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Scot Pollard, 2007
Let’s close this list with a funny story from an athlete everybody thought was on drugs when he actually wasn’t. In March of 2007, the Cleveland Cavaliers were playing the Indiana Pacers in a close contest. Center Scot Pollard, who had just been traded from the Pacers, was sitting the game out on the bench when a TV camera approached him.
Pollard looked straight into the camera’s lens and deadpanned “Hey kids, do drugs.” The camera’s active light wasn’t on, so Pollard thought he wasn’t being filmed and was just doing it to crack up the cameraman. Unfortunately, the light was broken and the broadcast went out to TVs all over the world. The ironic thing? Pollard, a devout Mormon, had never done drugs in his life.