By Michael Terrill @MichaelTerrill on March 25, 2014
One of the biggest complications of professional sports teams is athletes who don’t get along but have to for the overall well-being of the team. The only way to win championships is to put differences aside and concentrate on the task at hand. Ironically, several athletes who didn’t like each off the court or field were able to get the job done when it counted most. Check out 15 dynamic sports duos who simply couldn’t get along.
The Cleveland Indians were the talk of the town in the mid-1990s. Unfortunately, they were never able to reel in a World Series win. The closest the Indians came to winning a title was during the 1997 World Series when they lost in seven games. Omar Vizquel wrote in his autobiography that the loss fell solely on the shoulders of pitcher Jose Mesa, who vowed to beam Vizquel anytime the two met in a game.
They may not have been athletes at the time but Mike Ditka and Buddy Ryan were most certainly a dynamic sports duo for the Chicago Bears. They put together one of the most feared defenses in NFL history. However, that wasn’t enough to make the two civil towards one another. The main reason was because Ryan felt Ditka stole his job as head coach of the Bears.
Not many teammates liked John Terry. It didn’t help when it was revealed that he slept with teammate Wayne Bridge’s girlfriend, which led to her getting an abortion after she got pregnant. Bridge publicly humiliated Terry by not shaking his former teammate’s hand prior to a match between Chelsea and Manchester United.
Lance Armstrong didn’t care about money when he came out of retirement in 2009. He just wanted to be a part of a team. That desire faded quickly when Armstrong got in a fight with teammate Alberto Contador, who won the Tour de France just two years prior, just three stages into the Tour. Contador would later say that he could never respect Armstrong on a personal level.
One season was enough for Dwight Howard in Los Angeles. The center was disliked by the fans and seemed to constantly get on Kobe Bryant’s bad side. The two weren’t exactly a dynamic duo, although there’s no telling what they could have accomplished together if they simply got along.
Romario and Bebeto were two of the biggest names in soccer in the early 1990s. The two teammates on the Brazilian national team didn’t like each other one bit. In fact, it was Romario who gave Bebeto the nickname Chorao (crybaby). Romario also stated in a news conference prior to the ’94 World Cup that he would not sit next to Bebeto on the plane ride to California. Luckily, they were able to put their differences aside to win the World Cup.
Many say that Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez’s hatred is blown out of proportion. That may be so, but there’s no denying their dislike for each other. No one really knows where the distaste stems from. However, a good bet would be simply due to how Rodriguez carries himself as a ball player and a person. Jeter is the very definition of class while Rodriguez is anything but that.
Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson proved to be a great duo on the racetrack. Gordon was said to be Johnson’s mentor. He was the reason Johnson was put in the position to make a name for himself in the first place. Unfortunately, Johnson’s rise as the more prolific driver on the circuit led to a feud between the two teammates.
Teammates Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan were given the opportunity to do great things for Team USA at the ’94 Winter Olympics. That all changed when jealousy got the best of Harding, who decided that an attempt to break Kerrigan’s leg was the best course of action. The move backfired in several ways, with the most laughable being that Kerrigan still took home the silver medal.
Tony Parker and Brent Barry won championships on the court. Off the court, Parker’s actions ruined two marriages. The point guard cheated on wife Eva Longoria with Erin Barry, Brent’s wife at the time. The horrible decision led to Longoria divorcing Parker and Brent breaking off his marriage with Erin.
Toronto Maple Leafs star Shayne Corson reportedly got with fellow star Alexander Mogilny’s wife during the 2002 NHL season. Once Mogilny found out, the rift tore apart the locker room as players picked sides. Mogilny was so distraught that he even took a leave of absence, which forced the Maple Leafs to trade Corson.
Teddy Sheringham and Andy Cole spent every waking moment together as members of Manchester United as well as the England national team in the 1990s. The long-lasting feud developed due to several reasons, with one of them being that Sheringham refused to shake Cole’s hand during a contest. The two have not spoken in 15 years, and it doesn’t look like that will change anytime soon.
Barry Bonds was never well liked, which is something he shared in common with teammate Jeff Kent. A locker room isn’t big enough to handle the attitude of two players who think they’re above everyone else. That’s why the feud between Bond and Kent boiled over for the public to see in a game in 2002.
Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens could have been great together if only the wide receiver could just keep his cool around his quarterback. However, Owens simply couldn’t refrain from criticizing McNabb’s performance in the Super Bowl, which led to the beginning of the end. Philadelphia Eagles fans will always remember how Owens berated McNabb on the sidelines game after game.
One of the greatest dynamic duos in NBA history also carried one of the biggest feuds. Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal most likely would have won more championships than any other duo in the history of the sport if they just could put their massive egos aside. Apparently, heavy wears the crown indeed. There simply wasn’t enough room at the top for both players to stand, which led to their falling out.
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