Sunday, May 11, 2003

P-A-R-T-Y! More tales of men behaving badly

By Ryan Ernst
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Think Larry Eustachy and Mike Price are big partiers? Let's just say the pair of recently dismissed coaches would blush around the behavior of some other athletes. Here's a look at some legendary sports partiers.


Turn-of-the-century heavyweight champion Jack Johnson dated almost every starlet in showbiz, owned night clubs and sports cars and reportedly used to walk his pet leopard while sipping champagne. PARTY!


When former Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin went to trial for cocaine possession, the proceedings featured talk of topless dancers and allegations of drug and sex parties and a murder-for-hire plot. He pled no contest, was fined and ordered to do community service.


Legendary Packers coach Vince Lombardi once caught Hall of Famer Paul Hornung trying to sneak out of training camp. The coach asked, "Hornung, what do you want to be, a playboy or a football player?" And the former Notre Dame star immediately responded, "I want to be a playboy."


Newport Beach police were called to Dennis Rodman's home more than 50 times in 2001 due to noise violations and out-of-hand parties. But what do you expect from a guy who married Carmen Electra ... then said he did it only because he was drunk?


After a bowling alley fight, a 17-year-old Allen Iverson was convicted of "maiming-by-mob."


While playing bouncer at his Manhattan night club, Big Daddy's, former NBA player Jayson Williams sprayed two men with Mace before punching one of them in the face. Williams went on to settle out of court.


Once, when Joe Namath was leaving the bar with a woman who fell short of his normal standards, teammate Ed Marinaro expressed his disappointment in Broadway Joe. Namath replied, "Eddie, it's three in the morning, and Miss America just ain't coming in."


Former Knicks center Patrick Ewing testified in court to receiving on-the-house trips to the champagne room at an Atlanta strip club.


A.C. Green - OK, bad example.


In his autobiography, Yankees pitcher David Wells admits he threw his perfect game while still "half-drunk" from the night before.


In 1918, Babe Ruth allegedly threw a piano into a pond while drunk at a party to demonstrate his great strength. Divers now believe they are close to retrieving the piano in Willis Pond in New England. Red Sox fans believe the retrieval will help alleviate "The Curse of the Bambino."


Yankees teammates Mickey Mantle, Billy Martin, Yogi Berra, Johnny Kucks and Hank Bauer once got into a night club-clearing brawl with a group of men at the Copacabana in New York because the men insulted the players' friend, Sammy Davis Jr., also in attendance. Good thing Frank Sinatra wasn't there.

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