The 10 Most Disliked People In Sports

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The 10 Most Disliked People In Sports
 

 

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No. 1 Al Davis
Oakland Raiders

Percentage Dislike: 68%

"Creepy " is the most common term fans use to describe Davis, a longtime renegade owner with a history of tussling with the league, his coaches and the cities hosting his team--he's yanked the team from Oakland to Los Angeles and then back to Oakland again.


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No. 2 Michael Vick
Philadelphia Eagles

Percentage Dislike: 56%

Apparently, image rehab is more marathon than sprint. With a strong post-prison season as a starting quarterback now under his belt, Vick is slowly but surely winning people over. His "Dislike" score dropped 13 points from a year ago, but he's still No. 2.


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No. 3 Jerry Jones
Dallas Cowboys

Percentage Dislike: 53%

Jones hold steady from a year ago. There's a segment of the public that just seems to have a dim view of outspoken team owners. There's also the polarizing effect of the Cowboys--people love them or hate them.


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No. 4 Tiger Woods
Percentage Dislike: 52%

Tiger Woods’ lackluster performance since returning to the golf course has kept any possible public opinion bounce at arm’s length. Tiger essentially held steady from last year on our list, at No. 4 with a 52 percent dislike rate.


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No. 5 Manny Ramirez
Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Manny Ramirez, whose fading bat no longer covers up for his aloof manner.


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No. 6 Terrell Owens
Cincinnati Bengals

Percentage Dislike: 47%

One of sports' most polarizing players--most fans either love or hate T.O.'s shtick.


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No. 7 Albert Haynesworth
Washington Redskins

Percentage Dislike: 46%

Signing a big contract only to be admonished and benched by your head coach for being out of shape isn't good for the public image.


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No. 8 Mark McGwire
St. Louis Cardinals

Percentage Dislike: 43%

As with Vick and Woods, McGwire is finding that bouncing back in the public's mind is a slow process. His "dislike" score is down from 48% last year--that's progress, but not enough to dislodge him from the list.


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No. 9 Bob Knight
ESPN Basketball Analyst

Percentage Dislike: 43%

The successful but short-tempered ex-coach still gets some fans' dander up as an ESPN college hoops analyst.


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No. 10 Randy Moss
Tennessee Titans

Percentage Dislike: 41%

Attitude issues have long been a side show to Moss' brilliant career as a wide receiver. Getting dumped by two teams (Patriots and Vikings) in one season while your production declines rapidly only alienates the public even more.


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 7 years ago '08        #2
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Davis, Vick top list of most disliked in sports

Al Davis has been linked to the Oakland Raiders since 1962, first as the coach and general manager, then as an owner. It’s been a largely successful but controversial ride, one that’s included highly publicized spats with the NFL, lawsuits against him from three California cities (Oakland, Los Angeles and Irwindale) as he moved his club up and down the West Coast, and calling out many of his coaches and star players.

Davis’ profile has dimmed in recent years, thanks mostly to the Raiders’ futility on the field from 2004 to 2009. But over the past couple of years, he’s fired coach Lane Kiffin after barely more than a season, then feuded with Kiffin’s successor, Tom Cable, who Davis also just fired even after he led the team to an improved 8-8 record this past season. All the while, there was Davis’ constant second-guessing of the coaching staff on who to start at quarterback after the flop of 2007 top draft pick JaMarcus Russell.

At age 81 Davis can proudly look back on a career that’s included three Super Bowl titles and a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He also stands as the most disliked sports figure in America. According to the latest survey by E-Poll Market Research, 68 percent of the public gives Davis the thumbs down on likeability. The biggest adjective respondents apply to Davis: “creepy.” Basically, any softening of Davis’s image long after his prime maverick days in the 1980s and 1990s seems to have been washed away in the past couple of years.

“There are just certain guys that people just love to hate,” says E-Poll CEO Gerry Philpott. “A lot of news has come out of Oakland lately, none of it good. That’s not going to reflect well on the owner.”

E-Poll surveyed more than 1,000 adults on their attitudes toward sports figures currently active as players, coaches, owners or commentators. All were ranked on the combined percentages of respondents who answered “Dislike Somewhat,” “Dislike,” or “Dislike a Lot,” to each sports figure.

A big lesson from the poll: Image rehab takes time for players who have had brushes with the law or substance abuse. Michael Vick, last year’s most disliked sports figure, improved his combined “dislike” score to 56 percent from 69 percent – better, but only enough to push him to No. 2. After admitting to using steroids and returning to the Cardinals as a hitting coach, Mark McGwire’s dislike score mellowed to 43 percent from 48 percent, nudging him down to No. 8 from No. 6. Philpott says that, unlike a player who might carry a negative image based on poor play or not living up to expectations, a guy who digs his own hole with steroids or a criminal conviction is in for a longer haul.

“A psychological penance,” Philpott calls it. “The average consumer or casual fan doesn’t care what you did on the field, he just cares about what you did [off it].” Nonetheless, improved performance on the field can help, as Vick’s numbers demonstrate.

Tiger Woods’ lackluster performance since returning to the golf course has kept any possible public opinion bounce at arm’s length. Tiger essentially held steady from last year on our list, at No. 4 with a 52 percent dislike rate.

One guy who dropped off the list from a year ago: Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who served a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy after he was investigated for s3xual a.ssault. Big Ben’s dislike score dropped to 39 percent from 57 percent, still way above the 13 percent average for all athletes, but out of top 10 range. As Philpott notes, the fact that Roethlisberger was never charged with a crime helped him bounce back pretty quickly.

Also finishing in the top six: Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones (some people just don’t like outspoken owners), Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Manny Ramirez, whose fading bat no longer covers up for his aloof manner, and Cincinnati Bengals receiver/diva Terrell Owens, a polarizing player whose shtick is either loved or hated by most fans.

New to the list this year are Washington Redskins lineman Albert Haynesworth, a big-money player who clashed with coach Mike Shanahan after showing up for camp out of shape, plus legendary (and temperamental) former college basketball coach Bob Knight, who apparently still manages to get under some people’s skin as an ESPN analyst.
 7 years ago '10        #3
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imma guess that the other 44% that like Vick r prolly black
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oj simpson?
 01-31-2011, 11:32 PM         #6
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people still hate on vick succes
 7 years ago '04        #7
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suprised at some of the omissions..
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Thread is useless without Bonds or ARod....

My personal Top 10...

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Why do old white guys start looking like turkeys?

Al Davis and Jerry Jones look like they got the skin of a turkey
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Don't mean to turn this into a race issue but it seems like only white people still dislike Vick
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I'm white, I gotta Vick jersey. Haters are gonna hate
 02-01-2011, 12:08 AM         #12
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you will never get past racism if you bring it up in every debate/argument/discussion.
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i was interested to see where vick placed when i saw the title of the thread. not surprised he's still up there
 02-01-2011, 12:13 AM         #14
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 ghettofire said:
I'm white, I gotta Vick jersey. Haters are gonna hate
same here
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*waits for jay cutler to be added by bx*
 02-01-2011, 12:19 AM         #16
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Doesnt everyone hate lebron outside of miami

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True lebron shudda been on this last as much as they hate on that man smh




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how can you not like bob knight hes an old school no bs coach
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