LEEinks List: When sports and food go bad

November 05, 2010 - 3:24 am

By now, most people have heard that Randy Moss is not a fan of Tinucci's Restaurant and Catering, the Minnesota establishment that was invited to cater the Vikings'€™ post-practice meal last Friday. According to a Yahoo! Sports report,  Moss yelled "What the [expletive]? Who ordered this crap? I wouldn't feed this to my dog," in reference to the spread of chicken, pasta, ribs, and other dishes. Gus Tinucci, co-owner of Tinucci's Restaurant and Catering, confirmed the report to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Moss isn'€™t the first athlete to be part of a controversy involving food. Here, we'll give you a look at some of the most interesting incidents combining sports and food in recent years. So, as Rex Ryan would say: "Let'€™s go eat a snack!" 10. August 2009: Antonio Cromartie fined for tweet critical of Chargers' training camp food During training camp before the 2009 NFL season, the Chargers fined their star cornerback $2,500 for using Twitter to contemplate whether the team's "nasty food" contributed to the Bolts failing to make it to the Super Bowl in recent years. Though he thought the fine was a bit excessive, Cromartie still had a good laugh over the matter. "It was just me talking about the food and stuff," he said. "I took it as a joke. But other people took it as a different kind of way." In response to the incident, teammate and fellow Twitter enthusiast Shawne Merriman commented on his account "And by the way i thought the food was AMAZING today haha yea im a suck up." 9. August 2006: Lions assistant Joe Cullen suspended after naked drive-through incident Cullen, then the defensive line coach of the Lions, was suspended by the team after being arrested twice in the same month. The first offense occurred on Aug. 24 when Cullen was arrested for obscene and indecent conduct after driving up to a late-night drive-through window naked. According to the police reports and eyewitness accounts of the Wendy's restaurant manager, Jim Lett, Cullen was subdued as he pulled up to the window, ordered a combo meal, and then was told to pull over in the restaurant parking lot while his meal was prepared. "He didn't say a word," Let told the Detroit Free Press. "I said, 'Here you go with your food, sir.' " The restaurant manager took note of Cullen's license plate and notified police. The second incident occurred less than a week later, on Sept. 1, when Cullen was arrested for driving under the influence. 8. April 2007: Pizza-throwing incident in the stands at Fenway Park A Red Sox fan not only got a beer spilled on his jacket while trying to catch a foul ball, he then got a flying pizza off his shoulder for good measure. NESN's Jerry Remy had a good time reviewing the tape of the fan throwing the slice of pizza (it turns out it was the continuation of an earlier dispute). 7. April 2008: Olympians served muffins filled with paper clips Before sending its athletes off to Beijing for the 2008 Summer Olympics, Australia hosted a morning tea for five scholarship athletes at the Queensland University of Technology. Rhythmic gymnast Ayiesha Johnston and swimmer Christian Sprenger were the two athletes at the function who reportedly bit into muffins containing paper clips. The rest of the chocolate muffin stock was quickly checked, and paper clips were found in an additional 13 muffins. No one sustained injury, and the food was immediately removed. Queensland Health and Queensland Police investigated the incident but were unable to determine whether the paper clips were baked into the muffins or inserted later. 6. July 2010: Takeru Kobayashi arrested at Nathan's hot dog eating competition Controversy arose in the world of competitive eating when Japanese competitor Takeru Kobayashi was arrested after showing up and trying to compete in the 2010 Nathan's hot dog eating competition. Kobayashi had been banned from the competition because he refused to sign a contract with the organizing group, Major League Eating. When he tried the climb on to the stage, the 160-pound Kobayashi was dragged away by police. 5. April 2010: 1,200 athletes get food poisoning in Dominican Republic More than 1,200 young athletes participating in an event in the Dominican Republic fell sick due to food poisoning, and 22 of them had to be hospitalized. The athletes, ranging in age from 9 to 18, were competing in the 12th Don Bosco Salesian National Games in Santo Domingo. Organizers suspect the tainted food was served during a Friday lunch, which, according to director Tomas Polanco, was "not transported on time, and by the time they served it, seven hours had gone by since they cooked it and packed it in disposable plates." 4. February 2008: U.S. athletes criticized for boycotting Olympic food Chinese Olympic organizers criticized American athletes who planned to bring their own food to the Summer Games in Beijing instead of trusting local cuisine. The United States Olympic Committee planned to transport its own produce because of fears about public health and food standards in China. Competitors are banned from importing their own food into the athletes village under International Olympic Committee rules, designed to protect the rights of sponsors such as McDonald's and to police the use of Olympic substances. So, the U.S. athletes ate their three daily meals at their training camp, a local university outside the official confines of the Olympic Park. 3. October 2010: Peruvian soccer team allegedly drugs opposing players The Hijos de Acosvinchos soccer team alleged that Sport Ancash spiked water bottles with barbiturates to slow down the players. Four players from Hijos de Acosvinchos became ill, including one who passed out on the field. The players allege that the sickness came after they accepted water offered by the opposing Sport Ancash staff. Affected players were tested, and sure enough, lab results indicated that they had ingested barbiturates. Sport Ancash, not surprisingly, won the match 3-0 and officials denied that the opposing players were drugged, insisting that they probably ate some bad rotisserie chicken. 2. July 1992: Roger Clemens throws more than baseballs Pitcher Roger Clemens decided to express his displeasure over a column George Kimball wrote for The Boston Herald by attempting to pelt him with the contents of a postgame buffet in the visiting team clubhouse of the Minneapolis Metrodome. Clemens reportedly hit Kimball with a hard roll once on three tries, although Kimball insists there were no rolls involved. 1. May 1988: Devils coach Jim Schoenfeld tells referee Don Koharski to 'Have another doughnut.' Following his team's 6-1 playoff loss to the Bruins in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals, Schoenfeld confronted referee Don Koharski as the officials were leaving the ice. Schoenfeld, enraged with the officiating, made contact with Koharski, who accused the coach of bumping him. Schoenfeld's response was to accuse Koharski of being out of shape. "You fat pig! Have another doughnut!" he screamed. The incident led to another controversy, when Schoenfeld was suspended, the Devils fought the suspension, and the regular officials refused to take the ice with Schoenfeld behind the bench.