As unfortunate as they may be, injuries are a part of sports as they do occur in the heat of battle whether it be on the pitch, gridiron or basketball court. And the true measure of a great team, as we all know, is how they adapt to these injuries and overcome adversity.
But what about when these injuries could have been totally avoided? In fact, what if your injury was totally non-sports related and you just costed your team big time? Then you sir are an idiot.
These are the most absurd sports injuries of all time.
Tom Cooper | Elite.
10. Lionel Simmons, NBA
Sacramento Kings small forward Lionel Simmons missed two games in his rookie season (1991) because he had tendonitis in his right wrist and forearm from playing too much GameBoy.
9. Marty Cordova, MLB
Not the most famous guy on this list, but when you miss part of a season because you are sunburned, you become notable fairly quickly. The best part of the story, however, is that it was not a sunburn that occurred during a hot day in Arizona or Miami. Cordova actually burned himself while in a tanning salon in May 2002. He must be from Jersey.
8. Sammy Sosa, MLB
Aside from all the steroids and the corked bat controversy, Sammy Sosa really made headlines after missing time in 2004 with a strained ligament in his back. How did he get it? A violent sneeze. Sosa reportedly sneezed so hard that his back jerked forward causing the injury. Sosa was then ordered to stay away from pepper, pollen and ragweed for the remainder of the season.
7. David Seaman, SoccerFormer English national team goal keeper David Seaman was too busy paying attention to the Jeopardy questions and broke his hand while turning up the volume on the remote.
6. Muggsy Bogues, NBA
Point guard Muggsy Bogues once missed the second half of a game after he became dizzy from inhaling ointment fumes while receiving treatment for a sore muscle at halftime.
5. Terrell Suggs, NFL
Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, one of the NFL’s top pass rushers and a five-time Pro Bowler, suffered a torn Achilles’ tendon before the 2012 season ESPN reported that Suggs sustained the injury playing basketball. Yes, basketball. Not his sport of trade. Fortunately he was able to make a return this season and just in time as teammate Ray Lewis was lost during the same season.
4. Andrew Bynum, NBA
Brian Windhorst and Chris Broussard from ESPN, reported that Bynum might have done additional damage to his already ailing knees while bowling. According to ESPN: Multiple sources told ESPN on Saturday that Bynum suffered an unspecified injury this month while bowling. On Friday, Bynum revealed that — on top of the issues with his right knee that could keep him sidelined until January — he also had suffered a “setback” with his left knee.
3. Prince Boaetang, Soccer
AC Milan’s Kevin-Prince Boateng is out of action for a month because of a muscular problem in his thigh. But his model girlfriend Melissa Satta said the injury was caused because of their steamy bedroom antics. The 25-year-old told Vanity Fair: ‘The reason why he is always injured is because we have sex seven to 10 times a week.
2. Bill Gramatica, NFL
Not only the dumbest sports injury, but probably one of the stupidest things you’ll ever witness, period. After nailing a 42-yard field goal to put the lowly Arizona Cardinals up 3-0 in the first half of a regular season game, kicker Bill Gramatica jumped up in wild celebration, came down, and tore his ACL. Gramatica missed the rest of the season, and embarrassed the kicker position nationwide.
1. Ken Griffey Jr.
There is not enough space in this paper to list all of Griffey’s injuries, but one stands out as the funniest. Ken once missed a game after his protective cup slipped, and pinched one of his testicles. Isn’t the cup supposed to stop you from getting hit where it hurts? Maybe that’s the real reason why Griffey can never get healthy. (He also once strained his back lifting boxes).