When the subject comes up of injured players covering up how they actually hurt themselves, Irving Fryar and Jeff Kent come immediately to mind. But surely there are others who fit the same bill. What infamous incidents do you recall?
In Sepetember of 2000, Boston Bruins goaltender John Grahame suffered a broken ankle "while stepping off a curb". There was obviously more to the story which was never disclosed.
Speaking of there being more to the story, how about Red Sox righthander Paxton Crawford, who missed a scheduled July 2000 call-up from Triple A Pawtucket when he fell out of bed, landed on a drinking glass and needed eight stitches to close the resulting gash on his lower back.
What about the seemingly malicious yet non-existant injury to every bloody World Cup soccer player approaching the box with the ball and flopping to the ground in seemingly writhing agony in the hopes of a penalty kick. Talk about cover-ups... a sport that rewards talentless athlete / actors before they get to Hollywood and screw up our movies.
Ken Griffey Jr 12/2006. After months of rampant speculation, the Reds center fielder revealed that he broke his left hand in December while wrestling with his three children on the family yacht in the Bahamas.
Mike Stanley, 1988. Cut tendons and damaged nerves in his pitching hand when he "fell while taking the trash out." Various alternate versions of the event have been proposed. Nothing proven, of course.
Don't forget Jimmie Johnsons "golfing accident" this summer. At first he stated that he fell out of the cart when the driver turned too sharply and broke his wrist. Later admitted that he was riding on the roof.
Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Joel Zumaya missed three games of the American League Championship Series thanks inflammation of the forearm and right wrist, something everyone assumed was brought on by his pitches.
But it turns out that like yours truly, Zumaya is a Guitar Hero addict and the prolonged gaming was what actually brought on the injury.
What about Terrell Owens' overnight admission to a Dallas hospital with some kind of drug overdose, which he said was a bad reaction to painkillers for his broken finger---the story changed and included everything from mixing drugs and alcohol to a suicide attempt, and still nobody knows what the deal was.
Ex Utah Jazz Forward Robert Whaley got a cut on his hand and blamed it on trying to take away a knife from his two year old son. The news came out later that he and Darron Williams were involved in an altercation in Park City were the cut actually happened.
Fred Miller of the Chicago Bears broke his jaw during the season. He claimed he slipped getting out of bed and hit his nightstand. It turned out Olin Kruetz punched him in the mouth after the offensive lineman had been out at a shooting range.
In 1999 about a week before spring training was suppose to start, Houston Astros player Moises Alou who was in the Dominican Republic at the time supposedly fell off a treadmill and tore the ACl in his left knee. Alou was expected to return to the Astros before the 1999 season ended but in August he supposedly fell off a bike and landed on the same left knee that he had injured earlier and he missed the entire 1999 season.