What is a douchebag? Urban dictionary describes it as “an individual who has an over-inflated sense of self worth, compounded by a low level of intellegence, behaving ridiculously in front of colleagues with no sense of how moronic he appears.” I’ve always judged people as douchebags if they realy gave me the sense that they had it in them. You need to feel the douchness from across the room, that’s when you know that you’re in the presence of a true douche.
In sports, there are unfortunately a lot of douchebags. It’s normal. What do you think happens when you give the most talented high and university jocks a lot of money and fame, backed by millions of fans? You inevitably get a few douches. I mean, how can you not.
That being said, there are hundreds, thousands of athletes playing professional sports around the world. So The Sportster decided it was time to call out the 20 biggest douchebags in sports. Like I said, there’s a lot of douches in this world, so if you feel that someone who isn’t on this list really should be, please understand the fact that we simply had to narrow down. Here are the top 20 douchebags in sports.
20 Mark Sanchez
Mark Sanchez enters this list as a black horse douche, but still a douche. The Philadelphia Ealges quarterback has done enough photo shoots during his time in the NFL to earn himself a douchy reputation. When competing for the main job a few years back with the Jets, he was quoted saying “It really doesn’t bother me at all. It really doesn’t affect my confidence or anything like that. We’re competing for something. All right, I’m going to win. That’s just how I am.”
Some may say this is confidence, but others who know Sanchez better and have followed his career knew then that he was all talk. And that is the first sign of the wrong kind of douche.
19 Lane Kiffin
Much like John Capilari, Lane Kiffin earned himself a douchebag reputation by violating rules, making outrageous comments, and failing to keep a job for a very long time. Currently, he is the offensive coordinator at the University of Alabama. Upon his arrival in a stint in Tennessee, someone spray painted a picture of Kiffin’s face on the famous rock on campus and called him a douche. It seems they know of his douchiness in Tennessee as well.
He’s been caught more than once committing recruiting violations and has been quoted as saying that other coaches were “cheating” when he was a cheater himself.
18 Bryce Harper
There's no denying that Bryce Harper carries himself with an air of douchiness, but the fact that the 22-year-old Washington Nationals outfielder is a big-time hitter that walks the walk kind of makes it less bad. In fact it definitely makes it less bad. Because Bryce Harper is a charismatic athlete that carries himself with an air confidence that is intoxicating to sports fans, and at only 22 years old, he can do a lot for the game of baseball. But the 2012 rookie of the year and cover of Sports Illustrated at only 16 years old is quickly getting dubbed a douche by more and more people.
A striking example of douche conduct was during an interview with GQ in 2012 in which he said the F-word almost a million times, he was also quoted saying "When I hit the ball I do want to hurt it...I want to play the game hard. I want to play the game hard. I want to ram it down your throat." We get it Bryce, you like it hard. He's made similar comments in the past as well, when asked about what he thought about Max Scherzer joining the Nationals he said "I just started laughing. I was like, where's my ring?"
It's his confidence, peppered with an air of cockiness that touches the line of douchiness that makes Bryce Harper a special kind of player. People like an attitude like Bryce Harper's. If you're going to be a douche, why not be a Bryce Harper Douche.
17 John Calipari
What's special about John Calipari is that he knows he's a douchebag, he just simply does not care. The NCAA head coach has been around long enough and has coached enough teams for us to have learned his tendencies. First of al, Capilari is notorious for bending the rules to breaking point in the NCAA. His players get away with things they never should. More than once in his career he's left an NCAA team after it was hit with sanctions because of the shady things he would so as coach there.
Being shady is one thing, but Capilari also has a constant smirk on is safe that would make him an automatic douche despite all his string pulling in the NCAA. To top it all off, he once called a reporter a "Mexican idiot" when coaching the New Jersey Nets.
16 Cristiano Ronaldo
Now, as an avid soccer fan I would like to say that I think Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest players to ever play the game. There's no denying his sheer skill, his raw strength, and his dedication to being the best. He's as passionate as anyone, works harder than anyone, looks great doing it, and is the athlete that donates the most money in the entire world. However, despite all of this, Ronaldo does occasionally come off as a bit of a douche. It's the perfect hair, the tan that almost looks sprayed, the occasional tantrums on the field, and his competitive nature that push people to hate him or insult him.
There's also a Cristiano Ronaldo museum opening is his home town in Portugal. Needless to say, perhaps it's a bit much from the Portuguese star. He has an insufferable ego, but who are we to judge. If we had the fame, talent, and money that Ronaldo did, making him the second highest paid athlete in the world (the first is on this list as well), we'd probably come off as a bit douchy as well. Although shamelessly promoting himself for individual awards, as well as yelling SI when he won the Ballon D'Or are unexplainable.
15 Jimmy Clausen
Clausen is currently an NFL quarterback for the Chicago Bears. He earned the core of his douche reputation during his college years at the University of Notre Dame, where his character and lack of leadership were constantly a question mark. He first arrived at Notre-Dame in a limousine, flashing his high school rings impressively. These were just the early tells that told us Jimmy Clausen was a douche.
He would end up with a severely mediocre 16-21 record over his course at South Bend, and was considered a character risk of a player every since then.
14 Ryan Lochte
For those who don’t know Lochte, he’s an American Olympic swimmer that has an impressive 11 Olympic medals to show for it. But what’s more impressive is that this accomplished athlete also has his own reality TV show, and he’s been dubbed America’s sexiest douchebag by a post that went viral from Jezebel.
His show, What Would Ryan Lochte Do, is where some if his douchiest quotes have come from, including him saying that the movie What Women Want from Mel Gibson was his favorite movie. He’s also admitted on the show that he didn’t know what the word douchebag was, referring to the post mentioned in this article, which I find a little hard to believe considering the fact that he has douche written all over him.
13 A.J. Pierzynski
Here's another one for the MLB. This Atlanta Braves catcher has earned his douche reputation by being a bit of a jerk to his own teammates, and others, over his years in the MLB. In a Men's Journal survey in 2012 asking 100 MLB players who the most hated player is in the league, Pierzynski took the honor with 34% of the votes. He's been known as being a bit of a jerk and snobby with players lacking experience that haven't made a name for themselves.
He's an annoying player at best, and likes to be constantly irritating at all times. Whether it works or not is for you to decide, but it's definitely tarnished his reputation in the big leagues .Who can forget the incident with Cubs Michael Barrett, who punched Pierzynski right in the face after he barreled him over, slapping the plate as the ball rolled away from Barrett. He would then walk to the bench, hands up like a douche in front of a sold-out Wrigley Field.
12 Ben Roethlisberger
Despite an impressive career that includes two championships, a part of Big Ben’s career has been overshadowed by three different counts of rape allegations, and the fact that the only punishment he’s ever gotten was a six-game suspension from the NFL.
One of the more known cases was against then 20-year-old Jane Doe in the bathroom of a club. Apparently he bought everybody shots, yelling “all my bitches, take some shots.” He then followed Doe into the bathroom, having his bodyguards block the entrance, and allegedly raped her. Ben Roethlisberger, I dub you unclassy, probably a criminal, but most importantly, a grade A douche.
11 Kellen Winslow, Jr.
Currently a free agent that played in the NFL most recently for the New York Jets, what makes Kellen Winslow a douche is one particular incident. I still can’t believe he was caught doing this, let alone do this in the first place.
It was in a Target parking lot. Kellen Winslow was in his Escalade when he was allegedly seen masturbating in his vehicle. That’s right folks. A man that makes enough money to pleasure himself in a luxury home with a whole room dedicated to the act, chose to do so in a Target parking lot. When the cops arrived, he smoothly claimed he was looking for a Boston Market. Absolutely classic.
10 Josh Beckett
Josh Beckett has earned himself a special reputation; that of a hillbilly douche. The former Marlins/Red Sox/Dodgers pitcher has been known as a mean, tempered athlete that likes to disturb the peace of a normal baseball game. He's been a source of bench-clearing brawls many times in his career, and has some highlight realms to show for it, including spiking a baseball helmet into the floor while being restrained during a bench-clearing brawl with the Indians. Of course, he started that brawl by hitting two of their batters.
But one of his most famous incidents was in 2009 in an incident against the Angels that earned him a six-game suspension. It started again by Beckett aiming a pitch towards Bobby Abreu after he had requested a timeout that was granted by the umpire. The pitch was high and wide and nearly hit him in the face. After that Beckett proceeded to run at Abreu menacingly and start screaming, leading to a clearing of the benches. In other news, he was once called out for going on a golf excursion a day after being scratched with a sore back, to which he answered "we get 18 days off a year." Is that why he retired?
9 Mark Cuban
Where to start with the infamous Mark Cubam? The billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks who made an absolute fortune during the dotcom era has had his share of douchebags moments - and they're very well documented as well. Surfing the web, there are hundreds of pictures of Mark Cuban looking sloshed in a club, groping two to three women at the same time with his wedding ring still on.
That being said, it's pretty obvious that Cuban doesn't really fit the "I own a basketball team" look, and many incidents throughout his career have portrayed that. He has been fined many times, as much as $500,000, usually for making unnecessary comments and once for going onto the court during a scuffle between teams.
8 Tony Romo
We can't deny that Tony Romo has talent. It's just the "dedication" aspect that fans sometimes question, and also some questionable decisions he's made in the past. The Dallas Cowboys QB was notorious for spending too much time partying with his then girlfriend Jessica Simpson instead of preparing for the playoffs. They would eventually lose that year. Speaking of Jessica Simpson, Romo is also known for leaving her in an IHOP parking lot after a fight, and also for breaking up with her on her birthday after she bought him a yacht for his.
Tony Romo, you, my friend, have been dubbed a douche. And no it's not an unfair assessment. Actions simply speak louder than words. Also, there's too many pictures of Tony Romo wearing stupid hats backwards circulating the internet, solidifying him as a douche.
7 Kris Humphries
We all know Kris Humphries as the NBA star who married Kim Kardashian. Of course he was marrying Kim, meaning that everything from day 1, from the very first preparation, was under the microscope. Let me begin by saying that to simply make Kim Kardahsian want to marry you, you probably have a bit of douche in you to begin with considering that Kim is Queen Docuhness herself. So when Kris decided to tie the knot with the notorious star, embarking on a journey of wedding preparations I'm sure he'd rather forget, he made himself seem a little douchy in the process. And the fact that the marriage lasted barely over two months shows just how much of a show this really was.
But Kris also holds the reputation of one of the most hated basketball players in the NBA, and he doesn't seem to care one bit. Although I respect someone who can deal with that, there must be a reason other NBA players have a problem with him other than his small spell with Kim Kardashian.
6 Jonathan Papelbon
We now turn to Major League Baseball to see what kind of douches baseball has produced. The first to come to mind might be Jonathan Papelbon. Papelbon has proven time and time again that he is locker room disease. A bad attitude combined with a large ego are maybe the best ways to describe him. One of my favorite alleged stories involving Papelbon was when he first played with the Phillies organization, the team had analog clocks in the clubhouse. After thoroughly complaining about how it looked unprofessional to upper management, he took matters into his own hands and smashed all the clocks in the clubhouse, forcing the team to get digital clocks. Sounds like the tantrum of a douche to me.
Also, google what he looked like when he was guest picker on Game Day at Mississippi State. When you wear a red velvet suit and strut around a cigar, and complete the look with a bow-tie, you, my friend, are a douche. Not to mention his son looked miserable throughout the entire event. Son of a douche!
5 Philip Rivers
Philip Rivers is considered one of the biggest douches in sports. How so, you may ask? Well, it begins with the fact that Rivers complains more than the usual quarterback; you can often see him heckling a referee after almost every offensive play. As if that wasn’t enough, Rivers is also one of the worst braggers in the league. Sadly, he still has nothing to show for it with the Chargers.
One person that has publicly said they didn’t like him publicly, saying he didn’t like some of the things he did on the field or the way he carried himself was Jay Cutler, and with reason. Rivers had gone up to Cutler and taunted him after missing on a fourth down. His career is filled with incidents similar to these with other players and even fans. Enough to earn a douchy reputation in the NFL.
4 Rob Gronkowski
Rob Gronkowski may be the biggest douchebag in America, and yet we love him for it. Because Rob Gronkowski’s douchiness is the kind that brings smiles to people’s faces. It’s a pleasant douchiness that you would expect from a college jock. His vocabulary and attitude make him seen like an overgrown boy trying to graduate college but just can’t get through those two last classes. Simply put, he’s a party animal who always enjoys a good time.
This event portrays exactly what kind of douche Rob Gronkowski is. He will be hosting an all female event called Rob Gronkowski Football 101 Women’s clinic, where he will teach the basics of football. Prices vary from $149 to $2,396, and includes drinks during a cocktail hour after the clinic. This is the kind of douche Rob Gronkowski is. Harmless.
3 Metta World Peace
Is it just me or simply legally changing your name from Ron Artest to Metta World Peace not douchy in itself? Throughout his career, he was notorious for a few on field brawls and incidents, particularly the infamous Pacers-Pistons brawl, when a fan shot a drink at him and he entered the crowd and started a player-fan brawl that spilled onto the court.
Other than that he was also known and somewhat disliked for his eccentric and somewhat odd behavior. This includes drinking Hennessy cognac during halftime with the Bulls and wearing a bathrobe instead of his uniform to practice in 2004 as a “symbolic reminder to take it easy.” I don’t care if you claimed you’re a changed man, Metta, but what you were before was indeed a douche.
2 Alex Rodriguez
The infamous Yankees player is second on this list. He’s literally done almost all the douchy things you can imagine. He’s repeatedly denied taking steroids in his career, claiming he was too good for them. He was suspended an astounding 211 games for cheating, and was the only player to appeal his suspension, at that point hoping to salvage as much of his Yankees contract as he possible could.
Let’s keep this going. A-Rod also cheated on his wife with one of the most dignified cougars in the world, Madonna. He’s yelled at an infielder trying to catch a fly ball to distract him, breaking an important unwritten baseball rule, and in 2004, he slapped Bronson Arroyo’s glove when he was trying to tag him, forcing him to drop the ball.
1 Floyd Mayweather
I’m thinking I can simply leave this name here and not write a word, and I think we would all understand why King douche Floyd Mayweather is at the top of this list. Although he is unbeaten as a professional fighter, he was never able to really gain the respect of the people, probably because of the outrageous statements he makes over social media, or the fact that he basically makes his own salary for every fight, consequently making him the richest athlete in the history of sports.
Over the years Floyd has had his share of issues with the law, which includes a domestic violence incident and also an altercation involving him punching two women in Las Vegas. In a disgusting move, Mayweather posted on Facebook, denouncing his ex-girlfriend Shantel Jackson of “killing babies” when she decided to get an abortion. That move was a low blow even from the King of Douches, Floyd Mayweather.