Top 20 Athletes Who Fans Have a Tough Time Rooting For

Top 20 Least Likable Athletes in Sports Today

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Every fan has that one athlete that just drives them crazy. Whether it is a rival player or just a guy with a really cocky attitude that not many people can root for. Heck, some fans even hate players on their own team for these reasons.

Let's take a look at the least likable athletes in sports today. You may not be surprised by No. 1, but the top-five will definitely shock you.

20. Jadeveon Clowney

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20. Jadeveon Clowney

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Jadeveon Clowney's work ethic angered many college football fans who were looking forward to watching him dominate in 2013. However, he seemed to take plays off and he was only worried about the NFL -- not winning while he was still at South Carolina.

19. Sidney Crosby

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19. Sidney Crosby

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Sidney Crosby is easily the most disliked NHL player today. People either love him -- usually fans in Pittsburgh -- or hate him. Those who hate him are fans from everywhere outside of Pittsburgh. He's too soft, won't fight and he beat the United States in the Olympics four years back. Yes, we are some salty Americans.

18. Kevin Garnett

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18. Kevin Garnett

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As the ultimate professional trash talker, Kevin Garnett is known to throw some slurs at fellow players -- even telling Charlie Villanueva he looked like a cancer patient. Yeah, not the most likable guy out there.

17. Bryce Harper

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17. Bryce Harper

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Bryce Harper is the perfect example of a frat bro. He's got the college guy lingo down and he just has the attitude of "I'm better than you" written all over him.

16. Chael Sonnen

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16. Chael Sonnen

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Chael Sonnen, like Garnett, is the ultimate trash talker and it seems like he's made a pretty good career out of beating the crap out of people and talking in rhyme. However, his constant rhyme trash talking gets a little annoying at times -- and by a little, I mean a lot.

15. Metta World Peace

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15. Metta World Peace

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Metta World Peace is the most aggressively intimidating player in the NBA. You never know when the veteran is going to let out his anger on someone -- and you never know who. Who wants to like a angry-tempered athlete who sometimes resorts to beating up on fans?

14. Carlos Gomez

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14. Carlos Gomez

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Bursting onto the scene of least likable players in sports lately is Milwaukee Brewers' slugger Carlos Gomez. The guy can hit a baseball with the best of 'em, but he also likes to hit his opponents. He's been known to show a cocky attitude and ignite fights that clear the benches.

13. Dwight Howard

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13. Dwight Howard

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Big baby Dwight, how could we forget you? As one of the best big men in the NBA, Howard comes with a lot of baggage. What I mean by this is that he's full of drama and can never seem to figure out what he wants -- sounds like every girl in the world.

12. A.J. Pierzynski

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12. A.J. Pierzynski

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A.J. Pierzynski isn't intimidating, he's not a superstar and he's not a fan favorite. So why the heck does he act so much better than everyone else? Good question. Pierzynski will get in players' faces and start a confrontation for no good reason. This guy is probably top-three least liked players in MLB.

11. Cristiano Ronaldo

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11. Cristiano Ronaldo

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Cristiano Ronaldo is soccer's biggest pretty boy. While a lot of soccer players are known for flopping, when Ronaldo flops, people seem to hate it more than when anyone else does. He's a very cocky, very rich soccer pretty boy.

10. Marshall Henderson

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10. Marshall Henderson

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Probably the most obnoxious college athlete out there, Marshall Henderson likes to make buckets, pump his fists and scream at opposing fans. How could anyone like this guy?

9. Michael Vick

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9. Michael Vick

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Michael Vick mistreated many, many dogs and it made a ton of people -- not just dog lovers -- hate him that much more. Not many people ever jumped back on the Vick bandwagon because of how he mistreated innocent animals.

8. Riley Cooper

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8. Riley Cooper

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Riley Cooper slurred racist remarks at a country concert and then was forced to apologize. Weeks later, he and Cary Williams got into a fight at practice. No one likes a racist. Sorry, Riley.

7. Ryan Braun

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7. Ryan Braun

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Lying about taking steroids -- even to your best friends and family -- makes you a complete scumbag. When all your fans trusted you, you turned your back on them and that's not something that a role model does. Half of Milwaukee doesn't even like Ryan Braun anymore -- imagine how the rest of the country feels about him.

6. Lance Armstrong

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6. Lance Armstrong

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Armstrong won a ton of Tour de Frances and he did it inspirationally -- he beat testicular cancer. However, he did it cheatingly as well. The former American hero, now villain, actually took performance enhancing drugs in order to win those races. He will forever be the most infamous bicyclist ever.

5. Floyd Mayweather

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5. Floyd Mayweather

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Many people just hate Mayweather because he opens his mouth way too much for someone who needs to just keep it shut. He nicknamed himself "money" because of all the cash he makes -- and spends. It makes all us middle class people hate him that much more because he bets millions of dollars on sporting events.

4. Tiger Woods

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4. Tiger Woods

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Tiger was the most popular, most famous golfer in the world for quite some time. Many young children looked up to him as a role model until his entire world flipped upside down after it was revealed he cheated on his wife dozens of times. His personal life made people cringe and fans of his still haven't recovered from the horror.

3. LeBron James

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3. LeBron James

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LeBron James is the best basketball player in the world, but he's also one of the least liked. People loved Michael Jordan even though he was cocky, but people hate LeBron because he joined a team with two other superstars instead of trying to win one the right way.

2. Alex Rodriguez

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2. Alex Rodriguez

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Take steroids and deny it. If you're a baseball player and you do this, you should automatically be on this list. A-Rod knew he got caught and, still to this day, he's denying the use of the substance. Come on A-Rod, you know you're a scumbag, we all know you're a scumbag. Just admit it and move on.

1. Aaron Hernandez

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1. Aaron Hernandez

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Hernandez is involved in a murder case in which he has been charged with killing Odin Lloyd. It's time for him to be left off lists like these because you can't be an athlete in prison, right?

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