The Worst People in Sports Today
Donald Sterling has a lot of baggage; he's called out his own players. He's been accused of sexual harassment from young women he has employed. Los Angeles Clippers GM Elgin Baylor even called him a racist.
We can now add cold-hearted to the list.
In 2004 Clippers assistant coach Kim Hughes was diagnosed with cancer. He needed surgery, and tried scheduling it ASAP so he wouldn't have to miss Clippers training camp. Unfortunately, Hughes' insurance wouldn't pay for the operation. Neither would the Clippers.
Hughes said the Clippers told him back in 04 that " If they paid for mine, the onus would be on them for everybody else."
The notoriously cheap owner couldn't have sunken any lower. In the end, Clipper players on that squad picked up the tab. To date, Sterling nor the Clippers have released a comment regarding Hughes.
Maybe there is a reason guys like LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and a plethora of other free-agent stars refuse to give the Clippers any serious consideration: They don't want to be play for that heartless scumbag.
Or pay for medical bills.
Excuse Brett Favre? We Can't, Even If We Tried
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Even if we try and justify all of Brett Favre's actions, he still couldn't make it off this list.
Still, let's try.
How about the sexting that occurred between him and Jenn Sterger, the New York Jets personality who Favre admitted to leaving voice mails too and who Deadspin reported that he sent her pictures of his private parts. But who REALLY cares? Whatever happens in is his own personal life is his own business, right?
And lets not blame Favre for almost single-handedly bringing down the Vikings franchise this past season. The dude was injured almost every game, sucked it up and did what he could to help his team, right?
But even if you try and excuse Favre for all his past sins, there still is nothing that can exhale him from his annual un-retirement shtick that's as old as Lindsay Lohan being in trouble with the law.
Even ESPN, who probably lives in Favre's pocket, has to be sick of this guy who says every offseason he is done for good, bypasses training camp and then announces he is coming back weeks before the NFL season kicks off. And that fact that Favre is an incompetent, injury-riddled QB who can't play anymore makes it all the more worthless.
Favre is like that annoying Facebook friend who constantly yells for attention. Sometimes you just want to yell back and say " NO ONE CARES!"
Alex Rodriguez: The Biggest Brat in Sports
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One of the greatest moments in sports last year didn't take place on the field or on the court or on the course. It actually took place in the stands.
During the first quarter of Super Bowl XLV between the Packers and Steelers last February, Alex Rodriguez was spotted by Fox cameras getting fed popcorn by his latest squeeze, star actress Cameron Diaz.
OK, so maybe it wasn't the greatest moment in sports last year—just the most hilarious. But it seemed almost too fitting. Of course A-Rod would be spotted in such an awkward moment. He was caught taking steroids in 2009. He admitted to it, while tip toeing around every question. He's had some fall outs with past coaches and players. He's been called everything in the book from 'pretty boy' to 'A-Fraud.' And he still has only a 290 batting average in nine postseason appearances.
Despite still being one of the best players in baseball, steroids or not, A-Rod will always be one of those guys who rubs non-Yankees fans the wrong way. Ex-Yankees manager described A-Rod as a prima donna in the clubhouse in his book, The Yankee Years.
A-Rod is the ultimate spoiled brat in sports. Spoiled enough he can't even eat his own popcorn.
Tony Romo: The Most Overrated Man in Sports
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How overrated is Tony Romo?
The guy is just not all that great. He's had multiple talented teams as the Dallas Cowboys quarterback and still hasn't gotten past the second round of the playoffs.
He also chokes in nearly every big game.
After a breakout season in 2006, the three-time pro bowler botched a snapped kick which ended up costing his team a playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks.
The following season, Romo failed miserably in a first round game against the rival New York Giants, throwing a game ending interception that ended in a huge upset for the 'Boys.
In 2008, Romo committed three turnovers in a division round shellacking by the Eagles.
In a second-round game against the Vikings in 2009, Romo had three fumbles (losing two), an interception and was sacked six times in the 34-3 loss.
Not taking everything away from Romo, he's had some gaudy numbers in the regular season. But when you continue to fail when it counts most, there becomes a certain fine line as to how much credit he deserves. Sure he dates hot women actresses and singers, and ya he may be a bit a dream boat, but does he deserve it?
Let's put it another way: if he wasn't a Dallas Cowboy would he continue to be in the limelight every year?
The MOST OVERRATED man in sports just made the list.
Note to Sean Avery: No One Cares About Your Sloppy Seconds
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"I'm just going to say one thing. I'm really happy to be back in Calgary; I love Canada. I just want to comment on how it's become like a common thing in the NHL for guys to fall in love with my sloppy seconds. I don't know what that's about, but enjoy the game tonight."
OK, so it's poor journalistic protocol to begin a story with a quote, but this one was too good to exclude. The quote was from Sean Avery, the New York Rangers' left wing. He said it in 2008 when he was with the Dallas Stars. He was referring to Flames' defenceman Dion Phaneuf, who was dating Elisha Cuthbert, Avery's ex-girlfriend.
Dude, how conceited can you be? Cuthbert is a hot babe. It's not an anomaly that others would be interested in her. She obviously has a thing for hockey players.
Avery was suspended six games by the NHL for those comments. Good! The Stars, coach and player refused to have Avery back after the suspension. Probably because they couldn't stand him.
The episode wasn't the only time Avery got under people's skin. In an April 2008 playoff game against the New Jersey Devils, Avery screened out goaltender Martin Brodeur by waving his hands silly in front of him. The next day the NHL announced they would penalize players who did the same as Avery. It became known as the "Sean Avery rule."
What a jerk. Note to Sean Avery: get over yourself.
LeBron James' Slap in the Face to Cavs Etches Name in Douche Bag Immortality
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It's tough not to have LBJ6 on this list. Even if one is content on his choice to leave Cleveland for Miami because he put himself in the best position to win, there is no looking past the slap in the face he ignited on the poor town of Cleveland.
James was scheduled to be the savior of one of the worst sports towns in America. But instead he took his talents to South Beach to team up with ... well, you know the story.
The argument of whether or not James' move was justified can be argued over and over again. The most comment rebuttal to what James did was not what he did but how he did it: Going on national television to announce where he was going after weeks of prancing around the country "interviewing" for other NBA teams. And as opposed to being sympathetic and contrite to Cavs fans, LeBron left them out in the cold in front of the whole world to see.
A letter, an announcement behind close doors, a one-on-one with the Cavs ownership, a PR note, anything else would have been better than the way LeBron handled the whole situation.
In due time, ( and if we already haven't) will most probably get over LeBron going to Miami—even Cavs fans. And if/when LBJ wins a title in Miami, he'll still go down as one of the greatest ever. But we can/will never forget the way it all went down.
And just for that, LeBron, you cannot escape this list.
Lane Kiffin: Un-Steady as He Goes
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Wherever Lane Kiffin goes, he leaves his mark.
Not in a good way.
Kiffin left the Raiders in 2008, but not without a feud between him and Raiders owner Al Davis, which led to an epic press conference feud.
After improving the Tennessee Volunteers' record from 2008 to 2009 and vowing to be the longtime coach of the team, Kiffin bolted for the fine sun and bright lights of Southern California. Kiffin's departure to the Trojans campus inspired a revolt by Vols fans. To make it clear, Tennesse fans wouldn't give Kiffin a sip of water if he were dying of thirst in the dessert.
Eleven days after his arrival at USC, it was reported that Kiffin picked up a recruit at the airport in a limo. He also offered a 13-year-old a scholarship.
How will it all end at USC? Take a guess!
Tiger Woods Will Never Escape Sex-Capade
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Lets play word association:
Yes, probably one of the best golfers of all-time. But due to that sexcapade heard 'round the world that was brought to light Thanksgiving 2009, Woods will have a tough time having the former description of him in this paragraph popping into peoples minds first.
Woods' infidelity days will never completely disappear, regardless if he has already apologized and remained out of the TMZ pages for nearly a year. Time will make us somewhat forget what went down with all the sexting and partners Woods had (note: an official tally has not yet been released by NASA scientists) but it will never completely fade from our memories.
Sure, what Woods did behind close doors should be separate from his on-field performance. But with great power comes great responsibility, right?
Additionally, since coming back from hiatus, Woods had an atrocious first season back. Meanwhile, reports connecting him to a doctor who was caught with performing enhancing drugs last year can never bode well.
And although Woods still will be mentioned as one of the greats, he unfortunately will always have the Bill Clinton disease.
David Becham Failed to Ignite Soccer in America
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So he he's a dream-boat and has a hot-celebrity wife? David Beckham is one of the most annoying men in all of sports.
Most people who don't follow the game probably think he is one of the best soccer players of all time. Far from it.
He's got some talent, but Beckham carries himself of and above the soccer gods. After signing a $32.5 million contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy, Beckham was supposed to get Americans excited about football. But the Brits disappointed us once again.
He was constantly injured.
He butted heads with Landan Donovan.
The relationship between Donovan, America's biggest soccer star, and Beckham, the supposed savior was doomed from the start. In a Sports Illustrated article, Donovan questioned his Los Angeles Galaxy commitment, leadership responsibilities and his overall attitude.
Despite success from the Galaxy, it's safe to say that Becham's behavior spoiled an opportunity to bring Soccer to the promise land. Americans simply couldn't deal with a stuck up Brit as their poster boy.