Sports fans love to idolize players. Their overall passion means they constantly pour their hearts into supporting their superstars. There’s something special about an elite athlete carrying the love of an entire city. But when they break that trust, these stars can quickly go from hero to villain.
Today, we looked at some of the most infamous stories in NBA history. Most of these athletes broke their fans’ hearts by moving to other franchises for money or to chase rings. Others made controversial choices that prevented them from even stepping onto the court. Check out the list below via Bleacher Report.
25. Ben Simmons
Philadelphia is arguably the toughest city to become endeared as a sports star in the United States. Fans maintain passionate support for their teams but also turn toxic very quickly. Simmons discovered this the hard way in 2021. The 76ers star was viewed as the future of the franchise but then it all went wrong. However, it’s easy to forget that the franchise unsettled him by considering a trade for James Harden.
Then, Simmons’ form deteriorated drastically. He played badly through the postseason before it all came to a head during the offseason (via CBS Sports). Simmons failed to report to their training camp before refusing to attend media duties. When he finally showed up, he refused to engage at all. Coach Doc Rivers kicked him out and suspended him for acting out. He quickly became the villain of the franchise even if it wasn’t entirely his fault.