25 Athletes Who Belong On Santa's Naughty List In 2015

By Jacob Kornhauser

Newsflash: not all athletes are the best or most amicable people in the world. In fact, many of them aren’t likable at all. These 25, whether it be because of on or off-the-field activities, should be on Santa’s naughty list even after he checks it twice.

25 Athletes Who Belong On Santa\'s Naughty List In 2015
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25. Milan Lucic

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Lucic is one of the most hated players in the NHL for a reason: He plays to the echo of the whistle and rubs people the wrong way. The fact that he's been so successful just makes it that much worse. Like many NHL players, he belongs on Santa's naughty list this year.

25. Milan Lucic

Lucic is one of the most hated players in the NHL for a reason: He plays to the echo of the whistle and rubs people the wrong way. The fact that he's been so successful just makes it that much worse. Like many NHL players, he belongs on Santa's naughty list this year.

24. Brett Lawrie

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Lawrie generally flies under the radar, but he didn't at the beginning of this baseball season. He got into a scrape with the Royals after Yordano Ventura plunked him. He had every right to be angry, but he also incited fights later in the series. He didn't play well with others this year, so he deserves nothing but coal for Christmas.

24. Brett Lawrie

Lawrie generally flies under the radar, but he didn't at the beginning of this baseball season. He got into a scrape with the Royals after Yordano Ventura plunked him. He had every right to be angry, but he also incited fights later in the series. He didn't play well with others this year, so he deserves nothing but coal for Christmas.

23. J.R. Smith

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J.R. Smith is quite the character, but he's also a big troublemaker. Sometimes his little pranks are funny and other times they just make him look like a pest. Even though he doesn't mean to be a nuisance most of the time, he's still annoying enough to be left off the nice list this year.

23. J.R. Smith

J.R. Smith is quite the character, but he's also a big troublemaker. Sometimes his little pranks are funny and other times they just make him look like a pest. Even though he doesn't mean to be a nuisance most of the time, he's still annoying enough to be left off the nice list this year.

22. Rajon Rondo

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Rondo has always been one to pick fights when he shouldn't, and he hasn't changed during the course of his career. Most don't like him because he constantly pesters opponents during games, often causing scuffles in the middle of contests. Until that stops, which looks unlikely to happen anytime soon, Santa should keep him on the naughty list.

22. Rajon Rondo

Rondo has always been one to pick fights when he shouldn't, and he hasn't changed during the course of his career. Most don't like him because he constantly pesters opponents during games, often causing scuffles in the middle of contests. Until that stops, which looks unlikely to happen anytime soon, Santa should keep him on the naughty list.

21. Ndamukong Suh

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Suh deserves to be on Santa's naughty list for a couple reasons this year. First of all, he fleeced the Dolphins by signing a huge contract and then underperforming all season long. Then he continued to be the dirty player he's always been. Ask anyone who the cheapest player in the NFL is and they will likely say Suh.

21. Ndamukong Suh

Suh deserves to be on Santa's naughty list for a couple reasons this year. First of all, he fleeced the Dolphins by signing a huge contract and then underperforming all season long. Then he continued to be the dirty player he's always been. Ask anyone who the cheapest player in the NFL is and they will likely say Suh.

20. P.K. Subban

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Subban is one of the most talented players in the NHL, but he's also one of the most hated. He plays in the dirty areas and ends up taking some cheap shots as a result. It's just his style of play, but he's made enough opposing players unhappy that he's earned the reputation as a dirty player and shouldn't be on Santa's nice list.

20. P.K. Subban

Subban is one of the most talented players in the NHL, but he's also one of the most hated. He plays in the dirty areas and ends up taking some cheap shots as a result. It's just his style of play, but he's made enough opposing players unhappy that he's earned the reputation as a dirty player and shouldn't be on Santa's nice list.

19. James Harden

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Harden is so clearly not a team player that it has almost become comical at this point. He just wants to get his 30 points a night, and it doesn't matter what else happens. He doesn't play defense, and he doesn't distribute the basketball well. Is he one of the league's top scorers? Sure he is. However, he doesn't do it the right way, and that's not nice at all.

19. James Harden

Harden is so clearly not a team player that it has almost become comical at this point. He just wants to get his 30 points a night, and it doesn't matter what else happens. He doesn't play defense, and he doesn't distribute the basketball well. Is he one of the league's top scorers? Sure he is. However, he doesn't do it the right way, and that's not nice at all.

18. Colin Kaepernick

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Kaepernick hasn't even been the starting quarterback for the 49ers for several weeks, but Santa shouldn't feel any sympathy for him. He brought it upon himself with his bad attitude and cocky playing style. He didn't adjust or change his craft to improve once defenses figured him out. As a result, he now may be out of an NFL starting job for quite some time.

18. Colin Kaepernick

Kaepernick hasn't even been the starting quarterback for the 49ers for several weeks, but Santa shouldn't feel any sympathy for him. He brought it upon himself with his bad attitude and cocky playing style. He didn't adjust or change his craft to improve once defenses figured him out. As a result, he now may be out of an NFL starting job for quite some time.

17. Kevin Garnett

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KG has mellowed out a little bit in his old age, but he still pesters opposing players constantly. It's part of what he does and what has made him such a great player over the past 20 years, but Garnett still gets on everyone's nerves. It is possible for Santa to recognize that KG is an all-time great player while also leaving him on the naughty list.

17. Kevin Garnett

KG has mellowed out a little bit in his old age, but he still pesters opposing players constantly. It's part of what he does and what has made him such a great player over the past 20 years, but Garnett still gets on everyone's nerves. It is possible for Santa to recognize that KG is an all-time great player while also leaving him on the naughty list.

16. Brad Marchand

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Marchand is yet another hockey player people love to hate. Some within the sport see him as a pretty boy who always wants to get his way. Of course, he's an extremely talented skater and is among the NHL's most accomplished players, all things considered, but he still has this evil feel to him. Whether it's warranted or not, Santa shouldn't be taking any chances.

16. Brad Marchand

Marchand is yet another hockey player people love to hate. Some within the sport see him as a pretty boy who always wants to get his way. Of course, he's an extremely talented skater and is among the NHL's most accomplished players, all things considered, but he still has this evil feel to him. Whether it's warranted or not, Santa shouldn't be taking any chances.

15. Alex Ovechkin

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Despite being one of the best players of his generation, Ovechkin gets overlooked as one of the dirtiest players in the league. Multiple times he has hit players into the boards from behind, putting their livelihood at serious risk. He may be a great player, but it's time for people to start acknowledging that he also plays with little regard for the rules.

15. Alex Ovechkin

Despite being one of the best players of his generation, Ovechkin gets overlooked as one of the dirtiest players in the league. Multiple times he has hit players into the boards from behind, putting their livelihood at serious risk. He may be a great player, but it's time for people to start acknowledging that he also plays with little regard for the rules.

14. Ryan Braun

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Ever since he disparaged the name of the people involved in collecting his urine sample, which revealed he tested positive for steroids, people have hated Ryan Braun. Some in Milwaukee have forgiven the Brewers' lone star, but few outside of the city have. He cheated and tried to put down the people who exposed him, and that's a cowardly and unforgivable act.

14. Ryan Braun

Ever since he disparaged the name of the people involved in collecting his urine sample, which revealed he tested positive for steroids, people have hated Ryan Braun. Some in Milwaukee have forgiven the Brewers' lone star, but few outside of the city have. He cheated and tried to put down the people who exposed him, and that's a cowardly and unforgivable act.

13. Dez Bryant

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Dez Bryant hasn't made nearly as many waves this season as he has in the past, but a lot of that has to do with his injury and how badly the Cowboys are playing in 2015. Still, every now and then, he reminds us how immature he really is. Until he gains that necessary maturity, Santa shouldn't be putting him on his nice list.

13. Dez Bryant

Dez Bryant hasn't made nearly as many waves this season as he has in the past, but a lot of that has to do with his injury and how badly the Cowboys are playing in 2015. Still, every now and then, he reminds us how immature he really is. Until he gains that necessary maturity, Santa shouldn't be putting him on his nice list.

12. DeMarcus Cousins

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DeMarcus Cousins used to have many more outbursts than he does now, but it's still clear he acts like a child from time to time. He can still fracture the Kings' locker room despite his immense talent, which is why he's being shopped around the league. Other teams should just know that with the good comes the bad with Cousins.

12. DeMarcus Cousins

DeMarcus Cousins used to have many more outbursts than he does now, but it's still clear he acts like a child from time to time. He can still fracture the Kings' locker room despite his immense talent, which is why he's being shopped around the league. Other teams should just know that with the good comes the bad with Cousins.

11. Yordano Ventura

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Last season, Ventura proved that he had a short fuse and wasn't afraid to fight other teams when it came down to it. On multiple occasions, he blew up and incited bench-clearing brawls on the field, which isn't acceptable. It's one thing to stand up for your teammates and it's another to put them in further danger. Ventura did the latter which should land him on the naughty list.

11. Yordano Ventura

Last season, Ventura proved that he had a short fuse and wasn't afraid to fight other teams when it came down to it. On multiple occasions, he blew up and incited bench-clearing brawls on the field, which isn't acceptable. It's one thing to stand up for your teammates and it's another to put them in further danger. Ventura did the latter which should land him on the naughty list.

10. Bryce Harper

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Bryce Harper is going to be one of the best players in MLB for a very long time, but he still has a long way to go before he ends up on Santa's nice list. He still rubs people the wrong way with his on-field antics and his immaturity. Luckily, he has plenty of time to change his ways, but this year, he belongs on the naughty list.

10. Bryce Harper

Bryce Harper is going to be one of the best players in MLB for a very long time, but he still has a long way to go before he ends up on Santa's nice list. He still rubs people the wrong way with his on-field antics and his immaturity. Luckily, he has plenty of time to change his ways, but this year, he belongs on the naughty list.

9. Johnny Manziel

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Johnny Football gets over-scrutinized for his off-the-field issues, but the fact that there's a pattern is concerning. It has earned him a benching in Cleveland and could ultimately lead to his exit from town. Once Manziel learns to act like a professional on the field and off, which it seems like could happen in the next year or so, then he can be on Santa's nice list.

9. Johnny Manziel

Johnny Football gets over-scrutinized for his off-the-field issues, but the fact that there's a pattern is concerning. It has earned him a benching in Cleveland and could ultimately lead to his exit from town. Once Manziel learns to act like a professional on the field and off, which it seems like could happen in the next year or so, then he can be on Santa's nice list.

8. Corey Perry

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Perry is one of the most underrated players in NHL, but he's also one of the most irritating. He camps out in front of the net and pushes players around to get inside of goalie's heads. That's part of what makes him so effective, but it's also what gets him onto Santa's naughty list. Based on his playing style, he may not be on the nice list anytime soon.

8. Corey Perry

Perry is one of the most underrated players in NHL, but he's also one of the most irritating. He camps out in front of the net and pushes players around to get inside of goalie's heads. That's part of what makes him so effective, but it's also what gets him onto Santa's naughty list. Based on his playing style, he may not be on the nice list anytime soon.

7. DeSean Jackson

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Everywhere he's been, Jackson has gotten on the nerves of opposing players and teammates. He's a very cocky guy, and he isn't shy when he does something well. Instead of gloating so much, he should start acting like he's been there before, and he might end up on the nice list eventually.

7. DeSean Jackson

Everywhere he's been, Jackson has gotten on the nerves of opposing players and teammates. He's a very cocky guy, and he isn't shy when he does something well. Instead of gloating so much, he should start acting like he's been there before, and he might end up on the nice list eventually.

6. Raffi Torres

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The NHL's dirtiest player is definitely Raffi Torres, who has earned multiple gigantic suspensions for cheap hits to the head of the opposition. He actually puts other players' careers in danger, which is no laughing matter. Next time he hits someone up high, he might be suspended for a full season or longer.

6. Raffi Torres

The NHL's dirtiest player is definitely Raffi Torres, who has earned multiple gigantic suspensions for cheap hits to the head of the opposition. He actually puts other players' careers in danger, which is no laughing matter. Next time he hits someone up high, he might be suspended for a full season or longer.

5. Dwight Howard

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Dwight Howard acts like a little kid, but that doesn't mean he should get presents like a little kid would. Yet again, he has overstayed his welcome in Houston and isn't happy with his role. It's apparent by now that nowhere he goes is going to please him because he's extremely immature. We've seen his act before and everyone is sick of it by now. That includes Santa.

5. Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard acts like a little kid, but that doesn't mean he should get presents like a little kid would. Yet again, he has overstayed his welcome in Houston and isn't happy with his role. It's apparent by now that nowhere he goes is going to please him because he's extremely immature. We've seen his act before and everyone is sick of it by now. That includes Santa.

4. Jonathan Papelbon

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Papelbon has a hot temper and that boiled over this season when he tried to put superstar Bryce Harper into a choke hold in the dugout. At this late stage of his career, it's obvious Papelbon isn't ever going to change his ways during his playing days. Santa might as well put him on his permanent naughty list.

4. Jonathan Papelbon

Papelbon has a hot temper and that boiled over this season when he tried to put superstar Bryce Harper into a choke hold in the dugout. At this late stage of his career, it's obvious Papelbon isn't ever going to change his ways during his playing days. Santa might as well put him on his permanent naughty list.

3. A.J. Pierzynski

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Pierzynski is generally regarded as the most hated player in baseball, because he always has some trick up his sleeve. His antics get on the nerves of everyone involved, and he's finally nearing the end of his career. There's no doubt he's a valuable veteran piece still, but he will continue to annoy everyone, including Santa, until he retires.

3. A.J. Pierzynski

Pierzynski is generally regarded as the most hated player in baseball, because he always has some trick up his sleeve. His antics get on the nerves of everyone involved, and he's finally nearing the end of his career. There's no doubt he's a valuable veteran piece still, but he will continue to annoy everyone, including Santa, until he retires.

2. Aldon Smith

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Aldon Smith has been in multiple run-ins with the law over the past several years, and it doesn't seem like he's learned at all from his mistakes. He is in the middle of serving a one-year suspension for his latest incident, so maybe that will teach him a lesson. Whether it does or not, there's no way he deserves to be on Santa's nice list anytime soon.

2. Aldon Smith

Aldon Smith has been in multiple run-ins with the law over the past several years, and it doesn't seem like he's learned at all from his mistakes. He is in the middle of serving a one-year suspension for his latest incident, so maybe that will teach him a lesson. Whether it does or not, there's no way he deserves to be on Santa's nice list anytime soon.

1. Odell Beckham Jr.

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Odell Beckham Jr.'s antics have to be fresh in Santa's mind when he's making his list and checking it twice. The diva wide receiver for the Giants took multiple cheap shots at Panthers defensive players, none more insulting than the head shot he took on Josh Norman. For that hit, he was suspended for a game, but perhaps landing on Santa's naughty list will hurt him even worse.

1. Odell Beckham Jr.

Odell Beckham Jr.'s antics have to be fresh in Santa's mind when he's making his list and checking it twice. The diva wide receiver for the Giants took multiple cheap shots at Panthers defensive players, none more insulting than the head shot he took on Josh Norman. For that hit, he was suspended for a game, but perhaps landing on Santa's naughty list will hurt him even worse.

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