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June 20, 2010 6:45 PM

10 Most Disliked People in Sports

It's been a few weeks since I've pulled anything from Forbes.com.

 

Well, that long wait is over. 

 

The website recently published a list of the most disliked people in sports. Mind you, this is all people in the business, not just the athletes. Candidacy was limited to active athletes, coaches, managers, owners, agents and broadcasters

 

The following is the top 10 most disliked people, who earned the lowest on the public's likability scorecard. (From E-Poll Market Research) 

 

The information below comes from the latest list from Forbes. 

 

1.) Michael Vick (NFL player, Philadelphia Eagles) - 69% (dislike rating)

A year removed from his dog-fighting troubles, Vick's image rehab was probably slowed by his sparse playing time in Philadelphia. More time in the public eye could move things along.

 

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2.) Al Davis (Owner, Oakland Raiders) - 66%

A football owner who's always walked to the beat of his own drum. Davis has signed renegade players and yanked his team back and forth between Oakland and Los Angeles, spurring lawsuits and run-ins with the league. And his "Just win, baby" mantra hasn't been working in recent years.

 

3.) Ben Roethlisberger (NFL player, Pittsburgh Steelers) - 57%

Accused of but not charged for sexual assault (twice), not long after a motorcycle accident, Big Ben's wild ways finally caught up to him. At 28, it's probably time to stop partying with the college set.

 

4.) Tiger Woods (Golfer) - 53%

Tiger's tabloid year has taken its toll. Crisis management types believe he's taking the right road back--apologize and get back to the course--though it figures to be a long road.

 

5.) Jerry Jones (Owner, Dallas Cowboys) - 53%

Like Oakland's Al Davis, Jones is known as a maverick owner who has clashed with the league and with his coaches. Outside the home market, where winning tops all, fans don't generally take to boat-rockers.

 

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6.) Mark McGwire (Hitting coach, St. Louis Cardinals) - 48%

Baseball's steroid stigma still needs some time to pass, apparently. McGwire's recent tearful interview with Bob Costas got mixed reviews--he came across as genuinely sorry but refused to acknowledge the 'roids pumped up his home run total. Luckily hitting coaches spend little time on the field during the game.

 

7.) Terrell Owens (Free agent NFL player) - 47%

The wide receiver diva's antics are polarizing to the public--T.O. is the type people love or hate. But as his skills erode, the public grows less tolerant. At 36, he's now a free agent looking for an NFL gig.

 

8.) Alex Rodriguez (Baseball player, New York Yankees) - 45%

A-Rod is down five spots from last year, when steroid talk dominated the conversation and his (championship) ring finger was still bare. Then again, Tiger and Roethlisberger did plenty to jump ahead of him since then, while McGwire only became eligible this year after taking the Cardinals' hitting coach job.

 

9.) Allen Iverson (Basketball player, Philadelphia 76ers) - 45%

Returning to Philadelphia this season after a brief stop in Memphis didn't work out--Iverson left the club in February, citing his daughter's health. Some sports industry insiders say Iverson's tattoos, cornrows and sometimes brash nature give him a "bad boy" rep he doesn't deserve.

 

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10.) Gilbert Arenas (Basketball player, Washington Wizards) - 44%

A highly publicized bout with guns in the Wizards' locker room got Arenas a hefty suspension from the league and two years' probation from the law. With $80 million left on his contract, the club may want to consider buying out Arenas as it gets set to take a new franchise player with the first overall draft pick, likely to be Kentucky's John Wall.

 

Most of the names come to no surprise to a sports fan like myself. All have put themselves in terrible positions with the public. 

 

Although, I am somewhat surprised Michael Vick is still ranked as the most-disliked person in sports. And I was confused about Jerry Jones being at No. 5. 

 

But anyhow, the rankings are pretty spot on. I mean, they were taken from public opinion. 

 

Until 2011, when the next ranking is released, let's see what these 10 gentlemen do to repair their reputations.

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