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These players stir our hostilities

LeBron James is the King all right. He's now the king of the most disliked figures in all of sports. Expect him to become the target of boos across the country, just like those in the Disliked Hall of Fame, such as Barry Bonds, Reggie Jackson and John McEnroe. So, here's the 2010 class of the most disliked figures in sports.

LeBron James

It's not so much that he left Cleveland for Miami (although that hasn't gone over so well in some spots), it's how he did it: going on national television to break the hearts of his hometown faithful. We're not sure we've ever seen an athlete's PR persona take such a drastic hit in a matter of minutes.

Michael Vick

Just when people started to ease off on the whole dogfighting mess, he is on the edge of more trouble when there was a shooting at his birthday party. Fool us once …

Alex Rodriguez

New Yorkers fawn all over him, but the rest of us won't forget that he once poured performance-enhancing drugs in his system. We'd bust on Mark McGwire and Roger Clemens, too, but those guys are no longer benefitting from their cheating. A-Rod still has a nice living going.

Alex Ovechkin/Sidney Crosby

Depending on which team you root for — Ovechkin's Caps or Sid's Penguins — you really dislike the other. But Ovechkin gets our nod because he's more disrespectful with his on-ice celebrations, and then there was the whole spoiled brat behavior after the Olympics.

Jonathan Papelbon

Every fan — except those of the Bosox — just wants to slap that pursed-lip smug off the face of the Red Sox closer. For those not a member of Red Sox Nation, there aren't many more gratifying things than seeing Papelbon blow a save.

Brett Favre

Aren't we all just sick and tired of the retired-unretired, will-he-or-won't-he-play routine?

Tiger Woods

Wasn't Tiger supposed to have a new respect for golf in the wake of spending several years cheating on his wife with B-level porn stars and diner waitresses? We're still waiting for his supposed newfound respect.

Lane Kiffin

The way the football coach quit on Tennessee to go to a school in hot water with the NCAA (hot water that he helped boil) has him among the most disliked college coaches in the country.

Ben Roethlisberger

Even some Steelers fans — among the most loyal bunch in the world — have turned on Big Ben for his drunken frat boy ways.

Terrell Owens

He's barely even relevant anymore but still is seen by most as arrogant, selfish, self-centered, egotistical and whatever other words that mean "not a good guy" you can come up with.

Dan Snyder

A football owner with loads of money and not a clue how to spend it. There are plenty of those guys around, but what sets the Redskins owner apart is his arrogance on top of his cluelessness. Not a good combination.

These players stir our hostilities 07/12/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 8:38am]

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