By Jarrod Patterson @J_M_Patterson on July 28, 2014
In every sport, there are athletes with attitudes, but every once in a while an athlete comes along with something more. They bring an almost aggressive hatred with them into competition, making them seem angry whenever we see them perform. The fact is, some of them probably are angry most of the time, it's just their competitive fire. With that in mind, here are 20 athletes who were probably born in a bad mood:
Chuck Liddell might be the most popular fighter in UFC history. His ridiculous stand-up game has made him a fan favorite from the very beginning of his career. With 13 MMA knockouts on his resume, his game-tape plays out like a UFC highlight reel. In the end, he may have declined but in his prime, Liddell was the greatest striker in the history of MMA making his name almost synonymous with anger.
Ndamukong Suh has been labeled one of the NFL's dirtiest players since his rookie season in Detroit. It reached its boiling point the following year, however, when Suh pushed Green Bay offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith's head into the ground three times then stomped on his arm after getting up. He was subsequently suspended two games after the incident, and labeled the league's dirtiest current player.
Throughout OF Milton Bradley's career, he was a constant frustration for coaches and management. He played for eight teams before finally being retired by the Seattle Mariners in 2011. His pro career featured a plethora of game-ejections, jail stints and suspensions that inevitably shortened Bradley's career and never allowed him to fully reach his potential. He might have been a star if only he could keep his temper in check.
Ronda Rousey had officially become America's newest sweetheart until UFC Owner Dana White decided she would be featured on "The Ultimate Fighter" TV series as a coach. Her back-and-forth with rival and opposing coach Miesha Tate painted a different picture of her to the public though. Rousey was viewed by some as a fiery competitor whose aggressiveness was natural, and by others as an angry, bitter person driven by hatred.
Larry Bird is one of the greatest competitors in NBA history. His track-record is undeniable. Nor is the fact that Bird was a complete jerk to everyone he played against. He genuinely did not like his opponents and had no problem showing that on and off the court. His gritty nature made him a fixture in the Boston Celtics record books and an idol to millions. It even shows in his coaching and management career since retirement.
Former Miami Dolphins RB Larry Csonka is the ONLY running back in NFL history to EVER get an unnecessary roughness penalty against him in a game for running over a defender on a carry. Think about that, he was penalized for running over a guy to harshly. Seriously, look it up. I'll wait...
Former NBA F Dennis Rodman was perhaps the most eccentric, polarizing figure in league history. His on-court play was only toppled by his off-court personality. While Rodman was never much of a scoring threat, he was an extraordinary defensive player and won several championships during his career. Yet, most people remember the hair and the fact that his borderline-illegal type of defense drove the opposition crazy.
Former Pittsburgh Steelers pass-rusher James Harrison played like a man possessed by the devil himself. While most said Harrison was too short or didn't fit the mold of a prototypical OLB, the Steelers decided to take a chance on the undrafted linebacker from Kent State. He went on to post 66 sacks and force 29 fumbles throughout his career as a Steeler and Bengal, never forgetting that chip on his shoulder from not being drafted.
Ozzie Guillen was one of the most outspoken and passionate playes in MLB history, but he wasn't really heard by the public until he became a manager later in life. He coached the Montreal Expos, Miami Marlins and Chicago White Sox where he won a World Series in 2005. Even as a successful skipper, Guillen was generally regarded as a loud-mouth by the general public outside of Illinois for his short nature with the media.
When all is said and done, people may look back on Barry Bonds career in MLB as a giant asterisk due to his involvement with steroids. Even while he was playing, people believed Bonds was using PED's because he didn't become a true power hitter until late in his career. Nonetheless, his spiteful public image didn't stop Bonds from setting MLB records for career HR's (762) HR's in a season (73) walks (2,558) and intentional walks (688).
Gordie Howe will forever be regarded as one of the greatest hockey players in NHL history. He played during a different era in hockey when players used straight-sticks to shoot either right or left handed. Howe quickly established himself as a playmaker not to be messed with. His nasty hits and willingness to throw the gloves created the image of an enforcer, and Howe maintained that image throughout his career.
During his 11 year career, Jack Lambert won four Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers as the face of their dreaded defense. He is now in the Pro Football Hall of Fame for his on-field prowess, where he was a nine-time Pro-Bowler. Off the field, Lambert was regarded about the same -- a tough-guy who generally didn't like anyone and wasn't afraid of a fight.
There is no denying how talented a baseball player Ty Cobb was. However, off the diamond, he was a degenerate gambler and a racist drunk. Not to mention the fact that he apparently rubbed everyone around him the wrong way and was constantly on-edge. While he reportedly calmed himself down later in life, Cobb will forever be seen as an angry, but talented individual.
Die-hard MMA fans know David "Tank" Abbott as one of the first great knockout artists in MMA history. At 6-foot-0 and weighing roughly 255 pounds, Abbott didn't look the part of a rare-athlete, but his power was unmistakable. In fact, it's probably better we don't show a picture of what Abbott can do. Instead, enjoy this pretty ring girl.
"Iron Mike" Ditka is now regarded as one of the greatest Chicago Bears of All-Time, both as a coach and a player. However, nobody will ever tell you he was a happy guy. In fact, Ditka was known for screaming, yelling and throwing temper tantrums on the sidelines and during press-conferences as a coach. Even as a player, he was regarded as an offensive player with a defensive mind-frame.
In 1997, Sprewell attacked and choked Head Coach P.J. Carlesimo for approximately 10 seconds during a Warriors practice before being pulled off by teammates. That pretty much says it all.
Mike Tyson was the greatest knockout artist in professional boxing history. Out of 50 career wins, Tyson won 44 by knockout. He was also one of the angriest men to ever box, which was proven during Tyson's bout versus Evander Holyfield when he bit Holyfield's ear off and spit it out in the ring. Of course, if Don King stole hundreds of millions of dollars from me, I'd be a little angry too.
Tonya Harding was literally so bitter about being bested by Nancy Kerrigan that she hired someone to take a police-grade baton to Kerrigan's knee cap. If that isn't a sign of anger issues, I don't know what is. Not the type of violence fans have come to expect from competitive figure skating.
John McEnroe unfortunately will never just be known as the former No. 1 overall tennis player in the world. His fiery behavior on the court will forever haunt McEnroe, as he was actually nick-named "Superbrat" by the British media after several incidents landed him in trouble with umpires and tennis authorities.
Before changing his name legally to Metta World Peace, Ron Artest received the longest suspension in NBA history (86 games) after he ran off the court and into the crowd to fight several spectators in Detroit. It wasn't a pretty sight.
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