By Michael Terrill @MichaelTerrill on March 29, 2014
It seems to be in the nature of some athletes to be selfish. Typically, it happens because the players were coached at a young age to take all of the shots. Unfortunately, that doesn’t sit well with teammates at the professional level, even if that selfishness results in championships. Check out the 15 most selfish athletes of today.
Carmelo Anthony certainly isn’t the most selfish athlete in the world. However, he does come off as a ball hog. Along with that, there are too many times when he pulls up to take a shot even though he doesn’t have a good look. A lot of pressure falls on him to carry the New York Knicks, but that doesn’t mean he has to ignore his teammates on the court.
Dez Bryant doesn’t try to be selfish, but his attitude definitely makes it seem like he is. After the Green Bay Packers’ miraculous comeback against the Dallas Cowboys this past season, Bryant refused to stick around to see the end of the game. Cameras caught him abandoning his teammates and storming off the field with just a few minutes left in the contest. It also doesn’t help that he loses his cool when the ball doesn’t come his way.
Andrew Bynum had no problem taking million from the Philadelphia 76ers despite the fact that he never suited up for a game the entire season. He could have done the right thing and re-signed with the 76ers at a discounted price. Instead, he chose to take another undeserving check from another regretful organization. Bynum has consistently wasted his talent throughout his career, and his selfishness has worn thin on many players.
Like most NBA players on this list, Brandon Jennings is a ball hog. He takes way too many shots and refuses to play the point guard position the right way. He had a good thing going with the Milwaukee Bucks but refused to follow the rules, which is why the organization gave up on him. Jennings is disrespectful and cares about no one but himself.
Stephen Jackson has been a locker room parasite for many NBA organizations, including the Indiana Pacers team that was involved in the Malice at the Palace in 2004. Jackson has no problem undermining coaches, and he won’t lose sleep over bringing teammates down to his level. Jackson beats to his own drum, which is probably why most teams don’t hang on to him for very long.
Kurt Busch has been known to call out his owner after a loss and blame his team for him not finishing first. He will throw everyone underneath the bus if he has to as long as the blame doesn’t fall on his shoulders. He simply has no respect for anyone, more specifically people who he thinks are beneath him.
Metta World Peace’s most selfish moment of his career had to be the Malice at the Palace. The Pacers had a very talented team that was good enough to go all the way during the 2004-’05 season. Unfortunately, World Peace’s selfishness is what caused him to storm the stands and start fighting fans. He didn’t care the harm his actions caused or that it would derail Indiana’s season to the point of no return.
Ndamukong Suh is selfish because he doesn’t care about his fellow NFL players, teammates or the fans. He’s reckless on the gridiron as evidence of his careless behavior when it comes to taking cheap shots. The fact that Suh tries to deny his actions is disrespectful to the people who stand up for him.
Michael Vick shocked the sports world when it was revealed that he was involved in a dog-fighting ring. Apparently, Vick didn’t care about the lives of helpless animals. Even though he served his time and is now reformed, he will always be known as a selfish person who failed to do the right thing when it mattered most.
Tiger Woods cost many people, in particularly his wife, a lot of pain when his sex scandal came to the public light. Woods clearly didn’t care about the people who loved him when he went to bed with numerous women. Woods has done a lot of good for the golf world, but he’s always been known to be selfish on and off the course.
Ryan Braun lied about taking performance-enhancing drugs and even cost the job of Dino Laurenzi Jr. Many people, including Braun’s teammates and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, came to his defense when the news originally broke about his use of PED. Braun didn’t care that everyone made a fool of themselves in the process. His selfishness strained the relationships of many, and he has yet to win back the fans.
Dwight Howard held the Orlando Magic organization hostage when they were trying to figure out if they should trade him or sign him to a contract extension. He led everyone to believe that he would stay in Orlando, and he even had coach Stan Van Gundy fired in the process. Howard eventually joined forces with the Los Angeles Lakers, which was another team that saw how selfish he could be.
Kobe Bryant is one of the best basketball players on the planet. However, he’s also known as a ball hog. Sure, he deserves to hang onto the ball when he’s the one knocking down the majority of the shots. However, never passing the ball does get old after a while. His selfishness stretches off the court as well. He refuses to be a part of the team and rarely talks to the other players.
Alex Rodriguez is one of the most disliked athletes in sports mostly due to his attitude and selfishness. During Game 1 of the 2012 ALCS, Rodriguez famously flirted with two girls in the stands instead of keeping his attention on the game at hand. He didn’t care about the team or winning. All he cared about was getting a girl’s number while the game was still in progress. Also, he only cares about saving his own skin and will lie in the process.
LeBron James can constantly be heard using the words “I” and “me” when most star athletes would use the word “we” when talking about victories. In fact, it has been said that he used the word “I” 18 times in his speech when the Miami Heat won the NBA Championship. James is the star of the team and the Heat probably wouldn’t have won without him. However, it’s simply out of respect to give some credit to the players around him.
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