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Top 15 Athletes Who Are Having a Terrible Summer

For most of the population, the summer is a brilliant time, as the weather is beautiful, the sun is shining and everything just seems to be more colorful and happy. This is no different when it comes to athletes. In fact, summertime may be the best time to be an athlete.

This is because for those who are in the NBA, NFL and NHL, the summertime is their offseason, which means they can take some time off and enjoy all of the money they are getting paid to play their sport. Players love to take vacations, spoil their families and just overall have a kickass time in the summer. Well, at least most athletes do.

The summer of 2015 has been a fickle one for a number of athletes and that will be the focus of this article. This article will look at 15 athletes who have had terrible summers for a variety of reasons, whether it be suspensions, injuries or other crazy reasons.

So read on, and get ready to feel bad for some athletes as you check out the Top 15 athletes who are having the worst summers.

15 15. Cliff Alexander

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14 14. Ray McDonald

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13 13. Tre Mason

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Tre Mason is about to begin his sophomore year after an impressive rookie season last year for the Rams. Mason looked to be the best back on the team last year and set himself up to be the starter going into next season. That was the case until the Rams shocked the NFL and made highly touted running back Todd Gurley the tenth overall pick in the NFL draft, which led Mason to question the team’s faith in him on Twitter:

12 12. Antonio Gates

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11 11. Joel Embiid

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10 10. Gilbert Melendez

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9 9. Max Pacioretty

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8 8. C.J. Wilson

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7 7. Jon Jones

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6 6. Luke Ridnour

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5 5. Jose Aldo

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4 4. Ty Lawson

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3 3. Mike Richards

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2 2. Tom Brady

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1 1. Jason Pierre-Paul

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Coming in at number one is Jason Pierre-Paul and it should be no surprise to anyone who's heard the story. For a couple of years now, JPP has been one of the better defensive ends in the league and was going to be rewarded with a big contract, whether it was this year or next year. However, when a July 4th fireworks accident led to JPP severely injuring his hand, the contract offer was rescinded, meaning JPP just missed out on millions and millions of dollars, because he wouldn’t let someone else light the fireworks. It's rumored he wasn't going to accept the contract anyway as he wanted more money, but it's tough to imagine another team forking over huge cash to a guy who just had his finger amputated.

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