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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: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 5:54 pm

Suh, Vick, Plax highlight most-disliked athletes

Mista P, I think you're a little out of touch with reality.  They are NOT simply doing the exact same things found in every other human workplace environment on this planet.  Not by a long shot. 

You're still missing the entire point.  It's not a matter of sitting around "hating" on others.  It's a matter of judging others based on their actions (like you did, jumping to the stupid "emo" conclusion), and answer the question asked.  Who's "mad at these guys".  I'm not.  There are simply guys who I think are crapbags and don't like.

I love the way you excuse everyone's actions because "they get emotional in the game".  Everyone gets emotional in the game.  They don't all act stupid when they do, and they deserved to be judged on their actions.  You really might want to visit reality some time, it's not that bad a place, but the world where you live, where people are not judged on their actions, doesn't exist. 

You criticize judging others, then write a post that does exactly that.  Pure genius.

Since: Apr 24, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2012 5:51 pm

Suh, Vick, Plax highlight most-disliked athletes

Suh- stomping a guy on the ground is a punk move.
Vick-Dog murderer....enough said.
Plax- Giant fans hate him because he killed a chance for the team to go back to back with his selfish, irresponsible.

No, they didn't do anything wrong, that's why two of them did time and Suh gets regular visits to Principle's Gadell's office.

They deserve what they get.

Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2012 5:49 pm

Suh, Vick, Plax highlight most-disliked athletes

i personally like the way Suh plays. No one can say  he doesnt bring it all every game. He plays defence the way it wa meant to be played. you know going in , if he gets a hold of you are going to feel it. He gets paid to defend his area , and he is one of the best at it doing it. While i do enjoy the long touchdowns , i really enjoy watching a QB eat the turf. Keep it up Suh!

Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 5:48 pm

Suh, Vick, Plax highlight most-disliked athletes

I actually don't disagree with some of your remarks but are you a idiot? First off stop with the caps, you do not make a point but only draw more attention to a person that feels the need to capitalize their post to bring attention to themselve. I know Suh and trust me he is not good looking, but what ever floats your boat. I can see why people dislike these guys but they are in the spotlight and have to deal with it, they are playing a game. Trust me there are far worse people in the business world then the sports world. I may be wrong here but didn't the term HATER go away a long time ago? Sounds like a damn elementary school KID wrote ypur post.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 5:47 pm

Suh, Vick, Plax highlight most-disliked athletes

The whole racism angle is just so tiring. Yes, racism exists and it may factor into this list to some small degree, but it's hardly a deciding factor of who makes a list like this.

Michael Vick is not disliked because he is black. Vick offended about 50% of the population in America. He pissed off one of the largest demographic groups in the entire country. Dog lovers. The fact is that if you want to make yourself into an enemy of half the population in America, you can accomplish that in one hot minute by abusing a dog. Doesn't make one bit of difference if you're black, white or purple. You abuse a dog, and that story goes on TV, half of America will hate your guts forever. End of story.

The fact is that Tiger Woods was a huge star and one of the most popular athtletes in America prior to his scandal...and the fact is that the very same public who once held him in high esteem, now reject him. So the same public who once liked him have suddenly turned racist? C'mon. People now dislike him not because he had an affiar, but because he was essentially a complete fraud in terms of his public persona. He had millions of fans, a huge chunk of them white, and his fans feel he was a fraud so now he has mlllions who don't like him. Simple as that.

Plaxico? I can say as a Giants fan that I'm no fan of his. I don't hate people I don't know, so to say I hate Plaxico wouldn't be accurate. But I sure don't like him. Why? Because he torpedoed what might have been a run at the Super Bowl for my Giants. He'd be on my most disliked athlete list forever, right along side that big mouth Jeremy Shockey and the over stuffed walking talking ego named Tiki Barber.

To say Big Ben got a pass and to suggest that is because of race might be reasonable, except for the fact that he's made the list in past years. So the people polled are racist when they leave Ben off the list, but not racist when he's on the list? That's just silly.

The reality? If you're an athtlete and you kill and torture a bunch of dogs, betray the trust of a few million fans, stomp on another player and have that act broadcast thousands of time nationwide, are an ego manical steroid user with one of the biggest sports contracts ever playing for one of the most hated teams in baseball etc, etc, you're going to end up on a list like that...and the color of your skin has nothing to do with it.

Since: Nov 8, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2012 5:34 pm

Suh, Vick, Plax highlight most-disliked athletes

Hey    yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh  bark at the moon !!!!   

Since: Dec 24, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2012 5:23 pm

Suh, Vick, Plax highlight most-disliked athletes

Suh's current unpolularity is a direct result of the NFL's efforts to turn the league into a live action video game.  He plays the game hard, and his so called "dirty play" has precisely the effect it is intended on opposing players...come into his zone and you will pay the price.  It's the same way the game was played by "Mean Joe" Greene, Dick Butkis, "Night Train" Lane...all Hall of Fame players who had a reputation for a little "extracurricular activity" on the field.  Of course, that was before the NFL made it essentially illegal for an offensive player to be touched.

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2012 5:17 pm

Suh, Vick, Plax highlight most-disliked athletes

@lostribe1  Not all Us Bears fans are whinney. Just most of us!

Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2012 4:58 pm

Suh, Vick, Plax highlight most-disliked athletes

Hawkman77, we are referring to mostly young athletes.  Everyone of them are treated badly in the media because you actually hear/read about the awful things they do.  Lots of other athletes are just as awful in their own lives at times, yet the media doesn't baby you about them.  Making baseless cliche judgements about athletes you have been informed of making their poor decisions is just hilarious.   Athletes are just like other people, who work in a workplace.  They get emotional in the the games and they make dumb decisions like the rest of us.

Why I want to keep hating on these people makes no sense.  They are simply doing the exact same things found in every other human workplace environment on this planet.  Hating gets old man, getting overly emo yourself about the dumb decisions of others is worthless at the end of the day.  It is hilarious seeing peeps get mad at these guys.  Treating oneself as a type of princess of ethics, compared to others, is a questionable perspective.

Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 4:52 pm

Suh, Vick, Plax highlight most-disliked athletes

Well you let it out of the bag your sexual preference by calling these guys"good looking". By the way i have met them and they were jerks. nuff said

That's just like a immature ass crybaby like you... Can't attack the message, so attack the messenger!!! 


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