Alex Rodriguez and the 25 Biggest Scumbags in Sports
Alex Rodriguez and the 25 Biggest Scumbags in Sports
With the recent feature on 60 Minutes dealing with Alex Rodriguez's steroid scandal, I have been inspired to make this list with A-Roid as the headliner. Yes, the word I used to associate his name with is a bit harsh, but guys like Rodriguez are just that -- scumbags.
What makes Rodriguez a scumbag? The fact that he used steroids? Well, that's a part of it, but the fact that he lied about it and denies it to this day is a big reason he deserves that unattractive title. Since Anthony Bosch, Rodriguez's secret steroid source, has come forward, confessing all he did for A-Rod, it's time to look at the former superstar MLB player and 19 other scumbags that roam a court or field near you.
Dealing with Rodriguez has to be a nightmare -- just ask Bud Selig -- but Bosch's confession and released text messages should clear the air a bit and be enough evidence to pin him with the crime. It's bad enough he tried to make Selig look like the bad guy by suspending him for 211 games, but he was caught red-handed -- or close to it -- by the interview shown on 60 Minutes.
Now that we can almost officially call Rodriguez guilty, not that we already haven't, it's time to come out with a list of the biggest scumbags in sports today. We can find them everywhere in every single sport -- and they stand out.
Guys can be deemed a scumbag for different reasons. Coaches can be scumbags for acting better than the league they're in and disrespecting fellow coaches. Players can be deemed scumbags for issues off the field or just giving off a terrible image with poor off-field decisions.
Let's take a look at the 25 biggest scumbags in sports today and the things they might say. Let me know who I've missed.
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25. Lane Kiffin
I bet every Tennessee and USC fan out there can agree with this one. Kiffin spent just one year at Tennessee before bolting to USC and then ran that team into the ground. What a guy.
24. LeBron James
Cleveland fans sure do agree with this one. Who holds a press conference on national TV to announce that they are "taking their talents" away from their hometown that showed them so much love? Oh yeah, LeBron did that and now he's Miami's favorite flopper.
23. Carmelo Anthony
He's on here for saying he wants to be a free agent after the 2013-14 even before the season began and for throwing a cheap shot at Nate Robinson back in the day. Pretty scummy.
22. Taylor Lewan
Just watch the video and let me know if you think he's a scumbag.
21. Marshall Henderson
Marshall Henderson yells, screams and is just flat-out annoying. He taunts opposing players and fans like it's his job.
20. Ozzie Guillen
Oh wait, it's not a good idea to swear at the media all the time and praise Hugo Chavez?
19. Dominic Raiola
So it's probably not the best idea to let my anger out on my own fans by flipping them off and calling them out after games? Yeah, maybe I am a scumbag.
18. Todd Bertuzzi
So you're saying that nearly paralyzing another player with a cheap shot is scummy? Never would have guessed.
17. Richie Incognito
Don't worry guys, I bullied Jonathan Martin because we are friends. Oh yeah, and I threatened to kill him and called him racial slurs. But it's okay, we are cool.
16. Mike Rice
I guess we are drawing the line at throwing basketballs at my players? If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball I always say.
15. Urban Meyer
I'm probably the best thing to ever happen to the Big Ten. I will step on other teams and steal their recruits all the way to the top -- and lost in the Big Ten title game.
14. Mark Cuban
Louis noises. That's all the refs and fans hear when Mark Cuban is acting like a child in the stands. He's an oversized millionaire child. Yeah, I said it.
13. John Calipari
Besides looking like a used car salesman, I like to go for long walks on the beach as well as not caring about the future of incoming players, setting them free to struggle in the NBA after one season of college.
12. Chael Sonnen
How do I describe myself? Well, I'm an enforcer and the best rhymer out there. I like to talk all the trash in the world and humiliate my opponents with my words, sometimes getting humiliated back with a fist.
11. Terrell Owens
Yeah, if you come to my house to interview me, I will be shirtless and working out in my driveway. Ladies love it.
10. Manny Ramirez
My steroid usage has made me age better. I'm still playing baseball past the age of 40. Don't tell anyone I took them, though.
9. Michael Vick
I swear, I didn't know anything about the dogfights that took place at my house under my supervision. I must have been sleeping.
8. Ndamukong Suh
I'll be over here taking out people's knees and trying to end some quarterbacks' careers.
7. Kevin Garnett
I'm Kevin Garnett, I can say what I want. If I want to make fun of a player's inability to grow hair on his body, then I will do so. Deal with it.
6. Chad Johnson
I didn't hit my wife and force her to file for divorce after doing so. Oh wait, yes I did. And it ruined my football career.
5. Lance Armstrong
I would throw my own mother under the bus if it meant clearing my name.
4. Ryan Braun
I swear I didn't do steroids. The failed drug test was a fluke. Trust me, just ask all my friends who I lied to. Oh, wait.
3. Tiger Woods
I only cheated on my wife like 73 times. I'm still a great golfer -- don't you dare forget that.
2. Alex Rodriguez
No I didn't do steroids. Oh, can you hand me that syringe and those pills really quick? I have a game in an hour.
1. Aaron Hernandez
I plead the fifth.