Cheaters, liars, and honest mistakes-- sometimes athletes have a “creative” understanding of the rules. In video game lingo, the actions in the gray area have the equally gray name “creative use of game mechanics” attached to them. That sort of handwaving away of the action in question really doesn’t hold up when it comes to sports. Sometimes, a player can get away with it, and other times they suffer harsh penalties and suspensions. And, quite frankly, there’s a lot less gray in these potential gray areas than it might seem – they’re definitely more of the out of bounds or in the endzone type (we didn’t play sports as kids, if you couldn’t tell). Yep, a lot of punching and hitting, and not exactly in the context where they’re being paid for it. Here's are some of the wildest times athletes and the governing bodies of their sports haven't seen eye-to-eye.

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