The 6 Most Hated Villains in Sports

Steven ConklinCorrespondent IINovember 11, 2011

The 6 Most Hated Villains in Sports

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    Every sport has them. They are the guys we love to hate and the guys many of us would love to scream at if given the opportunity.They are athletes, coaches, executives and agents. They are the villains of sports.

    With the current Penn State scandal, many are calling for the head of assistant coach Mike McQueary. The legendary Joe Paterno has now lost his job but McQueary, who actually witnessed the sexual assault by Jerry Sandusky on a young child, has remained untouched and still has his job on the sidelines.

    This has made McQueary one of the biggest villains in college football to date.

    What about the rest of the sports world? There hasn't exactly been a scenario like the Penn State scandal before, but there hasn't needed to be.

    Often, athletes are making their own trouble, as are the men on the business side of sports.

    As fans, we've seen too many of these cheesy decision shows, arrests and money hungry clowns in the sports world.

    Without further ado, here are the most hated figures in sports.

Tiger Woods

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    If you exclude John Daly and his ridiculous troubles, the golfing world hasn't exactly had to deal with players making headlines for the wrong things.

    Enter Tiger Woods.

    We all know the story by now. If not, I'd like to welcome you from under that rock of yours.

    A 21-year-old Woods stepped onto the scene in 1996 when he joined the PGA Tour. Instantly, he became the target of endorsers everywhere, like sports giant Nike, Inc. Woods was awarded Sports Illustrated's 1996 Sportsman of the Year.

    Since then, Woods has won 14 Major Championships, including four Masters.

    In November 2009, Woods' incredible life as one of the most beloved athletes came screeching to a halt. Over a dozen women have come forward claiming to have had affairs with the 35-year-old. After admitting to the accusations, he has become one of the biggest villains in sports.

    Now divorced and trying to rebuild his legacy, Woods has been troubled with injuries and has not won since September of 2009.

    He is now the No. 58 ranked golfer in the world, the lowest he's been ranked since joining the PGA Tour.

Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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    Boxing is rife of fighters who like to run their mouths. In fact, it is often the key to promoting boxing matches. At this point, it can only help the world of boxing as UFC steals the limelight.

    Floyd Mayweather Jr. is one of the best boxers in the world and is exceptional at fueling people's hate for him.

    The current WBC World Welterweight Champion has cemented his status as a villain in the boxing world after multiple legal issues, trash talk and cheap shots.

    While his 42-0 boxing record is flawless, his legal record is appalling. Multiple times Mayweather has been charged with domestic violence and assault chargers, including charges for battery. 

    He has also caused frustration around the ring with his relentless trash talk of Manny Pacquiao. Though, he made little effort to get a deal in place for a fight with the WBO World Welterweight Champion.

    As a result, Mayweather has become boxing's biggest villain and is a major target of scrutiny in the media.

Kobe Bryant

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    The hate on Kobe Bryant is somewhat confusing. 

    Arguably one of the best players in NBA history, Bryant has a large number of supporters outside of Los Angeles and its Laker fans. However, the number of Kobe-haters is growing each year he remains in the league.

    There could be only a few reasons why.

    His "Black Mamba" title was self-assigned. When it started in 2007, many basketball fans were turned away by the cockiness. But let's be honest. It's a pretty solid nickname.

    In 2004, the five-time world champion was accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old hotel worker. Bryant admitted to having relations with the woman, but denied her rape accusations.

    Perhaps the biggest reason Bryant is seen as a villain is his number change. After changing from No. 8 to No. 24, many believed it was to "one-up" the legendary Michael Jordan, who wore No. 23.

    Regardless, Bryant shouldn't be the most hated man in basketball. 

LeBron James

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    You knew he'd be on here.

    In the eyes of many, LeBron James is doing nothing for the sport of basketball. However, since James' emergence in 2003, the NBA has progressed and the superstar has helped make the sport more popular worldwide.

    The Miami Heat certainly have more fans now as well. One of the things he's done wrong is referring to himself as "King James."

    I'm no history expert, but I believe being a king automatically grants you problems. The people always want to overthrow you.

    Then there was "The Decision." We'll never forget it. Creating a prime time special for himself to announce his new team was probably the worst decision he'll ever make.

    Unless he continues to shoot in the last two minutes of games, of course.

Scott Boras

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    This is a no-brainer. Scott Boras is hated by at least every type of person in baseball.

    Teams and executives can't stand him because every client of his receives huge paychecks, often financially handicapping those teams.

    Some fans don't approve of his style and claim he is ruining baseball just to make all the money he can get his hands on. Isn't that what everyone in baseball seems to be doing these days?

    Stephen Strasburg, a Boras client, received a record $10.5 million deal when the Washington Nationals drafted him. This was before he earned a single major league out. You could argue the investment now that Strasburg has had Tommy John surgery.

    Finally, his own clients can't stand him sometimes. Boras has been fired by stars Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira after getting them mega-deals with the Yankees. He's also been fired by journeyman Felipe Lopez.

    Maybe it's because Boras demands about 7 percent of what they make.

Michael Vick

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    No matter how much success Michael Vick has on the field, the good he does off it or how many times he apologizes, the world will probably still hate Michael Vick.

    The crazy thing is that Vick has been the subject of hate his entire career. Just different kinds.

    After being drafted No. 1 overall by the Falcons in 2001, Vick had many fans. However, defensive players and coaches resented him. You couldn't blame them. In Atlanta, Vick wasn't the greatest passer, but could elude anyone on his feet and was a well-oiled machine.

    Michael Vick's life changed forever in 2007.

    After pleading guilty for his involvement in a dog fighting ring, the Virginia Tech product served 21 months in prison. He was Darth Vader to animal rights activists and pet owners everywhere.

    Upon release, the Philadelphia Eagles scooped him up.

    Due to his arrest, complaining about referees and being the leader of "The Dream Team" (way to go, Vince Young), Vick remains the most hated figure in sports.

Honorable Mention

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    Nyjer Morgan, Milwaukee Brewers

    Using the "F word" 10 times on national television probably isn't the best idea ever. Sorry, kids.

    Steve Bartman, Cubs fan

    He is still in hiding for a reason.

    Frank McCourt, Los Angeles Dodgers Owner

    Only Mark Cuban is a fan.

    Sean Avery, New York Rangers

    Arguably the dirtiest and most annoying player in hockey. He's not even that good.

    Steven Conklin is a contributing writer for the Bleacher Report and a student at the University of Central Missouri. He joined the B/R in October 2011. Any comments, questions, suggestions or criticism is more than welcome.