Reputation: Excessive partier and a nuisance who is hard to control.
Where the Perception Came From: Google Tyler Seguin these days and you won't find many people writing about how promising of a career the 21-year-old Dallas Star has in front of him. Instead, his name has been trampled by reports of partying during the Stanley Cup Final and a few homophobic tweets.
While there's zero room for any insensitivity regarding the issue of sexuality and sport, Seguin repeatedly showed up in "reports" like this from NESN.com.
Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe quoted Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli in a story following Seguin's trade to the Stars, and the GM didn't exactly mince words about the player's inability to focus on the game and not the nightlife.
The Reality: As opposed to your average 21-year-old who doesn't have some growing up to do? The Bruins were all too happy to shower Seguin with millions of dollars before he could even legally order a drink at a bar and then were shocked to see the single superstar romping about in bars.
Again, blogs such as Puck Daddy were eager purchase photos of Seguin going nuts from fellow party-goers, publishing stories such as this.
Nine out of 10 young players can break into the NHL and do it without causing a scene. Sometimes a guy like Seguin comes along, and they get caught up in it. This is why Sidney Crosby lived with Mario Lemieux for so long: to learn how to be a professional.
Seguin has made some mistakes, and they were entirely blown out of proportion by a hockey media that is constantly itching for controversy—mostly because there is so little of it to go around in the NHL.
Can you imagine a story about Robert Griffin III partying garnering a comparable amount of heat in NFL circles? Get real.
While the MLB is embroiled in a PED scandal and pro-football players can't figure out how to leave their guns at home, we get Seguin and Patrick Kane going out to the club during the offseason.