Top 20 Athletes The World Would Be Better Without

The hope is that professional athletes who find fame and fortune in the world of sports would be role models and overall good people. While it does need to be understood that pro athletes are human and are thus prone to mistakes as are mere mortals, we would like to believe that those blessed to make great livings playing games would be good citizens. Many athletes from all around the world fail to disappoint in this aspect. They have their names linked with children's hospitals, they are charitable with their time and their money, and they are, as best as we can tell, solid people.

You may dislike the way that Cam Newton sometimes acts during games. Maybe it irks you that Neymar seems to take flops in attempts to buy calls from referees. Those who are not fans of the Pittsburgh Penguins may have found themselves annoyed with the attention given to Sidney Crosby over the years. These are examples of athletes who may get under the skin from time to time but who do not appear to be bad people. Heck, there are some fans out there who claim to hate LeBron James largely because he has been so successful during his career.

Individuals who would qualify for a list of athletes the world would be better without include people who have either committed crimes or who disgraced themselves and also the world of sports. Just about every sport one could think of has an example. The sports world has had everything from cheats, liars, gamblers and even sociopaths who have been found guilty of some horrible acts. Some might claim that there is nothing worse than wasted talent, but what is even sadder is when that waste negatively affects others in a way that can never be erased.

20 20. Patrick Kane 

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19 19. Charlie Adam 

18 18. Aroldis Chapman 

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17 17. Ray Rice 

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16 16. J.R. Smith 

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15 15. Pete Rose 

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14 14. Oscar Pistorius 

13 13. Greg Hardy 

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12 12. Floyd Mayweather 

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11 11. Luis Suarez 

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10 10. Rae Carruth 


9 9. Jose Reyes 

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8 8. James Butler 


7 7. Darren Sharper 


6 6. Mark Rogowski 


5 5. Evangelos Goussis 


4 4. Gavin Grant 


3 3. O.J. Simpson 


2 2. War Machine 


1 1. Aaron Hernandez 

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It is difficult to comprehend that the New England Patriots had a legitimate sociopath inside of the team's locker room for years without anybody knowing the true Aaron Hernandez. Hernandez was an All-Pro tight end set to make millions upon millions of dollars, but we now also know that he was an individual capable of murdering at least one friend. The former New England superstar is already scheduled to spent the rest of his life behind bars, and Hernandez is, as of the posting of this piece, still facing two other murder charges. It sure seems there are many out there who would be better off had Hernandez never achieved success in the NFL.

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Top 20 Athletes The World Would Be Better Without