8 times sports stars vented anger after NFL star Tom Brady smashes sideline tablet

December 21, 2021

The passion, drama and tension in live sport is something like no other - it cannot be replicated.

Though in a high-octane environment, crunching tackles, poor decisions and mouthing off at an opponent can sometimes lead to sports stars losing their cool.

And when history and glory are on the line, every so often the occasion can get the better of our beloved heroes.

Daily Star Sport reflects on eight famous tantrums from some sporting greats with tablet smashing, headbutts and dramatic walk-offs all featuring on our list...

Tom Brady

Seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady hit the headlines this week for smashing a tablet during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9-0 defeat to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.



Tom Brady smashed the tablet with a powerful throw after his pass was intercepted
Tom Brady smashed the tablet with a powerful throw after his pass was intercepted

It's only the third time in his career that the 44-year-old has failed to make his mark on a game.

The last time a team quarterbacked by Brady recorded a shutout was way back in 2006 when the Miami Dolphins beat his New England Patriots side 21-0.

And as the Bucs suffered their fourth loss of the season, Brady was filmed taking his anger out on the tactics tablet after he has surrendered possession with an intercepted pass.

The quarterback was seen hurling the Microsoft product over his left shoulder, shattering the screen and rendering it useless.

Gabriel Jesus

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Gabriel Jesus reacts to his red card in the Copa America Final by kicking over a water bottle
Gabriel Jesus reacts to his red card in the Copa America Final by kicking over a water bottle

The memory of Brazil's 2019 Copa America triumph will likely be tainted for Gabriel Jesus who will have mixed emotions from The Selecao's 3-1 win over Peru.

Having restored Brazil's lead just before the break, the Manchester City ace was dismissed after 70 minutes for a second bookable offence, jumping into the back of Peruvian defender Carlos Zambrano.

It was a decision that clearly displeased the 24-year-old who burst into tears and stormed off the field.



Gabriel Jesus also tried to push over the VAR replay machine as he left the pitch
Gabriel Jesus also tried to push over the VAR replay machine as he left the pitch

Heading towards the changing rooms, Jesus kicked over a water bottle and attempted to push over a V.A.R machine before slumping on the stairs in the tunnel still visibly upset with the decision.

Ronnie O'Sullivan

Snooker legend Ronnie O'Sullivan once headbutted the table in anger after missing a simple shot in the 2018 Northern Ireland Open.

Up 48-27 in the fifth frame, the Englishman sliced a routine shot on the black which missed the bottom corner and bounced back off the jaw.



Ronnie O'Sullivan headbutts the snooker table at the 2018 Northern Ireland Championships
Ronnie O'Sullivan headbutts the snooker table at the 2018 Northern Ireland Championships

O Sullivan then took out his anger on the table and banged his head off its side in frustration.

Fortunately, the miss did not prove vital with O'Sullivan going on to secure the frame and win the match 4-1 against Zhou Yuelong.

Colin Lloyd

Former PDC No.1 Colin Lloyd once vented his anger by punching the dartboard after throwing away a 2-0 lead in the World Championship at the Alexandra Palace.

Having just lost the opening leg of the fifth set, Lloyd was determined to bounce back and level the game but could only find two single 20s and a treble five from his opening three darts.



Colin Lloyd punches the dartboard at the 2010 PDC World Championships
Colin Lloyd punches the dartboard at the 2010 PDC World Championships

And when going to take his darts out, the 2005 World Matchplay champion slammed a right hand into the board to highlight his irritation.

Leaving a small cut in his throwing hand, Lloyd was remarkably able to keep his cool for the rest of the encounter and seal a 3-2 win.

He was later fined a total of £2,000 for the punch and for throwing his darts to the floor at the end of the match.

David Nalbandian

From punching dartboards to kicking a line judge.



David Nalbandian loses his cool against Marin Cilic
David Nalbandian loses his cool against Marin Cilic

David Nalbandian was disqualified from the final of the Queen's Championship in 2012 when he violently lashed out at the advertising hoardings, drawing blood from a nearby linesman.

Leading the match 7-6, the Argentine was trailing 3-4 in the second set and vented his anger by kicking out at a wooden partition in front of the seated line judge.

The kick smashed through the advertisements at the side of the court and powered into the left leg of linesman Andrew McDougall causing him to bleed heavily from his left leg.



David Nalbandian was disqualified from the tournament despite leading the match
David Nalbandian was disqualified from the tournament despite leading the match

McDougall was immediately treated by the St John's Ambulance and saw the tournament medical team, though no further treatment was required.

Opponent Marin Cilic was handed his first Queen's championship through default with Nalbandian disqualified for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Zinedine Zidane

One tantrum that probably needs no introduction is Zinedine Zidane's headbutt, considering the 2006 World Cup final attracted an estimated audience of 715.1 million people.

The Frenchman had already announced plans to retire after the tournament a bowed out of the professional game in typical Zidane fashion.



Zinedine Zidane headbutts Italy defender Marco Mazzeratti during the 2006 World Cup Final
Zinedine Zidane headbutts Italy defender Marco Mazzeratti during the 2006 World Cup Final

His emphatic panenka penalty clipped the underside of the bar as Les Blues took the lead before Italy struck back through a Marco Materazzi header.

It was the two goal scorers that would also make their mark in extra-time with Zidane ploughing his head into Materazzi's chest after an exchange of words between the duo.

Italy went on to win the World Cup via a penalty shootout with Zidane forced to watch on from the side lines.

Sebastian Vettel



Sebastian Vettel originally refused to take his place on the podium at the 2019 Canadian Grand Prix
Sebastian Vettel originally refused to take his place on the podium at the 2019 Canadian Grand Prix

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel was left fuming after being demoted to second in the 2019 Canadian Grand Prix despite crossing the finishing line first.

The German racing driver picked up a five-second time penalty for dangerous driving on lap 48 which saw him slip to second behind British rival Lewis Hamilton.

Vettel initially refused to stand on the podium following the race and then walked off midway through an interviewer's question.



Sebastian Vettel swaps the number boards at parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
Sebastian Vettel swaps the number boards at parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

He was also caught switching the number boards after the chequered flag so that Hamilton's car was placed behind number two.

Eric Cantona

Manchester United star Eric Cantona is fondly remembered at Old Trafford for many memorising displays.

A four-time Premier League winner, the Frenchman's audacious chipped finish and celebration versus Sunderland is one of the crowning moments in English footballing history.

Though the 55-year-old is also acknowledged with another memorable moment against Crystal Palace in 1995.



Eric Cantona was suspended for nine months for his kung-fu kick at a Crystal Palace fan
Eric Cantona was suspended for nine months for his kung-fu kick at a Crystal Palace fan

Having already been sent off, Cantona launched a kung-fu style kick at a Palace fan behind the goal at Selhurst Park.

The United forward was hit with a nine-month ban by the FA, stripped of the France captaincy, and also handed a two-week prison sentence.

The latter was later reduced to 120 hours of community service.



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