(CNN) — Manti Te’o and Lance Armstrong both started the year with headlines they would just as soon like to forget. Now, they are part of a list just as humbling, as Forbes has published a list of the most disliked American athletes.
Here’s the final tally:
- Manti Te’o 15% Appeal
- Lance Armstrong 15% Appeal
- Tiger Woods 19% Appeal
- Jay Cutler 21% Appeal
- Metta World Peace 21% Appeal
- Alex Rodriguez 22% Appeal
- Michael Vick 23% Appeal
- Kurt Busch 27% Appeal
- Kobe Bryant 27% Appeal
- Tony Romo 27% Appeal
Forbes listed the following as for the criteria for the survey:
According to Nielsen’s polling, which it conducts on a rolling basis with the help of E-Poll, an Encino, Calif.-based market research firm. Candidates were limited to active athletes with a minimum of 10% awareness (Armstrong is now barred from officially sanctioned events, but still competes as an athlete, hence for all practical purposes he is active).
It seems to makes sense that the top two names that pop up in the survey are also the main characters in two of the biggest sports stories in recent memory.
Armstrong came out in January and admitted he lied about taking PED’s, stating he did indeed dope during his prolific career.
His interview with Oprah Winfrey was supposed to be the biggest bombshell of the year, only to be outdone by another, far more peculiar story the same week.
The Manti Te’o saga of a deceased girlfriend who never actually existed leaked far beyond the realm of sports, captivating those who would normally stay clear of college football peripherals.
Armstrong bullied past colleagues in the hopes of keeping his deceit a secret, so there is no shock he is seen in such a deplorable light.
As for Te’o, it’s very clear the nation has drawn a line of sorts, and most are on the side who still, at least in part, blame the former Notre Dame linebacker for a beautiful story that turned out to be a farce.
As for the others, it’s a list with little shock when you consider the polarizing names that pepper the breakdown.
One of those names is former Denver Bronco Jay Cutler. The quarterback lost a lot of respect in around his current stomping grounds in Chicago when he was seen walking into a nightclub the same day he was too injured to play in the 2011 NFC Championship game.
It seems even two years later, Cutler’s likability has never really recovered.
Similarly, Tiger Woods may never capture the fanbase that deserted him the second he crashed his SUV.
Kris Humphries and LeBron James are cleared from the list they once featured in, along with Plaxico Burress (gun bust), Ndamukong Suh (dirty play) and Terrell Owens (all-around pot stirrer).