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Tuesday, November 18, 2008
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ALL WORLD POWER RANKINGS



Oh, Latrell.

ATHLETE APOLOGIES? SORRY TO EVERYONE ELSE, WE'RE GOING WITH LATRELL SPREWELL

[Ed's note: Not sure what All-World Power Rankings is? Please click here.]

This is a slightly dicey topic. Like all of us, athletes periodically do bad things and, because they're public figures, they oftentimes need to apologize. Current Titans QB Kerry Collins once had to apologize to a small group of African-American players on the Panthers; it's just another remarkable step in a legitimately interesting career. We decided to rank athlete apologies over time. Caveat: we realize most of these were for serious trangressions and we're not taking that lightly. If nothing else, you can look to this URL as an index of athletes doing the mea culpa tango over time.

TOP 5
RANK (YESTERDAY) WHAT WHY
1 (14) LATRELL SPREWELL (1997) This was for choking P.J. Carlesimo. The reason this gets No. 1? "With six former teammates behind him and famed attorney Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. at his side…" Anytime Cochran is involved, we're sold.
2 (410) DENNIS RODMAN (1997) He made negative comments about Mormons during a Jazz/Bulls playoff series. Classic Phil Jackson in defending him: "'To Dennis, a Mormon may be a nickname for people from Utah."
3 (21) JOHN ROCKER (2000) He wrote a letter to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (got picked up nationally) for his famed "7 Train" comments. One of our friends visited NYC for the first time a few weekends ago, got on a 7 and said the comments out loud before saying, "Man, John Rocker was a loose cannon." By that time, half the train car was glaring at him. Extremely awkward.
4 (127) KOBE BRYANT (2003) The $4 million ring.
5 (899) MARION JONES (2008) You can throw this under the bus if you want since it happened on Oprah, but frankly, we think that makes it a little bit better. That's where everyone goes to do their thing.

HONORABLE MENTION
RANK (YESTERDAY) WHAT WHY
18 (144) RANDALL SIMON (2003) Here's what he did ("Sausage-Gate"). Then, he apologized. Ya seriously gotta wonder about this guy, though. Attacking a sausage? Heck, in this 30 Rock, Tina Fey did punch a bear.
28 (701) MICHAEL VICK (2007) Just for the sheer intensity of what this represented, honestly. The apology itself has been criticized as "hollow."

RISING AND FALLING
MOVEMENT WHAT
AMERICAN CYCLIST SMOG MASKS (2008) (Remember this?)
ROGER CLEMENS (2008) (What was he apologizing for?)