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The Seven Worst Betrayals in Miami Sports History

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Sure, you could say Miami was the beneficiary of some of the biggest sports betrayals in history (LeBron leaving Cleveland, Don Shula leaving Baltimore). Sure, you could also point to the fact that Miami has been lucky in the loyalty department (Dan Marino and Bob Griese never left, and some of us hope Dwyane Wade never does either). But that doesn't mean Miami hasn't endured its share of sports-betrayal heartache. It's not a fun history to retread, but on the chance LeBron leaves us -- a chance that's still very much up in the air this morning -- maybe it's good to remind ourselves that we've gone through worse.

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Larry Csonka Leaves for a Whole New League
It's 1965. The Dolphins are a year removed from their last back-to-back Super Bowl championships and still among the finest teams in the league. It was in no small part thanks to fullback Larry Csonka, running back Jim Kiick, and wide receiver Paul Warfield. A curious experiment called the World Football League came knocking and offered huge money to the "Miami Trio" to play for its team in Memphis. Csonka and his cronies agreed. Then the league folded halfway through its first season. Csonka, however, would return to the NFL with the Giants and then a final "Hey, sorry about all that" season with the Dolphins.

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Shaq Leaves Town and Won't Stop Trash-Talking the Heat
Before LeBron, there was Shaq. He helped us nab a ring and then promised another, but after a confrontation with Pat Riley, he found himself promptly traded. Fair enough. But once the guy left town, he couldn't stop trash-talking his former coach and teammates. It was not classy, Kazaam. Not classy at all.


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12 comments
Alina Perez Blanco
Alina Perez Blanco

1965? Back to back championships? Check your facts before posting.

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spriggen

Also, the Marlins won the World Series in '97, not '96. Jesus, who proofreads these articles?

James G. Camp
James G. Camp

Miami bought and paid for 4 straight Finals opportunities. Since the financial aspect forces the team to breakup, because let's face it, they can make more elsewhere, there should be no remorse or ill will. This marks the 2nd fix to win a title that it's happened. Shaq in the middle of last DE are was the other.

Kelly Moreno
Kelly Moreno

Thought you might want to see this Frank Sanchez.

Charles Maher
Charles Maher

Hey Kyle you may wanna make a correction the Dolphins weren't a franchise yet in 1965

oleg902
oleg902

I want him to stay in Miami, but him leaving is hardly betrayal.  He came down and gave us 4 finals and 2 championships, which is more than any city could ask for.  He's just doing what's best for him.  Of course, if he joins the Knicks, that's another story.

Cary Gonzalez
Cary Gonzalez

This is like someone saying that a work lay-off is a betrayal. Sports are a business. Nothing is personal. It's about the bottom line and the Benjamins.

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spriggen

Satan*. Satin is a fabric.

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