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The 15 Biggest Trolls in Sports

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The 15 Biggest Trolls in Sports

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It is unknown exactly where the term troll in regard to the Internet actually originated. What is known is that the population of trolls is growing rapidly. The term is used to describe someone who starts arguments, intentionally tries to get someone upset or simply provokes another person with the intent of getting a negative reaction.

Believe it or not, athletes can be trolls too. In fact, many more exists than one would think. Two of the biggest trolls in sports history are former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre and legendary boxer Muhammad Ali.

Favre thought about retiring or actually retired and then unretired for nine straight years. The craziest part is during the process he actually had two of the most statistically impressive seasons of his career. Ironically, both came to an end after he tossed an interception in the NFC Championship Game.

Ali is considered to be one of the biggest trash talkers of all time. On top of that, he wasn’t very well liked for a majority of his boxing days. He constantly got into other boxer’s heads and would do anything to instigate an opponent.

If this countdown were the biggest trolls in sports history, Favre and Ali would be the top two on the list. However, the slideshow focuses on the biggest trolls in the world of sports today. It includes athletes, coaches, owners and one incredibly annoying sports talk show host.

Make sure to click through the slideshow to see the 15 biggest trolls in sports.

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15. Bill Belichick

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Spygate anyone? It’s not the biggest reason why Bill Belichick is a troll but certainly one of them. Belichick is mainly known as a troll for his overall attitude, especially during press conferences. What’s even more annoying is that he will give a one-word answer or just glare at the person who asked a legitimate question that deserves a decent response from the man who made the call that either won or lost the football game.

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14. Gregg Popovich

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Gregg Popovich has been trolling people for years. His biggest moment might just be when he trolled the NBA and all its fans when he decided not to play Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili in a primetime matchup against the Miami Heat. Also, his press conferences and interviews can always get interesting, especially the one in the video below with sideline reporter David Aldridge.

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13. Brian Wilson

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There was a time that reliever Brian Wilson was good enough where people put up with his character. Even though he allowed just one earned run in 13 2/3 innings in 2013, Wilson’s talent level has dropped dramatically. Unfortunately, his character is just as weird as before and doesn’t appear to be going anywhere too soon.

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12. Steve Spurrier

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Steve Spurrier has been voted the most hated football coach in America. More importantly, the man knows exactly how to tick off opposing players, coaches and fans.

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11. Richard Sherman

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Richard Sherman is an incredibly talented cornerback. In fact, one could make the case that he is by far the most feared defensive back in the NFL today. Along with his physical talents, Sherman is a huge trash talker and doesn’t care what he says to whom. It was just last year when Sherman confronted Tom Brady on the field after a big win. Granted, Brady reportedly trolled Sherman first, but nonetheless, Sherman didn’t pass up the chance to get some words off.

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10. Kobe Bryant

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Kobe Bryant knows how to work the referees like nobody’s business. In fact, Bryant can be seen trolling numerous different people on the court in almost every single game he plays in. It’s actually quite remarkable that he always has something to say to someone.

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9. Dwyane Wade

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Like Bryant, Dwyane Wade knows how to rub opponents the wrong way and get inside their head. He’s become a master at it, which is one of the reasons why he’s so successful on the court.

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8. Richie Incognito

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Whether the Miami Dolphins coaches told Richie Incognito to toughen up Jonathan Martin or he just did it on his own, there is no question it was a constant barrage of trolling on the offensive lineman’s part. The Dolphins can take the blame, but Incognito has been a troll ever since his collegiate days and probably much longer than that.

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7. Kevin Garnett

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Kevin Garnett is one of the biggest trash talkers in NBA history. Even though he constantly runs his mouth, he backs up his play with an incredibly physical style of basketball. Garnett also knows how to get under the skin of his opponents, which always gives him an edge in a game.

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6. Mark Cuban

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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban always has something to say. He may not do it as much anymore but there was a time when he constantly trolled the game officials. It’s not only that. He trolls the heck out of the NBA with his outrageous antics. He pretty much will say anything to get a reaction or a headline in the news.

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5. Alex Rodriguez

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Alex Rodriguez admitted to the use of performance-enhancing drugs early in his career and everyone is confident that he never really stopped using them. However, he continues to troll baseball by his constant denial of his use of steroids after a certain point in his career. He even goes around speaking to teenagers about how bad steroids are, which infuriated Major League Baseball. Rodriguez trolls fans, teammates and pretty much anyone who listens to him speak.

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4. Chael Sonnen

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Chael Sonnen pre-match trash talk is the stuff of legend. He will say whatever comes to his mind to whomever 24 hours a day seven days a week. A quick search on the Internet will yield an endless amount of ridiculous quotes of Sonnen trolling opponents.

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3. Ryan Braun

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Slugger Ryan Braun became an instant classic troll after he denied the use of performance-enhancing drugs. As if it wasn’t bad enough that he used PED to get ahead, he threw sample collector Dino Laurenzi Jr. under the bus and cost the man his job. He also said that baseball’s process is flawed, a statement he has since retracted. Braun has had several chances to come clean but mostly just dodgers questions regarding the entire incident.

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2. Rex Ryan

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Rex Ryan will do whatever it takes to catch a headline, which I’m sure the New York media is thrilled about. He constantly trolls his opponents in the press before every game. Even though he doesn’t do it as much after his back-to-back Super Bowl predications didn’t come true, Ryan still manages to run his mouth.

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1. Skip Bayless

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I can’t think of a bigger troll in sports than ESPN’s Skip Bayless, and I’m sure a majority of sports fans would agree with me. The man would argue a winning lottery ticket. Seriously, it’s never ending. He has infuriated countless athletes to the point where no one wants to be on his show. What’s the point? Bayless berates every single person he encounters, unless that person’s name is Tim Tebow of course. He is the very definition of a troll, which is why he’s in the top spot on the countdown.