So Forbes came out with the top 10 most disliked sports atheletes of the year. Can you guess the most hated person in the Sports world? As Jeremy incorrectly guesses Roger Clemens who did not even make the list, the most despicable of people, Michael Vick, who was convicted for animal brutality, took the cake as the most disliked athlete of the year. Some new additions to the list are Big Ben Roethlisberger and the once high and mighty Tiger Woods. Oh how the world changes. Tiger, once being seen as invincible and a role model for upcoming athletes, has now been reduced to the fourth most disliked athlete of the year, the only non-football athlete to make the top 5. Others who made the list is the Raider’s owner Al Davis, Allen Iverson, Terrel Owens, A-Rod, and the infamous roid pumping Mark Mcgwire. The survey was conducted by a california based e poll market reseacrh company, and these particular athletes ranked lowest on the public’s likability scorecard. However, only active athletes, coaches, managers, owner, agents and bradcasters were able to make the list. Also, the athlete also had to be well known to the public.
Here is the complete list ofhte top 10 most disliked athletes of the year. (list obtained from the Mr. Skin radio prep website)
1. MICHAEL VICK
Percent Dislike: 69%
A year removed from his dog-fighting troubles, Vick’s image rehab was probably slowed by his sparse playing time in Philadelphia. More time in the public eye could move things along.
2. AL DAVIS
Percent Dislike: 66%
A football owner who’s always walked to the beat of his own drum. Davis has signed renegade players and yanked his team back and forth between Oakland and Los Angeles, spurring lawsuits and run-ins with the league. And his “Just win, baby” mantra hasn’t been working in recent years.
3. BEN ROETHLISBERGER
Percent Dislike: 57%
Accused of but not charged for sexual assault (twice), not long after a motorcycle accident, Big Ben’s wild ways finally caught up to him. At 28, it’s probably time to stop partying with the college set.
4. TIGER WOODS
Percent Dislike: 53%
Tiger’s tabloid year has taken its toll. Crisis management types believe he’s taking the right road back–apologize and get back to the course–though it figures to be a long road.
5. JERRY JONES
Percent Dislike: 53%
Like Oakland’s Al Davis, Jones is known as a maverick owner who has clashed with the league and with his coaches. Outside the home market, where winning tops all, fans don’t generally take to boat-rockers.
6. MARK MCGWIRE
St. Louis Cardinals
Percent Dislike: 48%
Baseball’s steroid stigma still needs some time to pass, apparently. McGwire’s recent tearful interview with Bob Costas got mixed reviews–he came across as genuinely sorry but refused to acknowledge the ‘roids pumped up his home run total. Luckily hitting coaches spend little time on the field during the game.
7. TERREL OWENS
Percent Dislike: 47%
The wide receiver diva’s antics are polarizing to the public–T.O. is the type people love or hate. But as his skills erode, the public grows less tolerant. At 36, he’s now a free agent looking for an NFL gig.
8. ALEX RODRIGUEZ
New York Yankees
Percent Dislike: 45%
A-Rod is down five spots from last year, when steroid talk dominated the conversation and his (championship) ring finger was still bare. Then again, Tiger and Roethlisberger did plenty to jump ahead of him since then, while McGwire only became eligible this year after taking the Cardinals’ hitting coach job.
9. ALLEN IVERSON
Percent Dislike: 45%
Returning to Philadelphia this season after a brief stop in Memphis didn’t work out–Iverson left the club in February, citing his daughter’s health. Some sports industry insiders say Iverson’s tattoos, cornrows and sometimes brash nature give him a “bad boy” rep he doesn’t deserve.
10. GILBERT ARENAS
Percent Dislike: 44%
A highly publicized bout with guns in the Wizards’ locker room got Arenas a hefty suspension from the league and two years’ probation from the law. With $80 million left on his contract, the club may want to consider buying out Arenas as it gets set to take a new franchise player with the first overall draft pick, likely to be Kentucky’s John Wall.