The eyes of the world are on the best athletes when they’re at the top of their game, which makes it particularly embarrassing when their shorts fall down or when something that really shouldn’t be aired in public pops, flops or bursts out. These 20 athletes, who between them have split costumes, bared nipples and flaunted buttocks, know exactly what this feels like.
20. Doppies la Grange
Waratahs rugby player Brendan McKibbin probably wasn’t expecting his tackle to be quite this, ahem, cracking. Who’s to say who comes out worse – McKibbin or Doppies la Grange, the Golden Lions player he challenged during a match in Sydney, Australia in 2011?
19. Nicklas Helenius
The only way to catch Danish soccer player Nicklas Helenius, pictured here in 2013 playing for English Premier League side Aston Villa, seems to be to pull down his shorts. At least, that appears to have been the strategy of Tottenham Hotspur’s already floored Jan Vertonghen, who seemingly daren’t look up to see what he’s done.