Due to the overwhelming response to our previous article about NFL players that are just flat out bad people, we have decided to add eleven more to the list. You can view the previous twenty by clicking here, but make sure you check out these 11 first!
When you read about the things that NFL players do away from the field you will find two things. First of all, some of them are really great human beings that enjoy donating time and money to those who may be less fortunate than others. On the other hand, you will also read a lot about the players that are not so great people. Unfortunately those are the guys that seem to consume the news of off-the-field happenings. They seem to have the mindset that because they make a lot of money and are on TV every week, they can do anything they want, but that is far from the reality. All it means is that when they do stupid things, it is going to broadcast everywhere!
As you’ll continue to learn with this list, being a terrible person could consist of many things. Those that run their mouth, abuse women, commit crime after crime or just act like an idiot for no reason could be considered a jerk, loser or terrible person. Unfortunately, professional sports are loaded with players that fall into one of those categories. But I guess without them I wouldn’t have a job.
This is the end of the first part of a four-part series in which we will look at some of the biggest jerks across the four major sports. Today we will cover the NFL again and add to the list that was already released. It certainly wasn’t hard to come up with 11 more. So in no particular order, here are 11 more NFL players that are just terrible people.
11. Chris Culliver
When Michael Sam was drafted by the St. Louis Rams he became the first openly gay player to be drafted by any professional league. All sports across North America are trying to be more welcoming to that lifestyle, and the bottom line as far as dealing with the NFL is concerned should be whether the player can help a team win. And the league is trying to get to that point, but certain players are making it hard for the NFL to get that message out.
Anyone that speaks out in public about it like Chris Culliver did, is not only a bad person, but an idiot as well. When he was asked what he thought about gay players in the NFL he said “I don’t do the gay guys man… I don’t do that. No, we don’t got no gay people on the team, they gotta get up out of here if they do. Can’t be with that sweet stuff. Nah…can’t be…in the locker room man. Nah.”
First of all, why would anyone let this guy talk into a hot microphone? But I guess that’s beside the point. He added that if players are “gay great, they can come out of the closet 10 years after they retire.”
What an idiot. Thanks for the guidelines, Chris. How funny would it be if one of those gay guys kicked your ass?
10. Johnny Manziel
Johnny Manziel was not a good person in college and he carried it over to the NFL. It’s obvious that his ego is much bigger than his talent level and that’s why as of this moment he is without a team. He has done so much off the field in such a little time frame, that you can only wonder what will happen now that he doesn’t have a team to play for. With all that downtime there is bound to be more Johnny Manziel news coming in the very near future.
In football, if you have a big ego you’d better have the talent to back it up. There are plenty that do but Manziel is not on that list. His stupid “money sign” and his actions off of the field that got him benched probably saved the Browns from an even worse season than they had.
Off the field he has had several altercations with women. Some of them were girlfriends and some of them weren’t. All of his off-field altercations have not been with women – he treats men just as badly – but there are many reports that he likes to beat up women. He surely wouldn’t try that with a man because he isn’t the biggest guy around. No charges against him have stuck (yet) but the writing is on the wall that says it’s only a matter of time.
The night before his final game of the season this year he was seen in a Las Vegas night club. It was never confirmed that it was really him but it looks like him and a waitress said that it was indeed him. And just recently he is in trouble again for destroying a house that he rented in Los Angeles.
I am not a fortune teller but my prediction is that Johnny Manziel will be in handcuffs again before he gets another starting gig in the NFL. Does anyone want some of that action? That’s why he is on this list. He is just a horrible person, and not very smart either.
9. Colt Lyerla
You may not recognize this guy’s name right away because he opened his mouth and ruined his reputation before he even got on an NFL field. Mouth opens…NFL teams shy away…coincidence? You can be the judge.
Colt Lyerla was a receiver at the University of Oregon. In 2012 he played some tight end and running back. His statistics were nothing to brag about. In 2013 he missed a game, then was suspended for a game, and then quit the team. But he entered the NFL Draft anyway for some reason.
But while he was still at Oregon he got on Twitter and started talking about the Sandy Hook tragedy. He said that the incident was a government conspiracy so that they could further their anti-assault weapon agenda. Twenty-eight people died in that horrible event and talking about it in the manner that he chose is just repulsive. If someone has beliefs that the government is doing things to further their own agenda, they need to pick other avenues to voice their opinion. I’m sure he would feel different if he were related to any of the people that were killed or injured in that attack.
The University of Oregon had to respond to the tweet and they said that they thought it was “insensitive and offensive”. Later on Lyerla apologized for the comments but it was too late.
He was a borderline NFL draft pick at that time, but after that incident nobody drafted him. He was signed to the practice squad of the Green Bay Packers but was cut shortly after when he was injured in a non contact practice. He now plays in the AFL.
He has been arrested twice, once for unlawful possession of cocaine, for which he pleaded guilty, and once for DUI. The DUI charge said that his impairment was not alcohol related so we can only guess that he was coking it up again. You can take your pick as to why he is on the list.
8. Jerramy Stevens
Let’s face it, we all know that there a more than a few NFL players that just don’t have anything going on upstairs. Jerramy Stevens is one of those. This guy had all of the tools to be a great tight end in the NFL for a very long time. But his brain just wouldn’t let it happen. More so his utter lack of common sense.
Stevens had countless incidents with law enforcement because he just didn’t know when to quit being an idiot. Some of his altercations with the law stemmed from reckless driving, weed, fighting with a waitress, and many assault incidents. It’s unclear how many times he was accused of beating up a woman but it’s definitely more than a few times. He was once referred to as “scum of the earth” by a major publication. He was accused of rape while in college at the University of Washington, but he walked away from the charges.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers gave him one last shot in the NFL despite plenty of fans that came forward and opposed him joining the team. They didn’t want him spending his time in Tampa Bay with all the things he had done in the past. He ended up staying there for three plus seasons before he was cut after being arrested for marijuana possession.
If you have some time to kill and are looking for some entertaining reading material, just look him up and see all the stupid things that he has done, most of which he got away with. Then maybe you will get the full understanding of why he is on this list. Some people just don’t learn.
7. Eugene Robinson
In 1998 Eugene Robinson joined the Atlanta Falcons to help them get to the Super Bowl. He had played in the previous two and he was a good bet to help their defense get to where it needed to be. He had a very solid season and the Falcons indeed did reach the Super Bowl against the Denver Broncos.
So you may be thinking to yourself why is he on this list? Well the day before Super Bowl XXXIII Robinson was awarded the Bart Star Award. The award is given to the player that best exemplifies outstanding character and leadership at home, on the field and in the community. It’s kind of like the Man of the Year. But that’s not why he is here. It’s what he did after that that landed him here.
Just a few hours after receiving his award, Robinson was arrested for offering an undercover police woman $40.00 for sex. That’s right he was out looking for prostitutes just hours after winning his award. Then when he thought that he found one, he offered her forty bucks. Forty bucks. Seriously. That’s almost laughable. Well actually it’s very laughable. I don’t know what’s funnier, the fact that he offered it to an undercover cop, or the fact that he only offered her forty dollars.
Obviously he had to give the NFL the award back but that was the least of his problems. Since he was up all night due to the arrest he didn’t get much sleep, if any, to prepare for the game. And yes they did let him play. And it didn’t work out very well for Atlanta. He was obviously very sluggish on the field and he gave up an 80-yard touchdown pass and later in the fourth quarter he missed a tackle that could have stopped a very long run. The Falcons lost the game 34-19 and Robinson was ripped by fans and press for not only his play but for the incident as well. He only played one more season in Atlanta.
6. Mark Chmura
Green Bay Packer fans remember Mark Chmura as a good tight end from back in the 90s. Well, he was until he started banging his 17-year-old babysitter. He was accused of sexually assaulting the girl that babysat his kids, but after a trial he was found not guilty on all counts.
Just a few days after he was acquitted on the charges of child enticement and third degree sexual assault, he said that what he did that night at the post prom party “wasn’t something a married man should do.” So what does that tell you? He wasn’t found guilty so maybe it wasn’t rape? Maybe it was consensual? Maybe we will never really know the exact details but his comments let you know that he did SOMETHING, and that’s good enough for him to land here.
5. Jimmy Johnson
Jimmy Johnson is one of the best head coaches the game of football has seen. He was the first coach ever to win a National Championship in college (Miami Hurricanes) and then a Super Bowl. But he is also a dirtbag.
On July 12, 1963 he married Linda Cooper. They had a couple of sons and as Johnson’s career progressed and he went from school to school, it was Linda that kept up the house, raised the kids, and packed up the house every time Jimmy got a new job. So when he made the big time and got the head coaching job with the Dallas Cowboys in 1989, Linda should have been able to reap the benefits of that as well. But that’s not how it went down.
The day Jimmy Johnson was hired as the head coach of the Cowboys he took his wife to dinner. She probably went there in a great mood, thinking that they were going to celebrate. But in Jimmy’s own words here’s what happened. “I told her, ‘I can either be head football coach of the Dallas Cowboys or married to you. I’ve decided to be head football coach of the Dallas Cowboys.’” The divorce was finalized in January of 1990. Need I say more?
4. Joe Namath
Joe Namath rose to stardom when he led the New York Jets to a Super Bowl III victory over the Baltimore Colts. He ran his mouth and guaranteed a Jets victory. He got lucky and they actually won the game. But he is an embarrassment to the franchise with every public appearance he makes.
He drinks too much, which in itself isn’t a bad thing overall. That’s his own problem. But when he does it in public, he becomes an idiot, or a jerk, or a terrible person. I guess it just depends on how you look at it.
One time during an interview on the field during a game, on television, he told Suzy Kolber that he wanted to kiss her. Seriously? That’s a good gauge of your level of drunkenness, by seeing who you may or may not want to kiss. For a sober person Kolber wouldn’t be on the list.
During his playing days he was more concerned with partying than playing. That’s how he got the nickname “Broadway Joe”. It certainly wasn’t because of his playing ability, because he wasn’t all that good. His career numbers of 173 touchdown passes with 220 interceptions makes you wonder why this guy is even in the Hall of Fame.
He may not have committed crimes or treated fans or teammates poorly, but when you get drunk and run your mouth and embarrass yourself for years, you get on this list.
3. Michael Irvin
When Michael Irvin was running routes during his career he was one of the most feared receivers in the game. But he wasn’t a very good teammate because he wanted the ball in every situation that presented itself. Even when passing the ball wasn’t needed or called for. And he was very vocal if he didn’t get it when he wanted it.
But besides his ego that barely fit through the door, Irvin had other issues. He knew members of law enforcement, and he knew them very well. He was arrested numerous times for numerous different charges including possession of cocaine and other drug related charges. He has also been accused of sexual assault on multiple occasions. With all things considered he is a must have on this list.
2. Albert Haynesworth
Albert Haynesworth was one of the biggest free agent busts in the history of the NFL. But along with taking tons of money and then doing practically nothing to earn it, he has had many occasions that people thought that he was a jerk.
He had multiple incidents with members of coaching staffs and several others with his own teammates, not to mention his incidents with law enforcement. But what really got him on this list were his actions during a game in which he stomped on the head of an opponent, on purpose.
Andre Gurode had fallen down and lost his helmet on a play during a game. There are some reports that say Haynesworth ripped the helmet off of Gurode but replay angles cannot confirm this. Either way Haynesworth saw the helmet off and purposely stomped right on Gurode’s unprotected head. Gurode suffered a major gash on his forehead that needed 30 stitches to close up. Does that make him a terrible person? Absolutely. Haynesworth was suspended five games for his actions and why he wasn’t completely thrown out of the league for such a disgusting act is beyond me.
1. Jameis Winston
Jameis Winston is the starting quarterback and former #1 overall draft pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He spent three very active years prior to that at Florida State. He accomplished a lot during his two years on the football field there but that’s not why he is on this list. It’s everything that he did off of the field that landed him here.
He got busted for stealing soda, and then a well publicized incident where he got caught stealing crab legs from a Publix grocery store. Then of course you have the allegation of sexual assault that he hasn’t been prosecuted for (yet), that still hasn’t gone away.
Winston was not charged in the incident but there are many reports that he got favorable treatment because of his standing on the FSU football team. All of the details of the case can be easily found online but here are a few of the basics: DNA that was taken, while not taken in a proper time frame, did indeed match Winston. At an FSU hearing for violation of student conduct Winston was found not guilty. Nobody really expected a guilty verdict against him to come down from that and they were right.
In 2015 CNN aired a documentary about college rape that was titled “The Hunting Ground” and it featured a segment about Winston and the allegations. He threatened to sue CNN if it aired, but it did anyway, and no lawsuit was filed.
Erica Kinsman, the woman who has made the allegations, was awarded nearly $1 million in early 2016 from Florida State. They paid to settle a lawsuit that Kinsman brought against the university. It was brought due to its actions, and lack of actions, during and after the investigation.
Winston and Kinsman have each filed lawsuits against each other. The hearings are scheduled to begin in May of 2017.
This issue has not gone away and won’t for at least another year and a half. Maybe Winston is innocent. I’m not a judge. But from all of the evidence that is available he certainly looks guilty. And every time you see a picture of his smiling face he is probably thinking about what he got away with. With everything that he has done over the last several years, his spot on this list is cemented.