For as long as there have been sports, there has been trash-talking and taunting. Even back at the very first Olympic Games in Greece in 776 B.C.E., chariot racers would tease each other, saying things like, “Your horse is so slow, an entire mosaic of the race could be completed before he finishes.” Okay, that’s totally made up, but you get the idea.
However, we know one thing for sure: anyone who taunts another athlete needs to be able to back it up. Whether it’s in a race, an Olympic competition, an MMA or boxing bout, or a football, baseball, basketball, or hockey game, athletes need to live up to their promises or face even more humiliation than if they had kept their traps shut. Today, we’d like to focus on those who not only opened their mouths, but eventually inserted both feet into them.
To clarify, we don’t really count it as getting “owned” unless the player suffered some sort of misfortune, i.e. they blew the game/match/race, the other team scored instead, or they embarrassingly injured themselves in some way. For instance, DeSean Jackson on two occasions - once in college, once in the NFL - started showboating just prior to scoring a touchdown, and ended up dropping the ball just shy of the endzone each time. However, both instances were in the first half of their respective games, and the consequences weren’t especially harsh. With that, here are 10 times athletes taunted their opponents and got absolutely owned.