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Athletes Famous Only for Off-Court Behavior

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List Criteria: Please vote for the athletes based only on their off-court or off-field behavior, and not their level of stardom

Athletes famous only for off-court behavior are not just athletes who would be obscure without some off-field antics, these athletes are those who are household names more because of their personal or legal life, not their athletic ability. Sure we'd know who these people are for their play in football, basketball, baseball, hockey or other sports, but not at the level we know them for crazy arrests, lengthy jail sentences or marrying a Kardashian or two.

For those athletes who have more Twitter followers than Snooki and those who spend more time on television or in the pages of gossip magazines than playing their sport, being known more for their off-court behavior is easy. Everyone knows NBA player Kris Humphries for his quickie marriage to a reality star (who just might have been voted a top Hollywood douchebag) but how many can tell you what team he plays basketball for? Same thing goes for Hank Baskett, Lamar Odom or Chad Johnson. They'd all be famous, but not to the extreme level they gained by being in the entertainment spotlight.

Then there's the athletes who found their names in national headlines for the wrong reasons. NFL players OJ Simpson, Michael Vick and Michael Irvin would have been remembered as great football players had they not been convicted (or famously acquitted) for heinous crimes like murder, sexual assault and animal abuse. Like MLB steroid scandal figure Barry Bonds, all of these athletes will for years to come have an asterisk by their names.


For whichever reason we know these names, be it from their larger-than-life personalities like Dennis Rodman or their drunken adventures like John Daly, we all know many of these athletes for what they did in their spare time not what they accomplished on the court, field or ice.

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    USA, California, San Francisco

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    Kris Humphries is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Athletes Famous Only for Off-Court Behavior

    Kris Humphries Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America

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    Tonya Harding is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Athletes Famous Only for Off-Court Behavior

    Tonya Harding Portland, Oregon, United States of America

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    Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Athletes Famous Only for Off-Court Behavior

    Dennis Rodman Trenton, New Jersey, United States of America

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    Carmichael, California, USA

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    Plaxico Burress is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Athletes Famous Only for Off-Court Behavior

    Plaxico Burress Virginia, United States of America

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    Chad Ochocinco is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Athletes Famous Only for Off-Court Behavior

    Chad Ochocinco Miami, Florida, United States of America

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    Lamar Odom is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Athletes Famous Only for Off-Court Behavior

    Lamar Odom South Jamaica, New York City, New York

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    Barry Bonds is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Athletes Famous Only for Off-Court Behavior

    Barry Bonds Riverside, California, United States of America

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    Frostproof, Florida, United States of America

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    Clovis, New Mexico, United States of America

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    Kansas City, Missouri, United States of America

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    Anna Kournikova is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Athletes Famous Only for Off-Court Behavior

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    Anna Kournikova Moscow, Russia

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    Virginia, United States of America

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    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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    Ryan Leaf is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Athletes Famous Only for Off-Court Behavior

    Ryan Leaf Great Falls, Montana, United States of America

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    Reggie Bush is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Athletes Famous Only for Off-Court Behavior

    Reggie Bush Spring Valley, California, United States of America

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    Adam Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Athletes Famous Only for Off-Court Behavior

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    Adam Jones Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

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    Buffalo, New York, United States of America

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    Metta World Peace is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Athletes Famous Only for Off-Court Behavior

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    Metta World Peace Queensbridge, New York City, New York

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    Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Athletes Famous Only for Off-Court Behavior

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    Magic Johnson Lansing, Michigan, United States of America

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    Maria Sharapova is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Athletes Famous Only for Off-Court Behavior

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    Maria Sharapova Nyagan, Russia

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    Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States of America

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    Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Athletes Famous Only for Off-Court Behavior

    Mike Tyson Bedford-Stuyvesant, New York City, New York

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    Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Athletes Famous Only for Off-Court Behavior

    Allen Iverson Hampton, Virginia, United States of America

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