The most controversial athletes of all time [PHOTOS]

Ryan McClenagan Contributor
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Here is a collection of the world’s most controversial athletes in sports.


Meta World Peace. Formerly known as Ron Artest, Metta is a reasonably talented guard who has played for multiple teams throughout his NBA career. Ironically, Mr. World Peace is best know for going into the stands and fighting fans during a game with the Detroit Pistons. (Photo: Reuters)

Quarterback Tim Tebow talks to the media as the New England Patriots open their training camp in Foxboro, Massachusetts

Tim Tebow. The former NFL quarterback is arguably more famous for his off-the-field personality and religious views. (Photo: Reuters)

PGA: Farmers Insurance Open-Second Round

Tiger Woods. Arguably the greatest golfer of all time, Woods’ multiple outlandish sexual escapades and his subsequent divorce, in addition to recent injuries, have diminished his success in the last several years. (Photo: Reuters)


Lance Armstrong. He was the world’s top cyclist and an inspiration to millions, but saw his empire crumble after being exposed for blood doping. (Photo: Reuters)

NBA: Sacramento Kings at Los Angeles Lakers

Floyd Mayweather Jr. He is the world’s premier boxer and is still undefeated, but he also draws massive criticism for his lavish spending and grandiose personality. (Photo: Reuters)

Former NBA basketball player Rodman speaks to the media after returning from his trip to North Korea at Beijing airport

Dennis Rodman. Well-known for being one of Michael Jordan’s crucial wingmen on the court, Rodman has always been seen as controversial for his personality and off-court antics. Recently, he has gained bizarre attention for his “diplomatic trips” to North Korea. (Photo: Reuters)


Mike Tyson. While he did have a short-lived career, Tyson is commonly regarded as the most dominant boxer in history. However, his career ended in spectacular fashion with issues ranging from bankruptcy to rape convictions. (Photo: Reuters)

New England Patriot' Hernandez scores a third quarter touchdown past New York Giants' Grant at the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game in Indianapolis

Aaron Hernandez. He was said to be the most versatile tight end in the NFL and a key to the success of the New England Patriots offense. Hernandez is now charged with first-degree murder and five other charges. (Photo: Reuters)

Tonya Harding of the United States cries after stopping her performance because of her skate. She wa..

Tonya Harding. The Olympic figure skater pleaded guilty of a conspiring charge after her ex-husband and bodyguard hired a man to assault her teammate and competitor Nancy Kerrigan at the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. (Photo: Reuters)

File photo shows OJ Simpson and Los Angeles attorney Johnnie ...

O.J. Simpson. The highly talented professional running back gained even more fame as an actor. He is, however, most remembered for being acquitted in the murder trial of his wife. (Photo: Reuters)