Lance Armstrong Named Forbes’ Most Disliked Athlete
Lance Armstrong‘s fall from grace just hit a new low. The cyclist who admitted to decades-long use of performance enhancing drugs has topped “Forbes'” list of Most Disliked Athletes. Only 15 percent of respondents said that Armstrong was an appealing athlete. Despite years of doping suspicions, Armstrong managed to keep a mostly positive public persona through his charitable work until he recently made his confession to Oprah. A very close second on the list was Manti Te’o, the Notre Dame football player who claimed he was the victim of an Internet hoax after finding out his online girlfriend never existed. According to “Forbes,” his likability plummeted from 88 percent appeal to 15 percent nearly overnight.
Other athletes who made the list’s top ten include Kris Humphries, who is famous for his brief marriage to Kim Kardashian, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace. NFL star Michael Vick, who has previously been number one on the Most Disliked list for his dog fighting controversy, has dropped down to number seven.
See all 10 here, and just for sh**ts and giggles, as youngsters:
Kobe Bryant 1996 Draft PortraitKobe has never fully recovered from the rape allegation in 2003. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Tony Romo 2005 Dallas Cowboys vs New York GiantsMostly due to his struggles the last couple of seasons, and for dating a Kardashian.
(Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
1996 Alex Rodriguez as a MarinerA-Rod's reported connection with PEDs provided by a Florida 'anti-aging clinic' have doomed him. (Photo credit BRIAN BAHR/AFP/Getty Images)
1988 Lance Armstrong 17 year old professional triathleteFor lying about PED use, and throwing all of his cycling friends under the bus whlie he did it.(Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Michael Vick in 2000Folks refuse to forgive him for his connection to dog fighting. Getty Images
2006 Jay Cutler at Denver Broncos Mini CampFor pulling himself out of a 2011 playoff game. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
2009 Manti Te’O USC v Notre DameDid he get duped or try to dupe the public with the feel-sorry-for-me-because-my-girlfriend-died story?(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
1990 Tiger WoodsHe cheated on his model wife with way too many women for the public to get over. Ken Levine/Allsport
2001 Kurt Busch #97For his tantrums on the radio and in front of the camera. Craig Jones /Allsport/Getty
2000: Meta World Peace, formerly Ron ArtestFor being a hot-head, but he's calmed down a bit lately. Getty Images
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