Every State's Most Hated Sports Figure Of All Time

By Jacob Kornhauser

Some states have produced more athletes than others, but every state has produced at least one hatable sports figure. Whether they were born or raised in each of these states, each of the sports figures on this list was the most hatable athlete in the history of their home states.

To be clear, these are sports figures who are generally hated by sports fans, not by their home states. They are beloved by some, but hated by more.

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Alabama - Jameis Winston

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Birthplace/hometown: Hueytown

Winston appears to be changing opinions on him for some people, but many will never forget his college days. Those days included an alleged sexual assault and shoplifting. No matter what he does in the NFL, some will always remember the former No. 1 pick's immature days which ensures he will remain hated.

Alabama - Jameis Winston

Birthplace/hometown: Hueytown

Winston appears to be changing opinions on him for some people, but many will never forget his college days. Those days included an alleged sexual assault and shoplifting. No matter what he does in the NFL, some will always remember the former No. 1 pick's immature days which ensures he will remain hated.

Alaska - Mario Chalmers

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Birthplace/hometown: Anchorage

Not many professional athletes have come from Alaska, but Chalmers is surely the most hated player from the state. It helps that he's played for some really hated teams at Kansas and on the Heat when LeBron starred there. Many people are just annoyed with the way he acts, but a lot of it has to do with the teams he played for.

Alaska - Mario Chalmers

Birthplace/hometown: Anchorage

Not many professional athletes have come from Alaska, but Chalmers is surely the most hated player from the state. It helps that he's played for some really hated teams at Kansas and on the Heat when LeBron starred there. Many people are just annoyed with the way he acts, but a lot of it has to do with the teams he played for.

Arizona - Darren Woodson

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Birthplace/hometown: Phoenix

If Woodson was playing for your team, you loved him. However, his hard hits got on the nerves of opposing players and fans consistently. He didn't seem like a bad guy, but sometimes that doesn't matter when it comes to hating a sports figure.

Arizona - Darren Woodson

Birthplace/hometown: Phoenix

If Woodson was playing for your team, you loved him. However, his hard hits got on the nerves of opposing players and fans consistently. He didn't seem like a bad guy, but sometimes that doesn't matter when it comes to hating a sports figure.

Arkansas - Jerry Jones

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Birthplace/hometown: North Little Rock

Jones was raised in Arkansas and eventually made it to the bright lights of the Dallas Cowboys. The fact he continues to try and be the general manager for the team is laughable at times and his antics really annoy people, even Cowboys fans. That makes him the most hated sports figure from the Natural State.

Arkansas - Jerry Jones

Birthplace/hometown: North Little Rock

Jones was raised in Arkansas and eventually made it to the bright lights of the Dallas Cowboys. The fact he continues to try and be the general manager for the team is laughable at times and his antics really annoy people, even Cowboys fans. That makes him the most hated sports figure from the Natural State.

California - Tom Brady

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Birthplace/hometown: San Mateo

Brady is the golden boy everyone wishes they could be but hate because they're not. He will likely go down as the best quarterback in NFL history, but it's the perceived dirty playing of the Patriots that hurts his image. No matter how you slice it, his skill and success will always make him one of the most hated figures in sports.

California - Tom Brady

Birthplace/hometown: San Mateo

Brady is the golden boy everyone wishes they could be but hate because they're not. He will likely go down as the best quarterback in NFL history, but it's the perceived dirty playing of the Patriots that hurts his image. No matter how you slice it, his skill and success will always make him one of the most hated figures in sports.

Colorado - LenDale White

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Birthplace/hometown: Denver

During his NFL career, White never did a ton to make people hate him, but he was really cocky in college. As a running back for a powerhouse USC team, people grew to dislike him. As it turns out, not many hatable players came from Colorado, so that makes White the most hated sports figure in the state's history.

Colorado - LenDale White

Birthplace/hometown: Denver

During his NFL career, White never did a ton to make people hate him, but he was really cocky in college. As a running back for a powerhouse USC team, people grew to dislike him. As it turns out, not many hatable players came from Colorado, so that makes White the most hated sports figure in the state's history.

Connecticut - Bill Romanowski

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Birthplace/hometown: Rockville

Romanowski was absolutely insane in his playing days as he pulled all types of antics. Specifically, he was known as a dirty player which earned him his fair share of haters. Unless you're a Raiders fan, you probably have a negative opinion about the legendary linebacker.

Connecticut - Bill Romanowski

Birthplace/hometown: Rockville

Romanowski was absolutely insane in his playing days as he pulled all types of antics. Specifically, he was known as a dirty player which earned him his fair share of haters. Unless you're a Raiders fan, you probably have a negative opinion about the legendary linebacker.

Delaware - Sugar Ray Leonard

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Birthplace/hometown: Wilmington

For some reason, boxers and fighters tend to get more haters than other athletes. That's what happened to Sugar Ray, at least from some people. For those who were fans of other boxers during his fighting career, he was a very disliked figure.

Delaware - Sugar Ray Leonard

Birthplace/hometown: Wilmington

For some reason, boxers and fighters tend to get more haters than other athletes. That's what happened to Sugar Ray, at least from some people. For those who were fans of other boxers during his fighting career, he was a very disliked figure.

Florida - Michael Irvin

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Birthplace/hometown: Fort Lauderdale

Irvin played for some hated Miami teams in college and Cowboys teams in the pros, which helped fuel the hatred toward him. He was incredibly good, but he was also extremely cocky, which rubbed some people the wrong way. When it came down to it, he was very entertaining, but not everyone liked him.

Florida - Michael Irvin

Birthplace/hometown: Fort Lauderdale

Irvin played for some hated Miami teams in college and Cowboys teams in the pros, which helped fuel the hatred toward him. He was incredibly good, but he was also extremely cocky, which rubbed some people the wrong way. When it came down to it, he was very entertaining, but not everyone liked him.

Georgia - Dwight Howard

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Birthplace/hometown: Atlanta

Howard is the biggest cry baby in sports, and he's really starting to get on people's nerves. It appears the public's patience has run out on this talented center as they are getting sick of him complaining about various things, including what team he plays for.

Georgia - Dwight Howard

Birthplace/hometown: Atlanta

Howard is the biggest cry baby in sports, and he's really starting to get on people's nerves. It appears the public's patience has run out on this talented center as they are getting sick of him complaining about various things, including what team he plays for.

Hawaii - Manti Te'o

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Birthplace/hometown: Laie

The hatred for Te'o stems from his incident involving getting "catfished" by someone posing to be his girlfriend while he was at Notre Dame. People like to make fun of him more than anything, but some don't like him since he had such a lack in judgment in that catfish situation.

Hawaii - Manti Te'o

Birthplace/hometown: Laie

The hatred for Te'o stems from his incident involving getting "catfished" by someone posing to be his girlfriend while he was at Notre Dame. People like to make fun of him more than anything, but some don't like him since he had such a lack in judgment in that catfish situation.

Idaho - Jake Plummer

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Birthplace/hometown: Boise

Plummer was a polarizing figure during his playing days and you loved to have him on your team. If he wasn't playing for your team, though, he really could get on your nerves. He played hard and was pretty rugged. Those are admirable features in a player, but opposing teams and players generally get annoyed with it after a while.

Idaho - Jake Plummer

Birthplace/hometown: Boise

Plummer was a polarizing figure during his playing days and you loved to have him on your team. If he wasn't playing for your team, though, he really could get on your nerves. He played hard and was pretty rugged. Those are admirable features in a player, but opposing teams and players generally get annoyed with it after a while.

Illinois - Isiah Thomas

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Birthplace/hometown: Chicago

Pretty much everyone on the late 1980s, early 1990s Detroit Pistons was hated by the vast majority of sports fans. They played dirty and didn't have many likable personalities. Perhaps the worst among them was Isiah Thomas, who was a star player, but was always scheming in some way. That caused most to really dislike him.

Illinois - Isiah Thomas

Birthplace/hometown: Chicago

Pretty much everyone on the late 1980s, early 1990s Detroit Pistons was hated by the vast majority of sports fans. They played dirty and didn't have many likable personalities. Perhaps the worst among them was Isiah Thomas, who was a star player, but was always scheming in some way. That caused most to really dislike him.

Indiana - Jay Cutler

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Birthplace/hometown: Santa Claus

Cutler has always been a little flippant with the media, and that has given him a bad rep with most sports fans. Many look at him as a whiner and someone who doesn't care much. Whether those are true or not, perception is reality and that's why so many people hate the Bears quarterback.

Indiana - Jay Cutler

Birthplace/hometown: Santa Claus

Cutler has always been a little flippant with the media, and that has given him a bad rep with most sports fans. Many look at him as a whiner and someone who doesn't care much. Whether those are true or not, perception is reality and that's why so many people hate the Bears quarterback.

Iowa - Red Faber

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Birthplace/hometown: Cascade

Iowa hasn't produced many hated athletes, but Faber is as close as it gets. He pitched his entire career for the White Sox, including in 1919 for the Black Sox team that threw the World Series. While he was one of the better pitchers of his time, opposing players often despised him because he wasn't afraid to go right at hitters.

Iowa - Red Faber

Birthplace/hometown: Cascade

Iowa hasn't produced many hated athletes, but Faber is as close as it gets. He pitched his entire career for the White Sox, including in 1919 for the Black Sox team that threw the World Series. While he was one of the better pitchers of his time, opposing players often despised him because he wasn't afraid to go right at hitters.

Kansas - Walter Johnson

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Birthplace/hometown: Humboldt

People admired Johnson for the speed he could throw a baseball, but people also feared his fastball. That fear was turned into hatred by many passionate players and fans who consistently had to compete against him or watch their team compete against him. It didn't seem like he was a bad guy, but that didn't keep people from hating him.

Kansas - Walter Johnson

Birthplace/hometown: Humboldt

People admired Johnson for the speed he could throw a baseball, but people also feared his fastball. That fear was turned into hatred by many passionate players and fans who consistently had to compete against him or watch their team compete against him. It didn't seem like he was a bad guy, but that didn't keep people from hating him.

Kentucky - Rajon Rondo

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Birthplace/hometown: Louisville

Rondo is extremely immature and nobody really wants to deal with him anymore. It started in his early days in Boston when he thought he could get away with anything he wanted. Now, he's been humbled by playing for some bad teams. Don't expect people to feel bad for him, though, because very few still like him.

Kentucky - Rajon Rondo

Birthplace/hometown: Louisville

Rondo is extremely immature and nobody really wants to deal with him anymore. It started in his early days in Boston when he thought he could get away with anything he wanted. Now, he's been humbled by playing for some bad teams. Don't expect people to feel bad for him, though, because very few still like him.

Louisiana - Karl Malone

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Birthplace/hometown: Summerfield

The Mailman was a great player in his prime, but people outside of Utah weren't generally huge fans of him. This hatred was generated by jealousy more than anything, as many couldn't believe the types of things he could do on the court. All he did with this hatred, though, was use it to make himself even better.

Louisiana - Karl Malone

Birthplace/hometown: Summerfield

The Mailman was a great player in his prime, but people outside of Utah weren't generally huge fans of him. This hatred was generated by jealousy more than anything, as many couldn't believe the types of things he could do on the court. All he did with this hatred, though, was use it to make himself even better.

Maine - Greg Moore

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Birthplace/hometown: Lisbon

Needless to say, Maine hasn't produced many hatable players. Moore has only played in a handful of NHL games, but throughout his entire hockey career, he's been known as a bit of a goon. Nobody likes dealing with a player like that, and that makes opposing fans and players hate him.

Maine - Greg Moore

Birthplace/hometown: Lisbon

Needless to say, Maine hasn't produced many hatable players. Moore has only played in a handful of NHL games, but throughout his entire hockey career, he's been known as a bit of a goon. Nobody likes dealing with a player like that, and that makes opposing fans and players hate him.

Maryland - Brady Anderson

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Birthplace/hometown: Silver Spring

Anderson was very good in his prime, but nobody ever seemed to warm up to him. Many suspected he was using steroids, which made fans dislike him. If he did, in fact, use steroids, people have every right to hate him.

Maryland - Brady Anderson

Birthplace/hometown: Silver Spring

Anderson was very good in his prime, but nobody ever seemed to warm up to him. Many suspected he was using steroids, which made fans dislike him. If he did, in fact, use steroids, people have every right to hate him.

Massachusetts - Ryan Whitney

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Birthplace/hometown: Scituate

Whitney was a very skilled NHL player, but he also was a bit of an enforcer which automatically made him hated by most. Being an enforcer is vital to the success to your team, but it rarely earns you many fans outside your own fanbase.

Massachusetts - Ryan Whitney

Birthplace/hometown: Scituate

Whitney was a very skilled NHL player, but he also was a bit of an enforcer which automatically made him hated by most. Being an enforcer is vital to the success to your team, but it rarely earns you many fans outside your own fanbase.

Michigan - Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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Birthplace/hometown: Grand Rapids

There aren't a whole lot of people who like Mayweather. He flaunts his money, embraces the villain role, has involved himself in domestic violence incidents and is an all-around hatable guy. It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say he's the most hated athlete in sports today.

Michigan - Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Birthplace/hometown: Grand Rapids

There aren't a whole lot of people who like Mayweather. He flaunts his money, embraces the villain role, has involved himself in domestic violence incidents and is an all-around hatable guy. It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say he's the most hated athlete in sports today.

Minnesota - Terrell Suggs

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Birthplace/hometown: Minneapolis

Suggs is loud, rough and cocky. That's not a combination that earns you a ton of fans. People can admire what a good linebacker he is, but not many like him as a person. He comes off as a guy who is meaner than the average NFL player, which is saying something.

Minnesota - Terrell Suggs

Birthplace/hometown: Minneapolis

Suggs is loud, rough and cocky. That's not a combination that earns you a ton of fans. People can admire what a good linebacker he is, but not many like him as a person. He comes off as a guy who is meaner than the average NFL player, which is saying something.

Mississippi - Brett Favre

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Birthplace/hometown: Gulfport

The negative feelings toward Favre seem to be generally subsiding, but there was a time when he was hated by the vast majority of NFL fans. When he kept contemplating retirement and then coming back into the league, it got on people's nerves. In time, people will admire what a legendary quarterback he was.

Mississippi - Brett Favre

Birthplace/hometown: Gulfport

The negative feelings toward Favre seem to be generally subsiding, but there was a time when he was hated by the vast majority of NFL fans. When he kept contemplating retirement and then coming back into the league, it got on people's nerves. In time, people will admire what a legendary quarterback he was.

Missouri - Tyler Hansbrough

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Birthplace/hometown: Columbia

There were very few college basketball villains more fun to root against than Hansbrough. He was the classic high-motor guy on a national championship contender that everyone loved to hate. There was just something about him that always seemed like he was the little kid who was up to no good.

Missouri - Tyler Hansbrough

Birthplace/hometown: Columbia

There were very few college basketball villains more fun to root against than Hansbrough. He was the classic high-motor guy on a national championship contender that everyone loved to hate. There was just something about him that always seemed like he was the little kid who was up to no good.

Montana - Adam Morrison

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Birthplace/hometown: Glendive

Morrison was one of the goofiest college basketball players ever and something about him upset people. Maybe it was his terrible mustache or hair. Whatever it was, it followed him during his brief stint in the pros.

Montana - Adam Morrison

Birthplace/hometown: Glendive

Morrison was one of the goofiest college basketball players ever and something about him upset people. Maybe it was his terrible mustache or hair. Whatever it was, it followed him during his brief stint in the pros.

Nebraska - Bob Gibson

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Birthplace/hometown: Omaha

People didn't hate Bob Gibson because he was an overly mean person; they hated him because he could get really nasty on the mound. He wasn't afraid to throw inside which, of course, angered a lot of people. It certainly was effective, though, as he was one of the best pitchers of his generation.

Nebraska - Bob Gibson

Birthplace/hometown: Omaha

People didn't hate Bob Gibson because he was an overly mean person; they hated him because he could get really nasty on the mound. He wasn't afraid to throw inside which, of course, angered a lot of people. It certainly was effective, though, as he was one of the best pitchers of his generation.

Nevada - Bryce Harper

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Birthplace/hometown: Las Vegas

Since he's so young, it's hard to call Harper the most hated player from a state already, but he's well on his way. Whenever someone has that much talent, he gets a ton of haters. Add to that the fact that he has a flare for the dramatic, and some people are going to be perturbed.

Nevada - Bryce Harper

Birthplace/hometown: Las Vegas

Since he's so young, it's hard to call Harper the most hated player from a state already, but he's well on his way. Whenever someone has that much talent, he gets a ton of haters. Add to that the fact that he has a flare for the dramatic, and some people are going to be perturbed.

New Hampshire - Chip Kelly

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Birthplace/hometown: Dover

It's crazy what a turn Kelly's career took from Oregon to Philly in the last few years. Players accuse him of being racist, and he fails to adapt in the NFL. Sure, people hate him in Philadelphia, but he's pretty universally hated at this point.

New Hampshire - Chip Kelly

Birthplace/hometown: Dover

It's crazy what a turn Kelly's career took from Oregon to Philly in the last few years. Players accuse him of being racist, and he fails to adapt in the NFL. Sure, people hate him in Philadelphia, but he's pretty universally hated at this point.

New Jersey - Dennis Rodman

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Birthplace/hometown: Trenton

Whenever someone is as eccentric as Rodman, there are going to be people who hate them. He played a rough-and-tough style of basketball that got the job done, but opposing players and fans really didn't care for the dyed-hair star.

New Jersey - Dennis Rodman

Birthplace/hometown: Trenton

Whenever someone is as eccentric as Rodman, there are going to be people who hate them. He played a rough-and-tough style of basketball that got the job done, but opposing players and fans really didn't care for the dyed-hair star.

New Mexico - Ronnie Lott

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Birthplace/hometown: Albuquerque

The hatred for Lott came out of jealousy of his skill, not out of hating his character. He was a hard-hitting defensive back, so some of his big hits earned him haters from opposing fan bases. It's just one of the consequences of being a star player.

New Mexico - Ronnie Lott

Birthplace/hometown: Albuquerque

The hatred for Lott came out of jealousy of his skill, not out of hating his character. He was a hard-hitting defensive back, so some of his big hits earned him haters from opposing fan bases. It's just one of the consequences of being a star player.

New York - Mike Tyson

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Birthplace/hometown: Brooklyn

Tyson's ferocity in the ring made him quite the polarizing figure. Of course, him biting off part of Evander Holyfield's ear was just the tip of the iceberg for some people. If he could be that crazy in the ring, how could he be likable? In the years since, people have eased on him, but he was still one of the most hated athletes of his time.

New York - Mike Tyson

Birthplace/hometown: Brooklyn

Tyson's ferocity in the ring made him quite the polarizing figure. Of course, him biting off part of Evander Holyfield's ear was just the tip of the iceberg for some people. If he could be that crazy in the ring, how could he be likable? In the years since, people have eased on him, but he was still one of the most hated athletes of his time.

North Carolina - Julius Peppers

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Birthplace/hometown: Wilson

Believe it or not, there aren't a ton of hated athletes from North Carolina. Peppers is hated by many opposing fans, because he's such a freak athlete. Really, he leaves people wondering how he does some of the things he does. For some reason, that has translated into many haters as his career approaches its end.

North Carolina - Julius Peppers

Birthplace/hometown: Wilson

Believe it or not, there aren't a ton of hated athletes from North Carolina. Peppers is hated by many opposing fans, because he's such a freak athlete. Really, he leaves people wondering how he does some of the things he does. For some reason, that has translated into many haters as his career approaches its end.

North Dakota - Travis Hafner

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Birthplace/hometown: Jamestown

North Dakota has produced a finite number of professional athletes, and Hafner is one of the best to come from the state. The reason he's relatively hated is because many assume he took steroids. Whether he did or not doesn't matter for his perception, because many will always think he did.

North Dakota - Travis Hafner

Birthplace/hometown: Jamestown

North Dakota has produced a finite number of professional athletes, and Hafner is one of the best to come from the state. The reason he's relatively hated is because many assume he took steroids. Whether he did or not doesn't matter for his perception, because many will always think he did.

Ohio - LeBron James

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Birthplace/hometown: Akron

As is usually the case with the most talented athlete on the planet, LeBron is hated by millions of people. The Decision certainly didn't help his case, and his cocky and whiny attitude makes things even worse. It appears you either love or hate LeBron and many choose the latter.

Ohio - LeBron James

Birthplace/hometown: Akron

As is usually the case with the most talented athlete on the planet, LeBron is hated by millions of people. The Decision certainly didn't help his case, and his cocky and whiny attitude makes things even worse. It appears you either love or hate LeBron and many choose the latter.

Oklahoma - Jeremy Shockey

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Birthplace/hometown: Ada

Shockey clearly loved what he did, but boy, did he rub some people the wrong way. Some saw his aggressive style in a negative light which caused them to hate him. He certainly seemed to get into his fair share of scuffles and that didn't help his case.

Oklahoma - Jeremy Shockey

Birthplace/hometown: Ada

Shockey clearly loved what he did, but boy, did he rub some people the wrong way. Some saw his aggressive style in a negative light which caused them to hate him. He certainly seemed to get into his fair share of scuffles and that didn't help his case.

Oregon - Danny Ainge

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Birthplace/hometown: Eugene

Ainge and the Celtics were hated by the vast majority of NBA fans because of their success. His passion and enthusiasm jazzed up fans in Boston, but it got opposing fans up in arms. Their success, more than anything, ensured he always had a generally negative image.

Oregon - Danny Ainge

Birthplace/hometown: Eugene

Ainge and the Celtics were hated by the vast majority of NBA fans because of their success. His passion and enthusiasm jazzed up fans in Boston, but it got opposing fans up in arms. Their success, more than anything, ensured he always had a generally negative image.

Pennsylvania - Kobe Bryant

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Birthplace/hometown: Philadelphia

There are a number of reasons why people hate Kobe. There was the Colorado rape allegation, of course. He's also won five rings, which some people loathe. As his career comes to an end, it seems his hater numbers are going down, but he still has plenty of people booing him every time he takes the court.

Pennsylvania - Kobe Bryant

Birthplace/hometown: Philadelphia

There are a number of reasons why people hate Kobe. There was the Colorado rape allegation, of course. He's also won five rings, which some people loathe. As his career comes to an end, it seems his hater numbers are going down, but he still has plenty of people booing him every time he takes the court.

Rhode Island - Nap Lajoie

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Birthplace/hometown: Woonsocket

Nap was one of the best players of his era. In fact, he was so good, his Cleveland club was temporarily named the "Naps". Of course, since he was great, he burned opposing teams regularly. That made him a hated, yet respected figure in most MLB cities.

Rhode Island - Nap Lajoie

Birthplace/hometown: Woonsocket

Nap was one of the best players of his era. In fact, he was so good, his Cleveland club was temporarily named the "Naps". Of course, since he was great, he burned opposing teams regularly. That made him a hated, yet respected figure in most MLB cities.

South Carolina - Kevin Garnett

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Birthplace/hometown: Greenville

Other than his talent and great NBA career, there isn't a lot to like about Garnett. He is extremely cocky and talks a ton of trash, which people hate. Every time he picked a fight back in the day, it earned him more and more haters.

South Carolina - Kevin Garnett

Birthplace/hometown: Greenville

Other than his talent and great NBA career, there isn't a lot to like about Garnett. He is extremely cocky and talks a ton of trash, which people hate. Every time he picked a fight back in the day, it earned him more and more haters.

South Dakota - Chad Greenway

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Birthplace/hometown: Mount Vernon

Greenway is a very good linebacker who has found himself a place in the NFL, but not without his fair share of haters. In a bigger state, he wouldn't be on this list, but not a ton of pro athletes have come from South Dakota. His rivals especially hate him, because he can absolutely wreck games if he gets in the zone.

South Dakota - Chad Greenway

Birthplace/hometown: Mount Vernon

Greenway is a very good linebacker who has found himself a place in the NFL, but not without his fair share of haters. In a bigger state, he wouldn't be on this list, but not a ton of pro athletes have come from South Dakota. His rivals especially hate him, because he can absolutely wreck games if he gets in the zone.

Tennessee - J.J. Redick

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Birthplace/hometown: Cookeville

This all dates back to Redick's time at Duke. He said himself that people love to hate the players on Duke, and he was one of the Dukies people most loved to hate. There was just something villainous about him. Since that was the height of his popularity, people's hatred for him will stick for a long time.

Tennessee - J.J. Redick

Birthplace/hometown: Cookeville

This all dates back to Redick's time at Duke. He said himself that people love to hate the players on Duke, and he was one of the Dukies people most loved to hate. There was just something villainous about him. Since that was the height of his popularity, people's hatred for him will stick for a long time.

Texas - Nolan Ryan

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Birthplace/hometown: Refugio

You're going to make your fair share of enemies when you throw inside and blatantly throw at people from time to time. Ryan played good old country hard ball and that earned him plenty of haters. More than anything, he scared the competition, and they responded by hating his guts.

Texas - Nolan Ryan

Birthplace/hometown: Refugio

You're going to make your fair share of enemies when you throw inside and blatantly throw at people from time to time. Ryan played good old country hard ball and that earned him plenty of haters. More than anything, he scared the competition, and they responded by hating his guts.

Utah - Brett Keisel

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Birthplace/hometown: Provo

Keisel is one of the craziest players in the NFL, and a lot of people love that. Rivals like the Ravens and Browns hate it, though. They have to stare at his ugly mug twice a year and their fan bases have gotten sick of it.

Utah - Brett Keisel

Birthplace/hometown: Provo

Keisel is one of the craziest players in the NFL, and a lot of people love that. Rivals like the Ravens and Browns hate it, though. They have to stare at his ugly mug twice a year and their fan bases have gotten sick of it.

Vermont - Keegan Bradley

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Birthplace/hometown: Woodstock

As you can probably tell, Vermont doesn't have a ton of hatable athletes. Bradley has seen a lot of success on the PGA Tour and some people despise that about him. Fair or not, that's the source of hatred for most people who follow his career.

Vermont - Keegan Bradley

Birthplace/hometown: Woodstock

As you can probably tell, Vermont doesn't have a ton of hatable athletes. Bradley has seen a lot of success on the PGA Tour and some people despise that about him. Fair or not, that's the source of hatred for most people who follow his career.

Virginia - Michael Vick

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Birthplace/hometown: Newport News

Whether or not he's a reformed citizen now, many people will never forget the terrible abuse Vick put dogs through when he was running a dog fighting ring. The horrendous images stick in their mind and they realize they can never forgive the talented, scrambling quarterback.

Virginia - Michael Vick

Birthplace/hometown: Newport News

Whether or not he's a reformed citizen now, many people will never forget the terrible abuse Vick put dogs through when he was running a dog fighting ring. The horrendous images stick in their mind and they realize they can never forgive the talented, scrambling quarterback.

Washington - Hope Solo

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Birthplace/hometown: Richland

Solo used to be one of the most beloved athletes in the country, but after a family domestic violence dispute, people are cooling off on her. Ever since then, she has seemed more callous in public, and that has really hurt her public image.

Washington - Hope Solo

Birthplace/hometown: Richland

Solo used to be one of the most beloved athletes in the country, but after a family domestic violence dispute, people are cooling off on her. Ever since then, she has seemed more callous in public, and that has really hurt her public image.

West Virginia - Nick Saban

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Birthplace/hometown: Fairmont

Saban is one of the greatest college football coaches of all time, which has earned him plenty of haters. People in the SEC really hate him, because he ensures they can't have success while he's at Alabama. You have to respect what the guy does, but it's also understandable if you hate him for his success at programs including Bama and LSU.

West Virginia - Nick Saban

Birthplace/hometown: Fairmont

Saban is one of the greatest college football coaches of all time, which has earned him plenty of haters. People in the SEC really hate him, because he ensures they can't have success while he's at Alabama. You have to respect what the guy does, but it's also understandable if you hate him for his success at programs including Bama and LSU.

Wisconsin - Tony Romo

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Birthplace/hometown: Burlington

Romo gets more flak than he deserves, but some people seem convinced he can't lead the Cowboys to the Super Bowl. That makes them hate the Dallas signal-caller. In reality, he's a borderline top-five quarterback in the league. For whatever reason, though, it doesn't appear he will ever be able to fully shed his long list of haters.

Wisconsin - Tony Romo

Birthplace/hometown: Burlington

Romo gets more flak than he deserves, but some people seem convinced he can't lead the Cowboys to the Super Bowl. That makes them hate the Dallas signal-caller. In reality, he's a borderline top-five quarterback in the league. For whatever reason, though, it doesn't appear he will ever be able to fully shed his long list of haters.

Wyoming - Chris Cooley

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Birthplace/hometown: Powell

Wyoming has produced very few athletes, but Cooley is the most hated in the state's history. As a tight end, he gets into it with opposing defensive backs consistently. That means opposing fan bases have gotten a bad vibe from him. Certainly, in a bigger state, he wouldn't be on this list.

Wyoming - Chris Cooley

Birthplace/hometown: Powell

Wyoming has produced very few athletes, but Cooley is the most hated in the state's history. As a tight end, he gets into it with opposing defensive backs consistently. That means opposing fan bases have gotten a bad vibe from him. Certainly, in a bigger state, he wouldn't be on this list.

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