They Still Love to Hate Me

By Eric D. Graham, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: September 24, 2010

NORTH CAROLINA (BASN) — There is a new list circulating around the Internet.

This list consists of the most hated athletes in America. And not surprisingly, almost all the athletes on the list are Black.

Among the black athletes that made the list include: Michael Vick, Tiger Woods, LeBron James, Terrell Owens, Chad Ocho Cinco, and Kobe Bryant.

But for some odd reason, I think the New England Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss might be holding a press conference somewhere because he feels that he should have made the list also.

Maybe, they do appreciate you after all Randy.

Therefore, I am assuming that PETA still hates Vick because he killed a few pit dogs. Plus, the fans of “Desperate Housewives” still hate Tiger Woods because he cheated on his Swedish wife with a couple of call girls, porn stars, strippers, and waitresses.

But with LeBron James, it’s obvious; the cities of New York, Chicago, New Jersey, and Cleveland still hate him because he decided to “take his talents to South Beach.”

The fans in Cleveland, in fact, disliked James so much that they went so far as to burn his jersey on national television. And we already know how Cavs owner Dan Gilbert feels about King James.

Kobe Bryant, on the other hand, is probably still being “hated on” because of the alleged rape case that occurred in Eagle, Colorado as well as his on court cockiness and off the court arrogance.

Despite this hatred, however, Bryant’s No. 24 Los Angeles Lakers’ jersey still continues to be one of the best selling jerseys in the NBA. Besides, everybody hates a winner.

Especially, when you have five NBA Championship rings.

But why do people hate Kobe and love Michael Jordan so much, when they act exactly the same?

Isn’t it funny, however, how Kobe is hated even more than his teammate Ron Artest, who once was the face of evil in the NBA after the “Malice in the Palace” brawl that occurred in Detroit?

Oddly, unlike all the other athletes on the most hated list, Chad Ocho Cinco and his new Cincinnati Bengals teammate Terrell Owens have never been in trouble with the law.

But people still love to hate this dynamic duo, who comedically calls themselves Batman and Robin.

As a result, I guess the hatred for the Bengals’ flamboyant wide receiver Chad Johnson has grown over the years due to his shameless self-promotion.

Sports fans, in my opinion, just want him to shut up and simply play football.

Less individualism and more team.

All of his stupid reality show appearances, silly sideline antics, dumb end zone celebrations, his tacky twits as well as his stupid name change, have football fans feeling a little disgusted.

But for Terrell Owens, it’s a totally different situation.

According to ESPN’s Skip Bayless, T.O., whom he calls “Team Obliterator,” is still hated because he is a virus in any lock room he walks in.

Whether it’s in San Francisco, Philadelphia, or Dallas, his anomalous attitude seems to spread like a staph infection and destroys any team’s chemistry.

But to be honest, we still love him.

But shockingly, with all of this hatred for all these big-time ballers, there was no Ben Roethlisberger. No Roger Clemens.

No Mark McGuire. No Lance Armstrong. No Duke Blue Devils.

No Tom Brady. No Jay Cutler. No Tim Tebow.

And no Brett Favre. C’mon on now, I know at least three dudes in my family alone, who hate Brett Favre. And let’s not talk about all of those Green Bay Packer fans, who consider him a traitor.

I’m not trying to making this a Black and White issue.

But on your next list, spread the hate around a little.

To the good people of Tennessee, I suggest that you start the next list with USC’s head football coach Lane Kiffin.