The 15 Most Hated Athletes Who Are Still Actively Competing

There are plenty of reasons for fans to hate sports players. The root of hatred could simply be a rivalry, an accused crime or just the way they look. Regardless of the reason, there are a lot of loathed athletes we love to despise and look down on.

How does one get included in such a list? Well, for starters you need to be active. That rules out cheater Lance Armstrong and his giant ego, both are off the list. It also means Tim Tebow doesn’t make the list. I hope that doesn’t mean I’m going to hell. Tebow aside, we love to hate our quarterbacks, as many are represented on the list. However, no coaches are found here, we are looking for players and to be honest, it’s too easy to hate on the Rex Ryans and Bill Belicheks of the world.

Honorable mention goes to Tom Brady. If you live outside New England you probably don’t like him. He’s good looking, married to a super model, has (what appears to be) a great family and five Super Bowl rings. What’s not to hate? Of course this is like hating Duke or the St. Louis Cardinals just because they are really good at what they do.

We’ve got golfers, baseball players and more in this list. Did I mention the quarterbacks? So many… Here are your 15 most hated active athletes today:

15 Michael Vick

Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

14 Jay Cutler


13 Kobe Bryant


12 Johnny Manziel

Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports

11 Ben Roethlisberger

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

10 Riley Cooper


9 Tiger Woods


8 Ndamukong Suh

Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

7 Ryan Braun


6 Mark Sanchez


5 Tony Romo

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

4 Philip Rivers

Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

3 Serena Williams


2 Floyd Mayweather, Jr.


1 Alex Rodriguez


This past off-season, Alex Rodriguez took to the broadcasting booth and got rave reviews. I’m not buying it and nor should you. Before we knew of the steroids he was easy to hate, always being photographed outside strip clubs or with beautiful women that were not his wife. Then the PED denials came until eventually MLB busted him and forced a 211 game suspension. After the suspension the Yankees tried to force him out and my assumption is several options for a buyout were discussed. However, Rodriguez wouldn’t budge, insisting he played and most importantly, got every cent he didn’t technically earn. Oh, and that smirk. I hate that smirk.

Sources: USAToday, Forbes, Sports Illustrated

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