Nyjer Morgan Brawl: The Most Hated Players in Sports Today
Who is the most hated athlete in sports? Nyjer Morgan of the Washington Nationals is trying to find out so he can beat them up and take the crown.
After seeing his latest incident, you get the feeling that even his team doesn't know what to do with him. Go back and watch the brawl and you will see that there were only two Nationals fighting several Florida Marlins for a few seconds.
You might think that it's because the Nationals were all in the dugout so it took them longer.
Time how long it takes them to get out to a brawl next time it's one of the guys that they like.
By the way, LeBron James and Brett Favre didn't make the list so don't look for them.
They are annoying, not hated, in my opinion.
Let's see who Morgan has to beat out to get the crown.
10. Adam Jones
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You might not think most people hate the guy, but they do, because most of the public just remember him for his love of getting arrested and going to strip clubs.
Combine the fact that he was a top-10 draft pick for the Titans five years ago, is already on his third team, has been suspended by the league for a third of his career, and because of his alleged actions a man is paralyzed and you can see why he doesn't have many fans right now outside of Cincinnati.
9. A. J. Pierzynski
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You can't have a most hated list without AJ. And he could care less.
The stories are pretty close to legend by now:
Arguing with the opposition, arguing with umpires over balls and strike, intentionally stepping on the first baseman's foot when getting to the base....
One of the better stories? And this one must be true because it's everywhere.
A few years back in the preseason, Pierzynski took a pitch to the groin while playing catcher.
The trainer, Stan Conte ran out to ask him how he felt, AJ's response?
He kicked the trainer real hard in his groin.
8. Manny Ramirez
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Is everyone finally up on Ramirez act?
It seems like no one is falling for the "Manny being Manny" shtick anymore.
The Red Sox were willing to eat huge amounts of money to make sure he didn't cause a mutiny on the team.
Hundreds of stories have been written on how many times he has quit on his teams.
Reporters all over the net and TV have come out to mention that they have done dozens of interviews with Manny in English and that he speaks it as well as they do.
Ramirez though decided to go Sammy Sosa on us and forget how to speak the language, and instead spoke through an interpreter.
And how did he thank Los Angeles for the Mannywood Section of the park, the bobbleheads, the wigs, and the billboards?
By getting tossed from the game out after one pitch, during their attempt to stay in the playoff race.
7. Floyd Landis
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First he was a winner. Then he was an accused cheater.
Then he wastes four years of our valuable time maintaining his innocence about the doping charges.
He was close to tears every time he did an interview telling us how the accusations ruined his reputation and caused him to be stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title.
Then, out of the blue, Landis admits that he had been lying about everything.
How did he do it? By freaking email.
Landis sent e-mail messages to several cycling officials in the United States and in Europe in which he admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs for most of his career.
But he couldn't stop there. He then decides to pull everyone else from his teams, including Lance Armstrong, down with him.
I'm sure his family loves him. But that's about it.
6. T.J. Houshmandzadeh
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This one mildly surprised me, but the proof is out there.
Cincinnati Bengals players were quoted in a Yahoo! Sports articles as saying:
“Nothing can be as bad as T.J," referring to his last year with the team when he decided to become King of the Divas.
In the past, he has expressed annoyance with autograph requests. He has bitched about his Madden rating and, after arriving in Seattle and not producing, he called out his quarterback as being the problem.
Before the Seahawks-Bears game last year, Houshmandzadeh promised that he would be open "95 percent" of the time.
But after only catching four balls for 35 yards he complained, "I was open all game... they just didn't throw me the ball."
5. Albert Haynesworth
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Haynesworth worked hard all summer to get on this list.
The problem is he didn't work hard for the team that is paying him $100 million.
The drama has unfolded nightly, so we know the details:
- A) Hates his new position
- B) Hates his new coaches and the training staff.
- C) Might hate his teammates for all we know.
- D) Reported to camp out of shape and had to take his fitness test over and over again.
- E) During the preseason, became one of the most expensive backup players in the history of sports.
All this and the season hasn't even started.
4. Cristiano Ronaldo
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This one was also new to me. Ronaldo has a lot of haters in the world.
I bet most of them hate him because of his looks, money, fame, and ridiculous list of women.
But apparently some of it is based on his soccer play at times.
ESPN shows him he's doing something great all the time.
But when they open a site on facebook about you with thousands of members...
3. Sean Avery
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The guy is almost a legend now.
He has his own rule named after him, ("The Sean Avery Rule" to keep guys from face guarding goalies).
He called Jack Bauer's daughter "sloppy seconds."
And in a poll from a few years back he was at 67 percent hate level from his fellow NHL teammates.
This guy is good at being hated.
2. Nyjer Morgan
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Nyjer Morgan is building a rep he might not be able to get out from under.
He is currently appealing a suspension by the league for throwing a ball into the stands that hit a fan in the face
He will most likely be suspended for his most recent brawl.
His manager has had to apologize for him.
He has gone out of his way to hit opposing players while crossing the plate.
He has cursed at fans and had to be dragged away from the field after posturing for several minutes post-fight.
Milton Bradley's afraid of this guy! (Probably not, but still.)
Intensity is one thing, but becoming a villain before you can let your game speak for you might just be stupid.
1. Michael Vick
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According to a 2010 Forbes List of disliked folks in Sports, Vick is still king, two years in a row, with 69 percent.
This means two things: his publicist isn't doing that well and people who like dogs don't forgive that quickly.
I knew he was still hated, but I had no idea it was still at 69 percent.
As a side note, The ASPCA turned down Vick's offer to work with them on animal cruelty prevention.