Top 10 Prima Donnas in Sports Who You Can’t Stand

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Biggest Prima Donnas in Sports

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Every sport has its own players who are known for being cocky and arrogant because they know how talented they really are. Nowadays, it seems like there are more arrogant players than ever before because the media over-publicizes certain athletes and all the talk of how good they are gets to their heads.

The definition of prima donna, according to the Miriam Webster online dictionary is, "a person who thinks she or he is better than everyone else and who does not work well as part of a team or group". There are handfuls of players that can be included in that category and it seems like it is growing by the day. It seems like professional athletes have been deemed 'better' than the rest of society because they are looked at as heroes and some children even aspire to be like them one day.

As children, everyone wants to be a professional athlete or astronaut -- those are the two most common professions that children choose. Aspiring to be an athlete comes with a price because once you become famous you are faced with a tough choice: you can either gloat and brag about how good you are and let everyone know at every opportunity or you can be the boring, humble guy.

One great example of a prima donna in the past few years would probably be Randy Moss. The guy was a true talent and he made sure to let everyone know just how good he was. Don't forget about Chad Johnson who had his own legal name changed to Chad Ochocinco for the final few years of his NFL career and that just showed how highly he thought of himself.

Who are the biggest prima donnas in sports today? Check out this list of the top 10 in both college and professional ranks and let me know who I've missed.

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10. Jadeveon Clowney

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Talk about a kid who has underperformed and has taken games off on his own because he doesn't want to get hurt before next April's NFL Draft. Clowney was widely considered the top pick in the draft before the college football season but has been anything but impressive because he knows that he was going to be a top pick -- he has definitely thought of himself to be better than his team.

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9. Bryce Harper

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Bryce Harper knows he is one of baseball's top young talents and he acts like he is the best player around. Don't you dare brush him off the plate with a fast ball because no one pitches inside to Bryce Harper. He will definitely start jawing at any opportunity.

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8. Yasiel Puig

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Puig came into the league this season as a quiet and uber-talented rookie and developed into a prima donna with his me-first attitude and non-hustling plays.

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7. Carmelo Anthony

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Carmelo hates passing the ball and his shot-taking has hit ridiculous marks each season. If there was one guy who would think he could single-handedly win games, it's Carmelo.

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6. Terrell Owens

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This guy. Owens is the epitome of a prima donna. Since day one, he thought he was the greatest thing since sliced bread -- but he had been put in his place a few times. Now, he's a professional bowling prima donna. Not kidding.

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5. Johnny Manziel

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Manziel believes he has the right to act like a complete fool because he's in college and he's the most talented kid on the field, but he's sadly mistaken. You can't win by yourself, Johnny Football.

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4. Dez Bryant

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Dez Bryant is easily a fixture on a list like this. I can just see him yelling "get me the ball!" whenever possible. This guy needs an attitude adjustment.

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3. Alex Rodriguez

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A-Rod, or as he's known by his other names "A-Roid" and "A-Fraud", has to be on this list because he still believes he is the best player in baseball. Well, you might be the best since 2000 A-Rod. With an asterisk, of course.

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2. Dwight Howard

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Dwight has been called a Dwightmare because of his diva antics and his inability to recognize that the team comes first.

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1. LeBron James

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Surprised by this one? You shouldn't be. No one believes that he is better than the team more than LeBron James. He left Cleveland because he couldn't handle working for titles.

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