Memorable ‘liar, liar!’ moments in sports

Seahawks head Coach-Pete Carroll/Taylor Mays

(April 12th, 2010)

Whether Taylor Mays lines up against his old college coach’s offense on Sunday is undetermined. What we do know is that Mays didn’t think too highly of his former USC coach, Pete Carroll, during the NFL draft.

“The things that he had told me about the things I needed to do, I felt he told me the complete opposite from the actions that he took,” said the second-round  pick, who isn’t projected to start against Carroll’s  as a safety. I understand it’s a business, but you should be honest. That’s all I’m asking for.”

In an industry where egos rage and emotions commonly spill over, Mays was not the first sporting figure to publicly accuse another in the sports world of lying.

Here’s a look back at some of the more popular and humorous incidents in which one’s honesty was questioned.


TV reporter Jim Gray/Golfer Corey Pavin 
(Aug. 11, 2010)

Pavin says a Golf Channel report that quoted him as saying he would add Tiger Woods to the Ryder Cup team because he’s the best player in the world was wrong. After Pavin’s news conference, Jim Gray of The Golf Channel approached Pavin and wagged a finger toward his face during a heated argument. According to Pavin’s wife, who was standing next to him, Gray told Pavin that he was a “liar” and “you’re going down.”

Roger Clemens (R) and former strength and conditioning coach Brian McNamee testify about allegations of steroid use in 2008. 
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Former pitcher Roger Clemens/trainer Brian McNamee (Dec. 13, 2007)
The twists and turns between the two were numerous, with McNamee claiming in the Mitchell Report that he injected Clemens with steroids in 1998, and humane growth hormone in 2000 and ’01. Clemens denied the claim, then sued McNamee for defamation in January 2008. “All of McNamee’s accusations are false and defamatory per se because they are not true, and they injured Clemens’ reputation and exposed him to public hatred, contempt, ridicule, and financial injury,” according to the lawsuit. Clemens later told “60 Minutes” that he had been injected by McNamee, but not with performance-enhancing drugs. McNamee countersued Clemens in December 2008. Last month, Clemens was indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly lying to Congress about steroids use. On Wednesday’s, Clemens’ lawyers asked in federal court for McNamee’s suit to be thrown out.

The Pistons’ Allen Iverson listens to head coach Michael Curry on January 7, 2009. 
(Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

Pistons/Former coach Michael Curry 
(October 2009)

The Allen Iverson experiment failed in Detroit. The onetime league MVP, acquired from Denver shortly after the 2008-09 campaign begin, averaged less than 20 points a game for the first time in his career and claimed that Curry was dishonest about his role. “But for [the coach] to tell me these things and for him to go back on his word like that, it was the hardest and the roughest season I’ve ever had.” Iverson’s claims were later backed by then-teammate Rip Hamilton. “M.C. lied to us a million times,” Hamilton said of Curry. “He sat me and A.I. down one time and was like, ‘I’m going to lean on both of you the whole year, just don’t go to the media. Say you’ll do whatever for the team and blah blah blah.’ This was a week before he brought me off the bench. He lied. So I feel for what Allen said.”


Raiders owner Al Davis/former coach Lane Kiffin

(Sept. 30, 2008)
After months of speculation that the young head coach’s days were numbered, Davis fired Kiffin during a lengthy news conference in which he critiqued several of Kiffin’s coaching and personnel decisions. “I just couldn’t go on much longer with what I would call the propaganda, the lying that had been going on for weeks and months and a year and time,” Davis said.


Falcons/former coach Bobby Petrino 
(Dec. 13, 2007)

Hard feelings tend to develop when coaches leave one job to take another. Bitterness gets worse when said coach leaves in-season – or publicly suggests they have no interest, then subsequently bolt for the job they were linked to in the first place – as Petrino did to take over at the University of Arkansas. Owner Arthur Blank said he felt “betrayed” and several players publicly bashed Petrino, including safety

Titans coach Jeff Fisher/QB Billy Volek

(Sept. 21, 2006)
Volek drew the ire of Fisher, when, upon getting traded to the Chargers, publicly claimed that he was never given a fair chance to win the starting job. “I never at anytime in my career have gone into such detail [about a trade]. But I felt the responsibility, as Billy felt he was thrown under the bus,” Fisher said. “Billy threw this organization under the bus, along with a number of his teammates.” Additionally said Fisher: “He was untruthful with me, untruthful with his head coach, about where he was and what he was doing. So we started off on the wrong page there, and that did not sit well with me.”

(July 23, 1978)
The trio of Martin, Jackson and Steinbrenner helped the Yankees add to the trophy case. The three also made for a combustible atmosphere, leading Martin to abruptly resign in the middle of one summer after telling reporters: “They deserve each other. One’s a born liar [Jackson], and the other’s convicted [Steinbrenner].”

Former AL MVP Jose Canseco/A’s teammate Mark McGwire

(February 2005)
Canseco claimed in his book, “Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant ‘Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big,” that he introduced McGwire and other stars to steroids and performance-enhancing drugs. McGwire denied receiving injections from Canseco in bathrooms, even after McGwire admitted to steroids use in January. “I’ve got no problems with a few of the things he’s saying, but again, it’s ironic and strange that Mark McGwire denies that I injected him with steroids. He’s calling me a liar again,” Canseco said earlier this year. “I’ve defended Mark, I’ve said a lot of good things about him, but I can’t believe he just called me a liar. There is something very strange going on here, and I’m wondering what it is. I even polygraphed that subject matter, that I injected him, and passed it completely. So I want to challenge him on national TV to a polygraph examination. I want to see him call me a liar under a polygraph examination.”

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