10 Athlete Tattoos That Are Just Flat-Out Awful

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10 Worst Athlete Tattoos

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How many athletes are out there that you think have bad tattoos? Some athletes just really don't know how to correctly ink themselves or just seem like they don't care about what exactly is being put on their skin -- kind of scary especially because it's a long-term choice.

Tattoos come in all shapes in sizes. Color and just black. Some tattoos, however, are just far uglier than others. Athletes in the past have been forced to cover up their tattoos because of the content or what they actually mean. Tattoos have gotten athletes in trouble for the past few years and ever since they became the "cool" thing to put on your body, they have been an issue in some regard.

One such famous instance in which a group of players got in trouble for liking tattoos too much is the Ohio State Buckeyes football scandal three years ago. Starting quarterback and star player Terrelle Pryor and four of his teammates were caught after they sold their Big Ten championship rings for tattoos and money. Those might have been the most costly tattoos ever produced in sports history. They actually cost the team a head coach, a star quarterback, some key players and a bowl berth following an undefeated season.

It's hard to find anyone these days that hasn't already gotten inked with something meaningful and most of the time it's either religious or family-related. I have compiled a list of the 10 worst athlete's tattoos in sports today.

Take a look at this list and let me know what you think. Some of these might shock you -- people made some pretty terrible choices in their life.

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10. Chris Andersen

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Chris Andersen is covered in tattoos, so which one sticks out? How about the colorful "FREE BIRD" one that's right on his neck. Colored tattoos are usually hit or miss. This one's a miss.

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9. Luke Walton

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Walton has a group of stick figures dribbling a basketball on his right arm that looks pretty childish. Apparently it's supposed to symbolize him and his family playing basketball but it looks like a 3-year-old child drew his first picture on Walton's arm.

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8. Tim Duncan

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This tattoo is just frightening. Not many people know that Duncan even has one just because he's so shy and quiet, but creepy clown wizard aside, he's one of the best power forwards of all time.

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7. AJ McCarron

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This obviously has some family meaning but it couldn't get any bigger, gaudier or uglier. AJ, come on, you're better than that.

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6. DeShawn Stevenson

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Stevenson is another guy that apparently loves getting his skin permanently marked. The NBA role player has been known for having tattoos all over his body, including a really narcissistic one on his back that is his last name and the number two -- like a jersey. This odd one, however, is a shout-out to a dead president -- on his neck. Who doesn't love Abe Lincoln?

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5. Johnny Manziel

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Johnny Football had Drake's new album, "O.V.O", tattooed on his wrist. Why, Johnny? Just why?

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4. Kenyon Martin

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You can't tell right here, but Kenyon Martin used to have lipstick marked lips tattooed on his neck. Sure, he did it in the name of love, but it's really poor when it comes to the family-friendly department. He has since had the lips made into a crown of some sort.

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3. Chris Smith

via Chris Smith's Instagram

Chris Smith is the brother of New York Knicks' star J.R. Smith. He must love his brother to an extreme level, because he had J.R.'s face inked on his back. The saying reads, "Always got my back". That's, um, brotherly love?

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2. Robert Sacre

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Sacre, a rookie NBA player out of Gonzaga, has a tattoo of DMX, Snoop Dogg and what looks to be Mike Tyson on his side. Put this one in the category of "why would you ever want that?".

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1. Larry Sanders

via Larry Sanders' Instagram

Nothing worse than having something permanently misspelled on your body. That's exactly what Milwaukee Bucks forward Larry Sanders had happen to him this offseason. Getting the word "receive" tattooed on his hand sounds inspirational and all, but not when it's spelled "recieve". I guess he didn't learn the "i" before "e" except after "c" rule in first grade.