“We need to get out of here. Now.”
If you’ve ever uttered these words, you have communed with the raw panic of public embarrassment.
It feels like someone dumping a cooler of ice water on the nape of your neck—a cooler with ball peen hammers at the bottom. The first wave of panic washes over you, then the realization that everyone is looking thunders home.
Welcome to any given day in the life of an athlete, who has to perform in front of millions of people on a weekly basis. Even the best screw up, and when they do, it’s rebroadcast for days and immortalized on YouTube.
The following are some of the most embarrassing moments in sports, and they’ll make you feel a lot better about that time you were pants’d in the middle school cafeteria.