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Top 15 Terrible Athletes Who Are Only Famous Due to Controversy

Athletes who, at one point or another, are believed to be near or at the top of their games become instant superstars and celebrities in the public eye. Such individuals make headlines whenever they take vacations or go out to dinner with family members and/or significant others, and press conferences that feature those athletes behind a podium are considered to be significant media events. In a world in which professional athletes are capable of making millions of dollars via contracts handed out by clubs and also endorsement deals, it is understandable why so many are interested in the lives of these performers.

It would be harsh and even a bit unfair to suggest that the 15 individuals mentioned in this piece were always terrible in their field. The public would never have been introduced to them in the first place were that to be the case. Some have been cases of players failing to live up to what may or may not have been unrealistic expectations, while others were either their own worst enemies or were downright jerks, so much so that fans and supporters seemingly reveled in watching those athletes fall from grace.

15 Wayne Bridge

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14 Delonte West

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13 Bruce Seldon

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12 Chris Simon

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11 Stephen Garcia

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10 Ashley Cole

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

9 John Daly

Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

8 John Rocker

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7 Greg Oden

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

6 Kevin Davies

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5 Tonya Harding

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4 Tim Tebow

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

3 Michael Sam

Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

2 Joey Barton

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1 Sean Avery

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The truth of the matter is that you can take your pick from your favorite stories regarding the National Hockey League player who has also served as a cover model. There were the incidents of Sean Avery having altercations with fans and with coaches. Avery once made headlines when he said the following about fellow hockey players getting involved with his exes: “I just want to comment on how it's become like a common thing in the NHL for guys to fall in love with my sloppy seconds. I don't know what that's about, but enjoy the game tonight.” Avery was a pest who was eventually not worth the headaches he caused.

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