Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments People In Sports
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Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

List Criteria: Only athletes who are among the most debated in sports.

A list of athletes who are passionately loved and hated by sports fans. These divisive, controversial sports stars inspire both love and bile from the fan community in equal measure. Is Allen Iverson among the greatest players of his day, or an arrogant ball hog? Does Tim Tebow keep pulling out these miraculous victories because of innate ability, or is he coasting off the skill and tenacity of his teammates? Is Barry Bonds a stoic hero, or the ultimate baseball villain?

These questions and more have divided sports fans and caused more bar room arguments, than any political decision in recent memory. And with good cause. This list collects the most argued-about and widely discussed figures from the world of sports. Vote for the players you love to hate (or hate to love), and if we've missed any athletes that make you bicker with your friends over beers, be sure to suggest them at the bottom of the page.

Who are the most controversial athletes? Vote on the person you think fits that bill when ranking this list.
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    the people's #1 1987

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    1971

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    added by ravi2 1963

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    most listed & added by pepdek 1978

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    ranked low on reranks 1984

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    often listed & added by pepdek 1968

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    often listed & added by PW Punk 1988

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    ranked low on reranks 1963

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    often listed & added by Benjamin Dunn 1982

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    added by mikerhoads 1886

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    added by mikerhoads 1981

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    added by Benjamin Dunn 1986

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1985

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    often listed & added by wiabux 1985

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