It is one thing to skive off work, but another thing entirely to attempt to cover your tracks and to get caught being somewhere you shouldn't be. Just ask David Warner.
The always-up-to-something Australia cricketer has again found himself in big trouble after he declined to play for his Randwick Petersham club side, claiming that he should probably practice instead.
That was acceptable. But what he did instead was not.
Warner tweeted a picture of himself in boxing gloves with a fitness trainer before he was reportedly spotted shortly afterwards at a horse racing meeting at Sydney's Randwick racecourse. Ah.
The hotheaded 26-year-old was hauled before the chief executive of Cricket New South Wales to explain the no-show and has been given a suspended ban. Not too clever, it has to be said.
But Warner is far from alone as a sportsman who decided that 'work' was not worth showing up for.
Here are seven other sporting 'skivers' - post any others you can recall below...
1) Carlos Tevez
Tevez 'went AWOL' in 2011 and reportedly ignored two lots of specific instructions to remain in Manchester and simply do his job, which was to play football and to train. What did he do instead? Fly to South America, go on holiday and play lots and lots of golf.
2) Amr Zaki
Zaki also repeatedly failed to show up to play football while at Wigan. The Egyptian did not return from international duty, most famously for an entire week, which led to the club refusing their option to make his loan deal permanent. "The most unprofessional player I have ever worked with," said manager Steve Bruce.
3) Andrew Symonds
At the time it was the latest in a string of misdemeanours, much like fellow Australian cricketer Warner, but when Symonds decided to go fishing while his team-mates were hard at work it was big news. Putting it down to "not being organised enough", Symonds was down by the water during a 'key' team meeting and later practice session.
4) Ian Woosnam's former caddie
Two weeks after Ian Woosnam lost two strokes at The Open Championship in 2001 for having the wrong number of clubs in his bag, the former Master's champion parted company with his caddie, David Byrne, for allegedly failing to show up for the final round of the Scandinavian Masters. Whether Byrne was skiving or not is open to question as he later arrived at the course but it heralded the end of his partnership with the Welshman.
5) Adel Taarabt
Photo courtesy of Kerry Smith @kelstillcool.
Former QPR star Adel Taarabt was spotted waiting at a bus stop outside a pub in his club tracksuit while his team-mates were still playing against Fulham. Rangers were hammered 6-0 at Craven Cottage on 02 October 2011, with Taarabt apparently leaving in a strop following a furious half-time bust up with manager Neil Warnock.
6) Gavin Henson
Gavin Henson was banned for two matches by the Ospreys in 2008 when he went AWOL from training following a team meeting following a lucky win against Harlequins' reserves in the EDF Energy Cup. Of the incident, Henson said that he took “unauthorised leave to consider the matters raised.”
7) Manny Ramirez
Manny Ramirez, an Dominican-American professional baseball outfielder and designated hitter, skipped two trips to the White House after his side, the Boston Red Sox, had won the World Series in 2004 and 2007. For his first bout of absenteeism, former team-mate Johnny Damon covered for him saying that his grandmother was sick. Upon his second no show, George W. Bush quipped: "I guess his grandmother died again."