Sports teams play a crucial role in society. Fans follow them because they bring a sense of joy and escapism, and there’s also pride in seeing their favorite team win. However, ultimately these franchises are also businesses and their owners can have bad motives. The sad truth is that many teams turn toxic for whatever reason.
Toxic teams come in many forms. Sometimes they cover up horrible scandals behind closed doors. Occasionally the owners exploit the team for their ends. Maybe they don’t care about the fans at all. Whatever the reason, they’re always infuriating. Check out the list below via Men’s Journal.
25. New England Patriots
Almost everybody outside of Foxborough loathes the Patriots. There are many reasons, but it’s partly because they are one of the most cynical franchises ever. While they are incredibly successful, they also have no qualms about cheating. Bill Belichick’s squad is toxic because they do whatever it takes to win. SpyGate saw Belichick’s minions film other teams’ practices (via Daily Beast). This was a massive story at the time.
It came to a head when the Jets uncovered the Pats’ devious scheme and complained to the NFL. Then, Belichick received a record fine for his antics. Another major incident was ‘DeflateGate’ when Tom Brady used specific balls which he had deflated by team employees because he wanted to gain an advantage. There have been so many crazy moments in New England. Everybody knows that they’ll happily break the rules.