These Guys Have Some Atoning To Do

September 26, 2009 - 3:30 pm

Monday marks the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement. On this day, members of the Jewish faith fast and pray in an attempt to atone for their sins of the previous year. After a week filled with trash-talking, expensive fines and suspensions, there are a few professional athletes and coaches who could use a day such as this to reflect on their less-than-honorable behavior. I'm sure Chad Ochocinco has no regrets about performing his rendition of the Lambeau Leap in front of a sold-out crowd of Packers fans last Sunday. To the aggravation of the Cheeseheads, the Bengals wide receiver backed up his pregame trash talk when he jumped into a small crowd of Bengals fanatics after scoring a touchdown in Cincinnati's 31-24 win. However, those in Green Bay likely feel No. 85 has some atoning to do, especially after it was revealed that Johnson purchased tickets for the Bengals backers so that he would have a safe landing in the enemy's home stadium. While icing his bruised quadriceps, Red Sox ace Jon Lester probably wouldn't mind hearing some contrition from Yankees outfielder Melky Cabrera. On Friday night, the Melk Man hit a line drive directly into the right knee of the hard-throwing lefty. Earlier in the week, longtime Braves manager Bobby Cox announced that he will retire after the 2010 season. There aren't too many umpires who have fond memories of the hot-headed Cox stored away in their heads. Though he ranks fourth on the all-time win list for managers with 2,409 victories in 24 seasons with the Braves and four with the Blue Jays, Cox also owns the record for career ejections with 150, including seven this year. Maybe with some self-reflection, Cox will sit back and count to 10 the next time he has the urge to storm out of the dugout screaming his head off.

Milton Bradley surely will want to seek a reconciliation with the Cubs after he demonstrated several episodes of unruly conduct that led to an early vacation in the form of a season-ending suspension. Though he offered his sincere apologies, Bradley will be watching the remainder of the season from the comfort of his home after the Cubs decided to cut ties with him during his first year with the club.

In the football spectrum, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his wife, Gisele Bundchen, found a $1 million lawsuit on their doorstep after two photographers sued the couple Tuesday. Citing that security guards fired shots at them during Brady's post-wedding party in early April, the photographers claimed that they suffered both physical and mental harm as a result. That's quite a hefty medical bill for the three-time Super Bowl winner to cover. Brady's dynamic passing partner Randy Moss had an exchange of not-so-pleasant words with Jets linebacker Bart Scott. Instead of sharing the sportsmanlike attitude after the Jets' victory over the Patriots on Sunday, Scott decided to be a sore winner by telling Moss to "man up" the next time the AFC East rivals oppose each other. Giants defensive end Justin Tuck expressed some strong sentiments about the Cowboys after being injured when he was tripped by Dallas lineman Flozell Adams in New York's 33-31 victory Sunday night during the opening of the new Cowboys Stadium. The former Notre Dame player's initial reaction was to say that the hit makes him "hate the Cowboys a little bit more." Maybe the holiday will inspire him '€” and other athletes '€” to forgive and forget. And atone. It's not too late.