Miguel Olivo Bites Alex Guerrero’s Ear Plus Five Other Biting Incidents in Sports


Fights break out in sports all the time. Typically, they are between opposing players and don’t involve biting the other person’s ear. However, in the case of Los Angeles Dodgers infielding prospect Alex Guerrero and catcher Miguel Olivo, who are both presently teammates on the Dodgers’ AAA team, the Albuquerque Isotopes, their fight was a little atypical. Not only did the two teammates engage in an altercation against each other in their team’s dugout, but apparently the exchange became so heated and brutal that Olivo bit part of Guerrero’s right ear off, causing him to have to undergo immediately plastic surgery to repair the damage.

While it’s definitely unusual to have a fight where one person bites another, this is not the first time that it’s happened. Here are five other biting incidents in sports.

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Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield

This is the most infamous biting incident in all of sports and ensured that Mike Tyson would become a household name and instant celebrity. Tyson bit off Holyfield’s ear during their WBA title fight back on June 28, 1997. Tyson initially lost his boxing license after the fight but had it reinstated a year later.

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Johan Le Roux and Sean Fitzpatrick

South African rugby player Johan Le Roux bit New Zealand player Sean Fitzpatrick’s ear during a fight the two had during a game back in 1994. Le Roux was suspended for 18 months because of the incident, and said that for that long of a suspension, “I feel I probably should have torn [the ear] off.”

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Daniel Carcillo and Marc Svard

Philadelphia Flyer Daniel Carcillo claimed that he was bitten by Boston Bruin Marc Savard during a fight the two of them had during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals back in 2010. “Last time I have been bit was in grade school,” Carillo told reporters, remaining adamant that Savard had bit him. “Guys don’t bite. Men don’t bite.” Savard, on the other hand, has never fully owned up to the incident. “He pummeled on my face,” he said about Carcillo. “He pulled on my teeth, so I guess that’s biting when a guy tries and pulls your front teeth out like his.”

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Wayne “Tree” Rollins and Danny Ainge

During the 1983 NBA playoffs, Atlanta Hawks’ center Wayne “Tree” Rollins and Boston Celtics’ player Danny Ainge got into a physical altercation on the court. Rollins, despite his height and muscle advantage over the smaller Ainge, bit down on the Celtics’ player’s finger. Ainge had to receive stitches and a tetanus shot after the incident.

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Robert Baker and Uga V

During a 1996 game against Georgia, Alabama wide receiver Robert Baker scored on a touchdown pass on the final play of the game, allowing Alabama to get the win. The touchdown was apparently too much for Georgia Bulldog mascot Uga V, who lunged at Baker and attempted to bite him as he celebrated Alabama’s win. And just to clarify, Uga V is an actual bulldog—not some guy dressed in a giant bulldog costume, although I think that would make this story a million times better if that were the case.

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