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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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  • Trouble says:

    Well if we are going to judge someone in the 1st place, which we should be doing even though it happens daily with every single person in this world. Why would you only judge them in one aspect such as what they do on the court. And pop culture doesnt rule the world of sports right now…Pop Culture rules the WORLD…where have you been the lsat 30 years????


  • Trouble says:

    Correction…..*shouldnt be doing

  • RIchard says:

    This guy Humphries is a real dick. No wonder Kim left this anus. For those of you who are anti-Kim I pray that anyone in your family will never encounter such an evil person as Humphries.

  • Anna says:

    This article got it all wrong – it’s not that he got involved with the Kardashians that makes him so hated – it’s what a huge ASSHOLE he was on the show. Keeping in mind that the show is edited by the Kardashians and shows their side more than his, he is STILL the most unattractive, immature, prick on the planet.

  • Sarah says:

    Kris is sooooo disgusting. He is such a mouth breathing, arrogant douche. He makes Scott Disick look like a cool guy.

  • Phil says:

    Things that would cause a sports fan to hate a player:
    1. Said player repeatedly terrorizes the fan’s team in clutch games with amazing play. (Example: Reggie Miller and Knicks fans in 90s.)
    2. Said player handicapping a franchise by requesting a trade. (Example: Pick any NBA diva in the past 5 years.)
    3. Said player plays for the fan’s favorite team and constantly chokes in clutch games. (Example: Alex Rodriguez in the early 2000s.)
    4. Said player is considered “dirty.” (Example: Ndamukong Suh.)

    As for on court, Humphries went from a fringe nomadic NBA player to a consistent performer and rebounding machine for the New Jersey Nets, while being paid a midlevel salary. There’s not a team in the NBA that wouldn’t mind having the guy in their front court.

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