By Jacob Kornhauser on August 13, 2014
There are some athletes who see themselves more as celebrities than sports stars and dress as such. It's one thing to be stylish, but it's another thing to let your style trump your sports exploits. These 15 players care more about dressing well than playing well nowadays.
The former Bengals linebacker was a very solid defensive player in the NFL, but he seemed to make more headlines for his outfits than anything else. He was listed among GQ's best dressed athletes, but he should have been more worried about football than fashion.
One of the dirtiest players in the sport of hockey is ironically clean off the ice. He's always dressed sharply, but his off-the-ice look doesn't match his persona on it. Overall, he's not a great player so his fashion captures more headlines than his play.
Nash is far past his prime and apparently he's dressing more stylishly to make up for his play. He's been injured a lot, so he's gotten a lot of chances to try out different suit ensembles.
He used to be a top player in the NBA, but now Baron Davis is having more fun dressing up than playing basketball. His beard alone makes him look pretty cool, and the suits that he sports makes it even better.
There are two things J.R. Smith doesn't like doing: passing the ball and looking bad. The selfish Knicks guard enjoys shooting every time he gets the chance and also wears nice suits whenever possible.
Wade's talent on the court used to just complement his style off of it, but now that his play is in decline, his style is more noteworthy. He has his own stylist, and on several occasions he's attempted to start new fashion trends with his pre-game outfits.
Stoudemire used to be an elite talent in the NBA, but he spends more time in suits now than he does in a basketball uniform. Barely playing over the past few seasons, Stoudemire has gotten a chance to show off his style while injured on the Knicks bench.
Kevin Durant's right hand man is a great player, but his postgame outfits capture as much attention as his play at least where press conference questions are concerned. Like Wade, Westbrook also seems set on starting fashion trends whenever he can.
Ronaldo is one of soccer's top players, but c'mon; it looks like he spends more time on gelling his hair before the game than he does preparing physically. Maybe he's just gifted with good looks and talent, but sometimes it seems like he's more interested in how he looks than how he plays.
It says a lot that the Lakers guard was helping to host the red carpet festivities for the ESPYs. He was breaking down red carpet fashion instead of being on the red carpet himself ready to accept an award based on his basketball talent.
Even though he's gotten back in the good graces of the public, LeBron still cares as much as ever about his public image. That includes trying to dress up really nicely most of the time.
On and off the field, it seems like Harden cares more about what he looks like than how he plays. As far as his beard goes, he may care more about that than anything on earth.
With that new $100 million-plus contract, Melo will be able to buy whatever clothes he wants to. It's a good bet he will get some new fashionable clothing that he loves to show off from time to time.
As shown by his house, Iguodala loves being flashy. Even though he's one of the more underrated players in the league, he's often more concerned with how he looks.
Now that he's in Sacramento, Rudy Gay can show off his subtle fashion to the world. He's trying to trick us into thinking he doesn't care about fashion when really that's all that's on his mind.
Paul is a star and he plays in Los Angeles, so naturally he cares about his style quite a bit. However, he cares more about how well he's dressed than how well he's playing.
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