Punishment: 26 game suspension, $10,000 fine
Washington was actually a solid NBA role player, a one-time All-Star and twice a member of the All-Defensive second team. Unfortunately for him, he is only remembered for this horrible on court incident where a reflexive action nearly killed an opposing player. During a small fracas between the Lakers and Rockets, Houston's Rudy Tomjanovich charged towards the fray in an effort to play peacemaker and separate the two sides. All the Lakers' Washington saw, though, was someone from the other side running at him full speed. His punch to Rudy T broke many bones in Tomjanovich's face and even caused spinal fluid to leak into his mouth. He eventually returned before retiring for good in 1981.
6. Kermit Washington punches Rudy Tomjanovich.