Attitude Instead of Gratitude: The 20 Worst 'Tudes in Sports

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistJanuary 28, 2011

Attitude Instead of Gratitude: The 20 Worst 'Tudes in Sports

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    Some athletes show gratitude and civility in any venture they attempt.

    Those athletes personify class.

    The athletes on this slideshow however, do not.

    Bad attitudes make even the dullest situations seem explosive.  These bad-attitude athletes have made our lives so interesting over the years, and we thank them.

    From throwing chairs to eating children, this list has all the athletes with the worst attitudes.

    Enjoy! Or don’t, I don’t care!

20. Ricky Williams

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    Ricky Williams has always been an enigma.

    Williams retired from the Miami Dolphins in 2004 after supposedly failing his third drug test in two years. 

    While out of football, Ricky Williams studied holistic medicine and claims it was a good time in his life.

    Ricky Williams has shown his mental instability and selfishness throughout his career.

    After returning to the Dolphins, Williams was suspended for the whole 2006 season for failing another drug test.

    While he has turned his life around, he still has moments of laziness.

19. Chad Ochocinco

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    They say wide receivers are nuts, and Chad doesn’t let us down.

    Chad Ochocinco is crazy.

    Between the excessive celebrations and comments about fighting his coach, it is clear that he is not only selfish and egotistical, but he is insane.

    Plus, he sounds arrogant every time he opens his mouth, which is always.

18. Claude Lemieux

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    Claude Lemieux is one of the most hated hockey players of all time.

    Hockey players are aggressive and violent, but there is usually a mutual respect.

    Not for Claude Lemieux.

    Lemieux hit people from behind, sucker punched people and was a general pain throughout his career.

    To add salt to the wound, Claude talked trash the whole time he was cheapshotting people and smiled when he hurt people.

17. Randy Moss

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    One of the most arrogant players in NFL history, Randy Moss is just another wide receiver on this list.

    Randy Moss was always a talker, but he was winning when he was young.  There was nothing to be mad at.

    The second the team started faltering, Moss became the worst teammate in history.

    Moss was a nightmare in Oakland, and his latest stint with the Minnesota Vikings was a public relations nightmare.

16. Charles Barkley

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    Sir Charles is one of the most outspoken people in basketball.

    Now that Barkley is announcing, it's wild television, but even when he was playing, it was a wild time.

    Nobody was as much of an agitator as Barkley, and he could get another team’s best player so flustered that the player would be ineffective.

    Barkley doesn’t know how to stop talking, and his attitude is perfect for TV.

15. Diego Maradona

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    Diego Maradona is one of the most polarizing figures in soccer history.

    In his playing days, Maradona was wild on and off the field.  He constantly fought during games and allegedly was one of the hardest partiers in the soccer world.

    Maradona thinks he is a king and lives the lifestyle. He took that arrogance to the Argentina National Team where he was knocked out early in the latest World Cup.

    The Argentinean National team promptly fired Maradona after the embarrassing loss.

14. Sean Avery

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    The NHL is full of stand up guys.

    Sean Avery isn’t one of them.

    Avery’s job is to get under the skin of his opponent, and there is no one better in hockey then him.

    When you are so disruptive to a game that they actually name a rule after you, you are arrogant and insane.

    Not to mention the “sloppy seconds” references he made about fellow NHL player Dion Phaneuf and his ex dating.

13. Kevin Garnett

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    Kevin Garnett is a touch player, and his attitude is notoriously bad.

    Whether he is throwing elbows, shoving people or calling Charlie Villanueva a ‘cancer patient,’ Garnett lives to piss people off.

    With Shaq and Garnett down low, no one will be trying any funny stuff under the net against the Celtics.

12. Tony Stewart

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    Tony Stewart is the Mike Tyson of NASCAR.

    Stewart is not quite as crazy, but he’s damn close.

    When he is not fighting other drivers or berating reporters, Stewart is busy racing dirt track cars.

    Tony likes to fight at the dirt track too.

    The latest incident of aggression happened less than a month ago in Australia. 

    Stewart didn’t like the track’s surface so a fight broke out and Stewart allegedly smashed the track manager in the head with his helmet.

11. Tommy Lasorda

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    WARNING: Video uses vulgar language!!!!!

    The Dodgers were a proud organization made up of classy gentlemen until a little Italian man became their manager.

    Lasorda went into wild outbursts and was notoriously hot-headed.

    To show the full extent of his madness, after being taunted by the Philadelphia Phillies mascot the “Phillie Phanatic,” Lasorda attacked the character.

    I would hate to see him at Disney World.

10. Alex Rodriguez

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    Nothing is worse than getting caught lying about something.

    When that something is using steroids though, it’s a little worse.

    A-Rod has lied about using performance enhancing drugs and has been arrogant and ignorant everywhere he has gone.

9. John Rocker

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    The following quote is from John Rocker.  It speaks for itself.

    From the January 2000 issue of Sports Illustrated concerning New York City.

    “I'd retire first. It's the most hectic, nerve-racking city. Imagine having to take the Seven 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?”

8. George Steinbrenner

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    George Steinbrenner was the boss from hell.

    Just ask Billy Martin.

    But Steinbrenner was so much lower than just firing coaches he didn’t agree with.

    Besides the illegal contributions to the Nixon campaign, Steinbrenner was kicked out of baseball operations for the Yankees for paying someone to dig up dirt on one of his players.

    George was not above throwing anyone under the bus in public and made sure he always had his way.

7. Ron Artest

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    The problem with Ron Artest is that he doesn’t seem to know he is crazy as hell!

    Every time he is doing something terrible or off the wall, he always has a look that says ‘I didn’t do nothin.’

    The fight in Detroit is just the tip of the iceberg.

    Artest raps and drives crazy cars but he has never sought the specialist help he needs so dearly.

6. Tonya Harding

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    Tonya Harding was a crybaby before she paid someone to attack her competition.  She always seemed spoiled and cried every time she skated.

    Harding then went INSANE and had her opponent Nancy Kerrigan whacked, literally.

    You have to be pretty grumpy to do something like that.

    Where I feel she went off the deep end is when she celebrity boxed Paula Jones. 

5. Bobby Knight

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    Where to begin with Bobby Knight?

    If I had to explain to someone who didn’t know who Coach Knight was, I don’t think I could gather the right words.

    Knight was a great coach, but his temper was infamous and language salty.

    Knight is like the drunken guy at the top of the Arena at any game in any sport.  He is loud and aggressive, and he’ll be damned if anyone crosses him.

    His demeanor with the media was outstanding as well.

4. John McEnroe

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    John McEnroe was great for tennis.

    Tennis seems too royal for most Americans, but McEnroe played the game like a true American.

    He screamed at judges and broke racquets all while sporting one of the most attitude-laden afros in history.

    Americans like belligerent crazies, and John McEnroe showed tennis had edge.

    Now we have the Williams sisters.

    

3. Terrell Owens

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    Terrell Owens is the biggest drama queen to ever grace the NFL. 

    As soon as he stepped foot in the league, his career was filled with controversy.

    He has been arrogant and self centered his whole career, and his talent has been lost beneath the trash talk.

    Owens is so hot and cold that one can’t help to think he has some mental issues.

    Whatever he does, it is always shrouded in controversy.

2. O.J. Simpson

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    If you get away with killing your wife, cash out and play it cool for the rest of your life.

    Don’t rob people at gunpoint and hold them hostage because they have some of your memorabilia.

    That’s bad.

    The judge in the video says it the best. O.J. is ignorant and arrogant.

1. Mike Tyson

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    Mike Tyson is not only my favorite personality in sports history but he has one of the worst attitudes in sports history.

    Mix his bad attitude with his mental disorders and you have the Molotov cocktail that was Tyson.  If the video doesn’t make you laugh then you don’t know funny.

    Tyson threatened people’s families, bit ears off and tattooed his face.

    If you could multiply eccentric by a hundred, it still wouldn’t be crazy enough.

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