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STEPHEN RIPLEY

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This just in -- the sports world is not exactly a bastion of enlightened thought.

It's a realm filled with testosterone, cheerleaders and swimsuit issues, so it's no wonder sexist behaviour and language is commonplace. Which makes the reaction to Sean Avery's idiotic "sloppy seconds" comments last week so interesting.

Rather than just shrugging off Avery's remarks as "boys being boys," the Dallas Stars and the NHL both went ballistic. Maybe it's a sign something has changed and the type of behaviour listed on this page is no longer acceptable ... even in the world of sports.

10. JOHN RIGGINS

The mohawk-wearing Washington Redskins running back caused quite a stir at an official dinner when he told Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, "Come on Sandy baby, loosen up! You're too tight." Riggins then reportedly passed out on the floor. The trailblazing jurist apparently bore no grudges, though, as she brought flowers on the opening night of Riggo's theatre debut several years later.

9. JOE NAMATH

Ever the ladies' man, Broadway Joe made a drunken pass at sideline reporter Suzy Kolber during a game in 2003. After brushing aside a question about the New York Jets, Namath told Kolber, "I want to kiss you. I couldn't care less about the team struggling." He would be in rehab a month later.

8. DON IMUS

While not exactly a sports figure, radio shock jock Don Imus made big news in the sports world last year when he described Rutgers women's basketball team as "some nappy headed hos." Amid the resulting controversy, CBS cancelled Imus's show.

7. BOBBY RIGGS

Leading up to his 1973 Battle of the Sexes match against Billie Jean King, ex-Wimbledon champ Bobby Riggs was full of bravado and bluster. "I'll put Billie Jean King and all the other Women's Libbers back where they belong -- in the kitchen and the bedroom," said Riggs before being led onto the court by a bevy of models he dubbed his "bosom buddies." King made Riggs eat his words, beating him in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3.

6. WILT CHAMBERLAIN

The man who once tallied 100 points in an NBA game was an even more prolific scorer off the court, if his boasts are to be believed. In a 1991 autobiography, the Hall of Fame centre bragged about having bedded 20,000 women, which averaged out to eight per week for his entire adult life. The Stilt apparently didn't believe in the old adage "a gentleman never tells."

5. BEN WRIGHT

In 1995, the veteran CBS golf announcer was quoted in a Delaware newspaper as saying, "Women are handicapped by having boobs. It's not easy for them to keep their left arm straight, and that's one of the tenets of the game. Their boobs get in the way." Wright denied making the remarks, as well as ones in which he railed against "lesbianism" on the women's tour, but a caddie who heard the interview came forward and backed up the reporter.

4. CEDRIC MAXWELL

Two seasons ago, Boston Celtics radio analyst Cedric (Cornbread) Maxwell was forced to apologize for comments he made about female referee Violet Palmer. Apparently channelling the deceased Bobby Riggs, Maxwell said Palmer should "go back to the kitchen," adding "Go in there and make me some bacon and eggs, would you?"

3. ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER

Back when he was taking steroids and winning bodybuilding titles, the future "Governator" told Playboy magazine he wouldn't allow his wife or mother to wear pants around him, because they aren't feminine. More recently, Schwarzenegger has been quoted as saying he thought an attractive woman might be "stupid" and has also been accused of sexually harassing several women.

2. JUSTIN GIMELSTOB

The now-retired U.S. tennis player lashed out at Anna Kournikova in a radio interview before a mixed doubles tournament earlier this year, saying "I just despise her to the maximum level below hate" and "I'm going to serve it ... right into her midriff. If she's not crying by the time she comes off the court then I did not do my job." He also labeled two other female players "sexpots" and described another as a "well-developed young lady."

1. SEAN AVERY

In referring to his exes -- presumably actress Elisha Cuthbert and model Rachel Hunter -- as "sloppy seconds," Avery set a new standard for classless behaviour. Instead of running down his former girlfriends, he should have been down on his knees, thanking his lucky stars he ever got to spend even a minute with either of them. One doubts he'll be so fortunate again.


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