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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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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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