The 15 Most Pathetic Athletes of 2013

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The 15 Most Pathetic Athletes of 2013

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Sports fans, it is already just about mid-December. 2013 and all of the craziness that it brought is almost behind us. Can you believe it? Take a moment, right now, to think of your most memorable moments in sports over the last 12 months. There have been plenty of note; both good, bad and, well, just plain ugly.

The good?

The Boston Red Sox winning the World Series in the same year where the tragic Boston Marathon bombing occurred. The city of Boston deserved a championship, arguably, more than any other city in the country.

Ray Lewis won a second ring in the same year he said that he would step away from the game of professional football. One of the single most intimidating players in NFL history, yet a changed man and faith-filled individual, you can't help but like the guy.

After an infant girl was murdered in the city of Chicago, Derrick Rose came forward to offer his comfort to the family and took responsibility for paying all the funeral dues -- showing his true dedication to his city.

How about all of the children given the opportunity to participate in their favorite football team's practices and games that we saw this year? Those moments were priceless, whether or not you're a sports nut.

Past all of the great memories you may have, there are also the negatives and, for lack of a better word, pathetic memories of 2013. Not every athlete can be a Stanford graduate like Richard Sherman, but hey, they get paid millions so why does it matter, right?

With that said, here are the top 15 most pathetic athletes for the year 2013. Enjoy -- or, at least have a laugh or two.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryanmheckman or add him to your network on Google.

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15. Brandon Meriweather

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Known for being a guy that continues to try and take the heads off of opposing offensive players, Brandon Meriweather has been under scrutiny more than normal in 2013. His response? Not much, other than firing back childish responses to those calling him out, and refusing to change his style of play.

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14. Jacoby Ellsbury

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This one is for Red Sox Nation. I mean, you're only at the pinnacle of your career and are coming off of a World Series title. But, hey, go ahead and team up with the arch enemy. No big deal.

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13. Roy Hibbert

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Does everyone remember the "No homo" comment uttered by Roy Hibbert in last year's playoffs? After a huge win, there were plenty of things to be said. That, most definitely, wasn't one of them.

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12. Aldon Smith

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Issues? Yeah, this guy has them. I feel for him, in a way, having gotten help for his alcoholism. But, the fact that he still can't stay under the speed limit and is under multiple investigations involving firearms doesn't bode well as he looks back on the year that was.

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11. Michael Vick

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As a Michael Vick fan for a while, I can honestly say that his career has to be done. He's a turnover machine, can't stay healthy and once again saw his job get taken away. 2013 just wasn't his year.

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10. JaMarcus Russell

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There's not much to be said about JaMarcus Russell's 2013, other than the word "comeback" followed by a flurry of laughs. Comeback? Not going to happen, but good job with the Subway diet -- or, whatever it was.

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9. Christian Ponder

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Seeing the dislike for Christian Ponder up close and personal from the Twin Cities is one of the more entertaining things for a rival NFC North fan. He went from being one of the reasons the Minnesota Vikings went to the playoffs -- so the front office said -- to a guy that throws pick sixes almost as well as Matt Schaub.

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8. Chris Bosh

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Let’s get this straight. You’re (give or take) seven feet tall and can’t grab more than six rebounds per game? Okay, my bad. Last year you averaged 6.8 -- but, in nearly 33 minutes? Pathetic. Chris Bosh is easily one of the most consistently overrated players in all of basketball, but never more than the past year.

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7. Chael Sonnen

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The picture above is of Chael Sonnen calling out the undisputed champion, Jon "Bones" Jones at the weigh-ins just prior to getting the daylights beaten out of him. That was followed by a TKO to former champion Rashad Evans. 2013 was one of the more pathetic years for Sonnen with two losses and a whole lot more useless talking.

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6. Johnny Manziel

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Ignorant? Check. Immature? Check. Arrogant? Check. Accepting money for autographs? Half a check. Easy to hate? Check. 2013 made it so much easier to find Johnny Manziel just plain pathetic. He's one heck of an athlete, but an even bigger bone head.

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5. Dwight Howard

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Dwight Howard spent most of last season whining, complaining and talking way too often. He couldn't make things work with one of the greatest players in the history of basketball? That's pathetic in and of itself. I think we all breathed a sigh of relief when the "Dwightmare" was finally over come summer.

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4. Alex Rodriguez

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"Let your yes be yes and your no be no." I believe that's how the saying goes. How many more times do we need to hear Alex Rodriguez say he didn't do it? Dude, just admit it. You're going to wind up like a guy we have yet to mention on this list.

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3. Aaron Hernandez

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It doesn't get much worse than being charged with murder. Aaron Hernandez's life choices, whether he is convicted or not, have been just plain pathetic. What kind of crowd do you have to keep yourself around to get caught up in a situation like that? On one hand, you have $40 million. On the other, you have just plain pathetic choices that lead to prison. The latter choice was given higher priority, unfortunately.

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2. Ryan Braun

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The words below this picture should simply read "LOL" over and over again. Ryan Braun claimed time and time again that he did not use PED's, but finally confessed. Wouldn't this have been so much easier had the confession come a while ago? Yes, but then we wouldn't get to make fun of him this much.

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1. Jason Kidd

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And the winner is, Jason Kidd. Just months ago he was playing on the same court as the veterans he is now attempting to coach -- there's a key word in there. In what has been a complete disaster thus far with the Brooklyn Nets, Kidd and this entire situation is exactly what I thought it was when the Nets gave him the job ten days after he retired from the game -- pathetic.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryanmheckman or add him to your network on Google.


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