Team sports are rife with rivalries and animosity between sets of players and fans. What can be more interesting is the animosity within teams. Everyone preaches about unselfishness and team chemistry, but at times the ego's of certain individuals get in the way of team harmony. It is no surprise that teammates do not always get along but it is surprising when their disagreements fester and spill over to the public domain. Usually that is a harbinger of disaster for the team in question and is almost always cast as a distraction.
This article lists ten feuds between teammates that escalated into the public domain. In some cases, the disputes were verbal with each party taking shots at the other. In other cases, the teammates came to blows and had to be separated by others. What is apparent is that rarely do these feuds lead to good outcomes for the teams.
10 Peyton Manning and Mike Vanderjagt - Indianapolis Colts
9 Sean Avery and Brenden Morrow - Dallas Stars
In the 2008 NHL playoffs, the Dallas Stars surprised most observers by making the Western Conference Finals and defeating the defending champion Anaheim Ducks in the first round. The following off-season, the Stars' co-general manager Brett Hull decided to spend $15.5 million on Sean Avery as he felt the team needed a little more emotion. Hull's judgment might have been clouded as he was a former teammate of Avery.
8 Barry Bonds and Jeff Kent - San Francisco Giants
7 Terrell Owens and Donovan McNabb - Philadelphia Eagles
In the summer of 2004, the Philadelphia Eagles acquired Terrell Owens in the hopes he would help them finally reach the Super Bowl after three consecutive defeats in the NFC Championship game. Owens had a terrific season and he and Donovan McNabb emerged as one of the best quarterback wide receiver tandems in the NFL. The season culminated in a Super Bowl berth but the Eagles lost to the New England Patriots.
6 Dennis Rodman and David Robinson - San Antonio Spurs
5 Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton - McLaren
4 John Terry and Steven Gerrard - England National Team
3 Darryl Strawberry and Keith Hernandez - New York Mets
2 Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton - Washington Wizards
1 Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal - Los Angeles Lakers
The epic feud between Los Angeles Lakers teammates, Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant was among the saddest in sports. These two players apparently never really got along starting in 1996 when they became teammates. After the 2003/2004 season, it was obvious that their disdain for each other meant that they could no longer co-exist on the same team. The Lakers decided to trade O'Neal to the Miami Heat and break up their dynamic duo. What makes their feud sad was that of all the teammates who did not like each other, these two were the most productive. They had won three consecutive NBA titles between 2000-2002 and had made four NBA Finals in five seasons. Their split did not really hurt their careers, as each went on to win at least one more title but the neutrals were deprived of maybe the most dominant one-two punch in NBA history.
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