Sports are an emotionally driven thing. Athletes tend to wear their hearts on their sleeves and use those emotions to fuel them to incredible heights. Some of these athletes can channel all of those emotions into something great, something positive, and help them achieve something they never believed themselves capable of. Michael Jordan used his humble basketball beginnings to become one of – if not the – greatest basketball player of all time. Hank Aaron used all of the emotions he felt during his chase of Babe Ruth's record and funneled it all into becoming baseball's home run king. There are plenty of amazing stories of athletes using their emotions to achieve greatness.
And then there's the other side of the coin.
While some athletes are able to channel their emotion into doing something positive, others can't seem to get out of their own way enough to do that. They let themselves become consumed by the emotions – in most cases, that emotion being anger – and are never able to do something positive with it. They just sit and wallow in those emotions and are never able to get past them to achieve greatness. The list is long of these types of players – Sean Avery, Milton Bradley, Rolando McClain – the list goes on and on. And it is by far, a longer list than the list of athletes who have channeled it into greatness.
There is another group out there though, who sort of walk a line between the two. These athletes are able to channel those emotions, primarily their anger and rage, and do something positive with it, are able to attain a level of greatness, but over the course of the careers, become better known for being angry than for their achievements. That's what this list will focus on.
This obviously will not be a comprehensive list, so please feel free to chime in and add to it! But for now, here are 25 of the angriest people in sports...
25 Brandon Marshall (Chicago Bears)
24 Kurt Busch (NASCAR)
23 Marshawn Lynch (Seattle Seahawks)
22 Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles Dodgers)
21 Dustin Brown (Los Angeles Kings)
20 Terrell Suggs (Baltimore Ravens)
19 Bill Belichick (New England Patriots)
18 Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers)
17 James Harrison (Pittsburgh Steelers)
16 Kevin Garnett (Brooklyn Nets)
15 Tiger Woods (PGA)
14 Ronda Rousey (UFC)
13 John Tortorella (NHL Head Coach)
12 Jim Harbaugh (NFL Head Coach)
11 Dominic Raiola (Detroit Lions)
10 Carlos Zambrano (Former Major League Pitcher)
9 Matt Barnes (Los Angeles Clippers)
8 Tom Brady (New England Patriots)
7 Grant Balfour (Tampa Bay Rays)
6 Floyd Mayweather Jr. (Professional Boxer)
5 Serena Williams (WTA)
4 Steve Smith (Baltimore Ravens)
3 Ndamukong Suh (Detroit Lions)
2 Philip Rivers (San Diego Chargers)
1 Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers)
Kobe Bryant is without a doubt, the angriest man in all of professional sports. It's likely the fact that in the minds of most, he will never pass Michael Jordan as the greatest of all time that feeds his rage. But the Mamba plays with a chip on his shoulder the size of Texas. He frequently rips coaches, teammates, and opponents. Holding his tongue is not one of his virtues, by far. And as he's gotten older, and it's quite clear that his considerable skills are diminishing, the Mamba has only gotten angrier. We'll be surprised if he makes it through this terrible season – in which the Lakers might be the worst team in the NBA – without killing somebody.
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