After Shaun Murphy’s snooker meltdown, these are the 7 most pitiful screams from sport’s bitter losers.
After being knocked out of the UK Championships by a 19-year-old amateur, snooker star Shaun Murphy went on a rant about amateurs competing in professional competitions.
It can be difficult for athletes to comprehend defeats over their careers, but some of their responses are more pitiful than others.
Shaun Murphy, a snooker player, is the latest to make headlines for his reaction to losing after being eliminated from the UK Championships.
On Tuesday, Murphy was defeated in the first round of the event by Si Jiahui, a 19-year-old amateur player.
Following the defeat, Murphy went on a rant against amateur players appearing in events alongside professionals, saying, “In my opinion, that young man shouldn’t be in the tournament.”
“I feel incredibly hard done by,” Murphy continued, “because in my judgment, I have lost to someone who shouldn’t even be in the building.”
Following Murphy’s outburst, here are seven of the most infuriating rants from sports’ bitter losers.
Following the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Eastern Conference Finals loss to the Orlando Magic in 2009, LeBron James was devastated.
James had yet to win his first of four NBA titles, and his response to the series-ending loss in match six was that of a bitter loser.
He stormed off the field and into the locker room, apparently angry and agitated, avoiding the post-game handshakes.
This allowed his teammates to cover for James during the post-game rituals, as they were likely similarly saddened by the loss.
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In February 2008, Bill Belichick, the head coach of the New England Patriots, did not take missing out on a perfect season and a fourth Super Bowl ring well.
The Patriots were defeated 17-14 by the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII after being 18-0 during the regular season and playoffs.
Belichick walked off the field before sprinting down the tunnel to his team’s locker room before the game had even concluded.
As a result, his counterpart Tom Coughlin became the only head coach the Patriots didn’t shake hands with after the game that season.
Serena Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam champion, has had her fair share of bad luck throughout her career, including losing a point for yelling while the ball was in play.
The American tennis player has a reputation for being a hothead and is no stranger to controversy. The news is summarized by Brinkwire.