Once a mythical monster, the term “troll” has been redefined for the modern age as a very real being. Today a troll is a flamethrower, a trash-talker, a mudslinger and any other synonym for a person who enjoys stirring the pot.
No longer relegated to living in caves and under bridges, trolls are living among us, working beside us and raising hell on social media. One may be sleeping across the hall from you—or even right next to you in the same bed.
Of course, there’s nowhere trolls flourish more than in the hypercompetitive world of professional sports. The widespread reach of the internet means there’s a platform and an audience for every athlete or member of the sports media who wants one.
Here are the best trolls in sports today.