Most Disliked Athletes: Lance Armstrong, Manti Te’O Top Annual List
Are you surprised that Lance Armstrong is at the top of the most disliked athletes list?
The embattled cyclist, who is currently being sued for lying about taking performance enhancement drugs, is the most disliked athlete in American sports.
Armstrong has been doing his best to restore his public image recently but the American people aren’t buying it. The annual Forbes poll, which was conducted by Nielsen and E-Poll Market Research, found that the majority of Americans say Armstrong as “pompous, arrogant and unapologetic” after his interview with Oprah.
Behind Lance comes another controversial athlete: Manti Te’o.
The Notre Dame star was the center of the most bizarre sports stories of the year last month when it was revealed that his dead girlfriend never actually existed. Manti Te’o may have been the victim of the hoax but football fans aren’t being too sympathetic to the linebacker. Manti Te’o was only viewed positively by 15% of people.
Tiger Woods came in at number three ahead of Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. Cutler may have placed higher on the list if the story about his proposal to Kristin Cavallari hit the news cycle a little earlier.
Metta World Peace came in at number five despite his bizarre name change while Alex Rodriguez, Michael Vick, Kurt Busch, Kobe Bryant and Tony Romo rounded out the top 10.
Last year’s poll featured several of the same names but also included athletes like Lebron James, Kris Humphries and Ndamukong Suh.
What do you think of the most disliked athletes list? Who do you think deserves to be on this list?