Top 25 Angriest People in Sports

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)

Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

24 Kurt Busch (NASCAR)

Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

23 Marshawn Lynch (Seattle Seahawks)

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

22 Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles Dodgers)

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

21 Dustin Brown (Los Angeles Kings)

James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

20 Terrell Suggs (Baltimore Ravens)

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

19 Bill Belichick (New England Patriots)

Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

18 Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers)


17 James Harrison (Pittsburgh Steelers)

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

16 Kevin Garnett (Brooklyn Nets)

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

15 Tiger Woods (PGA)

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

14 Ronda Rousey (UFC)

Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

13 John Tortorella (NHL Head Coach)

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


12 Jim Harbaugh (NFL Head Coach)

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

11 Dominic Raiola (Detroit Lions)

Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

10 Carlos Zambrano (Former Major League Pitcher)


9 Matt Barnes (Los Angeles Clippers)

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

8 Tom Brady (New England Patriots)

Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

7 Grant Balfour (Tampa Bay Rays)

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

6 Floyd Mayweather Jr. (Professional Boxer)

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

5 Serena Williams (WTA)

Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

4 Steve Smith (Baltimore Ravens)

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

3 Ndamukong Suh (Detroit Lions)

Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

2 Philip Rivers (San Diego Chargers)

Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

1 Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers)

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

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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