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The 10 Most Unlikeable Athletes In America Today

Every sports fan has a list of athletes they can't stand. But the athletes on the list you'll find below aren't just disliked by a few fan bases - they're disliked by most fan bases. Each has done enough to find a way to be universally disliked. That's a special accomplishment.

Before we get started, a quick note about eligibility. We are only going with current athletes - so someone like Floyd Mayweather, who should top any list like this - isn't part of it.

Without any further ado, here are the top 10 most unlikeable athletes in American sports today.

10. Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant wearing a Texas Longhorns hat at a Texas game.

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Kevin Durant was once one of the most well-liked players in the NBA. A lot has changed since then. Durant, after starring beside Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City for years, left the franchise for the already-loaded Golden State Warriors ahead of the 2016-2017 season. The Warriors won the NBA title a year later - and they're the favorite to win it all again this year.

Many hate that Durant left the team that drafted him for a team that was already stacked. But that isn't the extent of it all. Durant was caught earlier this year creating burner accounts on Twitter to fight off trolls. He also has stepped up his antics on the court when it comes to how he addresses referees. 

9. Ndamukong Suh

Ndaukong Suh issues a statement to Nebraska football ahead of the team's spring game.

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Suh, who was the No. 2 overall pick by the Detroit Lions back in 2010, has been a productive player in the NFL. But he's had a number of what many consider to be "dirty" incidents in his career. He's been fined on numerous occasions for facemask penalties, kicking opponents, low blocks and more. His most infamous incident involved stomping.

Back in 2011, on Thanksgiving, Suh threw Packers lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith onto the ground and proceeded to stomp on his arm. If you haven't seen the play in a while, you can check it out below.

8. Patrick Reed

Newspaper coverage of Patrick Reed's Masters win.

Patrick Reed

Patrick Reed flew below the radar for years, but this past April, he broke through and won the Masters. As a result, all the negative stories regarding Reed started to get some circulation.

There are reports of him cheating on the golf course in college. There are reports that Reed had a number of alcohol-related offenses before he turned pro. But the real head-scratcher has to do with his parents. Reed and his wife apparently cut off contact with his parents a few years back - reportedly because they didn't want him to get married so young. Since, there's been a war of words. It's an unfortunate situation, to say the least.

7. Baker Mayfield

Baker Mayfield runs the ball against Georgia.

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Baker Mayfield is one of the most polarizing quarterbacks in quite some time. If you're an Oklahoma Sooners (or Cleveland Browns) fan, you love him. If you root for any other team - not so much.

Mayfield is brash and cocky. Last year, ahead of his senior season, he was arrested after trying to flee from the cops. This past year, along the way to winning a Heisman Trophy, he was involved in a number of ugly on-field incidents. He also planted Oklahoma's flag on Ohio State's field after a big road win.

6. Grayson Allen

Grayson Allen gestures during a game.

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At any given time, there is likely some hate out there for a current Duke basketball player. But Grayson Allen got it worse than many of his predecessors.

Why? Allen, who was actually quite popular during his freshman season, started tripping opponents on the court. He also threw a few temper tantrums on the bench when he wasn't able to control himself. Duke has had a lot of hated players in its history, but Allen might be tops since Christian Laettner.

5. Odell Beckham Jr.

Beckham is known as an instigator on the football field. His feud with Josh Norman a few years back is well-documented. But it's what he's doing off the gridiron that's starting to get more attention.

The most prominent example came via a video that surfaced back in March. In the clip, Beckham is sitting with a model on a bed with a pepperoni pizza, some kind of brown cigarette and a white powder.

4. Vontaze Burfict

Burfict, who plays linebacker for the Cincinnati Bengals, cannot seem to keep himself on the football field all season long. Why? Between failed drug tests and dirty plays, he keeps getting suspended.

Burfict was suspended three games in 2016 after a dirty hit on Antonio Brown in the 2015 playoffs. He was suspended three games in 2017 after a dirty hit on Anthony Sherman before the regular season started. Now, ahead of the 2018 season, he's been suspended for performance-enhancing substances.

3. Brad Marchand

Brad Marchang licks a Toronto player.

Brad Marchand

Brad Marchand is one of the toughest, dirtiest players in the NHL in quite some time. But over the past few weeks, he's been getting more attention than ever. Why? He's been licking opponents.

Marchand, during a tussle with Tampa Bay Lightning player Ryan Callahan, licked his opponent. Now, he is apparently "on notice" from the NHL.

2. Draymond Green

Draymond Green was ejected after he got upset about a foul call.


Yep, there are two Golden State Warriors players on the list. Green, for many reasons, ranks above Durant.

Green, a product of Michigan State, was one of the biggest surprises in NBA Draft history. At 6-foot-7, 230 pounds, he was thought to be a player in-between positions at the next level. Instead, he's been one of the most important pieces on a two-time world champion.

Along the way though, he's had his incidents. For a while, he was kicking players. He slapped LeBron in the junk - a move that might have cost his team another NBA title. He got into a fight back on Michigan State's campus.

Green speaks his mind at all times. Often, it rubs people the wrong way.

1. Tom Brady

The Patriots Scored In The 1st Quarter For The 1st Time With Tom Brady

Tom Brady

New England Patriots fans love Tom Brady, and you'll never convince them otherwise. The rest of the fan bases in the NFL? Nope.

Part of Brady's hatred comes from his success on the field. Part of it comes from the fact that he's married to a supermodel. But most of it stems from Deflategate. Many consider Brady a cheater because of it. Others were just annoyed that the case took so damn long to play out. Either way, he's probably the most disliked current athlete in American sports - fair or not.