The 10 Most Hated People in Sports History
Hate is a strong word.
However, sometimes it's the only word that does a person justice.
There are times when a person does something so stupid, annoying, heartbreaking, mean, or disrespectful that you truly feel hate towards them with no remorse.
Let's take a look at the 10 most hated sports figures of all time. Enjoy!
10. Scott Boras
The picture to the left pretty much tells the whole story: Dealing with Scott Boras is like dealing with the devil.
The guy is just that much of a jerk.
He will stop at nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing, to squeeze every last cent out of a deal.
Once a player acquires Scott Boras as his agent he comes with a warning label. A Scott Boras client will ALWAYS hit the free agent market when given the opportunity. Even if his intentions are to re-sign anyway.
And more often than not, when he does hit the open market, the player gets a deal that makes you raise one eyebrow and say, Damn!
Ten years and $275 million for 33-year-old Alex Rodriguez? Need I say more?
9. Bill Belichick
I've never met a non-Patriots fan who doesn't hate Bill Belichick.
The guy is the biggest bag (I'll let you choose what type of bag) in the professional coaching industry.
Could jealousy play a role in our hate towards Belichick? Possibly, but he certainly does himself no favors in working on his image.
Belichick patrols the sidelines with his classic Patriots hoodie that just has "Look at me, I'm a huge D-Bag" written all over it.
Belichick's hate-fest with the public reached an all time high in 2007, when it was reported that he had been stealing signs from other teams since as soon as 2001.
He was fined a record $500,000 and his first round draft pick was taken away from his Patriots.
8. Isiah Thomas
Cigarettes are to lungs as Isiah Thomas is to the New York Knicks.
For a team that had such a rich history and was so beloved across the globe, the Knicks went down the pooper, and they went down fast.
Some would argue that this fall from grace all started when Patrick Ewing was traded to the SuperSonics back in 2000, but until Isiah Thomas arrived in 2003, things weren't nearly as bad.
Why don't I give you a brief list of some of the things Isiah Thomas did as Knicks President.
He traded for the old, washed-up Jalen Rose and his $16.9 million contract, but then waived him eight months later so he could save $3 million.
He signed Jerome James to a five-year, $30 million contract. James went on to average about three points and one rebound per game in a Knicks uniform.
He traded Antonio McDyess, two first round picks, and money to the Suns for the two large contracts of Stephon Marbury and the past-his-prime Penny Hardaway.
When Penny Hardaway's contract was expiring and the Knicks could finally get some cap relief, they decided to swap him for another huge contract, past-his-prime player in Steve Francis.
He made a ridiculous trade for Eddy Curry where he gave away three players, two unprotected first round picks (No. 2 and No. 9 selection overall), and a second round pick.
He instigated a brawl between his Knicks and the Denver Nuggets in 2006.
He sexually harassed a former team executive.
And he hired the man responsible for all this turmoil at the Garden as head coach—himself.
7. George Steinbrenner
If you like George Steinbrenner you're either a Yankees fan (some of them aren't crazy about him either), a major league player who has played for the Yankees, or you're Scott Boras.
Before Steinbrenner bought the Yankees in 1972, baseball's best known green was grass.
Steinbrenner invented the huge contract in major league baseball.
He also paved the way for the Vince McMahon's and Donald Trump's of the world by firing anything in sight.
He let his mouth run often and was mocked on more than one occasion on the hit sitcom, Seinfeld.
Many feel Steinbrenner ruined the competitive balance in Major League Baseball, and that may be so.
6. Don Denkinger
Just a few days ago, umpire Jim Joyce blew a call that would have given Tigers pitcher Armando Gallaraga a perfect game.
As soon as the game ended, Joyce stood up like a man and apologized for getting the call wrong. All was forgiven.
However, 25 years before him, umpire Don Denkinger wasn't so kind.
Denkinger blew a call in Game Six of the 1985 World Series that would have put the Cardinals two outs away from World Series glory.
Instead, his blown call ended the 1985 St. Louis Cardinals as we knew them.
They never seemed to recover from the call as the arguments spilled into Game Seven where it was clear that the Cardinals were distracted by Denkinger's presence as home plate umpire.
To this day Denkinger is still receiving hate letters about that one.
5. Tim Donaghy
Wow, what do you say about Tim Donaghy?
He shaved points off games.
There is no bigger sin in the world of sports, just ask Paul Crewe.
When it was revealed that Donaghy had been betting on games, the world stopped spinning for a second. People wondered just how often these fixes had occurred.
All of a sudden people were questioning the legitimacy of the National Basketball Association.
However, Donaghy wasn't done scarring the league that had supported him for so many years just yet.
He accused the NBA of fixing games.
The NBA is still trying to heal the deep wounds that Tim Donaghy inflicted on them.
4. John Rocker
From the career destroying interview department comes John Rocker.
Can you say MENTAL CASE?
In a Sports Illustrated interview back in 2000, Rocker took a shot at homosexuals, nearly every race you could think of, and the entire state of New York.
Here's the quote that lives in infamy:
"I'd retire first. It's the most hectic, nerve-racking city. Imagine having to take the 7 Train to the ballpark looking like you're riding through Beirut next to some kid with purple hair, next to some queer with AIDS, right next to some dude who just got out of jail for the fourth time, right next to some 20-year-old mom with four kids.
"It's depressing...The biggest thing I don't like about New York are the foreigners. You can walk an entire block in Times Square and not hear anybody speaking English. Asians and Koreans and Vietnamese and Indians and Russians and Spanish people and everything up there. How the hell did they get in this country?"
It doesn't really take much of an explanation to see why he is on this list.
3. Steve Bartman
When Luis Castillo hit a pop fly into foul territory down the shallow left field line of Game Six of the 2003 NLCS he created a legend.
However, it wasn't him or any of the other 49 players in uniform that day who would become legendary, it was Cubs fan Steve Bartman. And his legend is not one that Cubs fans will graciously pass down from generation to generation.
Because when Luis Castillo hit a pop-up that should have put the Cubs just four outs away from ending 95 years of misery, Cubs fans were just waiting for something to go wrong.
And much to their misfortune, they got it.
Cubs fan Steve Bartman reached over to try to nab the foul ball, and in the process he knocked it away from Cubs left fielder Moises Alou.
The stadium quickly filled with boos, but they still tried to stay optimistic.
Next, the Marlins went on an eight run rally, Steve Bartman had to be escorted out of Wrigley Field with multiple security guards.
Bartman has become known as the most notable offender in a long line of Cubs misery.
However, there has been one ray of sun in his life since this game.
Last season, when the Yankees played the Mets, Luis Castillo (the man who hit the infamous pop-up) muffed a pop-up allowing the Yankees to win the game.
Payback's a b***h, a'int it Luis?
2. Jose Canseco
Throughout his whole career, Jose Canseco was juiced. And according to him, so was the rest of Major League Baseball.
Canseco is hated by fans, but hate can't even explain how players feel towards him.
He is a lying, back-stabbing, tattle tale, rat.
He has accused nearly anybody who has done anything decent with a bat in the last 20 years of taking steroids.
He has sold out countless teammates.
Canseco is the true definition of a jerk.
There will NEVER be another man like Jose Canseco, and I'm glad to say that.
1. Barry Bonds
Barry Bonds rewrote the record books. This would be better news if he hadn't done it with the help of performance enhancing drugs.
It's no secret that Barry Bonds is EXTREMELY disliked by nearly anybody who knows anything about baseball.
If you need any further proof of that, just take a look through his mailbox which is filled with death threats and hate letters daily.
Barry Bonds is not the all time home run king that we all dreamed of.
He treats the media and fans like dirt.
There's not much to like about Barry Bonds, but the fact that he used PEDs to break both the single season and all time home run records grants him our hate.