20 Professional Athletes Who Wouldn’t Last at a Regular Job

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20 Professional Athletes Who Would Get Fired at Regular Jobs

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Professional athletes today have it made. They can do basically whatever they want, whenever they want and still get paid. That is until the law gets involved, and then they are out of luck.

I wish I could make a list of athletes from any time period that would get fired from a regular job. There would be no doubt that guys like Bill Lambier, Deion Sanders, Dennis Rodman, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and other top hot-heads and egomaniacs would be on that list.

Throughout history, athletes have been under an intense microscope when it comes to their off-the-field lives. When they leave the field, court or arena, they find themselves always in the public eye. It's nearly impossible to escape such intense publicity and the scrutiny and criticism that comes with it when something goes slightly wrong.

In the past few years, athletes and their personal lives have gotten a little more interesting.

Some athletes have been burdened by the law, some by their spouses and others just failing themselves. The sporting world today has become more criticized than any medium in entertainment, and some athletes' poor decisions are the reason for that.

While not all the professional athletes on this list are present because of off-the-field issues, most of them are here for that reason. Some are on the list because of their failure to live up to expectations, others because they just can't handle pressure and some just because they would honestly have a hard time holding a regular day job.

Some athletes are in the NBA, some are in the NFL, a few from MLB and just a couple from other sports, but all deserve to be on this list equally.

Here is my list of the 20 athletes who would get fired at a regular job. Enjoy.

Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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Alex Rodriguez

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Besides always being hurt, Alex Rodriguez is in the midst of a steroid scandal. You can't keep a job when you don't even show up.

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Chad Ochocinco

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Chad Ochocinco has had his chances and was once one of the best, but now he's struggling to avoid legal problems.

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Chris Andersen

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While his mini-fight with Tyler Hansbrough last week may have gotten him fired at a regular job, Chris Andersen just has way too many tattoos. Employers don't like that.

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DeSean Jackson

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DeSean Jackson's ego may be getting in the way of football a bit.

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Chris Bosh

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Chris Bosh might just get fired for under-performing. He was brought in to be a beast in the paint but has been anything but for the Miami Heat.

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Floyd Mayweather

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Another egotistic guy on the list, Floyd Mayweather would make one stellar bouncer. But at any other job, he would likely be cut loose for intimidating other employees.

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Dwight Howard

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Dwight Howard would likely talk trash about his boss and then get transferred. After that he would bash his former fellow employees creating a hatred for himself around the work force.

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Jay Cutler

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Besides being called out for not trying and taking himself out of a crucial game, Jay Cutler is pretty inconsistent. Also, walking out on your job during crucial times won't get you a paycheck anywhere.

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Lance Armstrong

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Besides admitting his doping scandal, Lance Armstrong throwing his fellow cyclists under the bus was not a popular move that lost him a lot of sponsors.

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Manti Te'o

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There's no doubt that Manti Te'o would get in trouble for likely lying to his employers-- then he would say he was tricked. No one would ever know the truth besides him.

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Mark Sanchez

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Getting his fellow employees fired even though they might have been better at the job than him, Mark Sanchez won't last very long by himself.

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Metta World Peace

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Let's just say that Metta World Peace wouldn't get along well with customers or clients. The customer would always be wrong in his mind, and if they argued, he'd jump over the counter and prove otherwise.

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Ndamukong Suh

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Quite possibly one of the most hated men in the NFL, the talented Ndamukong Suh would not be able to keep his emotions under control in a sticky situation.

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Tiger Woods

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His many problems outside of the workplace may get noticed, but Tiger Woods taking far too much time off of work may be the straw that breaks the camel's back.

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Pacman Jones

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Pacman Jones has been arrested and in trouble with the law several times. That's grounds for a firing right there.

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Ryan Braun

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By taking illegal drugs to improve his performance, employees would notice Ryan Braun's extreme anger outbursts followed by far too impressive of performances.

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Terrell Owens

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Terrell Owens may be far too old for his job, and that will drive employers crazy. He will not take 'you're fired' for an answer and keep coming back to work.

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Tim Tebow

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Tim Tebow's constant words of religion and just far too nice of a personality would be followed by his passiveness with fellow employees, allowing them to step all over him.

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Titus Young

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Titus Young would likely get fired for an offense and then given a second chance only to do the same thing once again a of couple hours later. He would get fired from every job for the same reason.

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Tony Romo

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Expected to deliver and be one of the best employees during crunch time, Tony Romo would fumble some sales and lose the company some pride and money.


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