Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

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Vote up the current or former athletes who inspire the most controversy and spirited debates among sports fans.

Latest additions: Derrick Rose, Bartolo Colón, Bill Russell
Most divisive: Ndamukong Suh

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? 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 up the players you think fit the bill below.

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