Top 10 Most Hated People in Sports
Sports fans are a passionate bunch. In no other aspect of American life is the word ‘hate’ used as freely as it is in sports. When you pour so much time and emotion into something you have no real stake in, it’s almost natural to get irrationally upset from time to time. Bill Simmons of ESPN says of sports hate: “The reasons are unique to us. There doesn't have to be anything rational about it. Sports hate can be triggered by one incident, one slight, one game gone wrong, anything.”
Most sports hate is localized and not malicious, even fun, as some may argue. In an instant someone can become the most hated man in a city, but when he stands out as a repeat offender or when his transgression is so egregious, hatred can grow to a national or even international level. The hatred can become nearly universal - you’ve truly done something special when everyone roots for you to lose.
Over the history of sports there have been numerous hated athletes, coaches and owners, but for our purposes we will focus on the most hated figures right now. Years down the road we may forgive, but we will never forget the reasons why these are the Top 10 Most Hated People in Sports. We’re sure we left off some of your least favorite athletes and coaches. If so, let us know your thoughts in the comments.