Celebrity Sports Fans Who Get the Most Hate

Scott Janovitz@@BrainTrain9Featured ColumnistJune 27, 2015

Celebrity Sports Fans Who Get the Most Hate

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    More than any other celebrity, Justin Bieber gets under the skin of sports fans worldwide.
    More than any other celebrity, Justin Bieber gets under the skin of sports fans worldwide.Ethan Miller/Getty Images

    Stadiums and arenas all across the country are filled with celebrity sports fans, and while most do their best to watch the games and go about their business, the actions of some incite tremendous hate from more ordinary sports enthusiasts.

    Take, for example, pop sensation Justin Bieber, whose love for and connection to sports can only be surpassed by the disgust his rooting interests inspire in others.

    And to a similar—albeit lesser—extent, Bieber’s buddy Floyd Mayweather Jr. provokes nearly as much vitriol, offending sports fanatics everywhere with his general lack of allegiance and obscene gambling.

    Of course, athletes themselves can also function as obnoxious sports fans, like LeBron James, whose commitment to non-local empires—such as the Yankees and Cowboys—absolutely reeks of turncoat fandom.

    With these famously unpopular fans in mind, we were compelled to compile a more comprehensive list, specifically spotlighting 10 Celebrity Fans Who Get the Most Hate.

    Accordingly, no stars were spared, whether they mean to offend or not.

Snoop Dogg

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    Snoop Dogg is a well-known bandwagon fan.
    Snoop Dogg is a well-known bandwagon fan.Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

    One needn’t look far to determine why some sports fans aren’t exactly fond of Snoop Dogg.

    After all, in a world where commitment and loyalty are of great value, Snoop operates with little of either.

    When it comes to the NFL, he can be seen rooting for Pittsburgh, Arizona, Tampa Bay, Green Bay, Baltimore, New England or Oakland, depending on the day.

    And, on the college level, the supposed ride-or-die USC fanatic recently turned on the Trojans in favor of their biggest rival, the UCLA Bruins (though, we must admit, a father supporting his son, who is set to play for the Bruins, isn’t exactly the worst thing in the world).

    Of course, sports enthusiasts have increasingly been hard on the Dogg for his decidedly fickle fandom, criticism he’s predictably responded to with relative rage (NSFW language).

Rihanna

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    Rihanna cheers for just about every NBA team.
    Rihanna cheers for just about every NBA team.Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

    Just like Snoop, when it comes to sports, Rihanna is as turncoat as they come.

    The pop star’s sport of choice: basketball.

    From a Miami Heat fan one day to a Brooklyn Net or Los Angeles Clipper the next, even JR Smith has mocked the South Beach star, which is a clear sign that something isn’t right.

    And most recently, and ridiculously, RiRi shed team allegiance altogether in favor of just a single athlete—LeBron James—and, in an obnoxiously contrived manner, let an innocent local restaurant know all about it.

Lil Wayne

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    Lil Wayne has started feuds with multiple sports franchises.
    Lil Wayne has started feuds with multiple sports franchises.Nathaniel S. Butler/Getty Images

    For a self-proclaimed diehard sports fan, Lil Wayne finds himself at odds with the industry on a peculiarly frequent basis, making plenty of enemies along the way.

    In 2012, after he was denied access to courtside seats at an Oklahoma City playoff game, Wayne took on both the Thunder franchise and fanbase.

    And then, just one year later, he had an even hotter confrontation with LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and the rest of the Miami Heat after getting booted from one of their games (NSFW language).

    If the well-known bandwagoner gets points for anything, it’s that he does seem to rep the Pack with at least a little consistency.

    That said, his habit of disrespect is ultimately appreciated by no one.

Kim Kardashian

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    Kim Kardashian's countless romances with athletes have made her a target of ridicule.
    Kim Kardashian's countless romances with athletes have made her a target of ridicule.Victor Decolongon/Getty Images

    We should start by addressing the elephant in the room by asking an all-important question: Is Kim Kardashian really a fan of sports or simply a fan of those who play them?

    While we can’t confirm or deny her true level of fandom, her link to the sports world is nonetheless notably strong.

    Over the years, the reality star has either married, dated or been “spotted” with Kris Humphries—whom she was married to for all of 72 days—Reggie Bush, Miles Austin and Cristiano Ronaldo, making her dating resume a virtual who’s-who of modern sports stars.

    And, not so surprisingly, sports fans have endlessly ridiculed the athletically focused and seemingly opportunistic reality TV star.

    But let’s also give her some credit: She appears to know what she wants and how to turn dreams into reality.

Drake

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    Drake's groupie mentality is looked down upon by sports fans.
    Drake's groupie mentality is looked down upon by sports fans.Rob Carr/Getty Images

    Getting back to the world of hip-hop—as well as to the theme of bandwagon fandom—we turn our attention to Drake, who is presently the acting “global ambassador” for the Toronto Raptors.

    That, however, hasn’t stopped the adoring basketball fan from trying to cling onto and buddy up with the stars of just about every other team in the league.

    And the groupie look aside, Drake has been mocked by sports fans for a laundry list of other embarrassing moments, from the time he brought his very own lint roller to a game to when he was harshly denied access to the Miami Heat’s post-championship locker room.

    In the end, the hardwood sport for which Drake has so much love has, in return, brought to his doorstep just as much hate.

Barack Obama

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    Many fans believe Barack Obama should be too busy to care about sports.
    Many fans believe Barack Obama should be too busy to care about sports.Alex Wong/Getty Images

    In addition to being President of the United States, Barack Obama is also a diehard sports fan.

    Every March, he puts his knowledge and acumen on the line, filling out his NCAA bracket in front of a nation of judgmental fanatics.

    And just last May, the lifelong White Sox fan threw a subtle jab the way of the Cubs.

    Yet aside from the obvious cool points he earns with every passing bracket—whether right or wrong—many critical viewers believe the nation’s President should have far more important concerns than trash talking Paul Pierce or playing tennis with Caroline Wozniacki.

Spike Lee

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    Spike Lee's excessive involvements sometimes rubs sports fans the wrong way.
    Spike Lee's excessive involvements sometimes rubs sports fans the wrong way.Jesse D. Garrabrant/Getty Images

    While Spike Lee is almost certainly the world’s most famous and beloved diehard Knicks fan, he’s likely the most ridiculed one as well.

    For starters, we know everyone in the great state of Indiana absolutely despises the guy, and with good reason.

    But even outside of the Hoosier State, fans tend to resent his overly involved and obnoxious ways.

    And in his own city—where he should be universally accepted—Phil Jackson, the president of his favorite team, and some significant others take him with a grain of salt too.

LeBron James

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    LeBron James' support of the Yankees is particularly unpopular in Cleveland.
    LeBron James' support of the Yankees is particularly unpopular in Cleveland.Amy Sancetta/Associated Press

    Beyond his role as the world’s greatest living basketball player, LeBron James is actually a huge admirer of sports in general.

    In the past, though, his public fandom has, more than anything else, brought on intense vitriol and hate.

    More specifically, the King’s visible allegiance to the New York Yankees has ruffled a feather or two, to say the least.

    It all came to a head back in 2007, when—as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers—James attended a playoff showdown between the Yanks and hometown Indians.

    The problem: James did so while donning a Yankees cap!

    In a blue-collar, no-frills city like Cleveland—where loyalty and allegiance are as paramount as they are rare—the King’s actions were no laughing matter, viewed by most as an absolute affront.

    And while he’s generally repaired his image since then, the Ohio native’s vested interest in far away superpowers like the Yankees and Dallas Cowboys remains as questionable as ever.

Floyd Mayweather

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    Many sports fans resent Floyd Mayweather's over-the-top gambling on sports.
    Many sports fans resent Floyd Mayweather's over-the-top gambling on sports.Associated Press

    Just like James, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is seen as an elite athlete and a reprehensible sports fan at the very same time.

    In the case of Mayweather, all the criticism is less about whom he roots for and more about his lack of rooting entirely.

    Simply put, as a sports fan, Mayweather appears to lack backbone and conviction. He doesn’t pull for teams; he pulls for bets.

    The avid gambler regularly wagers exorbitant sums on random sporting events, consistently turning otherwise compelling athletic competitions into nothing more than greed-filled business ventures.

    And while some people are amused by the fighter’s approach to both sports and fiscal balance, the large majority of sports fans find it all downright offensive.

Justin Bieber

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    Among other things, Justin Bieber's relationship with Floyd Mayweather Jr. inspires hate.
    Among other things, Justin Bieber's relationship with Floyd Mayweather Jr. inspires hate.Al Bello/Getty Images

    Speaking of Mayweather, we finish up our tour of disagreeable celebrity sports fans with a member of Floyd’s “Money Team”—baby-faced Justin Bieber.

    And let’s be honest: Of all the people on our list, the Biebs is by far the easiest to dislike.

    Of course, the pretty-boy singer’s random and counterintuitive friendship with the unpopular but hardened Mayweather doesn’t help his cause much, serving to only further expose his softest of sides.

    But there’s much more that inspires the hate of sports fans, too.

    From bandwagon fandom—Bieber has been seen reppin’ the Heat, Lakers and Clippers, to name just a few of his "favorite" teams—to logo disrespect and an apparent lack of sincerity, Bieber checks absolutely every box on the well-known Terrible Sports Fan checklist.