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Why Do People Hate Kris Humphries More Than LeBron James?

Submitted by on December 23, 2011 – 12:29 pm6 Comments

So, have you heard about this new Nielsen and E-Poll Market Research poll that asked people about which NBA players they hate the most? If not, it’s pretty interesting. It features a couple of surprises (do people really hate Tony Parker?), a couple of pretty obvious answers (Kobe Bryant!), and at least one result that’s almost too crazy to be true: People hate Kris Humphries right now more than they hate LeBron James.

That result is incredible, because: A) If this poll was done just one year ago, LeBron would have been head and shoulders above everyone else on this list thanks to The Decision. B) If this poll was done just one year ago, Humphries wouldn’t have been in the top 100 because, frankly, no one knew who he was. And, C) The inclusion of Humphries shows just how much Kim Kardashian has influenced peoples’ opinions of both her and those around her.

Seriously, you can’t tell me that people actually hate Kris Humphries as much as they do. He didn’t make himself a household name playing for a team and then deciding to up and leave them on national TV like LeBron did. He didn’t rule the NBA for 15 years like Kobe did. He didn’t even allegedly cheat on his celebrity wife like Parker did. All he did was become involved with and eventually marry a reality TV star and that automatically makes him the most hated man in the NBA? Please.

If nothing else, this poll proves that pop culture rules the world of sports right now. We don’t judge athletes solely on what they can and can’t do on the court anymore. We judge them by who they’re involved with off the court and what the tabloids say about them. We care more about who’s buying a big house, who’s driving a fancy car, and, yes, who’s dating a Kardashian than we do about who’s actually performing well in their sport. And that’s never been more evident than it is after taking a look at the results of this poll. There’s absolutely no way people should feel more strongly about Kris Humphries than they do about LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. And, yet, they do. It’s a little sad and very disappointing for sports fans to hear, but this is the way of the world today. And, the worst part? It’s only going to get worse. Just wait ’til you see what happens to whoever Kim K dates next…

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