10 Athletes Caught Smoking

Michael Jordan

One of the greatest athletes ever enjoyed the odd cigarette. Smoking on occasion did not stop him getting thee NBA records for highest career regular season scoring average (30.12 points per game) and highest career playoff scoring average (33.45 points per game) as well as being named the greatest North American athlete of the 20th century by ESPN

Sir Bradley Wiggins

Four time Olympic Champion and Tour De France winner was pictured smoking in August last year. For a sport which relies so much on lung capacity, the odd smoke did not stop him from becoming the 1st English winner of the hardest race in the world

Zinadine Zidane

A glass of red wine and a cigarette. That is how the French relax, and it is how Zinadine Zidane relaxed prior to the 2006 World Cup semi final against Portugal

Shane Warne

The greatest cricketer of his generation and the best bowler of all time not only smoked, he was a chain smoker, a womaniser and a legend. 145 test matches, 194 ODIs, over 50,000 balls bowled on an international stage. Oh yeah, 1,000 international wickets too

Anna Kournikova

Former world number 8, Wimbledon semi finalist, twice winner of the Australian Open in doubles and absolute babe. She once said “My smoking has nothing to do with my tennis.”

Johan Cruyff

Used to smoke 20 cigarettes a day up until 1991 when he quit after a double heart bypass surgery. Proof, if any, that smoking a lot does not stop you becoming one of the worlds greatest footballers.

Michael Phelps

He might never have been pictured smoking a cigarette, but the greatest Olympian of all time with 22 medals including 18 golds was once caught smoking from a bong

Jack Charlton

Was once photographed with a cigarette in his mouth whilst training with Leeds, he made a club record 773 appearances for Leeds. Add in his England caps, he had of 800 top level games.

Alex Rodriguez

The most expensive baseballer in history was picture smoking a cigar. In 2007 he signed a 10 year contract worth $275,000,000. I bet he celebrated by lighting a cigarette with a $100 note

John Daly

He smoke. He drank. He ate. Proof, if needed, that if you pick the right sport when young, you can do whatever the hell you want.

Other footballing smokers:

Ossie Ardiles, Mario Balotelli, Fabien Barthez, Dimitar Berbatov, Gianluigi Buffon, Fabio Coentrao, Ashley Cole, Vincenzo Iaquinta, David James, Federico Macheda, Sir Stanley Matthews, Jackie Milburn, Alessandro Nesta, Robert Prosinecki, Wayne Rooney, Socrates, Gianluca Vialli, Jack Wilshere123


25 thoughts on “10 Athletes Caught Smoking

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      To illustrate that it’s more common for athletes to smoke than people think, now that Jack Wilshere was caught smoking this week.


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