The world of professional sports comes with unlimited perks for many on the inside. They are showered with money, adoration, fame and praise; all for doing a job that many of us would kill do do for free. It's actually impressive that most manage to keep their perspective and behave like reasonable human beings.
And it's really no surprise that the lifestyle turns some in sports into complete prima donnas. The sports world just tends to attract a lot of oversized egos and short tempers. If everyone is telling you how great you are, and everyone can't be wrong, it doesn't take long for predisposed people to start believing their own hype.
Magic superstar Dwight Howard is a prime example. His rapid descent from beloved big man, to one of the most loathed prima donnas in sports, happened in just over a year. Howard can thank his inflated ego and absolute inability, or unwillingness, to look at the long-term consequences of his actions.
Okay, enough about this guy for now—surely we're all sick of talking about him—but we'll get back to him later.
Until then, let's take a look at some of the other biggest prima donnas in sports.