The sports world is full of classy, down to earth and accommodating people. They are the type of people that you want your kids to look up to as role models. Take Roger Federer for example. He is the epitome of class and has managed to stay down to earth despite the fact that he will probably go down as the greatest tennis player of all time. Another good example is Sidney Crosby. He has his detractors for his demeanor on the ice, but when it comes to his mannerisms off the ice, he is the perfect ambassador for the game of hockey. He's been in the league since the age of 18, and there has not been one story of him misbehaving. But wouldn't it be boring if everyone in the sports world were as clean cut as those two?
Some of the most famous, rebellious and troubled individuals in sports have come and gone. The 80's and 90's featured the likes of Mike Tyson, Dennis Rodman and Pete Rose. But believe it or not, the current state of affairs, in regards to athletes in legal trouble, is far worse. Some of the athletes that make this list are pompous individuals who simply march to the beat of their own drum, and truly believe that the sun rises and sets solely for them. The others at the top of the list are in far bigger trouble as they have dug themselves a real hole with their despicable actions and personify the word "jerk."
Here are the top 15 jerks in sports!
15 15. Jon Jones
He's just such a hypocrite and just so...fake. He is trying to cling so desperately to this "good guy" image that he attempted to build for himself, but he doesn't realize that nobody is buying it anymore.
He claims to be humble, yet he's openly compared himself to Muhammad Ali. When the UFC itself sponsored him, he was quoted as saying: "I'll never make them look bad. You never have to worry about me DWI (driving while under the influence) or doing something crazy." Within the year, he received a DWI and scrapped his Bentley in the process.
14 Chad Johnson
All our American fans think "Ochocinco" is retired, but he is not! He is currently playing for the CFL's slumping Montreal Alouettes (and is contributing absolutely nothing). This is a man that has said and done a lot of crazy things over the course of his career. He even said that he could take Michael Phelps in a swimming race, easily. Not only that, but plenty of his friends could too.
13 Alex Rodriguez
Alex Rodriguez took performance enhancing drugs and lied about it, profusely. So what? So did half the league. What's the point of constantly harping on A-Rod?
That may be true, he didn't technically cheat with steroids more than anyone else. But with him, it goes beyond his use of banned substances. Alex Rodriguez is a jerk, which is why people are so vehement on throwing him under the bus.
12 Tiger Woods
Up until 2009, Tiger Woods was considered a good guy. He was at the top of his game and seemed to have it all, including sponsors coming out the wazoo. Once he got caught engaging in "transgressions," as he so eloquently put it, his life went in a downward spiral. He seemingly transformed from this great role model into a monster overnight.
11 Milan Lucic
There's no disputing that Lucic is a premiere power forward in the league and that all 30 teams would want him. The issue with Lucic is that he is a hypocritical bully, which was on full display in the 2013-2014 season and playoffs.
He spent an entire game targeting Canadiens' defenseman Alexei Emelin. He dropped him several times with more than a few dirty plays. The next time the teams met, Emelin delivered a clean hip check on Lucic, which he found unacceptable. He responded by spearing Emelin in the privates when the referee wasn't looking. He's such a "class act" that when the two teams where shaking hands at the end of their 7 game series, he jerked Emelin back and informed him that he was going to f***ing kill him next season.
10 Hope Solo
The American goalkeeper is well known for her controversial comments. In 2012 she ripped former player Brandi Chastain for comments she made in a broadcast during the Olympics: "layoff commentating about defending and goalkeeping until you get more educated, the game has changed from a decade ago." She's also openly criticized teamates and coaches. But it's not just her tendency to pop off that lands her on this list. She has a laundry list of off field incidents.
9 Ben Roethlisberger
Roethlisberger seems like a dull, boring guy without any eccentric characteristics. He seemingly goes on about his business and then out of nowhere, another scandal arises with his name involved.
In 2009, a civil lawsuit was filed in Washoe County, Nevada District Court accusing Roethlisberger of sexually assaulting an employee in his hotel room. She claims he called her up to the room to have a look at the T.V that was supposedly broken, and then proceeded to corner her and force himself upon her. No criminal charges were filed due to lack of evidence.
8 Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez seems like a normal guy off the field and doesn't have any crazy conduct stories to report like Mario Balotelli. On the field however, he is a complete sociopath!
7 Lance Armstrong
But isn't he retired? Ah, no he is not! He may be retired from the Tour de France, but he is not retired from competitive cycling. This writer wins on a technicality.
This first section is going to sound like a defense for the disgraced Armstrong. He is a cheater, plain and simple. But during his spot on Oprah where he came clean, he also maintained that in his generation, it wouldn't have been possible to compete on the tour without the use of performance enhancing drugs, meaning everyone was using them. This is 100% true, as if you look at the results on the Tour now that the cyclists are "clean," the winner of this year's Tour (Vincenzo Nibali) wouldn't have placed in the top 30 in 2003. Basically everyone is ripping on Armstrong for something everyone else was doing at the time.
6 Floyd Mayweather
The pound for pound best boxer in the world has displayed some erratic behavior over the past decade. "Money" is a guy that will walk into a strip club with 200 grand and make it rain...because he feels like it. He will also start screaming at 80 year old (and possibly senile) interviewers because he didn't like the question that was asked.
5 Tony Stewart
Numerous road rage incidents, punching a photographer, and his jerky demeanor with the media have always shined a negative light on Tony Stewart, but never to an extent that would put him on this list until his most recent incident.
4 Joey Barton
The bad boy of British football? Or the scum of the earth? You be the judge. Lets recount some of Barton's lowlights to set the stage.
In 2008, he spent 6 months in jail after punching a man over 20 times and then assaulting a teenager in a McDonald's parking lot. He also got angry in a cab, and ripped out the driver's car radio for reportedly refusing to pull into McDonald's drive-thru. One thing is clear, something about McDo seems to make Barton very volatile.
3 3. War Machine (Jon Koppenhaver)
He legally changed his name to War Machine, so that speaks volumes. But on a serious note, this MMA veteran is a sick and disturbed individual and needs to be locked up for good.
In August 2010, he was sentenced to a year in prison for a felony assault stemming from a fight at a Point Loma bar earlier that year, as well as an additional fight that took place at Pacific Beach bar. Once he got out of jail, he was immediately sent back for an additional year for "preceding events." He appeared to be getting his life in order as he got back into MMA, and started dating Christy Mack. Sadly, on August 8th, Christy Mack and an associate were assaulted by War Machine at her Las Vegas home. Mack suffered 18 broken bones, missing teeth, a fractured rib and ruptured liver.
2 Oscar Pistorius
Pistorius was one of the biggest inspirations of our time, and the epitome of the term "no excuses." He was a sponsorship magnet as he was a runner with artificial legs who was somehow setting world records. Who wouldn't want to put their name next to this guy? He locked up $2 million dollar deals with Oakley, Nike, BT and Thierry Mugler.
The rug got pulled out from everyone as he has been accused of murdering his girlfriend. He has not been officially convicted yet but he has already admitted to shooting his girlfriend of 3 months (Reeva Steenkamp) and the guilty verdict appears imminent. Again, the verdict hasn't been given yet and we'll see what the judge decides on September 11th.
1 Aaron Hernandez
Well this selection was easy, as multiple murders and shooting your supposed friend will put your first on the jerk list every time. The 24 year old tight end will not be leaving the slammer any time soon due to an almost unbelievable string of heinous actions.
On June 27th, 2013, police informed media outlets that Hernandez was being investigated for his involvement (involvement is a nice way of saying: "he did it") in a double murder that took place on July 16th, 2012, in Boston. Two men in a car were killed by gunshots. This past May, Hernandez was formally indicted on these charges.
The trigger happy Hernandez has also been charged with first degree murder for the murder of Odin Lloyd, along with 5 gun-related charges. He's currently being held without bail at the Bristol County jail.
We're not done there, this is just getting plain ridiculous. On June 13th, 2013, his "friend" Alexander S. Bradley filed a lawsuit against Hernandez, claiming that he shot him while the two were riding in a car together after an altercation at a strip club.
Hernandez has not formally retired, but he will surely be looking at the inside of a jail cell for the rest of his life.
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