Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Most Hated Sports Figures

LeBron James in New York City to discuss the f...Image via Wikipedia
Right now, LeBron James is one of the most polarizing figures in sports. Even Michael Jordan in talking smack about him, which must be humiliating. Barry Petchesky ‘s blog Deadspin comments on James’ Q Score citing that just 14 percent of the general population has a favorable impression of LeBron James, compared with 39 percent “who think he's a big selfish jerk who drove a stake through the heart of Cleveland”. (Petcheskh’s words, not the poll's.)

That's bad. In one survey, he's the sixth most hated athlete in the country, behind Michael Vick, Tiger Woods, Terrell Owens, Chad Ochocinco and Kobe Bryant. Most impressively, James didn't earn his infamy by committing some horrible transgression, like killing dogs, breaking up a marriage, or starring on a VH1 show.

But LeBron is far from unique in the pantheon of hated sports figures. Here's a look at  others who are possibly hated more than Lebron.  

Last year, quarterback Mike Vick topped a Forbes poll of the most hated persons in sports.
This year, he walks off with that "honor" for a second straight year.

The rest of the 2010 top five consists of Raiders owner Al Davis, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, golfer Tiger Woods, and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

You'll discover that there are many list available and the names of hated sports figures vary from list to list. There have been people who have stolen elections and started illegal wars. Ask some Iraqi civilians shredded by cluster bombs if Michael Vick is the worst person. It's sad someone can rape someone and get away with it, and he's not the most hated guy in sports. It's funny where we put our time and our energy.  Why waste your time on hating someone.  Love is the answer and it's much more fun.

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1 comment:

  1. I doesn't make sense that a free agent and an adulterer made the list when many others are guilty of murder, rape, and drug use. I don't understand folks and their priorities.