

Remember, the Chargers also employed Ryan Leaf at the time. Leaf and Mims – Derelicts R Us at its best … er worst.

The Chargers parted ways with Mims after the 1999 season and he never played in another NFL game. Mims died in 2008 at the age of 38, forever infamous for the drunken behavior at the downtown Del Taco.

Who knows where Titus Young’s tale ends but it is clear the dude needs some major help. In fact, jail just might be the best place for the guy right now.

Anybody who scales over an impound fence to get his car isn’t thinking too clearly. Just how did he expect to get the car out of the locked compound?

And now his football career is done at age 23.

Congrats Titus Young, you are now officially a Sports Disgrace.

The independent report investigating how Penn State handled the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal was revealed Thursday and one of the main caveats comes as no surprise to me.

The 267-page report released by the Freeh Group determined that former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno knew of the first incident back in 1998 in which Penn State first received an allegation that Sandusky – then the defensive coordinator – had molested a boy in the locker room showers.

Back in November, when the Sandusky scandal exploded on the scene, there was no doubt in my mind that Paterno knew of the 1998 incident and I expressed it on these pages. Paterno was more powerful than anybody in the state of Pennsylvania and his less than authoritative actions when learning from assistant coach Mike McQueary about the 2001 rape of a boy in the same Penn State facility showers was a huge tipoff to me.

I spent 13 years covering college sports and have seen administrators far, far less powerful than Paterno do all they can to cover up things nowhere close to being as damning as child molestation allegations. Administrators put huge amounts of effort to keep very minor things quiet and out of the public eye so I was willing to bet every penny I own that every ounce of energy was spent by Penn State officials to make sure the Sandusky allegations never made its way into public discourse back then.

And you can see the major reason why they were wary of reporting Sandusky’s actions to authorities just by what has happened over the past eight months – a firestorm that has brought incredible shame to a once-proud university. And this outcry is occurring 12 and 13 years after Sandusky “retired” from the football coaching staff.

Paterno’s legacy has been ruined and so are the careers of former university president Graham Spanier, vice president Gary Schultz and athletic director Tim Curley. The latter three may eventually spend time in the state penitentiary.

When they squashed the 1998 incident, the no-longer fearsome foursome rolled the dice that Sandusky would never molest another boy and they were counting on the whole incident going away. When it happened again three years later, of course they didn’t report it to authorities. And the report fingers Paterno as the main person in influencing the decision not to alert child welfare services.

Particularly scary is this nugget from the Freeh report: “Spanier, Schultz, Paterno and Curley never demonstrated, through actions or words, any concern for the safety and well-being of Sandusky’s victims until after Sandusky’s arrest.”

As we now know, these four officials certainly were interested in treating their buddy Sandusky in a “humane” fashion, which is quite laughable when you consider Sandusky’s inhumane treatment of disadvantaged boys.

These four clowns were basically enablers to Sandusky in his career as a molester, as Sandusky continued to have access to the facilities and used his association with the program to help lure his victims.

The scathing report headed by former FBI director Louis Freeh says the four officials displayed “shocking disregard” for Sandusky’s victims. You can now see why Penn State was eager to settle with the victims upon Sandusky being found guilty on 45 counts on June 22. This report equals “Payday Jackpot” for the victims and their civil suits.

One thing I found sad Thursday was hearing Paterno’s son, Jay, insisting that Joe Paterno would tell the truth if he were alive today. One major problem: the Freeh report proves Paterno lied in his grand jury testimony.

Jay Paterno also says we should consider the Sandusky scandal as just “one chapter in a very, very big life.” Yikes, I guess Jay is unaware that more than 99 percent of the people in the history of mankind have never had a chapter even half this ugly as part of their time on earth.

That’s like only considering O.J. Simpson’s life as a football player and ignoring the double-murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman in 1994.

Joe Paterno passed away in January and was becoming keenly aware that his legacy was crumbling. Eventually, Penn State will have no choice but to take down the on-campus statue of Paterno.

But you have to like the remark that was being passed around on social media sites on Thursday: Move the statue to show Paterno looking away.

Because that’s what the coach did when circumstances called for a man of his stature to do much, much more.

Always thought April Fools’ Day was supposed to last just 24 hours.

It is somehow becoming a month-long event in 2012.

The sporting world is always a ripe place to find fools and I’m not even including the everyday lineup of the San Diego Padres on my list – or the franchise’s embarrassing ownership situation.

Three fools stand out thus far but I must issue this warning: The month is barely one-third over, which leaves plenty of time for Stan Van Gundy to further expose Dwight Howard as a fraud, or for Ryan Braun to again test positive for performance-enhancing drugs, or for an NFL draft hopeful to commit a crime on the eve of the festivities.

The leaders in the Clubhouse of Fools are a fired college football coach, an idiot who doubles as a baseball manager and a lifetime loser who I have always expected to land in jail someday.

Bobby Petrino crashed his motorcycle on April 1 and would have been better served to try the “April Fools” excuse than leaving out key details while lying to his boss. He was fired as Arkansas coach on April 10.

Ozzie Guillen would have been better off if he had tried to kidnap Starlin Castro from the Chicago Cubs than expressing his adoration of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. The manager of the Miami Marlins drew a five-game suspension and later made a feeble attempt at apologizing.

Long-disgraced quarterbrat Ryan Leaf got arrested on April 2 for the second time just days after getting out of jail on similar burglary and stolen prescription drug charges. He’s back to being the “Lonesome Loser” in a Montana jail.

Let’s start with Petrino, who went from being the most revered person in his state to biggest moron in the country in record time.

Petrino broke ribs and injured his neck in the motorcycle crash and that was the least painful part of the ordeal. The married father of four told athletic director Jeff Long – and the media and public – that he was the only person aboard the motorcycle.

Pretty stupid to lie to your boss but Petrino had a lot to hide. He had a 25-year-old blonde named Jessica Dorrell on the back of the cycle – the same woman he had just made sure landed a job in the football program out of 159 applicants and the same person he admitted to having an “inappropriate relationship” with a few days after the accident when her name was listed on the police report.

Long disclosed in the firing announcement press conference that Petrino had paid Dorrell $20,000. Wow. A 51-year-old married man doesn’t give a nonrelative half his age that kind of dough and uses his influence to line her up with a job just to be nice.

Dorrell will long be known as the Arkansas version of a call girl at that price. I’m sure the IRS will be swinging by to make sure the “income” was reported too.

By the way, Dorrell was engaged to a member of the Arkansas swimming program. Nice morals. So yes, she’s just as slimy and unfaithful as Petrino.

Oh yeah, nothing like birds of a feather flocking together – change flocking to a different term if you wish – on a motorcycle in Arkansas.

Guillen has long been a blowhard prone to saying stupid things but he stooped to new levels with his glowing praise of Castro, the brutal dictator who has wrecked the lives of millions of Cubans during his reign of power.

He was in his first week of managing the Marlins when he made his silly comments. Miami is loaded with citizens who had to flee Cuba on boats or rafts to avoid the possibility of seeing their own lives eliminated by the Castro regime.

Pretty much puts an end to the welcome to town grace period a manager typically enjoys when he blurts out “I love Fidel Castro.”

I see Charles Manson is up for parole. Is Guillen’s next refrain going to be “I love Charles Manson?”

The Marlins did make one mistake in their discipline of Guillen. They should have shipped him to Cuba first and told him he’d have to find his way back to Miami on a lifeboat to retain his job. And let him know to watch for sharks in the ocean.

Leaf long ago cemented his place as the biggest bust in NFL history and apparently is trying to top his previous established level of stupidity in his personal life.

I covered the San Diego Chargers when they drafted Leaf second overall in the 1998 NFL draft and he remains the biggest jerk I’ve ever had to deal with. Leaf was an habitual liar who was always looking to place the blame elsewhere. He wasn’t respected by his teammates and once drew a four-game suspension for cussing out general manager Bobby Beathard.

Leaf was selected immediately after Peyton Manning, which only added to his reputation as a bust when he threw a total of 13 touchdown passes in three seasons with the Chargers before they booted him out of town.

One of the more surreal moments of Leaf’s stay with the Chargers came during training camp at UC San Diego when a heckler loudly questioned Leaf’s commitment and serenaded him with verses of the song “Lonesome Loser” by the Little River Band.

The fan called Leaf “the worst draft choice in NFL history,” and Leaf headed toward the grandstand to confront him. The two were within just a few feet of one another when security guards and an assistant coach held Leaf back before the altercation could turn physical.

Lonesome Loser fit just fine back then and qualifies again now with Leaf in a jail cell. He obviously has addiction issues with the fact that he would allegedly break into a house and steal more prescription medicine just 48 hours after getting out of jail on similar charges.

But the bigger issue with Leaf is that he has always had major character issues. Occasionally, someone would mention that Leaf had time to mature back in the late 1990s and I would always laugh.

People with immaturity issues do change and grow up – people with character flaws don’t and continue to avoid responsibility for their actions.

Hey, Leaf sounds a bit like Petrino – both have proven to be habitual liars – and he used to say stupid things like Guillen, though “I can buy your dad” during a drunken rage in Pullman, Wash., isn’t on the same level of praising a brutal dictator.

Quite a trio of April Fools for sure. Makes me worry about what’s in store for the remaining 19 days of the month.

The Weekly Sports Disgrace took some time off but returns this week with a much-deserving recipient.

Since Reggie Bush feels he did such a noble thing by giving up the 2005 Heisman Trophy, it’s only fair that he gets something in return.

So the Weekly Sports Disgrace is back from hiatus since there’s no bigger disgrace in the sports world right now than the out-of-touch Bush. Cherish this honor, Reggie, but sorry – there are no cash gifts that come with it nor does it provide free lodging for your parents.

There are a bunch of USC football players competing in a season right now with no tangible end-of-the-season prize on the horizon because of Bush’s selfish actions. An NCAA report unequivocally found that Bush and his family improperly accepted cash and gifts from sports agents, meaning Bush was technically ineligible during his splendid 2005 campaign.

USC has distanced itself from Bush, which tells you what the institution thinks of its former star running back. Universities normally go to great distances to keep intact relationships with former standout players who possess millions of dollars in the bank account in hopes of getting cash donations in the future.

Even as the evidence mounts against him, Bush continues to insist he isn’t guilty of wrongdoing. It’s pretty funny the length of denial some people will go through – sound familiar, Roger Clemens? – even after their public image has been destroyed.

More humorous was Bush’s published comments about how he was “showing respect to the Heisman Trophy itself” by giving it back. If the Heisman Trophy could talk, I’m sure it would express severe gratitude over the gesture.

The real truth is Bush gave the trophy back because it was a better alternative than having the Heisman Trophy Trust strip him of the award. And when Bush, now with the New Orleans Saints, makes comments about how it was the best decision because it will now allow himself to “focus,” it reminds us of one thing:

Reggie Bush is very, very selfish in an era where selfish athletes are the norm.

Bush doesn’t seem to get it that he wouldn’t be dealing with the distraction at all if he had lived up to the Heisman standards.

The saddest thing of all is that the career of a fabulous college running back has been forever tainted. Down the line, Bush will be known for being the only person stripped of the Heisman and not for any of his great touchdown runs.

But hey, he can always point to his latest well-earned prize – Weekly Sports Disgrace.

We at MrSportsBlog can’t foresee stripping him of this title.

PAST WEEKLY SPORTS DISGRACE LOSERS

JUNE — Albert Haynesworth, football player. Dishonorable mention –Koman Coulibaly, World Cup soccer referee.

 https://mrsportsblog.wordpress.com/2010/06/20/weekly-sports-disgrace-albert-haynesworth/

MAY 24-31, 2010 – LenDale White, football player. Dishonorble mention — Jim Calhoun, Connecticut basketball coach. https://mrsportsblog.wordpress.com/2010/05/29/weekly-sports-disgrace-lendale-white/

MAY 16-23, 2010 – Floyd Landis, cyclist. https://mrsportsblog.wordpress.com/2010/05/23/weekly-sports-disgrace-floyd-landis/

MAY 9-15, 2010 – Guerdwich Montimer, impostor basketball player. Dishonorable mention – Annie Brophy, Notre Dame women’s golfer.  https://mrsportsblog.wordpress.com/2010/05/15/weekly-sports-disgrace-guerdwich-montimer/

MAY 1-8, 2010 – George Huguely, Virginia men’s lacrosse. Dishonorable mention –Lawrence Taylor, Hall of Fame football player. https://mrsportsblog.wordpress.com/2010/05/08/weekly-sports-disgrace-george-huguely/

Most NFL players are extremely hard workers. It’s hard to make it to the highest level of football if you are lazy or have a questionable work ethic.

Occasionally, a team invests in a high draft pick and later learns he’s a dog – ask the San Diego Chargers about Ryan Leaf, who the team took second overall in the 1998 NFL Draft. Leaf cashed the big bonus check and made a mockery of himself and the team and went down in history as one of the biggest draft busts in pro sports history.

Dude didn’t care about the game of football or his teammates. The most passion he displayed in his short career was getting upset over a fan serenading him with the Little River Band’s “Lonesome Loser” during training camp. His biggest tough-guy moment was yelling at a timid, pudgy reporter in the team’s locker room.

Obviously, that was an embarrassing time for the Chargers.

The Washington Redskins are currently dealing with an uncomfortable situation, primarily due to the idiotic way owner Daniel Snyder runs a franchise.

The Redskins chose to make a big splash during the 2009 free-agency period by giving nose tackle Albert Haynesworth a seven-year, $100 million contract. It was an extreme case of stupidity at the time to give an interior defensive lineman quarterback money but doing unintelligent things is par for the course when it comes to Snyder.

Thinking isn’t one of the guy’s strong points. Neither is common sense. Redskins’ fans will probably add “winning” to this list.

So fast forward just one year later – repeat, ONE YEAR later – and Haynesworth is disgruntled. He refused to report to a mandatory minicamp because he’s unhappy that new coach Mike Shanahan has changed the defense.

Guess Haynesworth was mighty satisfied with the team’s 4-12 record in 2009. Yeah, as long as the checks cash … I guess Albert, an eight-year veteran, hasn’t noticed that teams often change things around when they only win one-fourth of their games.

Yet the most disappointing aspect of Haynesworth’s situation is the team offered to release Haynesworth earlier this offseason. You see, Haynesworth was due to receive a $21 million bonus on April 1. 

Haynesworth pledged his commitment to the Redskins – sad in itself for a player entering the second year of a seven-year deal – and apparently just counted down the days to April 1. He cashed the check and then doesn’t show up for work.

Try that one with your employer Mr. Bus Driver or Mrs. Film Developer or Miss Waitress.

Shanahan’s quote to the assembled media said it well: “Obviously, he took the check so I was surprised he wasn’t here today … Don’t take our check and then say that, hey, you don’t want to be part of our organization.”

Several of Haynesworth’s teammates criticized him, which is really saying something. Players go to great lengths to cover for teammates and resort to “business is business” type comments when a teammate is in a dispute with management. 

But Albert’s teammates called him selfish and wondered how you can count on a guy like him in a close game. In other words, the teammates don’t want to see the high-paid lazy guy around team headquarters.

The Redskins could release Haynesworth and then fight to get back the $21 million but it’s going to be near impossible to trade him because of the hefty contract. This will be an interesting situation to watch if it’s not resolved before training camp.

But while Haynesworth is counting his cash, he can add this title to his career accomplishments. Haynesworth is the latest recipient of MrSportsBlog’s Weekly Sports Disgrace award.

Sorry Albert, there’s no cash bonus that comes along with this honor.

Honorable mention goes to Koman Coulibaly, the World Cup referee who made the phantom foul call that kept the United States soccer team from beating Slovenia (see https://mrsportsblog.wordpress.com/2010/06/19/soccer-call-equals-robbery/).

PAST WEEKLY SPORTS DISGRACE LOSERS

NOTE: Weekly Sports Disgrace took first half of June off to honor the late John Wooden, the opposite of the disgraceful folks who now permeate the world of sports. (https://mrsportsblog.wordpress.com/2010/06/06/weekly-sports-disgrace-resting-after-death-of-john-wooden/)

MAY 24-31, 2010 — LenDale White, football player. Dishonorble mention — Jim Calhoun, Connecticut basketball coach. https://mrsportsblog.wordpress.com/2010/05/29/weekly-sports-disgrace-lendale-white/

MAY 16-23, 2010 – Floyd Landis, cyclist. https://mrsportsblog.wordpress.com/2010/05/23/weekly-sports-disgrace-floyd-landis/

MAY 9-15, 2010 – Guerdwich Montimer, impostor basketball player. Dishonorable mention – Annie Brophy, Notre Dame women’s golfer.  https://mrsportsblog.wordpress.com/2010/05/15/weekly-sports-disgrace-guerdwich-montimer/

MAY 1-8, 2010 – George Huguely, Virginia men’s lacrosse. Dishonorable mention –Lawrence Taylor, Hall of Fame football player. https://mrsportsblog.wordpress.com/2010/05/08/weekly-sports-disgrace-george-huguely/