Posted: Friday January 12, 2007 10:15AM; Updated: Sunday January 14, 2007 4:03PM
Now that Deion is a broadcaster, we wonder if any players want to dump water on him.
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Patriots coach Bill Belichick was very hands-on at the finish of last Sunday's playoff win over the Jets. In his haste to lay an awkward midfield man-hug on Jets coach Eric Mangini, Belichick shoved a Boston Globe photographer out of his way. Belichick later apologized, but as this list shows, it's far from the first time that a sports figure has wanted a camera (or cameramen) or reporter out of the picture.
1. Deion Sanders: Neon Deion now makes a living in front of the camera, but he wasn't always a fan of the microphone-wielding set. During the 1992 NLCS, then CBS broadcaster Tim McCarver criticized Sanders for skipping out on the Braves to play a football game for the Falcons. When the Braves clinched the series against the Pirates, Sanders doused an on-camera McCarver with a bucket of cold water in the Atlanta locker room not once, not twice, but three times. A visibly peeved McCarver said angrily, "You know, Deion, you're a real man."
2. Kenny Rogers: A year before TV cameras caught him with "dirt" on his pitching hand, Rogers used the same hand to push a TV cameraman into the dirt. In July 2005, the then Rangers lefty actually pushed two cameras out of his way on the field before a game -- one while it was still attached to cameraman Larry Rodriguez, who ended up in the hospital. Rogers was fined $50,000 and suspended 20 games, though the suspension was later reduced to 13 games, the fine was converted to a (tax-deductible) charitable contribution and Rogers was allowed to pitch in the All-Star Game. Well, they showed him.
3. Dennis Rodman: One of the true pioneers of aberrant behavior in sports, he inexplicably kicked a cameraman in the family jewels in 1997 after Rodman had sprawled onto the baseline after a loose ball. (No word if Rodman first asked the cameraman to name the capital of Thailand.) The NBA suspended Rodman for 11 games and fined him $25,000.
4. Steve Williams: Tiger's caddie has destroyed more photographs than un-removed lens caps. Perhaps overcompensating for his boss's rabbit ears, Williams often takes matters into his own hands whenever Tiger is disturbed by a snapping camera. During the 2002 Skins Game -- to be clear, an exhibition -- Williams grabbed a high-priced camera from someone he deemed an offender and tossed it in a lake. At the 2004 U.S. Open, Williams knocked the lens of a professional photographer to the ground and kicked it (he later said he regretted the act), and even marched into the gallery to strip a camera off a spectator -- an off-duty cop.
5. Randy Johnson: On his way to a physical to complete a trade to the Yankees in January, 2005, a jumpy Johnson was for some reason startled when a TV cameraman began filming him in midtown Manhattan. Johnson pushed the lens away and snapped, "Get out of my face." When the cameraman said he was "just taking a picture," the Big Unit got all high and mighty: "Don't talk back to me!" Johnson tried to make nice at his Yankees press conference the next day, but the incident foreshadowed a generally disappointing two years in Gotham.