Body Art Gone Bad! The Worst Tattoos In Professional Sports

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Apr. 18 2019, Updated 1:31 a.m. ET

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Mike Tyson

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Mike Tyson didn’t hide his love for body art, infamously going under the needle and inking up his face!

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Chad Ochocinco Johnson/Evelyn Lozada

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Former NFL star Chad Ochocinco Johnson got a tattoo of his wife Evelyn Lozada, after she left him because of their domestic abuse incident!

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Carlos Boozer

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He plays for the Chicago Bulls not the Memphis Grizzlies, but Carlos Boozer still has a bear inked on his arm to represent his home state of Alaska.

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Jason Babin

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Jason Babin, the Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end, grabs attention on the field with his tribal-style arm ink.

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Shawne Merriman

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Aside from his “finish strong” neck tattoo, former Bills and Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman has a bevvy of body art on his body, including this light switch and finger that reads “lights out.”

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Brian Urlacher

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Like Pamela Anderson, former Chicago Bears star Brian Urlacher has a barbwire tattoo wrapped around his arm.

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Andrei Kirilenko

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Strip the jersey off Andrei Kirilenko of the Minnesota Timberwolves¹ back and you¹ll get a glimpse into his dark side with a bizarre red and black winged reptile that spreads ominously across his upper body.

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Colin Fletcher

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UFC fighter Colin Fletcher’s creepy, skeletal and spider-looking chest tattoo definitely spooks out the competition.

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Mitch King

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Just because the NFL’s Mitch King is a “Mamas Boy,” doesn’t mean he had to get it permanently etched on his arms.

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Randy White

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Former football stud Randy White has the roadrunner inked on his arm.

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Cub Swanson

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Are palm trees considered hard core? MMA star Cub Swanson has the words So Cal inked on his chest, along with fauna from his homeland.

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Jeremy Shockey

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Former New England Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey is proud of his extensive body art collection, showing off his patriotism with his large and colorful right arm design.

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Chris Anderson

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Nicknamed the ³Birdman² because of his wing-flapping celebrations, Chris Anderson of the Miami Heat barely has a spot of clean skin that isn¹t covered with brightly colorful tattoos.

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Delonte West

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Former NBA star Delonte West has lot of awful body art, including Chinese symbols around his neck!

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DeShawn Stevenson

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No one ever accused Atlanta Hawks star DeShawn Stevenson of being un-Patriotic with a tattoo of Abraham Lincoln inked around his neck. Flip him around and you¹ll find the player's own name emblazoned on his back with a giant snake in the shape of a number two.

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Mike Nickels

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MMA fighter Mike Nickels can scare his competitors with one look to his naked chest. The heavily inked up fighter has a freaky looking skeleton perfectly centered under his neck.

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LaMarr Woodley

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Clearly a fan of X-Men, Pittsburgh Steeler LaMarr Woodley has a bunch of artwork on his body, including a super creepy Wolverine image.

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Udonis Haslem

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Udonis Haslem of the Miami Heat is determined to give his fans a geography lesson while they enjoy the game, so he had the entire map of Florida tattooed on his back.

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J.R Smith

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New York Knicks player J.R Smith must be a comic book fan to want this scary cast of characters permanently leering from hisback. Surrounding the phrase, ³Just Klownin¹² are what appears to be hip-hop singers, scantily clad women and creepy clowns.

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Matt Barnes

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To the untrained eye, Matt Barnes' mass of tattoos looks like a mayhem of black ink but the Los Angeles Clippers star claims that every picture on his skin tells a different story from his life, including growing up in California, his love of rap music, spider webs that stretch around one elbow, and the devilish women sitting on each shoulder.

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Michael Phelps

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It’s not that Michael Phelps’ tattoo designs are bad, it’s that the famed Olympian got them done right on his hipbone so that they can be seen peeking out of his Speedo!

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Stephon Marbury

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When his hair is grown out Stephon Marbury looks like a regular guy, shave off his hair and you can spot the former Boston Celtic star¹s signature star on his head, which embarrassingly represents his now defunct clothing collection.

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Robert ‘Buzz’ Berry

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Mixed Martial Arts fighter Robert “Buzz” Berry has CAGE RAGE for life – inked on his arms!

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HInes Ward

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Former NFL star Hines Ward is clearly fan of Mickey Mouse! The “happiest man in football” has the Disney cartoon character in the Heisman pose inked on his arm.

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Alessio Sakara

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MMA fighter Alessio Sakara confusingly drew attention to his manboobs defining them by getting inked with a garish design.

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Jameer Nelson

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Jameer Nelson of the Orlando Magic clearly loves being in the spotlight and is so adamant that he is the star of the show that he had the line, “All Eyes On Me” penned on his back.

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Ryan Roberts

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Ryan Roberts didn’t earn the nickname “Tatman” for nothing! The Tampa Bay Rays infielder is covered in body art, ranging from Japanese characters and Latin musings to creepy images . “When I first started getting tattoos, I never expected to get a lot,” he told Big League Stew about his extensive collection of inspired artwork. “Over the course of my life, everything started happening for a reason. If people want to know why, I'll definitely explain the reasons behind them. If someone's interested, I'm honored to tell them.”

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Melvin Costa

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In addition to his Neo-Nazi hate symbol, MMA fighter Melvin Costa has the words “I have a small penis,” permanently etched around his belly button.

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Scott Spiezio

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Former MLB infielder Scott Spiezio has a big boobed blonde in black panties (his wife) inked on his arm.

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Richie Incognito

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Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito has definitely taken tribal arm to the extreme!

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CC Sabathia

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CC Sabathia won’t always sport his name on the back of his New York Yankees jersey, but the MLB star will forever have his last name inked on his back!

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Brandon Inge

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MLB star Brandon Inge honors his kids in a BIG way! The slugger has their names, Tyler and Chase, permanently etched on both his arms.

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