The egos involved in sports often get out of control leading to drama between various athletes. Each sport has its own fair share of issues when it comes to the stars having problems with each other. The trouble ranges from serious personal issues causing a rift to petty silliness that comes from the sports aspect of life. Athletes from all sports tend to clash at some point with some of their peers. Most instances of bad blood will end like Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal making peace years after their brutal feud. However, there are some stories of the athletes still hating each other.
We'll look at some of the drama to go down in various sports. These stories will reveal just what caused the beef between each pair of athletes along with the chances of them ever getting on the same page. No one can predict the future, but some athletes just hate each other at the point of no return to peace. Let’s take a trip through the petty side of sports and just how easily conflict can start with no resolution in sight. These are fifteen pairs of athletes you likely didn’t realize had beef with each other.
15 DeMarcus Cousins and Zach Randolph
There has been tension between DeMarcus Cousins and Zach Randolph over the past few years. Randolph is now in Cousins’ old stomping grounds as a member of the Sacramento Kings. Cousins has the reputation of being a bully that has followed him from the Kings to the New Orleans Pelicans. Both men got into it verbally in a recent game before the officials separated.
14 Philip Rivers and Jay Cutler
Philip Rivers and Jay Cutler will likely be remembered as two of the more average quarterbacks of their era. Both guys did solid work, but neither was able to truly become an elite quarterback at the top of the NFL. One other thing that they had in common is that they couldn’t stand each other one bit. Rivers is known for having a temper and he showed it by talking trash at Cutler during a game many years ago.
13 Tony Parker and Brent Barry
A strange incident involving two NBA players developing a hostile relationship featured the friendship of Brent Barry and Tony Parker falling apart. Both men were close friends and often went on double dates. Barry was married, and Parker had a relationship with celebrity actress Eva Longoria. Everything ended when it was revealed that Parker was having an affair with Barry’s wife.
12 Barry Bonds and Jeff Kent
Most fans remember Barry Bonds and Jeff Kent as being one of the best power hitting duos in the MLB. Bonds was having an iconic run as the home run king of baseball with Kent in the lineup as his best support. Despite both guys being great hitters, they never got along and flat out disliked each other. Bonds and Kent were polar opposites and rarely spoke to each other despite spending months together in the same dugout.
11 Russell Westbrook and Stephen Curry
Everyone knows that Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant don’t get along after Durant joined the Golden State Warriors. However, Westbrook also has a huge problem with Durant’s current point guard teammate Stephen Curry. During a playoff series in 2016, Westbrook laughed at the idea of Curry guarding him effectively on defense.
10 Kobe Bryant and Karl Malone
One bizarre forgotten instance of two athletes hating each other features the one season Karl Malone and Kobe Bryant were teammates on the Los Angeles Lakers. Malone joined the team in hopes of finally winning an NBA Championship before falling short in the NBA Finals to the Detroit Pistons. The most memorable action of Malone that season saw him make a pass at Kobe’s wife Vanessa Bryant.
9 Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson
The relationship between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson has been confusing for two decades since both men started to dominate the golf world. Woods changed the entire culture of golf by making it cool to the mainstream audience. The entire sport benefited from the popularity of Woods before his downfall. Mickelson was the second biggest star as an extremely talented golfer that many people related to.
8 Michael Jordan and Isiah Thomas
The tension between Michael Jordan and Isiah Thomas has been going strong for almost three decades. Jordan’s biggest challenge in the early portion of his career was trying to dethrone Thomas’ Detroit Pistons during their “Bady Boys” era. Detroit would play very physical basketball and often took hard shots at Jordan to send a message it would be a tough night for him.
7 Peyton Manning and Mike Vanderjagt
Peyton Manning was a golden boy in the NFL during most of his career. Almost everyone had nothing but positive words to say about Manning as a competitor and a peer. One person that got into a war of words with him was Indianapolis Colts teammate Mike Vanderjagt. It was shocking for a kicker to criticize his team’s superstar quarterback, but he called out Manning for losing a playoff game.
6 Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters
The Cleveland Cavaliers hoped to build around Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters as their future stars when LeBron James left for the Miami Heat. Both guys were highly talented prospects selected early in the draft. Irving fulfilled his potential and helped Cleveland win an NBA Championship when LeBron returned. Waiters was shipped out for not understanding how to fit his role on a title contender.
5 Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez
The combination of Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez helped the New York Yankees win the 2009 World Series together. Both legends played together for many years following a bit of tension when they were opponents. Rodriguez insulted Jeter in the media regarding why he deserved a bigger contract as a free agent when both guys played shortstop.
4 Richard Sherman and Tom Brady
Two of the few household names in the NFL right now are Richard Sherman and Tom Brady. Both men happen to dislike each other in real life due to the competition off the field. Sherman is very outspoken as a superstar on defense for the Seattle Seahawks. The golden boy persona of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has rubbed him the wrong way given how they are each treated by the media.
3 Joe Montana and Steve Young
The San Francisco 49ers lucked into having two legendary quarterbacks back to back with Joe Montana and Steve Young. Montana was the Superstar quarterback when Young joined the team having them work together. The competitive nature of both men wanting the same job saw things get ugly between them. Young and Montana both refused to trust each other, and their relationship has been described as having tension and distrust.
2 Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras
Two tennis stars of the 90s are remembered for their dominance aka Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras. Both guys tried to prove they were the absolute best in their sport and each deserved to be considered among the all-time greats. Agassi had a flashy style that added to his personality within the game. Sampras had less charisma but proved his worth on the athletic side of things.
1 Marvin Harrison and Terrell Owens
The argument can be made that Marvin Harrison and Terrell Owens are the two greatest wide receivers of the 90s. It is a given that they are among the two best of all-time. However, both guys have nothing in common and treated the game differently. Harrison was relatively quiet and treated the game as a professional when working with Peyton Manning as his quarterback throughout his career.
Owens did the opposite by having hostile relationships with quarterbacks and trying to be the big story with his entertaining touchdown celebrations. Both men have taken shots at each other in recent years regarding the Hall of Fame. Harrison stated that he never worried about Owens splitting votes with him as he knew he was the better player and he wasn’t sure Owens deserved to be inducted. Owens has stated he was better and even implied Harrison was overrated in various interviews.
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