The Top 10 Sports Villains Of The Decade

December 16, 2009 – 4:50 am by Ryan Phillips

The world of sports is loaded with heroes, guys who go the extra mile and make it easy to root for them. And then there are the guys who engender the exact opposite reaction. As we wind down the year and head into 2010, we decided it was time to put together a definitive list of the top 10 villains from the world of sports during the past decade.

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10. Floyd Landis
Landis won the 2006 Tour de France but was disqualified after being caught doping. Not since Ben Johnson in 1988 has such a high-profile champion been stripped of his title for illegal drug use. Landis proceeded to go on a long crusade to clear his name. He was unsuccessful and managed to embarrass himself, his country and his sport by refusing to accept responsibility for his actions. His appeals failed and he was eventually banned from cycling for two years in December of 2007.

Landis and his camp also attempted to blackmail former USA cycling great Greg LeMond in the wake of the controversy after LeMond publicly voiced his anger towards Landis. Landis’ manager threatened to leak information concerning the fact that LeMond had been sexually abused as a child. Very compassionate of them.

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9. Todd Bertuzzi
Anytime a hockey player gains a spot in the collective consciousness of non-Canada, he’s either really good (Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin) or he’s done something very bad. And with the possible exception of nincompoop commissioner Gary Bettman, no one in the past decade of the NHL has done worse than Todd Bertuzzi.

Bertuzzi was a pretty respected power forward until March 8, 2004, when he entered the halls of infamy with one of the cheapest shots in history. Bertuzzi’s Canucks were playing the Colorado Avalanche, and hopping mad over a hit delivered by the Avs’ Steve Moore to Vancouver star Markus Naslund the previous time the team’s met.

Most of the Canucks felt that it was a cheap shot since it sent Naslund out of the lineup for three games, although no penalty was called and Moore was not fined for the hit, so by the letter of the law he didn’t do anything wrong.

Anyhow, the Canucks were ready to take out Moore in a most Ogie Oglethorpe-manner during that March game. Vancouver’s Matt Cooke was first to join the action, fighting Moore in the first period. With Colorado ahead 8-2 in the third period, Bertuzzi decided it was time to throw some more punches at Moore, but already having been in a scrap that night, Moore decided to pass. So Bertuzzi followed him down the ice, grabbed the back of his jersey and punched him in the back of the head. The result for Moore: three fractured vertebrae in his neck, a concussion, vertebral ligament damage, stretching of the brachial plexus nerves, and facial cuts. And it’s every bit as serious as everyone one of those words I don’t understand implies, because he’s still never played another game.

Bertuzzi was suspended for the rest of the season after the incident, and earned a spot in the all-time hall of douche.

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8. Isiah Thomas
Where to begin…Thomas helped send the Continental Basketball Association into bankruptcy in 2001. Then he was the coach of the Indiana Pacers from 2000-03, but couldn’t take a team that had previously won the Eastern Conference title to any sort of glory. In December of 2003, the New York Knicks hired Thomas to run the team and he basically did all he could to ruin the franchise.

He traded away several future top draft picks for Eddy Curry, hired, then fired head coach Larry Brown in a huge debacle, then became the head coach of the team. He was fired after the 2008 season.

Thomas and Madison Square Garden were also sued for sexual harassment by Anucha Browne Sanders. Sanders won the settlement and one of the largest cash awards in history at $11.6 million. While under oath, Thomas claimed that he had called Sanders a “bitch,” and also said it was appropriate to exchange hugs and kisses with co-workers. He still maintains his innocence.

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7. Terrell Owens
T.O. has never been in any legal trouble… which shows you how much of a jerk he had to be to make it ahead of some of the other names on this list.

Owens’ reputation as the ultimate me-first player began in San Francisco when, among other things, he accused his quarterback of being gay. But talent is talent, so T.O. did manage to work his way out of that situation into a pretty sweet gig in Philadelphia, where he helped the Eagles get to the Super Bowl.

But love can only last so long. Soon, T.O. was saying that Brett Favre would be a better quarterback for the Eagles than Donovan McNabb. It wasn’t long before he was suspended by the team and doing sit-ups in his driveway in front of television cameras.

The traveling show moved to Dallas, where T.O. first made headlines with an accidental drug overdose that was not a suicide attempt because as his publicist reminded us, he had “25 million reasons to live.”

However, T.O. was a good teammate in his first couple of years in Dallas, tearfully defending Tony Romo as “my quarterback” after a playoff loss. That was all well and good until the next year, when he decided he wasn’t getting the ball enough, tore the locker room in half and found himself railroaded to Buffalo in 2009.

Ah, karma.

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6. Alex Rodriguez
A-Rod was supposed to be the great hope for baseball fans, a former No. 1 overall pick who would someday erase the tragedy that was Barry Bonds’ assault on the record books. All we had was time until this all-natural, likable hitting dynamo knocked Bonds from his lofty, steroids-enhanced perch.

And then it happened. We found out Rodriguez was just as bad as Bonds. And his ridiculous apology/admission was one of the worst I’ve ever heard. The Titanic is currently more seaworthy than that explanation. Until then A-Rod’s other “incidents” had created scorn but not open hatred from the sporting public. Given his use of performance-enhancing drugs, those previous issues look much bigger and even more annoying.

Even forgiving the fact that his yearly salary is nearly equivalent to the GDP of Bolivia, there’s still tons of things that make him a villain. His trade to the New York Yankees started the Hate-Rod campaign. His comical lack of postseason production only added to it. Then he was caught cheating on his wife with (what looked like) a she-male. Soon after a very public divorce he was supposedly dating a 50-year-old and completely disgusting Madonna. And he cheated on her. Then this postseason while we had to watch him win a World Series after admitting to being a cheater, we also had to watch the painfully annoying Kate Hudson at every freaking Yankees game.

His most villainous play on the field was easily his attempt to slap the ball out of the Boston Red Sox Bronson Arroyo’s hand during game six of the 2004 ALCS. The news that he had two paintings of himself as a centaur over his bed only cemented his status on this list.

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5. Bill Belichick
When he took over as head coach of the New England Patriots in 2000, not much was expected from this completely uninspiring, creepy introvert. Three Super Bowls, four AFC Championships and one undefeated regular season later and Belichick could easily be dubbed coach of the decade without much debate. But make no mistake, Belichick is to the rest of the NFL what Darth Vader was to the Jedi.

Thanks to “Spygate” Belichick’s legacy and the legitimacy of the Patriots’ dynasty will forever be (at least slightly) questioned. From what is publicly known about the incident, the Patriots had been illegally videotaping the signals of opposing teams and using the tapes to basically learn what plays were coming and change their calls accordingly. New England had apparently being relying on the practice from at least 2001 until they were caught in 2007. It is also known that the Patriots videotaped the St. Louis Rams’ practice before Super Bowl XXXVI and used the information during the game. So Belichick was behind a team cheating to gain a competitive advantage in at least one (and likely two others) Super Bowl win.

Aside from cheating on the field, Belichick has been one-half of an adulterous affair that caused a divorce. He also looks like a homeless man as he stalks the sidelines in a hoodie with cut-off sleeves, has often run up the score on hapless opponents and possesses the personality of a garden gnome. His mumbling press conferences filled with coach-speak have also made him one of the most maddening people to cover in the world of sports.

In a final salvo, Belichick’s name does not appear in the Madden NFL video game series. He is known as “NE Coach” because he is not a member of the NFL Head Coaches Association which licenses the game. Belichick is the only NFL head coach who has chosen not to join the association.

Who does he think he is, QB Browns?

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4. Michael Vick
What started out as one of the most promising and exciting careers in NFL history came crashing down spectacularly in 2007, but the crumbling of the Vick Empire had begun long before he was arrested for running a dogfighting ring. After being taken with the first pick in the 2001 NFL Draft, Vick was flooded with endorsements and love from the media. That all changed gradually and had come to a head by the time the feds raided his house.

In 2004 two Vick associates were arrested for distributing marijuana. The car they were in was registered to Vick. Again in 2004 Vick and members of his party were caught on camera stealing a watch from a security guard at Atlanta’s Hatsfield International Airport. In 2005 Sonya Elliot filed a civil lawsuit against Vick alleging that she contracted genital herpes from him in 2002 after he failed to inform her he had the disease. The “Ron Mexico” incident has earned its place in the sports blog hall of fame.

In 2006, Vick showed his appreciation to the fans in Atlanta for their support by saluting them with one finger. In 2007, Vick was caught attempting to board a plane with a water bottle that had a hidden compartment for storing his pot.

Then in 2007, as we all know, he was arrested and sent to federal prison for running, funding and participating in a dogfighting ring.

In the past decade, no athlete fell further, faster than Michael Vick.

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3. Roger Clemens
A lot of people were taken aback by the post-retirement revelations that exposed “The Rocket” as an asshat of the highest order. But we knew it all along.

The pattern of lies and jag-off activities started at the beginning of the decade when Clemens grabbed a shard of Mike Piazza’s broken bat and tossed it back at Piazza as he ran towards first base during the 2000 World Series, explaining that he didn’t see Piazza running and that he thought the piece of broken bat was actually the ball.

Solid story, guy.

The patterns of douchery continued as the decade progressed. Seemingly every season, he would tell us that he was retiring. That is, until the price was good enough for him to return to a team midseason. And when the price wasn’t enough, it helped to have certain conditions attached, like not actually having to be with the team except for days that he was scheduled to make a start. (Despite the repetitiveness of this drill, we still got to hear the single worst call in sports broadcasting history prior to his 45th comeback).

But of all the dick-headed things we’ve ever seen, nothing prepared us for the post-career fall of the Rocket when he finally did call it quits for the 98th and final time.

Clemens was named 82 times in the Mitchell Report on steroid use in baseball. Unlike most of the other guys mentioned, he has repeatedly denied ever using steroids, even telling Congress under oath that he never did. However, he did come clean about buying HGH, which was used by his wife, not him. Just like Piazza’s bat was a ball…

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2. The Bowl Championship Series
Wait a second. That’s not a person! How can it be a villain?

When you’re as decadent and depraved as the BCS, anything is possible. In more than one cinematic thriller, the villain is not an actual person but some shady, faceless corporation that stands against everything fair and honest. And pretty much any of those movies could have been modeled after it.

The BCS is the ultimate example of the rich screwing over the have-nots so they can get even richer. And more often than not, it has done very little to ease the debate over the true national champion. Remember the year that USC, Oklahoma and Auburn all finished the regular season undefeated? Or the year that Alabama, Texas, TCU, Boise State and Cincinnati all finished the regular season undefeated?

Because of the mentality that every regular season game is a playoff game, we rarely ever see quality non-conference matchups that were once a staple of college football. Now, everyone is too afraid of picking up that loss that might keep them out of this ridiculously constructed mechanism.

One of the funniest things argued by BCS supporters is that the debate over who should be in the game is part of what makes college football exciting. Really? You know what’s actually exciting? Games like the FCS (Division I-AA) national semifinal between Montana and Appalachian State last weekend.

The final sign of the BCS’ sheer evil: there is bipartisan support in Congress to get rid of the thing. When’s the last time those people ever agreed on anything?

Barry Bonds

1. Barry Bonds
Barry Bonds broke the most hallowed record in sports after being outed as one of the most juiced individuals on the planet. Bonds is such a warm, cuddly guy and the popularity of his reality show solidified the loving relationship he has with the sporting public.

All that said, while juiced up, Bonds had the most dominant offensive stretch of any player in baseball history from 2000 to 2004.

But Bonds’ continued denials of his use of performance-enhancing drugs (despite mountains of evidence proving it) and his “I’m a victim” mentality took the focus off the good things going on in sports. Everyone will have their own take on the career of Barry Bonds. To me he’ll be the guy who put himself above baseball when he owed his life to the game. Not only is BondsĀ  a selfish jerk, he’s also just a bad guy.

Not since Ty Cobb has there been a more widely reviled villain in all of sports than Barry Bonds. As far as evil in sports are concerned, the first decade of the 2000s belonged to Barry Lamar Bonds.

Dishonorable Mentions: Bud Selig, Kobe Bryant, Gary Bettman, Tim Donaghy, Urban Meyer, Rafael Palmeiro, Marion Jones, Ron Artest, Mark McGwire, Kelvin Sampson, J.J. Redick, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lane Kiffin, Marco Materazzi, Al Davis.

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  1. 74 Responses to “The Top 10 Sports Villains Of The Decade”

  2. Excellently done, Phillips. It’s tough to leave Kelvin Sampson off the list, but I think you did a good job.

    One name to add to the dishonorable mentions: Mike Nifong, the DA in Durham County who destroyed Duke’s lacrosse team. While I’m not exactly a Duke apologist or supporter, his little charade seriously effed a good number of people. Fortunately, he ended up getting his.

    By MJenks on Dec 16, 2009

  3. Aw! No Rich Rodriguez?

    By John Radcliff on Dec 16, 2009

  4. You were far too kind to bertuzzi. He should be in prison.

    By ranthle on Dec 16, 2009

  5. Where’s Tiger Woods?????

    By the world on Dec 16, 2009

  6. @MJenks

    Add Nancy Grace’s name to that duke debacle

    By GoEasy on Dec 16, 2009

  7. Boycott the BCS! Don’t watch the shitty bowl games and they’ll have to change the system.

    By Ben on Dec 16, 2009

  8. Where’s “Al Davis” from the “Raiders” !

    By Luis on Dec 16, 2009

  9. Al Davis is in the villains Hall of Fame…..now there’s a blog post

    By MamaD on Dec 16, 2009

  10. @GoEasy: Nifong was the ring-leader. Plus, he wasted my tax dollars.

    Nancy Grace should just be in some sort of evil hall-of-fame.

    By MJenks on Dec 16, 2009

  11. This makes me even more of a fan of your blog… despite the last link dump… this makes up for it. Oh how happy it made me to see the BCS on this list. :-D

    By Samantha on Dec 17, 2009

  12. yeah,man,your do a good job.Barry Bonds broke the most hallowed record in sports after being outed as one of the most juiced individuals on the planet. I like this one.
    just do your best….
    merry chrimas!have a good time!

    By NFL draft on Dec 17, 2009

  13. Now I am no Cubs fan, but I am sure there are a lot of them who are mad that you didn’t include Steve Bartman.

    By BKM on Dec 17, 2009

  14. So, because Bonds was the most talented athlete to use steroids he’s the worst villain? I guess electrocuting dogs is one thing, but breaking sports records is completely off limits.

    By Theo on Dec 17, 2009

  15. Haha, QB Browns!

    By Hal on Dec 17, 2009

  16. you might not like JJ Redick or Duke Basketball, what did Redick do to get on your list?.

    By roy spencer on Dec 17, 2009

  17. He may not be top 15, but an honorable mention needs to go to Dan Snyder for turning the Washington Redskins, one of the most honored and cherished franchises in history, into a money-grubbing machine that cares nothing of fan support or putting a quality product in the field.

    By Birdman on Dec 17, 2009

  18. I dunno, roy spencer, the DUI? douchebag under the influence?

    (gotta make up for defending Duke earlier in the comments).

    By MJenks on Dec 17, 2009

  19. Bertuzzi’s misdoing is overrated. He didnt try to break the guys neck. He landed on him awkwardly and it happened. If he didnt get hurt none of this would be remembered. He was sticking up for a teamate.

    By Alf on Dec 17, 2009

  20. Roy Spencer,
    Whether or not you love Redick, you have to admit that he was one of the most hated athletes of the last decade. That makes him a villain.

    By Phillips on Dec 17, 2009

  21. what about DAN SNYDER or VINNY CERRATO?

    By Brian on Dec 17, 2009

  22. Any West Virginian would tell you Coach Rich Rod would have to be on that list. Athough there shouldn’t be, there is nothing but pure hatred for that man from the faculty, the illumni and the residents of WV. he wouldn’t dare come back here even for a family visit. He would probably start crying again. The people here will not forgive a betraying liar! ! ! !

    By Dave Daugherty on Dec 17, 2009

  23. This is for “By the world” Tiger woods is not on the list as all his indiscretions took place off the field. He cheated on his wife not while playing golf.

    By Commonsenze on Dec 17, 2009

  24. What a joke! Barry Bonds? IF he did steroids, he did it at a time when they were legal and accepted by baseball. How could anybody possibly equate Bonds to what Vick or Clemens did, DELIBERATELY breaking the law and taking people down with them. All the MVP’s, stolen bases, Gold Gloves had nothing to do with steriods. We witnessed the greatest baseball player of all time but, instead of appreciating it, we look for fault. I, personally, was appalled when I saw & heard that liar A-Rod being cheered in the World Series after what we had to witness what Bonds was put through. Think about it, A-Rod cheered in the World Series and Bonds, the greatest player of all time, run out of baseball.

    By Gary D. on Dec 17, 2009

  25. John Rocker and Jose Canseco should have gotten a mention. Though Rocker’s comments were at the beginning of the decade, the bigotry he espoused has no place in sports.

    Canseco’s tell all book is perhaps one of the worst things an ex-player could do to former teammates.

    While Barry Bonds is neither fan friendly nor media friendly, he’s been hated for far longer than any steriod allegations. The real criminal behind it all should be BALCO. What Bonds did was not illegal in the sport at the time.

    By rvs66 on Dec 17, 2009

  26. WTF?? How do you leave TIGER WOOODS off of this list? And what about freakin’ PACMAN JONES?

    By shaun on Dec 17, 2009

  27. Chris Benoit. What he ended up doing was way worse than Bertuzzi. The hockey guy that killed his teamate driving too fast.

    Jerry Jones for hiring TO. How the hell do you hire a guy who desecrated the Star?! Or fire HOF coach Tom Landry by the media and not to his face. Just classless.

    Clay Bennett, Daniel Stern, and Gary Nickle (Seattle Mayor) for the Sonics leaving Seattle.
    Clay Bennett – If you bought the team to move it, say so don’t lie about it.
    Daniel Stern – And to allow someone to steal a team from a great fanbase just because the new owner wants a $50 million stadium instead of a $20 million the city was offering. Most hated man in Seattle.
    Greg Nickle – Decided cash was better than making the Sonics finsh the final two years of their lease and leave early. How stupid is that?

    By mike on Dec 18, 2009

  28. Bud Selig must top this list.

    By Scaa on Dec 18, 2009

  29. 5 words SCOTT BORAS…THE BASEBALL ANTI-CHRIST

    By John on Dec 18, 2009

  30. You forgot Brett Favre..fake retirement crying and bawling all to get out of a contract and orchestrate his own “free agency”

    By roger on Dec 18, 2009

  31. What about Pedro for body slamming Don Zimmer?
    Tim Donaghy the NBA ref that bet on B-Ball?
    Kyle Busch?
    Ron Artest for the fight in the stands?

    By Big Sleep on Dec 18, 2009

  32. Where are the names of Scott Boras and the other “agents” who have turned professional sports into a monstrosity of overspending, ego, and fan abuse?

    By retired loafer on Dec 18, 2009

  33. Missing from this list: Rae Carruth.

    By hertz on Dec 18, 2009

  34. Bravo on the list. However, I would put Vick on top. While Bonds is a platinum, grade-a asshole, his steroid use didn’t kill anyone. Vick CHOSE to and willingly participated in the torture and execution of innocent dogs. That level of depravity and evil exists only in theminds of very sick individuals. And since his return he has not shown an appropriate sense of remorse. He is only sorry he got caught, not for the innocent canine lives he snuffed out so violently. And he continues to whine like a baby that he isn’t a starting QB.

    By Night Owl on Dec 18, 2009

  35. Outstanding!

    By Jakeyboy on Dec 18, 2009

  36. What would Ron Artest have had to do to get on this list? It is one thing to trade punches with an opponent in the heat of battle, but to run into the stands and take out your frustrations on a Pistons-fan and starting a riot in the stadium is completely irreprehensible!

    The humiliation he caused his team and the Pacers franchise lasted many years.

    By Michael on Dec 18, 2009

  37. art modell & the crime of the century!

    By shea on Dec 18, 2009

  38. A lot has been said about baseball’s “cheaters” but most people forget three things:
    1. At the time of the “juicing”, it was overlooked by the sport for the sake of the sport. And at that time it was NOT illegal.
    2. “The Babe” was not squeeky clean; he was a heavy drinker during Prohabition, which WAS illegal at the time. And the dynamics of the game have changed (there was no raised pitcher mound) and Ruth was an oddity by his physical size.
    3. No one produced any conrete evidence that Bonds juiced, although it is visually apparent only a “baseball purist” fron New York City, which does not exsist, would continue to pursue this because tha attention has been taken away from “their” not so common “hero”.

    C’MON people get past it and accept that the world and the game have changed and you cannot compare apples and oranges. Nor can you condemn someone based solely on predjudice and hearsay. Grow up

    By Don on Dec 18, 2009

  39. I’m sorry bit what about Ron “I get into fist fights with fans in the stands and drink hennessy at halftime” Artest? I mean the hennessy alone isn’t a huge deal, but i think it adds an edge that deserves to put him in this list.

    By Dan on Dec 18, 2009

  40. Why do some morons insist that Tiger Woods be on this list? Woods has done nothing but help raise the profile of golf. Cheating on his wife is bad, but it had nothing to do with him playing golf! If you want woods on this list due to him cheating on his wife or other tabloid crap that has nothing to do with sports then go back to reading National Enquire or Star, otherwise stick to commenting on sports

    By Commonsenze on Dec 18, 2009

  41. How about Bob Nutting getting an “honorable” mention for stealing millions while owning a losing team (The Pittsburgh Pirates). The team has had a losing record for the entire decade and he’s taken millions of Yankee, Red Sox & Mets dollars. And MLB not only let’s him do it but they make him do it!!!

    By Geno on Dec 18, 2009

  42. Can’t argue with anything on this list. Man A-Rod looks like such a tool in that picture.

    By Living with Balls on Dec 18, 2009

  43. This list is biased in favor of big money team sports (except for Floyd Landis, but you couldn’t possibly keep him off the list). What about, e.g., Tanya Harding???!!! She should be in the top five, not just the top 10.

    By Mike on Dec 18, 2009

  44. To all those defending Bonds, you’re idiots. Performance-enhancing drugs have been explicitly banned in baseball (by decree of the commissioner) since 1991.

    And the evidence is circumstantial and only hearsay? Are you kidding? There are over 10,000 pages of documents regarding Bonds and his dealings with BALCO, including meticulous records of exactly what he was taking. Unless you’re intentionally turning a blind eye to the evidence it’s very easy to find. There’s also a federal grand jury and gigantic investigation into his dealings with BALCO, but, yeah, you’re right, it’s all just “circumstantial”.

    As for some of the other comments. We understand the desire for Artest on this list, but he’s kind of cleaned up his image a bit in the past two years and was flying under the radar for a year or so before that. That’s why he’s a dishonorable mention.

    Oh and Tonya Harding? That happened in the early 90s.

    By Phillips on Dec 18, 2009

  45. What about Rick Pitino..killing the Celtics.3 1st round picks and dropping all of them after a year..

    By Chuck on Dec 18, 2009

  46. a great read.the QB Browns comment was hilarious! as for the BCS- no comment but that(D-1 AA) Montana – App St game was amazing!

    By Barry Balco Bonds on Dec 18, 2009

  47. At no time during my 63 years has there been a more disgusting worthless piece of crap than Vick.

    And that’s saying quite a lot all things considered.

    Vermin

    By DUSTY on Dec 18, 2009

  48. Those saying tiger’s issues aren’t relevant because they were in his personal life are nuts. That’s like saying Michael Vick didn’t kill dogs on the field so it doesn’t count.

    Why is Barry Bonds always singled out? How is he any worse than Mark Mcgwire, Sosa, Giambi, etc, etc. Because he’s a better baseball player? No, because the media has always hated Bonds with a passion due to his lackluster personality. But objectively, he isn’t any bigger villian than they are.

    By Mike L on Dec 18, 2009

  49. I HAVE READ THESE COMMENTS OVER AND OVER AND, I CAN NOT BELIEVE I HAVE NOT SEEN BASKETBALL’S UNDISPUTED “BAD BOY”, DENNIS RODMAN LISTED! THIS GUY’S SHENANNIGANS WILL NEVER BE DUPLICATED IF OUR WORLD LASTS ANOTHER MILLION YEARS!

    DV GILLUM

    By DV GILLUM on Dec 18, 2009

  50. how could you leave kobe off this list? Hes so cocky it makes me sick. There r so many better players out there its not even funny. Lebron, Melo, D wade, the list goes on and on. God i ahte kobe. Hes married with two kids and he goes and has an affair withe a nineteen year old? wow

    By rofate on Dec 18, 2009

  51. How about the Steinbrunners and their ilk,literally buying championships, or trying to with, all other teams notbeing able to match the spending.

    Or the smiling Magic exposing his wife and probably others to HIV. Or Kobe? How soon do we forget.

    These are really the harmers to others.

    By Bob Rouner on Dec 18, 2009

  52. How about including Stu Rabinowitz, President of Hofstra University, who eliminated their football program and destroyed a 75 year tradition.

    By Pete Carew on Dec 18, 2009

  53. Having worked in an ice arena that Steve Moore would come to and skate with the kids, I have to rate cheap shotter higher than he is as he deliberly went after Steve and not only ruined a fine career but caused PERMANTE physical damage.
    Vick also should be “ranked” higher.

    By Justin on Dec 18, 2009

  54. Barry is not the no 1 villian. Not in my book anyway. I have a signed painting of him by a local Pittsburgh artist.He autographed it for me in 1992. I will always treasure this painting. I never had a problem getting Barry’s autograph.
    Iam a fan of Barry Bonds and always will be.
    He Deserved better than what he gotr from the SFGiant organization

    By Anonymous on Dec 18, 2009

  55. Where is Boras he should have been number one

    By M on Dec 18, 2009

  56. What about Bill Calahan? He totally took
    Nebraska’s program to a depth it had never
    seen before.

    By huskernails on Dec 19, 2009

  57. What about OJ! OJ must make the list

    By J.R. on Dec 19, 2009

  58. I appreciate the information. However, golf, basketball, and tennis are noticeably missing. What about Latrell Spreewell, and his major choke? Or Andre Agassi, and his confessions of drug use and his hate for the game. And Tiger, and his inability to fess up in person, and maybe safe his crashing image and the PGA Tour. Also, how can any list of cheaters be complete without Tanya Harding?

    By Howard on Dec 20, 2009

  59. I dont really see how lane kiffin would be inserted as an honorable mention. he’s no saint but not bad enuf to make this list. however, maurice clarret is, travis henery is, dante stuadelmire (sp) is, jerry jones is, etc. you really need to expand this list to the top 100 idiots of sports this decade. Tiger would definitely be in the top 10.

    By CD on Dec 21, 2009

  60. i would have thought of OJ and pete rose too but neither have played sports or have had anything to do with sports for way more than a decade. still stupid though!

    By CD on Dec 21, 2009

  61. and didnt sosa have a corked bat a few years ago that got him suspended for most of the year? id consider that bad enuf to make a list as well. not the top 10 with all the other knuckleheads out there but still bad

    By CD on Dec 21, 2009

  62. I think Dennis Rodman belongs on the list.

    By KEN hOWARD on Dec 21, 2009

  63. The greatest sports villain of all-time:

    1981 Clemson National Football Championship Team

    Later, it was revealed they had 177 violations. Such a shame that no one or organization didn’t revoke their title.

    By P. Littlefield on Dec 22, 2009

  64. has anyone ever heard of Dave Bliss

    By jack on Dec 22, 2009

  65. Where is Tim Donahey?? He should be #1 hands down

    By woodman on Dec 22, 2009

  66. How about Bobby Petrino? John Calipari? Kelvin Sampson? Eddie Sutton?

    By Jeff Engram on Dec 26, 2009

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