- Athletes you don’t like
Lewis Hamilton – it’s the diamond earrings. Ugh.
Serena Williams – vile
Novak Djokovic – total a++e
Seb Coe – arrogant
Jeremy Guscott – arrogant
Freddie Flintoff – the death of Top Gear
Ronaldo – Cheat. Although he is hardly alone in this.
Not sure why Andy Murray gets so much stick. I think he is a quite a humorous good-natured character. When he isn’t actually playing of course.
Lewis Hamilton – someone above said not fit??? Jesus. Obviously never tried car racing then.Posted 4 months agobsimsMember
Will Carling – unbearably smug.
I heard an anecdote about a Leicester vs Harlequins match where Will Carling had made a comment to a Leicester supporter from the field. The supporter in question waited around after the game had finished and punched Will Carling in the face. A witness to this, commented “ that’s the first time I have seen a fan hit the shit!”
I hope it is true.Posted 4 months agodeadlydarcyMember
Not sure I’m keen on these threads. They can get a bit unpleasant. However, I’m here now… 😀
I’ve always liked listening to David Walsh being interviewed (one of the journos that went after Lance) about professional sports people. And given his reputation for sports writing, he probably has a better insight into this group of people than nearly all of us here. He always says (and I paraphrase) that he’s always told his kids that when they look for role-models, that professional sportsmen and sportswomen are amongst the last groups to which they should look, because they’re nearly all arseholes anyway. For me, it’s often easier to judge a sportsperson on how they live their life post-career and if they make an attempt to “put/give something back”. To this extent, I have a lot of time for, say, Didier Drogba (Who I really didn’t like as a player) but had gone on to do good things with his fame and fortune. Sure they’re entitled to a private life too of course.
I had no idea what arseholes Chris Sutton and Robbie Savage were until they got jobs on 5Live.
Seems to be a lot of animosity towards motorsportists – not s fan of the genre but have watched all the good quality documentaries about the various different ones that have come out in the last few years. They all seem pretty unpleasant but I guess you don’t win F1 races by being a nice chap.Posted 4 months agoDezBSubscriber
Wouldn’t say I don’t like them, but there are a few rugby players I can’t understand why they’re so rated. They do one or 2 quite skilful things in a season, but most of what i see is them doing stuff that ruins their team. Both are no. 10s – Quade Cooper and Elton JantjiesPosted 4 months ago
They’re about as near as get to disliking someone.
James DeGale comes across as a bit of a knobber, but mostly I don’t like his boxing style, so I don’t like him.
Don’t like any golfers but thats because I don’t like golf.brakesMember
I used to love playing football. I still like it.
I used to love watching football. I hate watching it now.
Neymar’s cheating and diving antics typify the aspect of the game that has ruined my love of it – the need to “win” a free-kick or a penalty and the player behaviour that breeds.Posted 4 months agoCletusMember
Glenn Hoddle – his dislike of Raheem Sterling is so transparent and ridiculous. Never gives the lad any credit and homes in on the most trivial incidents to criticise him whilst other players in the England team play poorly without getting flask.
Seeing him almost bursting into tears after the Champions League final was (very small) consolation for seeing the trophy go to AnfieldPosted 4 months agobinnersSubscriber
Lawrenson should have been pensioned off about twenty years ago. He’s like Marvin the paranoid android. And Chris Sutton could start an argument in an empty room
But nothing makes me want to kick the telly in more than the dulcet scouse tones of Steve McManomanomman, who spent most of career sat on the bench and somewhat inexpli Inez still has a career as a commentator
He talks utter shite!Posted 4 months agoRusty SpannerSubscriber
Neymar ruins football, but he’s not alone.
No one mentioned Suarez yet. There’s one to get your teeth into.
And before such cynicism became so common, I absolutely hated Steve McMahon. Nasty, horrible footballer.
Joey Barton comes across as an utterly reprehensible human being as well, both on and off the pitch.
John Terry, Paolo Di Canio etc…..Posted 4 months agoSaxonRiderSubscriber
What flange says. They’re not supposed to be likeable.
See, I disagree with this. Well, maybe they don’t have to be likeable per se, but sportsmanship – which I would at least in part interpret as being a decent human being – is part of the appeal of a good athlete. I mean, who are you going to respect more: the athlete who you hear in the news helped some old lady who broke her hip on the street, or the athlete you hear in the news was complaining that life isn’t fair because some opponent knocked him, and his paycheque isn’t big enough?
Maybe it’s not the best example/analogy, but you know what I mean. It’s only about the results the individual produces in his/her own sport; it’s also about how they go about achieving those results, as well as what they do in the meantime.Posted 4 months agotaxi25Member
Not sure I understand this – they’re athletes, not tv presenters (apart from those that now are) or someone I spend time with down the pub. They can be complete narcissists for all I care, if they’re awesome at their chosen sport then what does it matter?
+1 grown ups going on about people they don’t know and have probably never even met. Discussing how dislikable they are often for the most trivial of reasons 🙁🙁Posted 4 months agowesleyspencer9Member
I’ve worked in anti doping for the last 14 years. This means I’ve met athletes I’ve wanted too and athletes I’ve no interest in. All I’ll say is I’ve learnt to have no preconceptions!
TV does not give an accurate picture of some people.
Saying that. I’ve met some complete nobs!Posted 4 months agow00dsterSubscriber
Over the years I’ve actually really warmed to Froome as a racer. He actually illuminates races. Getting into a break with Sagan, riding on the top tube in a solo attack and the attack in last years Giro, showed real determination. Not many other GC contenders attack like he does. Especially Quintana. Contador was similar in his attacking to Froome and he is a Demi God in the Latin countries.Posted 4 months ago
He also shows his vulnerabilities, he is not the autobot people perceive and when he is in difficulty it’s written all over his face.
Tiger Woods is probably the only sports person I’d say I don’t want to win. Possibly Paula Radcliffe back in the day as well, not sure I trust her anti PED stance.glasgowdanMember
Is anyone who sits down for a living (drivers) really an athlete?!
I can’t stand the pole vaulter Holly Bradshaw. She’s a dour-faced grump who can’t even decide for herself if it’s too windy to jump (looks at her coach away in the stand to tell her when to jump between gusts).
Posted 4 months ago13thfloormonkMember
I don’t know why it is that I like some unstoppable winners (e.g. Sagan in his prime) but not others (especially when they’re reputed to be super nice guys) but for some reason I’ve not warmed to Mathieu van der Poel. I think he is the definition of ‘playstation cycling’ as he just wins by being soooo much better than everyone else, which seems weirdly unsportsmanlink 😆
Which is why I much prefer Wout van Aert who seems to play by the rules a bit more, loved his (almost) Strade Bianchi comeback when he just time trialled up to the two leaders then steam trained past them (only to be quickly caught and relegated to third) but also felt genuinely delighted at his sprint win in CdD.
Also: Have I missed something?? How have we got this far into the thread without anyone mentioned Sergio Ramos?Posted 4 months agoBadlyWiredDogSubscriber
he’s always told his kids that when they look for role-models, that professional sportsmen and sportswomen are amongst the last groups to which they should look, because they’re nearly all arseholes anyway.
I’ve always been bemused that athletes are ‘supposed’ to be role models. These are men and women who are paid – often – lots of money for essentially useless skills like being able to ride a bicycle very fast, kick a ball very hard, jump very high etc. Why on earth have we created a culture which also expects them to be articulate, intelligent, morally upright, inspirational etc?
Even if you do have a ‘right’ to ‘like’ or ‘dislike’ someone you don’t even know, you should maybe question where that tendency takes you in the light of the villification of, say, Raheem Sterling in the media or the borderline racism directed at Tyson Fury or numerous others. They’re just people displaying the full range of character traits that people have. Some of them less obviously sympathetic than others. Turning them into cartoon cutout objects of derision or adoration may be understandable, but the process is arguably a pretty negative one for us as a society. Hello tabloid culture.
In really simple terms we’re teaching young people that it’s acceptable and normal to dislike – and often ‘hate’ – people we don’t really know on the basis of superficial appearances and behaviour.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t deplore unpleasant actions – someone like Joey Barton appears to be a violent thug for example, but you could even argue that he’s partly the product of mixing someone with what appear to be mental health issues, with a culture of sports celebrity that prizes athletic ability over all else.
So no, I don’t dislike athletes. It seems like a borderline ridiculous thing to do and one that says more about us and our culture than about them.Posted 4 months agoDrJMember
I was going to add a comment on what a load of judgemental cockwombles you are claiming to know enough about a person who has worked hard to become outstanding in their chosen field of endeavour.
Yeah, Lewis Hamilton
and Serena Williams
and basically any Liverpool player ever.
I was all set to dislike Tom Dumoulin on account of his being Dutch, but he seems like a decent guy.
Always kind of liked Peter Sagan, though. Plus he did a great astronomy series.Posted 4 months agoocriderMember
So in summary, the over entitled, tax exiles and footballers?
Sounds about right.
What’s gets my goat more than anything is that these arses are earning shedloads of money and not paying taxes whilst living the best life, doing what they have always wanted to do.
And I’m not!Posted 4 months agoandytherocketeerSubscriber
goes in phases, but many that I’d have wanted to win in the past, I’d actively unsupport now for being childish and unsportsmanlike.
Vettel’s the new top of the list, but I was glad he beat Alonso, just like Alonso beat Schumacher
Schumacher was on the list for being a sore loser, but got the benefit of the doubt after such life changing injuries
Always “never liked” Pete Sampras for some reason
Sharapova never liked and then she gave good reason
Liverpool and Spurs – well I totally loathe football anyway, but those are the ones where friends go on and on and on and on and ariston about those teams, when they don’t come from either the North West nor London, but do call them “we”. So I happily cheer when they lose.
Tiger Woods definitely on the list, but it’s hard to tell how much was due to prescription drug addiction and the US healthcare system where money buys whatever you want, and your doc pockets a commission for complying with your request to overrule their medical expertise.Posted 4 months ago
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