On Tuesday, I left you with a story on the top ten biggest sports nuisances. However, only numbers 6-10 were revealed. The list consisted of, in the following order: Brandon Jacobs, Milton Bradley, Barry Bonds, Manny Ramirez and Kurt Busch.
So as promised, it is Thursday. Onto my top five:
5. Kevin Garnett
I respect the pride and intensity that Garnett brings to the game. You rarely ever have to question his effort. But sometimes his intensity level is a bit much. His trash-talking is fine, but it is sometimes
uncalled for. Remember when he called Charlie Villanueva “cancerous?” Well, I understood what KG really meant, but he could’ve used a more appropriate word. Not to mention, he’s pretty slick on the basketball court. He throws occasional elbows and tries to play as if he didn’t do anything – mainly by raising his hands to signal innocence. If anyone has watched Garnett’s antics over the years, they get a little
tiresome. He comes off as a skinny-framed bully (yeah, I know, an oxymoron, right?).
4. Latrell Sprewell
I don’t even know what to describe Sprewell as. Despite his solid play as a basketball player, fans probably remember him for his infamous 1997 choking incident with Warriors Coach P.J Carlesimo during
practice. All Carlesimo said was to make better passes. Sprewell took offense to it and said the coach should keep his distance. Carlesimo approached him and Sprewell threatened to kill and drag him to the
ground by his throat, choking him for 10-15 seconds before teammates pulled him away. He returned thereafter and decked him. Years before, he brought a two-by-four to attempt an attack on teammate Jerome Kersey with. He had planned to bring a gun afterwards. He’s just one of those athletes that is about himself. He also has a “tiny” fuse.
3. Brett Favre
As Beyonce would say, “A Diva is a female version of a hustler.” Well, Favre broke that barrier. He was Tebow before Tebow in the sense of news coverage. It isn’t that the media chose to, it’s that he forced
himself into the news with the constant ‘will he stay, will he go’ drama. He did this about three or four times. The older he got, the worse it became. He even cried at a press conference, only to return
the following year. I practically expected every summer to be filled of Farve drama. But starting last season, the boy who cried wolf finally stopped crying.
2. Floyd Mayweather Jr.
He is the most arrogant athlete on the planet. Is he undefeated? Yes. Is he a great boxer? Yes. The biggest challenge Mayweather will have is said to be Manny Pacquiao. While I understand why he wants Pacquiao
to be tested, he should prove he can beat him regardless of those advantages he could have. Make the fight happen as soon as you get out of jail. The public is sick of hearing when and if this fight happens. If Mayweather wasn’t such a d-bag, I’d tolerate this.
1. Tim Tebow
My god (no pun intended), do I need to discuss why myself, and others, are annoyed? This is seriously concerning. Just watch ESPN any time – particularly when the football season is ongoing. You’ll start to
wonder if he’s the only player in the league.
Let me be clear. This is a list of sports figures that annoy me. In part one of this piece, I wrote that I want to deck these athletes. I do, but not of all them.
Tim Tebow may be the most annoying, pain-in-the-neck athlete to me, but I don’t despise him. I feel the same the way for a person like Barry Bonds. He’s a phenomenal player; he is my favorite baseball player ever. The scandal surrounded around him was simply less-than-satisfying to hear about.
Make no mistake about it, some of the athletes on the list, I truly don’t like in general. The number two choice on this list is a quintessential example of this. No pulling punches here.
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