15 Pro Athletes Who Get Way More Hate Than They Deserve

15 Pro Athletes Who Get Way More Hate Than They Deserve

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This past Sunday, Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo became an American villain after setting up Portugal's game-tying goal against the Americans. With his great play, the Americans now have to either win or draw against Germany to clinch a berth in the Round of 16. Where does Ronaldo now rank among the 15 athletes who get more hate than they deserve?

15. Michael Vick

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15. Michael Vick

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While most Americans will never forget what Michael Vick did in his dog fighting scandal, he paid a tremendous price and has seemingly turned things around.

14. Jay Cutler

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14. Jay Cutler

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Jay Cutler may be a whiner and a horrible teammate, but look at every sport and tell me that he is the only who does that. Also, look at the weapons he had before Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey arrived.

13. Phillip Rivers

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13. Phillip Rivers

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Phillip Rivers can drive his teammates the wrong way and is sometimes a lunatic, but I would rather have that over someone who seems to be completely disinterested.

12. Bryce Harper

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12. Bryce Harper

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As a young gun in baseball, Bryce Harper's arrogance and attitude may push some the wrong way, but why should he be criticized for being confident?

11. Kobe Bryant

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11. Kobe Bryant

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From his rift with Shaquille O'Neal to his other on-court blowups, Kobe Bryant is one of the most hated players in the NBA. But given the success that he has accumulated, that shouldn't matter to most.

10. Cristiano Ronaldo

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10. Cristiano Ronaldo

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Ronaldo is now hated by Americans after making the big play that tied the game this past Sunday, yet the hate for him comes from bandwagon soccer fans. While I want the Americans to do well, Ronaldo is an incredible talent who made a great play when it mattered most.

9. Ndamukong Suh

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9. Ndamukong Suh

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Ndamukong Suh has had his issues in the past with personal and unnecessary fouls; however, he made the Pro Bowl in three of his first four seasons, so he is apparently more than just a "dirty" player.

8. Sidney Crosby

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8. Sidney Crosby

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Sidney Crosby is easily the most hated player in the NHL for many reasons, but while he has been a winner and a champion, Washington's Alexander Ovechkin gets a pass even though he can't reach the Stanley Cup Final.

7. Johnny Manziel

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7. Johnny Manziel

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Before we start to jump on Johnny Manziel and his off-field antics, let's wait until he actually plays an NFL game.

6. Tom Brady

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6. Tom Brady

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Despite having a limited supporting cast around him for the majority of his career so, Tom Brady is hated because he wins. Michael Jordan won similarly, but is revered as arguably the greatest athlete of all time.

5. Richard Sherman

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5. Richard Sherman

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Richard Sherman made the play that sent the Seahawks to the Super Bowl, yet he was vilified for his postgame rant. He walked the walk then talked the talk -- isn't that exactly what we want from our athletes?

4. Tony Romo

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4. Tony Romo

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Tony Romo will have his share of detractors, but considering his past two coaches have been Wade Phillips and Jason Garrett, it has actually been a semi-miracle that Romo got the Cowboys where they were in each of the past three seasons.

3. Yasiel Puig

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3. Yasiel Puig

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Yasiel Puig has had anger issues and doesn't always made the correct play, but given his inexperience in the majors and all of the talent that he has, who could blame him?

2. Russell Westbrook

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2. Russell Westbrook

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Russell Westbrook may be taking shots away from Kevin Durant, but his talent is tremendous. Playing two-on-five for most of any game, Westbrook has to have that score-first mentality, or else the Thunder wouldn't be where they are today.

1. LeBron James

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1. LeBron James

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What more does LeBron James have to do? He is easily the most hated athlete despite being the best basketball player currently on the planet, not to mention being a four-time NBA MVP and a two-time NBA Finals MVP. For those still using "The Decision" as an excuse -- get over it. Take a look at what Cleveland has done since LeBron left, and you will know exactly why he left.


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