The Seven Worst Betrayals in Miami Sports History
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.
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.
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.