20 Athletes Who Don’t Deserve All the Hate They Attract

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Athletes Who Get More Hate Than They Deserve

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Do you have a favorite athlete? Do you have a least favorite athlete who you just can't stand for some odd reason or maybe they just are your rival team's best player and you can't stand them? Well, this is the perfect list for you.

Today, sports are such a big aspect of some people's life that a certain outcome of games will change their mood or their outlook on the rest of the day. For example, if you were rooting for the Denver Broncos on Super Bowl Sunday, you probably were not too happy after the game and probably for the entire next day. In fact, you probably didn't turn on a TV after and it's possible you're still in hiding.

Can people feel the same about their favorite and least favorite athletes? If your favorite athlete has a great game, will that put you in a better mood? If your least favorite athlete has a good game, will that put you in a bad mood? Well, all things are possible and sometimes ways of thinking like that do overtake people.

For example, if your favorite player is Kevin Durant and he scores 50 points, you will probably be in a great mood and claim that you liked him far before anyone else did. If you hate Aaron Rodgers and he has the best game of his career, you can probably be found cursing at the TV and wishing him the worst for games to come.

Yes, every sport has those hated athletes. Those guys that you hate because everyone else hates. Those guys that just rub you the wrong way for no particular reason.

Those hated athletes with no good reasons to hate them have been compiled into this list of 20 athletes who garner far more hate than they should. Let me know if you have some good reasons as to why you hate any of the athletes on this list.

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20. Manti Te'o

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Okay, so he had a fake girlfriend and lied about it. Other than that, he has been one of the most respectable athletes out there and a very well-spoken athlete.

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19. Jay Cutler

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Jay Cutler is often criticized for taking himself out of games and arguing with teammates and coaches, but what athletes don't do that at some point in their careers?

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18. Jonathan Papelbon

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Papelbon is known for having a pretty big mouth, but sometimes his words get taken out of context.

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17. Zack Greinke

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Many people hate Zack Greinke. Maybe it's just me, but I don't get why he's hated -- at all.

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16. Rajon Rondo

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The guy hustles too much and maybe bumps the occasional referee. So what? Don't we all want to do that to refs from time to time -- we probably want to do much worse at times.

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15. Chris Bosh

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Chris Bosh is just a weird guy. That's no reason to hate him.

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14. Josh Hamilton

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I think Hamilton is hated more by Texas Rangers fans, but the guy has overcome a lot to be one of the best hitters in the game.

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13. Yasiel Puig

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Puig is known as a hot-head, but people don't realize he is new to playing baseball in American -- it's probably not the same as everywhere else in the world.

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12. Dwyane Wade

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Dwyane Wade might play for the New York Yankees of the NBA, but he proved he can win titles without LeBron James and Chris Bosh. If nothing else, you have to respect him.

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11. Phillip Rivers

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Sure, he's loud and extremely intense, but what has he ever done to you?

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10. Kobe Bryant

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The Black Mamba is hated because he's not afraid to speak his mind and he's really good at basketball -- is that worse than being fake and bad at basketball?

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9. Tom Brady

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All Tom Brady does is win -- and that makes a lot of people mad for some reason.

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8. Ndamukong Suh

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He's a pretty dirty player, but when he's not dirty, he's a great defensive lineman. However, he's also extremely smart and well-spoken, his play on the field doesn't always show that.

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7. Bryce Harper

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Bryce Harper is a young gun in baseball and his cocky attitude angers people. Is it really that bad to be confident?

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6. Johnny Manziel

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Johnny Manziel is just a college kid and people can't seem to grasp that. Therefore, he's hated.

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5. Tony Romo

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Tony Romo might be the least clutch quarterback of all time, but that's no reason to hate him. Unless, of course, you're a Dallas Cowboys fan, then I have no reason for you not to hate him.

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4. Richard Sherman

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One of the smartest guys in the NFL is also one of the most hated. If he wasn't a trash talker, would you still hate him?

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3. Sidney Crosby

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Sidney Crosby is the most hated player in hockey, but for what reason? Because he doesn't like to fight?

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2. Tim Tebow

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Tim Tebow might be the nicest guy out there. Why is he hated? Too much media coverage, that's why.

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1. LeBron James

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LeBron is the best player out there and people love to hate the best. Oh yeah, and he's a huge flopper.