By Justin Patrick @calling_allfans on May 29, 2014
It probably helps to be supremely confident, if not a little (or a lot) cocky, to make it to the highest levels as an athlete. Some are fun like Novak Djokovic clearing off a chair for a ball boy and chatting with him during a rain delay at the French Open this past weekend while ruthlessly trying to win every match, game, etc. Others are arrogant to the point of being utterly annoying, like Floyd Mayweather and the others on this list.
Dwight used to be a loveable jokester, but he now just seems whiny at times. He forced Stan Van Gundy out of Orlando, then fled for L.A. to play for the Lakers for what felt like a nanosecond before he jumped ship to play in Houston. Dwight used to be fun loving and—well—fun, but now he just seems to be narcissistic and like he can’t believe why everyone doesn’t love him anymore. He made it all about him and we got sick of it.
He might not be as in your face about it as some others, but Bynum has made a lot of money to contribute more in the way of hairstyles than he has on the court. Yes he’s had injuries, but his work ethic in trying to come back from those injuries has been atrocious. It’s as if Bynum just wanted to make a lot of money at basketball, but he never wanted to put in the effort.
First of all, he was arrogant enough to change his name to Chad Ochocinco after his jersey number 85, even though 85 is ochenta y cinco in Spanish. But that was all in good fun, and Chad was by far the more likeable WR between him and T.O. That is until Johnson head-butted his then wife, Evelyn Lozada, in a domestic dispute, leaving a severe inch-inch gash on her forehead in 2012.
She has made it two Olympics (London as hurdler and Sochi as a member of the U.S. bobsled team) but failed to medal in either. She posted a Vine video where she appeared to be criticizing the dollar amount of the training paychecks the American bobsledders received. She is amazingly insensitive on Twitter, including the tweet she sent out eight days after the 2012 shooting in Aurora, Colo. She either doesn't get it or she doesn't care - or both.
You can extend this to his brother Kurt, too. Both of them get into childish beefs with other drivers and will go as far as to make other drivers crash. Kyle is an especially sore loser, and he doesn't show the other drivers any respect. In addition, he is usually short and surly with the media and he doesn't seem to care what any of the fans think.
T.O. hasn't played in the NFL since 2010 when he was a member of the Cincinnati Bengals, and most people probably hope it stays that way. He always tried to draw attention to himself (doing sit-ups in his driveway, the MNF promo he did with “Desperate Housewives” actress Nicollette Sheridan, etc.) and threw teammates under the bus (i.e. Donovan McNabb). T.O. thought (and probably still thinks) that the world revolves around him. It doesn't.
Does anyone still like Clemens? Probably not. He is one of the best pitchers to ever play in MLB, but his arrogance during his perjury trial was unbelievable. The Rocket had an extramarital affair with Mindy McCready, which began when she was 15 and he was a married father. When McCready died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in 2013, Clemens acted like he barely knew her.
He lied about his PED use to everyone, including his close friend Aaron Rodgers. Then he was caught but got off on a technicality because of how the sample was handled, and he threw the technician who handled the sample under the bus. He acted like he was the victim. He cheated his way to an MVP. He ended up serving a 65-game suspension in a deal he cut with MLB after he was connected to a clinic that had sold PEDs to athletes.
Bonds has always been surly with the media and most believe he used PEDs while he was playing. He is arrogant enough to allow Greg Anderson, his former personal trainer, to spend time in jail when Anderson refused to testify against Bonds in Bonds’ federal perjury trial. People in San Francisco may still revere him, but everywhere else people are tired of him.
Although he has won five championships, Kobe gets his fair share of hatred. He’s a ball hog who has never really cared about his teammates. Phil Jackson, in his book, “The Last Season”, labeled Kobe as “un-coachable.” There’s also the whole Colorado incident where Kobe was accused of raping a hotel employee in 2003. Ultimately the accuser declined to testify so the case ended without a conviction. At best Kobe is guilty of adultery.
She may be one of the best tennis players ever, but many people cannot stand her. Serena seems to be full of herself and she hardly (if ever) recognizes when her opponent has played well. Then there were here atrocious comments regarding the Steubenville High School rape case or when she threatened to shove a ball down a linesman’s throat after she called Serena for a foot fault. Serena believes she can do no wrong. Keep dreaming, Serena.
At the NFL Combine, Cam was quoted as saying he is both an icon and an entertainer. What? He hadn’t even played a down in the NFL at that point and he’s an icon? Give me a break—it’s now 2014 and he’s still not an icon. He was dismissed from Florida allegedly due to three separate instances of academic cheating and for stealing a laptop. He also doesn't give his teammates enough credit and is a sore loser.
Lance was arrogant enough to continually lie to everyone about his PED use. He duped thousands (if not more) of people into believing his wins were clean. What he did for cancer research/awareness is incredible, but the pretense he did it under is terrible. He tried to ruin anyone (including teammates) who said he cheated. That’s enough of Lance.
All of the extramarital affairs aside, which were bad enough, Tiger is just not likeable. He’s a horrible tipper because he claims he doesn't carry cash. Although he’s been great for ratings and golf in general, he doesn't really care about his fans. He simply believes he is better than everyone else. He was better than everyone at golf at one time, but that doesn't mean he is actually better than everyone else. Tiger needs to learn that.
The main reason almost everyone despises A-Rod is because he seems to be so phony. Even if he manages to say something right, it seems like that statement was engineered for being the correct thing to say. He’s lied about his PED use repeatedly, and he is currently serving a 211-game suspension for just that. A-Rod always appears as if he believes he’s better than everyone else -- maybe it’s a persona due to feeling insecure.
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