By RantSports Staff on May 30, 2014
Polarizing - to divide or cause to divide into two contrasting groups or sets of opinions or beliefs.
There are lots of athletes who fall into the polarizing category. They're the type of athletes who people love and/or hate. But one way or another, people are reacting to them.
Here's a look at the 25 most polarizing athletes in today's sports world:
Being a member of the Dallas Cowboys will cause a lot of people to love/hate you. When you're the Cowboys quarterback, it gets even worse.
Even if you hate Tiger, you likely still want to see how he does when he competes. Even after all these years, he's far and away the most popular figure in golf.
There's a ton of love/hate it when comes to the Bears QB. Even some of the hardcore Chicago fans don't like him.
Some basketball fans think Lin is the best thing since sliced bread, others feel he's tremendously overrated.
Even though she struggles to be competitive at times, NASCAR fans are still intrigued by Patrick. Could it be because she's easy on the eyes?
There isn't a whole lot of middle ground with the Black Mamba. Either you're a fan, or you can't stand the guy.
Brady seems to be growing on football fans after all these years, but there are many who still hate his guts.
There's not a whole lot of hate towards AP, mainly because he's so good at his job, but even Vikings-haters want to see him run the football on Sundays.
Arguably the most talented guard in the NBA, Westbrook gets a lot of people talking with his up-and-down play and crazy wardrobe.
Even though she's failed to attain her dream of winning an Olympic medal to this point, people still love to see what Lolo is up to. Her popularity arguably got her on the 2014 women's bobsled team in Sochi.
MWP always has people talking. Sometimes the guy gets a bad rap, but overall he's a good dude.
When you're one of the NHL's most popular players, you're going to be polarizing on some level. Many people outside of Pittsburgh are not fans of Crosby.
Gordon is an all-time great in the world of NASCAR. He has a loyal base of supporters, and a nearly equal amount of haters.
Howard started out as one of the most popular players in the NBA, but he's now one of the most hated. That'll happen when you cry and request a trade.
Dog lovers will forever hate Vick, and you can't blame them. Others will say he deserves a second chance to redeem himself. Since his stint in prison he's definitely been on his best behavior.
Anthony's popularity has been on the decline for years. But depending on his free agency decision this upcoming summer, he could regain some fans.
When you think of women's tennis, you have to think Serena Williams. She's been dominate for a long time, plus she's not afraid to run her mouth, which has made for interesting television in the past.
Even though Mayweather is pretty much a bad guy in the world of boxing, people will pay to see him lose. The only problem, is that he's never lost a pro fight.
While there might be some Jeter-haters out there, they're certainly few and far between. He and Mariano Rivera are in their own level of MLB popularity.
The NFL's biggest bro always has people talking for one reason or another. It could be because of a viral Vegas video, or it could be because of an amazing TD grab.
MLB desperately needs new stars, and it looks like they've got a sure one in Puig. The guy is charismatic and just flat out fun to watch.
If Stephenson could get out of his own head he'd be a lot better off. His ball skills are top notch, but sure has some growing up to do.
Five years ago who would have thought that arguably the most popular UFC fighter would be a woman? Rousey is great for the sport of MMA, whether you like her or not.
Manziel can't even ride an airplane without it being a story. He's the epitome of polarizing in today's NFL.
It doesn't get much more love/hate than LeBron James. Either you think he's the greatest thing since MJ, or you hate that he could give MJ a run for the GOAT title.
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