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March 12, 2009 11:45 AM

Top 10 Most Damaging Egos


Remember your high school’s best athlete? More importantly, remember the ego on that guy? Now, imagine him as a professional athlete. Obnoxious, right? To make it all the way to the top, one must make amazing sacrifices, spend countless hours practicing, and often grow his ego to epic proportions.

Glory seeking coaches, crybaby football players, self-important baseball stars, and arrogant hoopsters are a dime-a-dozen in the me-first sports world. Just last week, in fact, the egos of Manny Ramirez and Terrell Owens were front-page news

With all the money and media attention surrounding the world of sports, gigantic egos are easily cultivated, though some prove more harmful than others. Muhammad Ali had arguably the biggest personality of all time, but he was still a beloved champion. Shaquille O’Neal was in the news recently for his comments directed at Stan Van Gundy and others, but though he’s undeniably in love with himself, Shaq is able to maintain his reputation of being a great teammate. Not all egos are so benign, however – often they can destroy relationships, seasons, and even entire teams. There are many to choose from, but only ten could make our list of the Most Damaging Egos in Sports.

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