Terrell Owens and the 10 Biggest Sore Losers in Sports
No one likes losing.
Of course, it's not fun to lose, but more so for athletes, because they are paid to win and given a huge salary to go out there and help their team find success.
However, when a team or player loses, there are multiple ways to handle it.
You can be gracious to your opponent, praise them and tell the fans and the media that they totally deserved to win. You can admit that you weren't the better team/player.
However, many players prefer a completely different approach, whether it's ranting about how the opponent got lucky, storming away, blaming officials or something of the sort.
Here are the 10 biggest sore losers in sports.
10. Roberto Luongo
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In the past, Roberto Luongo has been accused of blaming his teammates for losses, even when the fault wasn't completely theirs.
Not only that, but the Canadian goaltender even admitted that he was a sore loser, saying, "Not only in hockey, in anything I do. You can ask anybody, my friends and my family...when I lose I am not a happy camper."
At least give the guy credit for being honest.
9. Keith Brooking
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In January of 2010, Keith Brooking's team—the Cowboys—was facing the Vikings, who were running up the score.
As Brett Favre threw a touchdown to make the score 34-3, Brooking sprinted to the Minnesota sideline and yelled about the unfairness.
Later, he called the whole thing "classless and disrespectful," as he said that he would be awaiting their next meeting against the Vikings.
Just because they got crushed.
8. Arsene Wenger
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It's not one specific instance that gets Arsene Wenger on this list.
Many, many times, after Arsenal's losses, the French manager has given interviews, making excuses for why the Gunners lost: bad refereeing decisions, the opponents' cheating or simply that the other team got lucky.
After losses, Wenger has also refused to shake hands with opposing coaches, and he always complains to the fourth official when they are losing.
7. Jeff Tarango
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Jeff Tarango wasn't one of the most prominent players in his day, what with Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras and others as his contemporaries.
However, in one match at Wimbledon, he thought one of his serves should have been an ace, but the umpire thought it was a fault. Tarango got really, really mad and told the fans to "shut up." He was walking around screaming at the crowd and the umpire.
All because a first serve was called a fault.
(Also, Tarango's wife slapped the umpire after that match, but that didn't apply to Jeff himself.)
6. Dan Gilbert
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If you're reading this, you have undoubtedly heard of LeBron James' move to the Miami Heat.
When James moved from Gilbert's team, the Cavs, the owner wrote an open letter, saying:
"I PERSONALLY GUARANTEE THAT THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS WILL WIN AN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE THE SELF-TITLED FORMER 'KING' WINS ONE."
Losing your best player leads to...this?
5. Terrell Owens
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Not only does Terrell Owens have fantastic talent; he also has an attitude.
Owens has been a sore loser in the past, blaming teammates for losses and mistakes. He also makes excuses all the time, whether it's an injury, a distraction or anything else that he can think of to not get his share of the blame.
It's a shame to see such a talented player like him be a sore loser.
4. Sir Alex Ferguson
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Sir Alex Ferguson has been the manager for Manchester United for many, many years.
In those years, however, he hasn't been very nice or humble at all. He always makes excuses when Manchester United lose. He attacks referees for not protecting his players so much that now officials are afraid of giving calls against the Red Devils.
Despite these things, he is respected by the footballing world for his achievements.
3. Bill Belichick
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Bill Belichick was, and still is, a great coach.
However, cheating, poor sportsmanship and lack of humility are things the New England Patriots coach has been accused of.
In Super Bowl XLII, he got off the field before the game had even ended, not respecting the Giants at all.
2. Serena Williams
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How many examples are there of players loaded with potential but who are sore losers? Well, Serena is one.
In the 2009 US Open semifinal against Kim Clijsters, when Williams was called for a foot fault double fault, she berated the line judge and told her that she would kill her.
This year at the US Open, she made another sore loser exit. After she hit a shot in the final against Sam Stosur, she yelled, "Come on!" before even having won the point. When she was docked the point, Serena yelled at the umpire and went on and on.
Both these temper tantrums were because she was losing in the matches.
1. LeBron James
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Speaking of talent, I would like to bring up a certain "James, LeBron."
Not only was he a sore loser on the court, not talking to members of teams that beat him and things of the sort, but his whole move to the Miami Heat was a sore loser move. Because the Cavs didn't win anything, he decided to join up with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, two of the biggest talents in the NBA.
Last year, he almost led them to the NBA title, but after he was criticized for choking, he lashed out at fans, haters and reporters alike.