Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace Join Lance, Te'o, A-Rod As Most Disliked Athletes

Jesse DorseyFeatured ColumnistFebruary 5, 2013

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 27:  Metta World Peace #15 of the Los Angeles Lakers talks to Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center on January 27, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Lakers have always been a polarizing organization, so seeing Kobe Bryant and Metta World Peace as two of the most disliked athletes in America in a Forbes list is no surprise whatsoever.

Metta and Kobe are the only pair of teammates on the list, although it seems like they've slipped a bit further down with a lot of debauchery going on in the sports world over the course of the past couple of years.

They join Manti Te'o, Lance Armstrong and Alex Rodriguez among other athletes whom the public just can't seem to stand.

Sure, Metta may have elbowed James Harden in the neck before the playoffs last year, but he's generally come across as a nice dude when he's not going off the cuff and completely killing his image for the hundredth time.

Besides, how can there be that much hate for a guy who has been on an episode of Yo Gabba Gabba! and has made a video where he has a bunch of kids give him advice on how to handle playing with his new teammates?

To me, he's definitely a guy who's easy to hate, but there's a lot of cuddliness in Metta when he's not a complete lunatic.

As for Kobe Bryant, that's less of a surprise than seeing any other sports star in the entire country on the list. It would be more surprising to see him excluded.

It seems as if Kobe gets a lot of negativity thrown his way for his standoffish attitude, something that has plagued him for the entirety of his career.

On top of that, it seems like he got off on the wrong foot when he came into the NBA, as he was one of the first real competitors to Michael Jordan's legacy as the first super-duper star shooting guard after Michael won everyone's hearts.

There's a splashy legal history with both players, and a bit of strange behavior on both of their parts, although on completely different ends of the spectrum.

While Kobe is weird in that he seems to have no desire to really "act" like a basketball player, Metta is weird because he's weird. After all, he did have a personal assistant whose job at one point was to make cookie runs and investigate mushrooms in the backyard that looked like snake eggs.

It's just another day in the life of both players. Odds are that they'll be on the list again next year as well.