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The 10 Most Polarizing Athletes of All-Time

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Many sports fans don't seem to realize it, but athletes are humans too. Despite their exceptional talent and the resulting love and adoration, they're just as flawed as you and I. At the same time, in many cases, society uses them as punching bags, pinpointing them as representatives of an entire group of people or an unpopular viewpoint, whether they like it or not. With those things in mind, it's not difficult to understand why some brash, sometimes overconfident athletes become so polarizing -- including the ones listed below. These are the guys who people either love or hate, with very little or no gray area.

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