Hooters is a great restaurant to visit — hot women in skimpy outfits, serving you hot wings and booze while you watch sports, exactly what could go wrong?
Well for these booze hounds, they have found Hooters just a little to irresistible for their own good.
The most recent person involved in sports to find himself in hot water due to the Hooters restaurant is a middle school football coach, Randall Burbach. He coined a great idea to hold his Oregon Middle School’s post-season banquet at the local Hooters. Even though he could have kept his job just by backing down and planning the banquet somewhere else, the lure of Hooters was to strong and eventually Burbach would be fired for not giving-in and simply relocating the event.
Shorty after the high school coach incident, Miami Heat’s center Greg Oden’s picture was taken at a Miami Hooters while he watched his team play in Toronto. The reason he was not with his team is he was too injured to travel. But after his picture was posted all-over the Internet, coaches soon found out that he could not make it to Toronto due to injury, but he could make it to hangout on a bar stool at the local Hooters.
Golfer John Daly made his mark on the Hooters no no list. Daly was reportedly a fixture in the Hooters hospitality tents at PGA events, where he has been known to kick back more than a few beers. There is even one instant where his coach dropped him as a pupil because of his unwillingness to take the game seriously. After a rain delay in 2008, and what one can only imagine was one too many in the hospitality tent, he hired Jon Gruden, coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, to be his caddy for the rest of the round. Not a normal decision for a sober professional golfer.
But Daly’s most memorable Hooters mishap was about seven months after his 2008 antics in the Hooters tent. At a North Carolina Hooters, Daly passed out in his car and was eventually picked up by the Winston-Salem, N.C. police and taken to jail for the night. His mug shot became a regular fixture and a laughing-stock for news, sports, and the Internet.
Alex Rodriguez is known to show up time-to-time at Hooters for a bite to eat. That would not be too much of a problem, except his poor tipping habits ending him up in the media more than once. TMZ’s Deadspin wrote this about A-Rod along with a picture of him, “This is what rock bottom looks like,” TMZ claims to have inside sources at Hooters. But that’s not all for A-Rod, Jose Canseco accused him of constantly hitting on his ex-wife during his many visits to the famed restaurant, but A-Rod denies the allegations.
Jose Canseco and Darren Daulton, both major leaguers, were married to Hooters girls and both of which had to through high-profile divorces. Canseco’s ex, Jessica Sekely has wrote a tell all book of what it was like being married to an ex ball player.
And another ex-ballplayer manged to drag his good name through the mud due to Hooters. Chipper Jones admitted to having a kid out-of-wedlock with a waitress, destroying what was a clean-cut image for many years.
Maybe it’s safe to say, if you are a figure somewhere in the athletic community, you should steer clear of the seemingly harmless wings, beer and sports restaurant.