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  1. mikey

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    10. Lleyton Hewitt

    9. A. J. Pierzynski

    8. Phil Mickelson

    7. Bonzi Wells

    6. Michael Iaconelli

    5. Kobe Bryant

    “I’d be the first to tell you that Kobe has not helped himself with a lot of what’s gone on,†says Greg Anthony, former NBA player and current ESPN analyst. “He’s never been the type to do things that would endear him to his teammates.†Maurice Carter, one of Bryant’s former Laker teammates, agrees: “He’s to himself. You’re not in Kobe’s life outside basketball; you just have to accept that.†But it’s not the off-court cold shoulder that rubs his teammates the wrong way; Bryant’s on-court behavior is the real problem. “As a player,†explains Anthony, “first and foremost, it’s shot selection. You’ve gotta understand that when you’re not playing the game the right way, it’s going to negatively impact you toward your teammates. And there were a lot of complaints about Kobe being selfish, not caring about anyone other than himself. Even his coach said he was uncoachable. If your coach is saying it, you can rest assured the players are saying it.â€

    Shaquille O’Neal was the focal point in Phil Jackson’s vaunted triangle offense, but Kobe’s refusal to take a backseat to the Diesel sunk what could’ve been the most dominant basketball dynasty ever. “I’ve talked to Scottie Pippen and Michael,†says Anthony, “and if Michael Jordan played with Shaq, he would have found a way to let Shaq be the man.â€

    “They could have won six in a row,†says one NBA insider, but Shaq and Kobe “wouldn’t even speak to each other. I mean, that’s almost unheard-of. You’re talking about teammates, the two best players at the time—not only on the team, but in the league—and they had no personal relationship. None. And I’m not talking about a day but an entire season!â€

    4. Curt Schilling

    “Between the white lines, it’s all real,†says one reporter who has covered Schilling. “But outside the white lines, there’s a huge gap between the man and the image he projects.†Take, for instance, Schilling’s self-glorifying display during Congress’s steroid hearings last March or his absurdly patriotic open letter to America on ESPN.com after 9/11, for which his teammates mocked him on a late-night bus ride with a chorus of “I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy.†“They know what he’s about,†says the sportswriter. “I’d say a large percentage of them like him—every fifth day. He wears on people.â€

    On days he doesn’t pitch, Schilling is notorious for striking TV-ready poses on the dugout stairs. (His manager in Philadelphia, Jim Fregosi, dubbed him Red Light Curt.) “He’s somebody who’s always positioning himself in terms of what’s best for Curt Schilling,†says ESPN’s Pedro Gomez, who described Schilling as “the consummate table for one.†(Speaking of which, Schilling also has a reputation for sneaking into the clubhouse late in games to get a head start on the buffet.)

    So avid is Schilling’s longing for the spotlight that some of his peers raise doubts about his now legendary turn in the 2004 postseason, when he pitched on an ankle tendon that had been sutured in place. During Game 6, cameras cut repeatedly to the bright red stain on Schilling’s sock. It was blood, right? “The Diamondbacks people think he definitely doctored that sock,†says the sportswriter. The ex-teammate laughs: “All around baseball, people questioned that. It was funny how the stain didn’t spread.â€

    3. Kurt Busch

    2. Barry Bonds

    At no time in recorded history have coaches and teammates spoken admiringly of Barry Bonds’s interpersonal skills. Bonds himself concedes that at every level he’s played, from high school to the pros, people have said he’s had a bad attitude. His coach at Arizona State described him as “rude, inconsiderate, and self-centered,†adding, “I never saw a teammate care about him.†In 1989, beat writers dubbed Bonds, then a budding star in Pittsburgh, his team’s “MDPâ€â€”most despised player.

    “He has the world’s biggest chip on his shoulder,†says a reporter who’s covered him. “He’s got a screw loose. One day he’ll be smiling and friendly.
    The next he’ll be ******* Barry.†The fact that we know of only a handful of occasions on which Bonds has brawled with Giants teammates (e.g., Jeff Kent, 2002; Jason Christiansen, 2005), the reporter says, is a credit to the Giants’ PR achine. “There have been hints that there have been more altercations and more problems behind closed doors.†To what degree Bonds’s alleged steroid use has affected his performance, not to mention his moods, is anybody’s guess. Ours is that at the very least, he comes by the attitude naturally.

    1. Terrell Owens

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    I expected to see Alex Rodriguez on there, but maybe he's on another list, with Peyton Manning, called something like most overpaid vs. what they've accomplished:

    Salary/Rings = very very high.

    Arod
    Peyton
    Bonds (again)

    Honorable mention: Mike Vick, although he's still young.
     
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    i just love the curt schilling one.. i cant stand that guy.. glad he is on the list..
     
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    This list lacks credibility

    because it lacks soccer players --

    Paulo di Canio, Robbie Savage, Roy Keane, my God it's hard to split them apart but Keane gets my vote,

    and Germans --

    step up, please, Michael Schumacher --

    and, as most hated German soccer player --

    Oliver Kahn (now that Lothar Matthaeus has finally retired).
     
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    oh yeah, the world we keep missing...

    too bad i haven't a clue about these "gents". there is a universe of soccer (football) played around the world, of nfl-level intensity and drama. the bastards can run and cut on a dime, too.
    for that matter, rugby. in its everday form it's not a "hitting" game, but ya gotta see these 6'7", 250-lb guys go at it. with no pads. at full speed sometimes. european basketball is worth watching as well. i'm surprised espn hasn't experimented with it. they still play BASKETBALL, the game we grew up with. and the intensity & drama are right there again.

    of course my top 5 hated athletes are....1. kobe...2.martina hingis...3. leyton hewitt....somebody gonna shut that boy's mouth for good someday....4.alex "show pony" rodriguez.....5. the denver broncos OL...
    for me there's also a group of world-class a$$h0les who annoy the hell out of me, but i don't hate....1. ol' peyton manning....2. terrell owens....3. curt schilling....4. barry bonds....whatisname oscar "pretty boy" delahoya.
     
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    I'd say that you haven't missed much with the ones I've named but you might be interested in Paolo di Canio.

    Left club after club after falling out with coach/other players/fans before ending up in England. Had big reputation for play-acting to draw fouls (big feature of soccer, by the way) and was once sent off for assaulting a referee. So far, not much to distinguish him from a lot of the toe-rags who (dis)grace top class soccer. But he has issued various political statements indicating his sympathy with Mussolini and he has recently been fined 10,000 Euros for giving a fascist salute to the Lazio fans -- the most thuggish and racist in Italy. The kind of guy that made me sensitive to your nick!

    By the way, he isn't top three hateful!!!
     
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    How the Hell is PayMeATon not on there?
     
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    Because he's the NFL Man of the Year?
     
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