A Recent History of Epic Athlete Benders

Paul Hamm

Gymnast, Team USA
Date:
11/8/2011

With all the senseless arrests of athletes drunk driving, it’s nice to see Paul Hamm had the sense to call a cab after a night of drinking. It would've have been especially charming if he didn’t assault his driver.

The Olympic gold medalist found himself in an argument with his driver over cab fare. Like the proud champion that he is, Hamm refused to give in and responded to the driver by kicking out the windows of his vehicle. When police arrived Hamm estimated his drink total to be "around eight" that evening. And, rather inexplicably, said to his arresting officers, “You guys are so funny. You guys have no idea. I’m going to kill you guys.”

Ohio State, being the prestigious, academically-focused institution that it is, fired Hamm as an assistant coach in their gymnastics program after the incident made headlines.

 

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