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30 Star Athletes Fans Simply Love To Hate

Darren - August 23, 2021
Sports

30 Star Athletes Fans Simply Love To Hate

Darren - August 23, 2021
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10. Jose Altuve

Altuve is another Astros star who received a lot of post-scandal hate. While he was less exuberant about his franchise’s misdeeds, he couldn’t escape the wrath of the public. In fact, MLB fans sang abusive chants about the second baseman, even when Houston wasn’t even playing. In 2021, the Yankees played the Blue Jays and this chant filled the stadium.

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Altuve is one of the Astros’ most famous faces so it’s no surprise that he experienced such hate. However, it’s a bit unfortunate because he didn’t bring it on himself directly as some of his teammates did. Ultimately being a cheating franchise’s superstar brought his name into disrepute. Ironically, it’s likely that Altuve didn’t even cheat directly but fans don’t care about that.

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9. Philip Rivers

Rivers enjoyed 17 seasons in the NFL where he was one of the league’s most reliable quarterbacks. But he never won the love of fans in the same way as many of his contemporaries. In fact, many hate him because of his over-expressive manner. His supporters appreciate his emotional exuberance but that’s exactly why so many people couldn’t warm up to him.

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His big belt buckles and Stetson hats turned him into a caricature. Meanwhile, he slammed the ball down in fury on a regular basis and threw tantrums when he wasn’t pleased with play calls. Rivers was an extremely tough individual and even played through an ACL tear. There’s no question he gave everything to the cause. But the only way to change fans’ minds was to win a Super Bowl and he never achieved that.

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8. Tom Wilson

In 2021, Wilson won an unwanted accolade. He became the most hated hockey player on social media. According to Onlinecasino.ca, almost 50% of his impressions skewed negatively. But why do people hate Wilson so much? That’s easy, it’s because he’s one of the dirtiest players in the game. He famously left Zach Anton-Reese with a broken jaw in the Capitals’ Stanley Cup-winning 2018 season.

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A few months later he received a 20-game suspension after a brutal assault on Oskar Sundqvist. His long history of head-hunting and on-ice violence left the NHL with no choice but to throw the book at him. This also turned him into one of the league’s most polarizing players. Washington fans love him because he’s on their team but everybody else loathes his vicious nature.

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7. Kawhi Leonard

Leonard is one of the most polarizing players in the NBA. There’s no doubting his quality but it’s fair to say a lot of people don’t necessarily respect his career path. Everybody loves it when a superstar makes one franchise their home. However, Leonard is a bit of a mercenary and appears focused on playing for the highest bidder. That’s why a lot of San Antonio Spurs fans still hate him.

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They thought that he would spend the best years of his career with them. But he decided to pack it in and move North to Toronto. Then he inspired the Raptors to a Championship win before moving back south to Los Angeles. Even today, Spurs fans still boo Leonard because they resent him for leaving. Maybe it’s time for them to move on but memories are long and careers are short.

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6. Colby Covington

Covington made the entire nation of Brazil hate him when he referred to its people as ‘filthy animals.’ The American causes chaos wherever he goes and lives up to his nickname. While most people understand that he created a character to polarize the masses, the reality is that it’s tiring. He is extremely cringeworthy and he comes off as trying too hard, which makes him very unlikeable.

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Sometimes he takes it too far. That was the case when he posted a photo with fellow UFC fighter Polyana Viana. He wrote a lewd, offensive comment that humiliated the Brazilian fighter. Many of Covington’s fellow fighters also dislike him because they think he is fake. If he stayed true to himself then they would respect him more. But instead, he persists with his annoying persona.

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5. Sergio Ramos

Former Real Madrid captain Ramos became a master of the dark arts. The Spaniard was a brilliant defender but capable of incredibly cynical moments. In 2018, he infamously left Mohammed Salah with a dislocated shoulder following a vicious collision in the Champion’s League final. He escaped without punishment but it was a deliberate foul.

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Ramos and his former defensive partner Pepe were two of soccer’s biggest pantomime villains. Opposite fans hate him because he berated referees and targeted opponents. He had a dirty reputation because he broke the record for most red cards in La Liga history. However, his leadership qualities are proven and that’s why PSG took him to Paris in 2021.

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4. Greg Hardy

Many UFC fans loathe Hardy. They hate the way the promotion shoves the former NFL star in their faces. His violent reputation as a domestic abuser stains his image. Hardy played for the Carolina Panthers and made the Pro Bowl in 2013. But the defensive end’s football career stalled after the Dallas Cowboys cut ties with him. No other NFL franchise wanted him so he decided to become an MMA fighter.

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UFC President Dana White saw this as an opportunity to market a mainstream sports star. However, the combination of Hardy’s past and the reality that he isn’t a very good fighter means that fans hate him. He tries too hard to be something that he isn’t and his lack of talent is evident when he faces more technical MMA fighters. Fans won’t miss him when he leaves the promotion.

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3. Carlos Correa

Another Astros villain, Correa was a ringleader in the sign-stealing scandal. The Yankees hate him after his solo home run against them. Meanwhile, his team lost and 50,000 fans booed him from the rafters. He also antagonized the Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone. But Correa is happy to be the villain and provided a number of cringe-worthy, dark moments in recent times.

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He went on an unforgettable rant during the 2020 playoffs and received significant vitriol in response. Furthermore, he told the Dodgers slugger Cody Bellinger to ‘shut up’ after the latter claimed he lost respect for the Astros. It shouldn’t be too much of a surprise to know that everybody in the baseball world lost respect for Houston. Even their own fans felt betrayed.

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2. Kevin Durant

There’s no question that Durant is one of the most despised basketball players in the NBA. However, he doesn’t care at all. Everything was great for Durant when he played for the Oklahoma City Thunder. But then he chose to join the Golden State Warriors and he lost all of the goodwill he bore. Fans hate him because they think he was a traitor to their cause.

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He won rings with the Warriors but it’s not the same because they were a super team. It would have meant more if he achieved that kind of success with the Thunder. In the end, he left his old franchise high and dry. In Durant’s mind, it made sense because he moved to a bigger market with a higher chance of winning. Unfortunately, a lot of NBA fans think that he sold out.

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1. Conor McGregor

When McGregor rose to superstardom, he took the Irish nation with him. After several one-sided losses, however, now almost everyone dislikes him because of his embarrassing antics. The Notorious suffered numerous arrests for multiple assaults and driving violations. Meanwhile, his online behavior turned many people against him because he takes rivalries too far. In 2021, he insulted Khabib Nurmagamedov’s deceased father before deleting the tweet.

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McGregor also infamously punched an older man in a bar in 2019. Then, he bought the bar and banned his victim from returning. Meanwhile, he faced numerous allegations of sexual assault over the years with reported settlements. These days many fans watch his fights because they want to see him lose. He makes it very easy to hate him because he keeps digging a hole for himself.

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