Miami Heat's LeBron James Among the Top 25 Athletes We Hate To Love

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Miami Heat's LeBron James Among the Top 25 Athletes We Hate To Love
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Happy New Year B/R Swagger!  

I hope 2011 finds all of you well. In honor of the new year, this special slideshow will focus on the 25 most reviled athletes, coaches, and individuals. Even certain sports conferences and a once-elite national football power are included as they are the perennial villains in the entire sports world.  

This list is wide and extensive as it will feature players for all walks of life from the NBA, UEFA, NCAA, MMA, PGA, NASCAR, the NFL and even a recently-retired athlete or two.

This list is judged on an individual athlete's influence on his own league, marketing hype, love, hatred and overall ability to make sports fans' blood pressure boil from coast to coast. But at the same time, this athlete begrudgingly earns the respect of rival diehards everywhere.  

A special Love/Hate meter will be accompanied with each athlete. "Areas of Hate" will help form a Love/Hate index with 10 being the highest and one being the lowest.

Fair enough?  

Without further ado, here are the 25 athletes in all of sports that we hate to love.

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