The cruelty of sports is that a single brain fart can define an entire career. But feel no pity for the idiots on this list: They deserve that permanent dunce cap welded to their pin heads.
*Note: Since we are all geniuses with the benefit of hindsight, this is a list of decisions that were clearly idiotic at the time they were made. No one knew, for instance, that Ryan Leaf would turn out to be a moody turd, except for everyone who knew Ryan Leaf personally.
Michael Jordan retires to give baseball a try
Let’s assume that Michael Jordan retired voluntarily, that all the conspiracy theories about David Stern giving him a secret suspension for gambling are unfounded. That means Jordan really did leave the game in the prime of his career of his own volition…which makes him an idiot. I’d think far more of him if he really had been kicked out of the league. Who turns in their god status just to hang out in Birmingham?