The Internet is a great place for someone to make stupid decisions, and that doesn't exclude athletes. Online or not, this week was full of unsportsmanlike behavior.
Sore Loser Much?
After the Baltimore Ravens' commanding defeat of the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game, Pats wideout Wes Welker's wife Anna Burns Welker took to Twitter to criticize Ravens LB Ray Lewis's personal life, mocking the fact that he has six children from four different mothers, among other things. This vile display of sore losing was only partially enabled by how stupid the Internet makes us all.
Forced? The Owner?
After a year of doing absolutely nothing with him, Jets owner Woody Johnson is saying that he was "forced" to trade for Tim Tebow, according to new Jets GM candidate Ted Sundquist. The idea of the owner of the team claiming he was "forced" to do anything, in the face of the massive failure of Tebow this year, is ridiculous in how unsportsmanlike it is. Where is your honor, Woody?
Brady's Electric Slide
Baltimore safety Bernard Pollard has rightly said that Pats QB Tom Brady deserves to be fined. During the end of the first half of the AFC Championship game, Brady ran and then slid with his foot up, hitting Ravens safety Ed Reed with it. Reed was okay, but the reckless foot-up slide could have seriously injured someone.
That's Not Fine
Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion was fined $25K for publicly criticizing NBA refs after the Mavs' 117-114 loss to the Oklahoma Thunder. Marion quipped, "It's hard to beat someone when you're playing five on eight." While Marion's entitled to his opinion, voicing such criticisms only serves to undermine the legitimacy of the game.
You're A Flop
With the NBA's new fines related to flopping, Timberwolves guard JJ Barea is coming under fire. Barea was fined $5K -- his second flopping fine -- for a flop he committed in a recent T-wolves loss to the Mavs. If Barea keeps this up, he will eventually face a suspension -- the NBA is onto you, JJ!
There you have it, folks -- plenty of unsportsmanlike behavior to go around. Anything we missed? Let us know!