Johnny Manziel and the 25 Athletes You Love to Hate

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Johnny Manziel and the 25 Most Hated Athletes

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Have you ever wondered why some athletes are hated so furiously? Why some people just can't stand the sight of, or hearing about, athletes that seem to always get attention for the wrong reasons? Some hatred is just there because the media creates some of it with the over-exposure of certain athletes.

One of those athletes recently is college football star, Johnny Manziel. The reigning Heisman-winner's name got so big in last season that he even earned himself a nickname after just one season as the starting quarterback of the Texas A&M Aggies. Earning the nickname 'Johnny Football' all but ensured a spot in the media spotlight for the remainder of his football career.

Like him or not, most people don't, Manziel is one of the best players in college football despite his antics off the field. He has been involved in an autograph signing scandal in which he was accused of accepting cash for his signature by signing hundreds of pictures. Prior to last season, he was involved in a bar fight and when he was arrested, he presented the officer with a fake ID, instead of his actual license.

People like Manziel usually get negative attention and sometimes they bring it upon themselves. Terrell Owens is one of those guys that used to be the center of attention because of his 'look at me' personality and his cocky attitude.

Kobe Bryant is hated by many in the NBA because he's also cocky and acts like he does no wrong. The way he handles the media also rubs some people the wrong way, but it's usually the most talented athletes that are also the most hated.

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. You can also reach him at muldown5@gmail.com.

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25. J.R. Smith

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Besides untying opposing players' shoes at the free throw line and threatening fellow players on Twitter, he's a pretty stand-up guy. Oh wait, those aren't good things. He just seems like a guy who doesn't care about anyone but himself.

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24. Aaron Craft

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Aaron Craft is a tough little player, but the fact that everyone gushes over him is just annoying. I'll give it to him, he's a great hustler and a terrific defender, but he gets way too much attention. If he's not on your team, you will hate him for his annoying hack defense.

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23. Kevin Garnett

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Making fun of fellow players for skin conditions as well as poking fun at opposing players' dead mothers just adds to the infamous trash talking that is Kevin Garnett's game. He knows no boundaries when it comes to riling up the opposition.

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22. Richie Incognito

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Richie Incognito is a tough lineman that has the ability to pancake defenders and open holes for the run game, but he also opens up loads of drama off the field with teammates. Jonathan Martin took the brunt of his off-field trash talking and the world got to see what Richie Incognito was all about.

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21. Tim Tebow

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You either love him or you hate him. However, no one player has received more criticism and hate than Tim Tebow has. He is a mediocre NFL wannabe with an awesome personality. Too bad he can't make it in the league because that's why people are annoyed with him -- too much publicity for an average -- at-best -- player.

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20. A.J. Pierzynski

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A.J. Pierzynski just has this way about him. He's been known to get in players' faces and let them know what exactly is on his mind. It doesn't help when he is a guest analyst during the baseball postseason -- he puts on his other face and acts like he's the nicest guy out there. No one likes a two-faced athlete that never makes the playoffs.

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19. Riley Cooper

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Riley Cooper was widely publicized as a racist this offseason for the video that surfaced of him using a racial slur at a concert. He took some heat for it and many people -- if there were ever any -- fell off the Cooper bandwagon. Not many people are fans of guys who put other people down in a discriminatory manner.

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18. Titus Young

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I'm not sure whether I can call Young a 'hated' athlete or just a stupid one. He had a ton of potential as an NFL wide out playing for the Detroit Lions, but with a bad temper and trouble with the law, he is now out of the league and probably in jail as we speak. Oh wait, he doesn't show up for court hearings.

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17. Mark Sanchez

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This guy is hated by his own fans. He's just awful. Mark Sanchez worries more about his looks than he does about his ability -- or lack thereof -- to throw the football. He also told reporters that he won the starting job in the offseason, basically saying that Geno Smith doesn't deserve to start. Just go away, Mark. No one likes you.

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16. Rajon Rondo

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Rajon Rondo is a pesky player on the court and he gives off the vibe of a rebel as well. He didn't like to listen to coach Doc Rivers and that got him into some trouble in the locker room. He was also a hot-head on the coach, bumping refs and throwing basketballs at opponents. Other than that, he's a peach.

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15. Marshall Henderson

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Marshall Henderson is cocky, loud and just flat-out annoying. He loves taunting the opponent and I can guarantee if you aren't an Ole Miss fan, you hate this kid. His drug problems aren't helping anyone like him any more, either.

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14. Michael Vick

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Michael Vick's past will never escape him as he was imprisoned for his dog fighting scandal. He allowed hundreds of innocent dogs to fight to the death for his pleasure. That's never an okay situation and he seems to have changed since then, but there are some people out there who will never like him again.

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13. Jay Cutler

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Jay Cutler has been knocked for being a guy who doesn't have the "will to win" and gives up. The biggest such instance of this is when he apparently took himself out of a playoff game after it looked like he had given up. Not to mention he has an "I don't care" attitude.

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12. Richard Sherman

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Richard Sherman is a trash talker and frustrates everyone in the NFL with his big mouth. However, he backs it up, which is even more frustrating.

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11. Ndamukong Suh

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Being considered the dirtiest player in football is enough to get yourself hated by fans everywhere. You know it's bad when you're getting fined every other week for a dirty hit. Unless Suh wakes up and realizes that he's dirty, he will always be hated. Oh, and we can't forget the stomp he put on a Packers player on Thanksgiving last season while he was laying on the ground.

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10. Metta World Peace

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Ever since the Malice at the Palace in which World Peace entered the stands and beat up on an innocent fan, he has been hated around the NBA. He's cleaned up his image a bit, but that doesn't change what he did.

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9. Ryan Braun

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Braun took PEDs, lied and said he didn't take them and then got caught. He cheated baseball and told close friends that he never took steroids, and for that, he is hated.

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8. Sidney Crosby

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Sid the Kid is not very well liked in the United States. He is glorified in Canada, but he is not the most popular hockey player in terms of people liking him. If you don't live in Canada or Pittsburgh, you probably hate the guy.

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7. Johnny Manziel

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Johnny Manziel is a given. As I explained earlier, he is cocky and likes to taunt the opponent. He's also a headache off the field with his never-ending problems.

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6. Dwight Howard

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He wanted out of Orlando, he got his wish. He wanted out of Los Angeles, he got his wish. Now he is in Houston and he got a coach fired and insulted many former teammates in the process. What a guy.

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5. Floyd Mayweather

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Floyd Mayweather, like most boxers, is cocky beyond belief. He knows he's great and he likes to flaunt it, along with his cash, in front of everyone with a pulse.

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4. LeBron James

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LeBron James is the most popular athlete in sports. If you don't like him, you hate him -- there's no in-between. However, more people hate the superstar who wins titles because he's part of a 'big three' and not on his own. Plus, he's a pretty big crybaby.

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3. Lance Armstrong

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American hero turned villain has had one of the biggest turnarounds from loved to hated in such a short period of time. He won a ton of Tour de France titles, but was found guilty of taking steroids. Cheaters are always hated.

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2. Alex Rodriguez

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Getting plunked for just basically being a liar, cheater and just a flat-out bad guy should be enough proof as to why no one likes him. He took steroids, threw people under the bus, appealed his suspension and is playing in meaningful games he shouldn't be just because he can't take his punishment like a man. A-Rod is just bad for baseball.

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1. Aaron Hernandez

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  • bern1417

    So who’s the most hated number 1 or number 11? You’re damn right everybody in hockey cities in the US hates Crosby and it is all bc of Jealousy!! Nothing more and nothing less. If he were to dawn the sweater of their favorite team they would be all on his nutt sack. That is a guarantee. While Crosby was a cry baby in 06, he learned to knock that crap off as he has turned Captain and matured. Even one of the best NHL officials ( now retired) Kerry Fraiser pointed that out in his autobiography. Crosby’s hatred also comes from constantly being exposed in the NHL media, and bc he was donned the face of the NHL by Bettman; a choice that wasn’t his; hating him bc of this is dumb. The dude is exciting to watch and is the best play maker in the NHL. At 26, with his neck injury being misdiagnosed for concussion symptoms ( the Pens fired Chip Burke who was their head doctor and is an orthopedic surgeon of 20 years for this) his health shouldn’t be a concern as he has taken some big hits since his return in 2012. Lets not forget the 80 + mph puck he took to the face in 2013. If he had concussion issues he would have received one there too. So NHL fans keep hating the best in the NHL and he’ll be sure to keep being on top the league in points. Without the puck to the face in 2013 he would have lead the league in scoring…Again. Just ask Philly fans what hating Crosby does to his game..

    • Chalie00

      I’m a Red Wings fan and I don’t hate Crosby, he’s a good hockey player.

  • ben

    The list itself wasn’t bad, but dear God, the writing…I’m not trying to be mean here, but it seriously seems like this writer is some 16 year old whose older brother works for this website. It’s just awful, elementary writing. Sad.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for the read, Ben.

  • Mike Mahoney

    So Crosby is higher on the list than Vick, Ryan Braun and Ndamukong Suh? Uh, ok…

  • CaptQT

    Good luck with your journalism career, Connor. Maybe next time you can write something that isn’t in crayon. This is the most vapid piece of crap I have ever read.

  • LightsOutMan .

    Poor writing….theres so much more that could be said to actually EXPLAIN WHY Sidney Crosby isnt liked….crybaby, plays on a team loaded with goons but objects when players hit him, etc.makes me wonder if author actually watches hockey.

    • http://www.rantsports.com/blog/author/connormuldowney/ Connor Muldowney

      Thanks for the read! Feel free to email me at muldown5@gmail.com to tell me just what I got wrong.

  • LightsOutMan .

    As to Lebron not winning titles on his own, noone does. Even Jordan had Pippen, Kobe had Shaq, etc.

    • http://www.rantsports.com/blog/author/connormuldowney/ Connor Muldowney

      They weren’t placed together the way Bosh, Wade and James were.

  • Eli_Vance

    Much of Canada hates Crosby too.

    The guy is a toolbag.

    • DetroitSons

      Only because he isn’t playing for them. I enjoy seeing talent play the game and you can’t take that away from him like you couldn’t take it away from Gretzky.

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  • fred

    I don’t hate Johnny and don’t anyone that does other then the writer of this trash report.

  • grenade007

    Cutler had a tear in his MCL and came back in that playoff game before the trainers made him come back out… unbelievable that people still use this. Also he has gotten hit more than any quarterback the last three years and never complained or called out teammates. There is literally no valid reason he belongs on a list like this.

  • DAVID HEWITT

    Despicable article. Titus Young has mental problems, and is deserving of sympathy, not scorn.