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Suh, Vick, Plax highlight most-disliked athletes

Posted on: February 8, 2012 12:37 pm
Edited on: February 8, 2012 8:19 pm
Suh's moved past his Thanksgiving mistake, but the public hasn't forgotten yet. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Not breaking news: Michael Vick is an unpopular athlete when it comes to public polling. This has been true since Vick went to jail for dogfighting and it remains true to this day. But it's a bit surprising to see Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh climbing the charts (sliding the chutes?) of the most unpopular athletes in the world.

According to a survey done by Nielson and published by Forbes, Suh checks in as the fourth-least-liked athlete in the world, behind only Vick, Tiger Woods and Plaxico Burress.

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It's not entirely shocking that Suh would end up on this list. He's easily recognizable as the second-overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft and someone who has a pile of endorsements. He also stepped on an opponent on a nationally-televised Thanksgiving Day game against the Packers and drew a two-game suspension.

He's regarded in some corners as "dirty" and in many places as a "bad boy" of the NFL, regardless of whether or not that's accurate. According to Forbes, Suh's lack of popularity is a total 180-degree turn, as he was on the list of most popular athletes just four months ago.

"He went from being so popular to being a pariah in one season," says Stephen Master, VP of Sports for Nielson.

Fortunately for Suh, an incident-free 2012 will go a long way towards cleaning up his image. Guys like Plaxico and Vick, who served actual prison time, as well as Tiger, who suffered through a public infidelity scandal the likes of which we've never seen, have a much higher hill to climb if they want to regain their popularity among the general populace.

Dropping out of the top-10 most-hated list from the NFL this time around? Al Davis (passed away), Jerry Jones (must have become sympathetic with the Cowboys missing the playoffs?), Ben Roethlisberger (was never actually charged?) and Randy Moss (retired).

The lesson as always? Time heals all wounds. Some times it just takes longer for some people.

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Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2012 1:49 pm

Suh, Vick, Plax highlight most-disliked athletes

Stomping on another player, yes.  But let's not forget his incident in the northwest this past year where he was out running over lightposts, etc., and denied one of his passengers (an apparent married skank, no less) help in getting medical attention.  Then there's the willingness of authorities there to simply sweep it all under the rug.  Very dislikeable, indeed.

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2012 1:47 pm
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Since: Nov 16, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2012 1:37 pm

Suh, Vick, Plax highlight most-disliked athletes

What surprises me is that atheletes like
Gilbert Arenas who singlehandely ruined--at least prevented an improvement- the Wizards,
Bret Farve whose childish pouting and game playing spoiled seasons for two NFL teams,
Allen Iverson whose "need" to start spoiled another team's season

are not on the list.  So what if an athelete goes to prison or is unfaithful-how many are?- at least they did it to themselves and did not affect others.  Let's not judge Tiger, Suh, and Paxico so much.  If, lilke Plaxico and Tiger you have lost it professionally, so be it.

Since: Feb 4, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2012 1:34 pm

The adventures of Ron Mexico

- financing an illegal interstate gambling ring
- running an illegal interstate gambling ring for six years
- fighting dogs
- killing dogs
- killing dogs in especially fun ways, like electricution and drowning
- knowingly giving a woman herpes
- sneaking marijuana on a plane
- owning a waterbottle that has a marijuana smuggling compartment
- providing a vehicle for drug dealing
- giving the double bird to kids after a Falcons game
- blew off Eagles off-season workouts
- stealing money from a pension fund
- having someone shot at his birthday party
- lied about leaving "hours" before someone was shot at his party
- being a coach killer
- being a big jerk
- hiring an agent while still in college
- Marcus Vick
- not paying back his creditors because he needs two houses (one of which was built while he was in prison)
- lying about dog fighting
- screwing over that sweet old man Arthur Blank
- missing 14 games with a 4-6 week injury - the same injury that forced him to miss only one game at Virginia Tech
- Ron Mexico
- providing a house for drug dealing (the original reason Bad Newz Kennels was raided)
- failing a drug test
- being accused of using steroids
- can't read the blitz
- can't hold onto the ball
- can't throw accuratly
- can't put touch on the ball
- can't complete the short pass
- can't audible  
- children out of wedlock
- last one in the building for practice
- first one to leave the building after practice
- cheated on his girlfriend (re: Ron Mexico incident)
- fragile as Bob Sanders
- promoting 'pump and dump' stock scheme via twitter
- kicking a football at a Washington Redskins cheerleader

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