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The 10 Most Hated Athletes Of All Time

It's no secret that people love sports. We devote countless hours and spend too much hard-earned money to show that we're their biggest fans. But there is a darker side as well, the side that loves to

It's no secret that people love sports. We devote countless hours and spend too much hard-earned money to show that we're their biggest fans. But there is a darker side as well, the side that loves to hate. I'm not referring the usual rivals like Red Sox fans hating the Yankees or Raiders fans hating Peyton Manning because he plays for the Broncos. There are deeper hatreds that sometimes transcends sport. The reasons are often well founded, but other times not so much. Like all professions, the ranks of the athletic world has its share of world-class a**holes who have committed heinous crimes. Others badmouth their teammates or ridicule fans, but sometimes the source of the animosity is less obvious. Some athletes are hated for who they are or at least who they are perceived to be off the field. Rich and famous people can be easy targets for jealous fans and people in the media who think pampered athletes don't appreciate how good they have it.

10 Tom Brady

via newsweek.com

9 Lolo Jones

via hawtcelebs.com

8 Brian Bosworth

via nfl.com

7 Barry Bonds

via blog.discoverlehighvalley.com

6 Marion Jones

via enquirer.com

5 Alex Rodriguez

via nydailynews.com

4 Tiger Woods

via fotonin.com

3 Michael Vick

via danabeshouse.sportsblog.com

2 Lance Armstrong

via nypost.com

1 O.J. Simpson

via nbclosangeles.com

Some athletes cheat at their sport or cheat on their spouses or both.  Others are known as all around jerks who can't get along with teammates and dismiss fans.  Then there's O.J. He stalked and murdered his ex-wife and her male acquaintance then hired a legal "dream team" that proclaimed to the jury: "If it doesn't fit you must acquit." O.J. got away with a double murder then taunted the victims' families, saying he would try to track down the real killers.  Oranthall James Simpson may have been a good teammate when he played football for the Buffalo Bills, but when everyone finds out you're a sociopathic killer it pretty much overshadows anything might have accomplished in sports.  He is currently serving up to 33 years in prison for armed robbery and kidnapping involving an ill-conceived attempt to retrieve some sports memorabilia.

 

Sources: bleacherreport.com, sportingnews.com, usatoday.com

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