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Excuses, Excuses: What Are You Most Tired Of Hearing Athletes Say?

Kevin Hageland
July 31, 2019 - 9:04 am

As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, and if not … you really need to up your TOLO game, New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate was suspended four games by the NFL for failing a PED test.

But, rest assured he had an excuse!

Don’t they always?!

Everyone always has an excuse and what I’m curious about is what excuse are fans most sick of hearing?

But first let’s go back to Tate, who told ESPN, “This past April, during the offseason, my wife and I decided to see a specialist for fertility planning. I started the treatment prescribed to me and just days later I discovered it contained an ingredient that is on the league’s banned substance list.”

Blah blah blah.

While I appreciate this includes more specifics than the usual athlete excuse, especially for PEDs, it’s still nonsense. Oh, you a professional athlete who makes a living off your body took a new medication without consulting your team or the league? Oh … OK … sounds legit!

But is that really the worst athlete excuse?

Nope, for me the worst excuse is, “I gotta do what’s best for me and my family.”

Who said that … oh, I don’t know … hundreds of athletes over the years and the vast majority of time it is complete and total nonsense. The players who are early in their careers and haven’t made any real money (at least by athlete standards) … that, I get. But it’s the athlete who chose the $150 million deal over the $145 million deal or even the $70 million contract over the $60 million one and trot that tired saying out.


Please talk to us all like adults and say something to the effect of, “I took the deal for the most money. Money is a status symbol in my sport and I want to seem as important as possible, so I made this decision in consultation with my accountant, my agent and not my family.”

Because so often that is the truth.

So, that’s my most agitating athlete excuse … but what’s yours?

Is it, “I didn’t know the gun was loaded,” “I didn’t know the bat was corked,” “It was contaminated meat,” “It was the whiskey,” “I was sabotaged by a masseuse,” or “I was sabotaged by a teammate” (look it up, those all really happened)?

So many choices … so little time to falsify an alibi.