15 Most Hated Athletes in the World of Sports
Athletes are often revered and seen as role models to others. They serve as a source of inspiration to people all over the world. There are some athletes who are not in that category. There are some athletes are really hated. It could be due to their bad attitudes, their antics, something they said or did, or because they are simply great at what they do. Depending on the reason if an athlete is hated enough their careers can suffer. Here are some of the most hated athletes in the world of sports.
Aaron Hernandez Aaron Hernandez was only an athlete for a few years, which is [art of the reason why he is so hated. The New England Patriots organization hate him because they lost a tight end, and had to deal with all the legal proceedings and news coverage around Hernandez murder trial. The fans hate him because, well he’s a convicted murderer who had way more money than the average guy and he decided to throw it all away along with his life.
Charles Barkley Charles Barkley, a.k.a Chuck was a good player while in the NBA. He may have got into a few shoving matches but that’s what happens sometimes in the heat of the moment. Charles really didn’t become a hated man until after he retired and became a broadcaster. People can’t stand his ridiculous rants, the ludicrous things he says or his incessant need to go against the grain.
Ryan Braun No one likes a liar, and Ryan Braun is in that category. He was among the worst when it came to baseball. As with most major league baseball players, Braun was suspected of taking illegal performance enhancement drugs. I guess he lives by the motto “deny, deny, deny” because he continued to lie even after he tested positive for PEDs. Even a Biogenic clinic named Braun on a list of player that have received PEDs from them. Although he later admitted to taking PEDs, baseball fans and players despised him for his actions.
Tony Romo Tony Romo is probably one of the most hated athletes in the world for the past decade. As the quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, Romo was already a target for hate based solely on his occupation and team. His inability to deliver in the clutch and overall tendency to make costly mistakes at the worst times has made the hate spread from Cowboys’ opponents to Cowboys’ fans.
Lance Armstrong Lance Armstrong is a seven-time Tour de France champion and has become one of the most hated men in existence. He was heralded as a hero for dominating the sport while battling cancer. Fans far and wide have screamed for years that Armstrong used performance enhancing drugs. Armstrong was never convicted, but decided to come clean to the U.S. Anti Doping Agency in 2012. He was banned for life and was to forfeit any titles, medals and winnings, dating back to August 1, 1998.
Chad OchoCinco There are many reasons why Chad OchoCinco is hated, so I’ll try to give you the short list. Chad was one of the most flamboyant players in the NFL. Outspoken and Boastful, he rubbed a lot of fans, players and coaches the wrong way. His outlandish touchdown celebrations put him an many peoples s*@t list. When he changed his last name from Johnson to OchoCinco, it seemed to be the last straw for most people.
Kobe Bryant Kobe Bryant dominated the minute he hit the floor in NBA arenas. That shocked a lot of people and made some of them even hate. The kid from Philly made the jump from high school straight to the pros and immediately took on all comers. Bryant would dismantle each team that he played, every season and grew his anti-Kobe fans base exponentially. Multiple championships and thousands of highlight reels solidifies Kobe as one of the greatest player in the NBA and some people can’t stand that.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. Floyd Mayweather Jr. is hated by a lot of people for different reasons. Known as Money Mayweather, he is one of the richest athletes in the world. That’s one reason people hat him. He has won all 48 fighting matches he was is. Some people say he is only undefeated because he fixed some of the fights. That has never been proven, but that’s another reason people hate him. Mayweather is also very full him self and constantly showing off his money. That’s reason number three. There are other reasons why he is hated, like the fact that he beat his wife that one time.
Alex Rodriguez Alex Rodriguez once was considered one of the best things to come to the New York Yankees. A-Rod was the youngest player to hit 500 home runs. He became the highest paid player in baseball history in 2007 after he signed a contract worth 5 million over 10 years. The fans loved him but that changed when he admitted to using PEDs. Him admitting that he doesn’t really like Derek Jeter doesn’t help either.
Brett Favre Brett Favre is a sure-fire Hall of Fame quarterback, no doubt about it. He is one of the greatest quarterbacks to play in the NFL. Favre was the pride of the Green Bay Packers, until he left. That’s when he became of the most hated men in Green Bay. The Packers offered Favre a nice retirement package, but he wouldn’t take it. Instead he played for the Jets and a year later for the Packers division rival the Vikings before finally hanging up his cleats.
Terrell Owens Terrell Owens has as much athletic ability as anyone ever to play in the NFL. Unfortunately his antics weren’t tolerated in the NFL for long. The fans, players and coaches ended up despising Owens. He had an huge ego problem that plagued him his whole career. He tried to make a comeback in 2012, as he was invited to training camp with the Seattle Seahawks, but was ultimately cut.
Kyle Busch Kyle Busch must have been that one guy in high school who just didn’t care about anything and some how became a famous NASCAR driver. Rowdy, is the world that is often used when describing Kyle Busch. Busch attacks every race with reckless abandon and for that, most people hate him. Putting an opposing driver in the wall is nothing for Busch, as he goes full throttle and pushes the envelope on every single lap. NASCAR fans love to cheer against him.
Lebron James Heavy is the head that wears the crown. LeBron James knows how that feels. He has a lot of fans in his corner and just as much if not more people that hate him. James is one of, if not the most dominating player in the NBA. Many people will debate that, but James has fought hard to get the Championships titles that he has. Cavaliers’ fans especially hated him when he left to join the Heat. Now the Heat’s fans hate him for going back to Cleveland. No love for the king.
Mike Vick When Michael Vick was drafted into the NFL, he was more feared than hated. He was an exciting player and for the opposing team, the reason they lost. The love that many people had for Vick quickly faded away after he was charged and convicted for running an illegal dog fighting ring. He served 21 months in prison and his football career has been as prominent as it once was. After doing his time and apologizing many dog loving, football fans have turned their backs on Vick.
Tiger Woods What can I say about Tiger Woods? He was once a man on top of the world. Now current pictures of Tiger show a stressed man who is managing life rather than living it. Tiger was a role model, but fell off his pedestal when it was revealed that he had multiple affairs while married to his wife. Tiger Woods made to look like a villain and even though he has made great efforts he still hasn’t recovered from the whole ordeal.
Adrien Broner Boxing fans are keenly aware of the in-your-face persona of the three-time world champion. The current junior welterweight and part time, and not that good rapper has an impressive 30-2 pro boxing record. He just rubs people the wrong way with his prominent gold teeth, gaudy apparel choices, and over the top antics. Even in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, the people have mixed feelings about him.