By Jacob Kornhauser on July 27, 2014
Most of the time, sports can remind us just how great some people can be. Unfortunately, sometimes it also brings out the worst in athletes. These 20 athletes don't have a heart by either being selfish, lying or committing criminal acts.
It was previously thought that Harden was a selfish player. Now, that's a fact. In a recent interview asking him about the new roster the Rockets have he said, point blank, that he and Dwight Howard were the only players on the team that couldn't be replaced. That selfish attitude is going to get old fast.
This Bruins forward has progressively gotten more and more dirty throughout the beginning of his career. It wasn't that bad in the past, but it really came to a head in last year's playoff series against the Canadiens in which he took several cheap shots and then displayed no sportsmanship during the post game handshake.
It was despicable enough that Braun was taking steroids during his MVP season, but he took it one step further. He personally attacked the person who handled his tainted sample and tried destroying his credibility. That blew up in his face when the nation discovered the kind of player he truly was.
Sanchez isn't a bad person, but as a competitor he doesn't display much heart. As he slowly slipped from the good graces of the Jets, he didn't seem like he had any fight in him. Quite frankly, it seems like he enjoys the limelight for its perks off the field more than on it.
Rondo is not very well liked by his fellow players and that's because he can get really chippy. Early in his career, he incited an all out brawl in a playoff series with the Bulls. That isn't the only time he's been in the center of an unnecessary scrum during a game.
There truly isn't much to like about Henderson other than his pretty three-point stroke. He's gotten into trouble with the law multiple times on drug charges and he's extremely cocky, which nobody ever seems to like.
One of the dirtiest players in the NHL, Avery actually once tore his ACL while trying to intentionally hurt another player. Among other things, he's stepped on an opponents leg while wearing his skates when he got mad. His antics have earned him several suspensions and a very bad reputation around the league.
Garnett plays with passion and heart in the literal senses of the words, but his chippy and cocky style of play take away from that. Even though his career has taken a downturn, he still talks as much trash and tries to start as many fights as he ever has.
Torres has laid some of the dirtiest hits in recent memory in the NHL. There have been several suspensions handed down on him in the past including a lengthy 25-game suspension for a vicious hit on Chicago's Marian Hossa, which knocked Hossa unconscious and forced him to be taken off on a stretcher.
There are obvious reasons why Clemens has no heart. He used HGH during his playing career and tainted what still could have been a Hall of Fame career. The seven-time Cy Young award winner threw away everything he ever accomplished when he decided to juice up.
Statistically speaking, you are actually more likely to be bitten by star forward Luis Suarez than of a shark. He's bitten three players in games and his latest chomp earned him a four-month ban from soccer from FIFA. His childish antics have made people think he's one of the dirtiest players in the game.
Somehow only earning a two-game suspension for his domestic dispute made the public hate Rice even more. He knocked his now wife unconscious on video tape and the video was disturbing. He certainly deserves more than a two-game suspension and his reputation will likely never recover.
Howard might just be the largest child on the planet. Throughout his playing career, the seven-footer has acted like a whiny baby when things haven't gone his way. From publicly calling for a coach's firing to demanding a trade very publicly as well, Howard hasn't done himself much favors in the arena of public opinion.
Bynum has underachieved, been immature and seemingly made no attempts to return to his prior form. With the Lakers in the playoffs, he gave J.J. Barea a forearm to the gut and was ejected and his career has been completely downhill since that moment.
A couple years ago, Armstrong may have appeared near the top of the list of athletes with the most heart. However, as recent revelations have been made, he now finds himself here. He lied to all of his fans, personally attacked his accusers and cost some of those accusers their life savings in court fees. All of these are despicable acts by a once great role model.
The fact that Bonds still hasn't admitted to steroid use is appalling. Based upon the findings of the book A Game of Shadows, there is more than enough evidence to point to Bonds' steroid use. Still, the all time home run leader denies using steroids and continues to lie to his fans and himself.
Even though he's toned it down lately, make no doubt about it, he's one of the dirtiest players in the NFL. On separate occasions, he's stomped on an opponents' leg and kneed an opposing quarterback in the crotch. These combined with other dirty plays have helped Suh earn a reputation as one of the dirtiest players in the NFL.
For starters, Woods started his fall from grace when it was brought to light that he had cheated on his wife with several different women. On top of that, he has absolutely no class on the golf course as he routinely slams his clubs, yells at fans and starts on expletive-ridden tirades.
A-Rod is clearly far removed from reality. He's used steroids on multiple occasions, but has only admitted it once. Then his ego caused him to try to cover up that steroid use. Once he received a full year ban from baseball, he decided to sue the very union he's a member of. If he ever returns to MLB, he will get plenty of chin music from opposing pitchers.
Indicted on one count of first degree murder and implicated in the murder of two others, Hernandez might be the sports world's biggest criminal ever. If he did in fact kill Odin Lloyd, or the other two victims in cold blood, then he's the most heartless professional athlete of all time.
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