May 24, 2024

The yr 2023 was full of nice sports activities moments on the sector, however hassle rose in a number of sports activities.

From Ja Morant’s gun suspension to the Girls’s World Cup kiss controversy, learn beneath for a number of the most-talked-about sports activities controversies from 2023.

Tremendous Bowl flag

James Bradberry of the Philadelphia Eagles known as for holding in opposition to JuJu Smith-Schuster of the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs within the fourth quarter throughout Tremendous Bowl LVII at State Farm Stadium, Feb. 12, 2023, in Glendale, Arizona. (Sarah Stier/Getty Photographs)

It was a play that was talked about for just a few days after the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs stormed again to win Tremendous Bowl LVII over the Philadelphia Eagles. James Bradberry was known as for a penalty on the Chiefs’ game-winning drive. The play drew the fireplace of followers, however Bradberry got here clear.

“It was a holding. I tugged his jersey. I hoped they might let it slide,” he stated.


School basketball punch

Bowling Inexperienced’s Elissa Brett, left, is helped off the court docket after an altercation with Memphis’ Jamirah Shutes (not proven) within the handshake line after their third-round NIT recreation, March 23, 2023, in Bowling Inexperienced, Ohio. (Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire by way of Getty Photographs)

A struggle broke out in ladies’s faculty basketball throughout a recreation between Memphis and Bowling Inexperienced in March. Tigers guard Jamirah Shutes was seen in a brawl with the Eagles’ Elissa Brett whereas the groups had been within the handshake line.

Shutes was charged within the melee and located responsible of assault in September. She initially pleaded not responsible and later modified her plea to no contest.

Brandon Miller caught up in lethal taking pictures

Greg Sankey after game

Former Alabama standout Brandon Miller, proper, was named as co-defendant in a wrongful loss of life lawsuit filed by the mom of a girl who was killed in a taking pictures in October. (Andy Lyons/Getty Photographs)

Former Alabama standout Brandon Miller was named as co-defendant in a wrongful loss of life lawsuit filed in October by the mom of a girl who was killed in a taking pictures.

On Jan. 15, Miller transported the weapon to former teammate Darius Miles, the authorized proprietor of the firearm. Miles then stated he gave the weapon to Michael Davis, who shot and killed Jamea Harris. Each Miles and Davis have been charged with capital homicide, however police have stated they’re unable to cost Miller with something.

The Charlotte Hornets chosen Miller with the No. 2 general decide.

“I by no means lose sight of the truth that a household has misplaced one in all their family members that night time,” Miller stated in June. “This entire scenario is simply actually heartbreaking. Respectfully, that’s all I’m going to have the ability to say on that.”

Ja Morant suspension

Ja Morant walks off

Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (AP Picture/Gerald Herbert)

Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant confronted scrutiny over incidents involving weapons. He was seen in a Denver strip membership holding a weapon and missed a while over that controversy. A number of weeks later, he was seen with a gun once more, which prompted a 25-game suspension.

Apart from the gun movies, Morant is in a authorized battle stemming from a struggle at his home with a then-17-year-old.

4 days earlier, Morant had allegedly “threatened” the top of safety at a Memphis mall, and a member of Morant’s group shoved him within the head. 

Morant returned to the court docket this month.


Angel Reese taunt

Angel Reese points

LSU’s Angel Reese (10) gestures towards Iowa’s Caitlin Clark through the NCAA ladies’s basketball nationwide championship in Dallas on April 2, 2023. (Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports activities)

LSU star basketball participant Angel Reese prompted a stir through the nationwide championship in opposition to Iowa when she taunted the Hawkeyes after scoring a basket. Reese carried out John Cena’s signature “You Can’t See Me” transfer, which created a firestorm on social media.

However she instructed ESPN hosts what she was considering in the mean time and gave props to Clark as a participant. She pointed to how Clark waved off a South Carolina participant within the nationwide semifinal, which even prompted a response from LSU guard Alexis Morris earlier than the sport.

“Caitlin Clark is a hell of a participant for positive, however I don’t take disrespect flippantly,” Reese stated. “And he or she disrespected Alexis and South Carolina, they’re nonetheless my SEC women, too. You all aren’t going to disrespect them both.”

“I needed to choose her pocket. I had a second on the finish of the sport, and I used to be simply in my bag.”

Michigan soccer dishonest scandal

Jim Harbaugh looks on

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh (Michael Hickey/Getty Photographs)

The Michigan dishonest scandal took heart stage in the course of the faculty soccer season. This system was accused of operating an in-person scouting scheme. Former employees member Connor Stalions was accused of being the ringleader within the operation.

Because the Huge Ten investigated, head coach Jim Harbaugh accepted a three-game ban earlier than officers made the choice. He missed the ultimate three video games of the season and got here again for the Huge Ten Championship.

Northwestern soccer hazing scandal

Pat Fitzgerald vs Purdue

Northwestern Wildcats head coach Pat Fitzgerald (Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports activities)

Northwestern soccer was in a firestorm over a hazing scandal final summer season and Pat Fitzgerald was dismissed because the coach earlier than the beginning of the season.

The varsity stated it first discovered of the hazing allegations in late 2022, however extra particulars started to trickle out over the course of months. The varsity stated it didn’t discover enough proof that the teaching employees knew about ongoing hazing, although there have been “important alternatives” to search out out about it.

As extra accusations got here to gentle, Fitzgerald was ousted. He sued the college for wrongful termination.

Michael Oher lawsuit

Michael Oher with the Panthers

Carolina Panthers offensive sort out Michael Oher (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports activities)

Michael Oher filed a bombshell lawsuit in opposition to Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy in the summertime, saying the household tricked him into considering he was adopted and that he was owed royalties from the film and ebook about his life.

The 2 sides have gone backwards and forwards in court docket, pushing again on the allegations in opposition to one another. The Tuohy household stated in court docket paperwork that they had been blindsided with threats of funds from Oher, which they stated ultimately sparked his lawsuit.

In September, a decide ended the conservatorship, however the authorized struggle continued over the cash.

Noah Gragson ‘like’

Noah Gragson at the 2023 Daytona 500

NASCAR Cup Sequence driver Noah Gragson (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports activities)

NASCAR driver Noah Gragson sparked controversy when he “favored” a George Floyd meme on Instagram. He was indefinitely suspended and later parted methods with Legacy Motor Membership over the incident.

Gragson has since been reinstated and located a experience with Stewart Haas Racing in 2024.

“I wish to categorical my honest gratitude to NASCAR for reinstating me. Over the previous a number of weeks, I’ve devoted myself to private progress and reflection, and I consider I’ve turn out to be a greater individual due to it,” Gragson stated in September. “I couldn’t have executed it with out the help of my household and the NASCAR business.”

“I’m now extra centered and dedicated than ever to representing my future staff in the easiest way attainable. I’m desperate to get again behind the wheel and compete on the highest degree, giving it my all on and off the observe. Thanks to everybody who’ve been part of this journey, and I can’t wait to profit from this second probability.”

Girls’s World Cup kiss

Luis Rubiales and Jennifer Hermoso

Luis Rubiales, president of the Royal Spanish Soccer Federation, kisses Jenni Hermoso of Spain through the medal ceremony of the Girls’s World Cup, Aug. 20, 2023, in Sydney. (Noemi Llamas/Eurasia Sport Photographs/Getty Photographs)

An undesirable kiss throughout Spain’s Girls’s World Cup soccer championship celebration had a ripple impact throughout the nation’s soccer federation.

Spanish soccer federation boss Luis Rubiales kissed Jenni Hermoso through the awards celebration after Spain defeated England to win the championship for the primary time. Hermoso later stated the kiss was not consensual. Spanish state prosecutors accused Rubiales of sexual assault and coercion after the kiss, two days after Hermoso formally accused him of sexual assault.

Rubiales was suspended 90 days after he refused to resign from his submit initially. He ran the federation since 2018. He did ultimately resign from his submit.


Trevor Bauer settles authorized dispute with accuser

Trevor Bauer pitches for the Yokohama DeNA Baystars

Yokohama DeNA BayStars pitcher Trevor Bauer delivers in opposition to the Hiroshima Carp throughout a recreation in Yokohama, Japan, on Could 3, 2023. (Kyodo Information by way of AP)

Trevor Bauer, the previous Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher who received the Nationwide League Cy Younger Award in 2020, and a girl who accused him of beating and sexually assaulting her in 2021 settled their authorized dispute, his attorneys stated in October.

“Trevor Bauer and Lindsey Hill have settled all excellent litigation,” Jon Fetterolf and Shawn Holley, Bauer’s attorneys, stated in an announcement. “Each of their respective claims have been withdrawn with prejudice, efficient at present. Mr. Bauer didn’t make — and by no means has made — any funds to Ms. Hill, together with to resolve their litigation.”

“With this matter now at relaxation, Mr. Bauer can focus fully on baseball.”

The 32-year-old adamantly denied the allegations in opposition to him all through the whole course of. He was positioned on administrative depart by MLB in July 2021 after the preliminary allegations had been made. Bauer pitched in Japan this yr.