FAYETTEVILLE, AR - SEPTEMBER 5: Keon Hatcher #4 of the Arkansas Razorbacks is tackled by his hair by Adrian Hynson #12 of the UTEP Miners at Razorback Stadium on September 5, 2015 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Razorbacks defeated the Miners 48-13. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

15 Gripping Photos of Hair Pulling in Sports

Yanking an opponent’s hair might be legal in some sports — but it’s so, so wrong.

For anyone who’s ever played sports, the rule, while widely unwritten, has always been clear: “No hair pulling!” Of course, it does happen, but it remains mostly unpenalized. The NFL rules, for example, treat long hair as an extension of the uniform, and thus fair game. Maybe hair pulling just needs a label as colorful as the NFL’s “horse-collar” tackle for officials in various sports to take notice and, some day, outlaw it entirely. Here, some cringe-worthy shots of the painful practice — off the top of our heads. (Above: UTEP's Adrian Hynson grabs hold of Arkansas' Keon Hatcher in 2015.)

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - MARCH 05: Maryoly Gamez of Venezuela battles for the ball against Victoria Rios of Uruguay during the International Womens Rugby Sevens - Aquece Rio Test Event for the Rio 2016 Olympics at Deodoro Olympic Park on March 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images) Buda Mendes/Getty Images FAILING BRAID Uruguay's Victoria Rios gets yanked down by Venezuela's Maryoly Gamez in their 2016 International Women's Rugby Sevens test event at Rio de Janeiro's Deodoro Olympic Park. GUILDFORD, ENGLAND - AUGUST 20: Rebecca Trethowan of Australia has her hair pulled by Gemma Hallett of Wales during the Women's Rugby World Cup 2010 Pool A Match between Wales and Australia at Surrey Sports Park on August 20, 2010 in Guildford, England. (Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images) Phil Cole/Getty Images DOUBLE PULL Gemma Hallett of Wales (right) gets some of her own medicine as she locks down Australia's Rebecca Trethowan in the 2010 Women's Rugby World Cup in England. BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 20: Wide receiver Torrey Smith #82 of the Baltimore Ravens is pulled down by his hair by cornerback Adam Jones #24 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on November 20, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) Patrick Smith/Getty Images DREAD DRAG Ravens reciever Torrey Smith gets snagged by Bengals cornerback Adam Jones in a 2011 game in Baltimore. 111953 003 - 29Dec91 - New York City Hulk Hogan (r.) pulls the hair of Ric Flair (l.) during a wrestling match, New York City, New York, December 1991. (Photo by Arnaldo Magnani/Getty Images) Arnaldo Magnani/Getty Images BAD FLAIR DAY The Hulkster hooks on to Ric Flair's famous coif in a 1991 bout at Madison Square Garden.
South Africa's Bakkies Botha (l) and Danie Rossouw stop Samoa's Henry Tuilagi by pulling his hair (Photo by Mike Egerton - EMPICS/PA Images via Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 06: Sammy Watkins #14 of the Buffalo Bills makes a touchdown catch as Kevin Johnson #30 of the Houston Texans defends during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 6, 2015 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
Mike Egerton - EMPICS; Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images France's scrum half Jade Le Pesq (R) has her hair pulled by England's scrum-half Natasha Hunt (L) during the Six Nations international women's rugby union match between England Women and France Women at Twickenham stadium in south west London on February 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Glyn KIRK (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images) GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images PONY RIDE England's Natasha Hunt (far left) holds on to France's Jade Le Pesq in their Six Nations Rugby match at London's Twickenham Stadium in 2017. FUKUOKA, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 18: (JAPANESE NEWSPAPERS OUT) Toyonoshima (R) grabs Tochinoshin's pug or 'mage' and loses by foul during the day four of Grand Sumo Kyushu Tournament at Fukuoka Convention Center on November 18, 2009 in Fukuoka, Japan. (Photo by Sankei/Getty Images) Sankei/Getty Images HAIR LOSS Toyonoshima loses by foul after this follicle-testing move on opponent Tochinoshin in a 2009 sumo bout in Fukuoka, Japan. SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 26: Petero Civoniceva of the Maroons tackles Jamal Idris of the Blues by his hair during game one of the ARL State of Origin series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at ANZ Stadium on May 26, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images) Mark Nolan/Getty Images CLUMPING DOWN New South Wales Blues' Jamal Idris is tugged down by Queensland Maroons' Petero Civoniceva in their 2010 rugby match in Sydney. TORONTO, ON - MAY 20: Fuifui Moimoi #8 of Toronto Wolfpack is pulled back by his hair by Ryan Fieldhouse #1 of Barrow Raiders in the first half of a Kingstone Press League 1 match at Lamport Stadium on May 20, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images) Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images WHISK TAKER Toronto Wolfpack's Fuifui Moimoi has his eyes on the back of his hair against the Barrow Raiders in a Kingstone Press League 1 rugby match at Lamport Stadium in 2017. FOXBOROUGH, MA - NOVEMBER 23: Rob Gronkowski tackles Stephon Gilmore partly by the hair after an interception in the fourth quarter. The New England Patriots hosted the Buffalo Bills in a regular season Monday Night Football game at Gillette Stadium, Nov. 23, 2015. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) Boston Globe via Getty Images GRAB THE REINS Rob Gronkowski takes hold of Stephon Gilmore in a 2015 NFL game between the Patriots and Bills in Foxborough, Massachusetts. CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 6: George Smith of the Brumbies has his hair pulled by Johann Muller of the Sharks during round three Super 12 match between the ACT Brumbies and the Sharks at Canberra Stadium on March 6, 2004 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images) Nick Laham/Getty Images FIST FULL ACT Brumbies' George Smith can't escape the grasp of Sharks' Johann Muller in a 2004 rugby match in Canberra, Australia. CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - SEPTEMBER 7: Dior Mathis #3 of the Oregon Ducks pulls the hair while defending against Kyle Dockins #87 of the Virginia Cavaliers during the game at Scott Stadium on September 7, 2013 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Oregon won 59-10. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Joe Robbins/Getty Images BY A THREAD All it takes is one as Virginia's Kyle Dockins finds out from Oregon's Dior Mathis in a 2013 college football game in Virginia. SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 25: Mitch Rein of the Dragons has his hair pulled in an attempted tackle by Jake Friend of the Roosters during the round eight NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium on April 25, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images) Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images GRASPING FOR HAIR Sydney Roosters' Jake Friend locks on to St. George Illawarra Dragons' Mitch Rein in 2016 rugby action in Sydney.

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