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Greatness, Unrecognized

Feb. 28, 2011
Feb. 28, 2011

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Feb. 28, 2011

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MIKE DANTON
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Greatness, Unrecognized

Athletes tend to have a strong sense of self and often expect others to share it. Latest example: Miguel Cabrera. Stopped for a suspected DUI in Fort Pierce, Fla., on Feb. 16, police say that the Tigers first baseman drank from a bottle of Scotch, refused a Breathalyzer and demanded of officers, "Do you know who I am?" That did not get Cabrera (who has not commented) off the hook—he spent the night in jail and now awaits a court date on DUI and resisting arrest charges—but it did put him in a not-so-exclusive club. Herewith, some fellow DYKWIA Hall of Famers:

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Ozzie Canseco

A 1995 dispute with a Florida moving company over a $1,111 bill led to the lesser-known Canseco twin's DYKWIA moment. The movers still didn't recognize him, so Ozzie shot out four tires on the van as the movers scurried for cover. He later pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and felony mischief charges.

Tiger Woods

In '96, months before his first Masters win, the 20-year-old was spotted playing blackjack by an Iowa riverboat casino employee. Asked for I.D., Woods teed up a DYKWIA, to which the employee replied: "I don't care if you're the Lion King."

Michael Irvin

he HOF receiver celebrated his 30th birthday in '96 with friends, dancers and 10 grams of cocaine. Neither his DYKWIA nor his Super Bowl win a month earlier was enough to persuade Dallas police to let him off the hook. Irvin pleaded no contest, paid a $10,000 fine and served four years probation.

Bill Walsh

The former 49ers coach was allegedly spotted peeking at a face-down card in a blackjack game at a Nevada casino in '98 and was scolded by a bystander. Walsh's DYKWIA earned him a punch in the mouth from the accuser, whose story Walsh refuted.

Qyntel Woods

The Blazers forward didn't ask; he showed. Because his license had been revoked, Woods got creative in 2003 when, after being pulled over for speeding, he provided as I.D. two credit cards—and his trading card. Woods later pleaded no contest to driving under the influence and possession of pot.

Marshawn Lynch

The NFL back dropped a DYKWIA in '10 after he allegedly took $20 from a woman who was paying her bar tab. Said Lynch, "There's going to be consequences." And there were. The $20 was returned after the woman's husband, a police sergeant, filed a report.

PHOTOOTTO GREULE/GETTY IMAGES (CANSECO)PHOTOJACQUELINE DUVOISIN (TIGER WOODS)PHOTOLINDA KAYE/AP (IRVIN)PHOTOJOHN G. MABANGLO/AFP/GETTY IMAGES (WALSH)PHOTOTOM HAUCK/ICON SMI (QYNTEL WOODS)PHOTOTOM DIPACE (LYNCH)