Date: 12/14/1991
Sport: Basketball
Punishment: 1-game suspension, $10,000 fine

Karl Malone may be remembered now as simply a Hall of Fame power forward, but in his prime he was also known as one of the league's dirtiest players. No player was spared, not even an All-Star like Isiah Thomas. When Zeke tried to score at the rim in a game in Utah, Malone slid over and delivered a thunderous elbow to Thomas' face that opened up a cut above the point guard's eye that required 40 stitches to close. It didn't help Thomas that he had torched Malone's friend and teammate John Stockton in their previous game, seemingly over his being passed over for the Dream Team in favor of Stockton.