Top 20 Biggest Bullies in the Sports World Today
Top 20 Bullies in Sports Today
Sports today are full of great guys, good players and pretty swell role models. There are guys who love to stay late after games to sign autographs, greet fans and some guys just love donating to charity and directing their attention to the smaller things in life -- like building houses for the poor or giving back some other way like visiting hospitals of sick children.
Yes, sports are full of great guys who are extremely selfless and that's what makes a role model so respectable and desirable in today's world. Every kid has their favorite player who makes the right choices and treats everyone just as they would hope to be treated just as every parent has their own favorite sports star based on the way they act on and off the field so their kids like the right kind of guy.
However, not everything is so perfect in the sporting world as there are about five terrible role models or sports "bullies" to every one great guy. It may seem like the good guys are few and far between sometimes, but they are just overshadowed by the players who just make awful choices on the field and off.
I know we all remember the case of Richie Incognito bullying teammate Jonathan Martin and forcing him to take the remainder of the 2013 season off because he was too afraid to come back to the team, dreading the idea of being picked on by Incognito again.
Many people would argue that bullying grown men is something that doesn't happen because you need to be a man and stand up for yourself. However, it happens in sports all the time and sometimes we rarely even notice.
Guys take out their anger on teammates verbally and physically, other guys bully on opponents and some just are flat-out bullies to the media -- often funny to see.
Let's take a look at the 20 biggest bullies in the sports world today. Let me know which bully I've missed.
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Honorable Mention: Ozzie Guillen
Not exactly a member of the sports world anymore, Ozzie Guillen deserved a spot on this list nonetheless. Guillen berated players, opposing managers and the media. He had no filter and said anything that was on his mind -- literally anything.
20. Taylor Lewan
Watching him pounds guys helmets into the ground and blatantly grab opponents' facemasks during a rivalry game was enough proof for me.
19. Tom Brady
Tom Brady is one bully that has earned the respect of basically anyone who has accidentally gotten in his way or angered him in any way. He yells at teammates and coaches to get his thoughts across and sometimes it comes off as bully-esque.
18. Marshall Henderson
Marshall Henderson is a verbal bully. He gets pretty pumped up during games and he has the tendency to get in players' -- and even fans' -- faces.
17. Aqib Talib
Talib is known for his on-field physicality and trash talking, but sometimes it's the off-field problems that make you a bully and a jerk. He has gotten in a few altercations with fellow players off the field.
16. Gregg Popovich
No one is better at making reporters feel bullied than Popovich. Okay, Gregg isn't a bully to everyone, just the sideline reporters and the rest of the media, but he is the toughest coaching nut to crack.
15. Rampage Jackson
Rampage Jackson is that bully that you would be afraid of, but jokes around a lot and if you don't laugh at his jokes, he'd probably beat you to a pulp.
14. A.J. Pierzynski
A.J. Pierzynski is the type of bully that isn't tough or popular, but overcompensates with his trash talking and confrontational attitude -- the worst.
13. Brian McCann
Brian McCann is more of a father figure that anyone would be afraid of. Don't you dare hit a home run off his team and try to trot around the bases without being confronted at home plate.
12. Zdeno Chara
Chara is that big student from school that doesn't know his strength too well at first, but when he realizes that he is way stronger than anyone else, he starts lashing out on people he doesn't like.
11. Kobe Bryant
Ah, the talented athlete bully. Kobe is that jock who knows he's amazing at basketball so he doesn't listen to anyone else and cares solely about himself -- and winning, of course. He's good at basketball and he will rub it in your face.
10. James Harrison
Harrison is like the big quiet guy who sits in the corner with a smug look on his face, waiting to pounce on unsuspecting prey -- or weaker NFL players. He is known for getting a cheap shot, or two, in.
9. Ndamukong Suh
Ndamukong Suh is the kind of bully who isn't very sneaky about his actions. He will blatantly pick on other players and, even crazier, deny it.
8. Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. likes to beat up other people and get paid for it. Oh wait, that's not being a bully, that's just his job. Well, he's not the nicest guy to opponents outside of the ring either.
7. Todd Bertuzzi
Todd Bertuzzi nearly paralyzed another human being with a cheap shot on the ice during a game. Yeah, if that's not bully-like, then I don't know what is.
6. Kendrick Perkins
Kendrick Perkins has a temper like no other and that's the kind of bully that just scares the daylights out of people.
5. Metta World Peace
If you can go into the stands and beat up on "innocent" fans, you are a lower-than-scum bully.
4. Richie Incognito
Incognito just looks like a bully. Oh yeah, and he verbally bullied another player out of the league basically. Not a good guy.
3. Kevin Garnett
Kevin Garnett is not the nicest player in the NBA. In fact, he may just be the biggest bully out there. He talks trash nonstop, picks on other players physically and pins the crime on the opposition at all times. He's just like a bad big brother.
2. Mike Rice
No one throws a better basketball at his players than Mike Rice.
1. Aaron Hernandez
I don't really think there's an explanation needed for this despicable bully.