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10 Selfish Athletes Who Put the "I" in "Teiam"

DeSean "DiSpute" Jackson, and the top 10 most individualistic athletes in team sports history.

Back in February, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson appeared on The View to surprise one of his biggest fans, Nadin Khoury, a 13-year-old Pennsylvanian who was the victim of teen bullying. Jackson literally gave Khory the jersey off his back, in a truly touching moment that showed the Pro Bowl receiver’s compassionate side.

Well, so much for all of that.

This season, Jackson’s public persona has gotten slammed due to an ongoing contract dispute that may or may not be affecting his play on the field. The story reached a boiling point November 12 when Jackson missed a mandatory team meeting and, as a result, was benched the following day in a must-win game against the Arizona Cardinals. A game the Eagles lost.

While the team initially reported that Jackson “overslept,” the star receiver refused to give an explanation for his absence, and questions loom over whether he was making a statement. Nonetheless, the ongoing issue is making Jackson unpopular among some teammates, who have grown frustrated with Jackson’s contract-fueled... frustration.

Still, Jackson's got a ways to go before entering the upper pantheon of “Me-First” athletes in team sports. Here is the definitive list; the Mount Rushmore of selfish star players (if Mount Rushmore had 10 heads).


Sean smiles for the cameras.

He's the lone hockey representative on this list, and who better than the “Most Hated Player in the NHL?” Avery has been a headache for four different NHL franchises, and is currently in his second stint with the New York Rangers.

Known as one of the league’s dirtiest players, with one of the biggest mouths (he infamously called out Calgary Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf for getting his “sloppy seconds” with actress Elisha Cuthbert), Avery even had a league rule named after him—simply for being a dick. Following an incident with Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils in the 2008 NHL Playoffs, The “Sean Avery Rule” was enacted to prohibit players from waiving their sticks in the face of an opposing goalie. Sean Avery, ladies and gentlemen...

As the only wide receiver taken first overall in the NFL Draft the last 27 years (1996), it was no surprise that Johnson entered the league with a sense of entitlement. Or that Johnson earned the nickname Me-Shawn. Or that this was the title of his rookie season autobiography.

Throughout his career, Johnson gained a reputation for being difficult with both teammates and coaches. He feuded with fellow Jets wide receiver Wayne Chrebet, arguing—you guessed it—that he should receive more passes. In 2003, as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Keyshawn was suspended by coach Jon Gruden for the final six games of the season due to his conduct. Hell, earlier that year, after Johnson won the only Super Bowl title of his career, he donned a Pittsburgh Steelers jersey during the post-game celebration. He played for the Buccaneers. You can’t make this stuff up.

One of the NBA's biggest fan favorites after entering the league in 1999, Carter became the game’s new “human highlight reel,” owing to his explosive dunks (most notably in the 2000 All-Star Slam Dunk Contest, and over Frederic Weis in the 2000 Summer Olympics). Unfortunately, nagging injuries sapped Carter’s athleticism and derailed a great career early in its tracks.

Even more unfortunate, Carter became a malcontent towards the end of his playing days on the Toronto Raptors. By the 2004 season, many in the media accused Carter of dogging it on the court in an effort to force a trade out of Toronto—which is exactly what happened in December, when he was dealt to the New Jersey Nets. But was the writing on the wall? This is a player who chose to attend his college graduation on the same day as Game 7 of the 2001 Eastern Conference finals, a game the Raptors went on to lose, with Carter missing the game-winning shot. At least he put his education first?


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