The relationship between the world of sports and the world of PETA hasn't always been all that rosy.
Of course, there are the athletes who go out of their ways to be activists for animals and educate their young fans about the realities of animal abuse.
But then there are the athletes who do the exact opposite.
We all remember PETA's Public Enemy No. 1 and the epic disaster brought about by his dogfighting scandal. But there are a several lesser known, under-the-radar PETA antagonizers who have cropped up over the years.
They may not be quite at Vick level, but PETA won't be sending them a Christmas card anytime soon.
When you think of an athlete wearing a heinous fur coat, who's the first person who pops into your head?
JaMarcus Russell. Hands down.
The former NFL quarterback and current prospect who is desperately seeking employment was famously a big fan of fur (see the above for evidence). Because we all know how cold it gets in Northern California.
If he ever gets a job again, it might be best for him to fly a little bit further under the radar and stick with basics. Like a blazer in a neutral color.
You thought JaMarcus Russell's fur ensemble was bad. And then this image assaulted your eyes.
What you are seeing above is Capitals star Alex Ovechkin decked out in full-body fur armor: a cape and a hat.
Allegedly, Ovechkin didn't wear this by choice: when he was a guest at a soccer match between Anzhi and Zenit Saint Petersburg, the Russian local team presented him him with the Dagestani burka and wool hat as a sigh of respect.
And PETA looked on in horror.
Brett Favre spent plenty of time waffling over whether he should or shouldn't retire.
But once upon a time, PETA wrote him a letter encouraging him to just hang up his hat. His hunting hat.
When your wife is a fashion maven, it's a given that at some point in time, you're going to be wearing fur.
It is safe to assume that Posh demanded it.
British soccer star David Beckham sported this piece of fur back in the day, when getting away with wearing those earrings was still acceptable. Fortunately, he seems to have naturally toned down his fashion tense as his career has wound to a close.
It seems pretty obvious that the very sport of horse racing is about as far from PETA-compliant as you can get.
According to PETA, horses are "victims of a multi-billion-dollar industry." The official website quotes a New York Daily News article that refers to thoroughbred race horses as "a genetic mistake." It outlines the dangerous drug practices employed by horse trainers and the poor treatment of the horses, whether they're winners or losers.
In short, horse racing is bad.
Not in short, you can read all about the perils of the sport on PETA's website—the organization has dedicated an entire page to the anti-horse racing campaign.
It once seemed like Shaquille O'Neal was one of those NBA stars who could do no wrong, even in spite of Kazaam.
Those days are no longer.
He may be one of the most popular players in the history of the league, but Shaq is anything but popular with PETA and its supporters. All it took was one image of him rocking this mink coat during his days as a Celtic.
Shaq, we know it's cold in Boston, but you could have just gone with a down North Face like everyone else. Sweet Bruins hat, though.
Not only did Shaq anger the masses by sporting a fur coat, but he passed it along to his then-teammate with the Celtics.
Nate Robinson allegedly received this gift from his much larger teammate in 2010, then posted several photos of himself modeling the look in the locker room.
Apparently, even if it's 18 sizes too big, you don't turn down a mink fur coat when Shaq is the person giving it to you.
Lots of athletes love hunting, and as such, they love to post photos of themselves posing with their victims.
Jared Allen is one such athlete.
The Vikings defensive end got PETA all in a tizzy when he had his picture taken with not one, not two, but three of the bears who met their end because of him. And he doesn't stop there: allegedly, Allen also hunts boar, elk, deer, moose and bison.
All wildlife beware.
Remember when Manny Ramirez was still one of the most feared hitters in baseball? Remember when he still played for the Indians? Remember when he still had a major league job?
Once you've seen this photo, you can never unsee it. While all of his teammates and coaches resorted to team jackets, ear-protective hats and hand warmers in order to battle the frigid Cleveland temperatures, Manny went big league with the full-length fur coat.
There is no excuse for making animals suffer to look this ridiculous. No excuse.
I'm a firm believer in real fur. I don't believe in fake fur. Despite having death threats and people wanting me to be hurt because I wear fur, that makes me more aggressive in my choice to wear fur. It's my choice. And I feel like everyone is entitled to that. This is America, after all.
GobblerCountry.com blew the whistle on Peterson in 2009, uncovering photos of the Vikings sensation's post-hunting trip. Though it's important to note that it's not clear whether or not Peterson was the one who shot the birds, it is definitely clear that he should have made sure these photos never saw the light of day.