Top 10 Most Controversial Free Agent Signings in SportsIn sports, a player becomes a free agent once their contract expires and they are then free to sign with any team they want. And while that decision is completely up to them, some signings just leave a bad taste in the mouths of sports fans everywhere. Here are ten free agent signings that ruffled the feathers of the sports universe.
The Top Ten
The Oklahoma City Thunder were up 3 games to 1 against the Golden State Warriors in the 2016 Western Conference Finals. The job was simple: win one game and they would be in the NBA Finals playing the Cavaliers. However, the Thunder failed to clinch the series despite having three opportunities and the Warriors moved onto the Finals. In those three games, Kevin Durant severely underperformed and had he played anywhere near his normal level of play, the Thunder would have definitely won the series. A few months later, Durant signed with the Warriors adding a whole new meaning to the phrase "If you can't beat them, join them". The fact that he signed with a team that won an NBA record 73 games in the regular season and that they were the team he wasn't good enough to beat, coupled with the way he lied to and backstabbed his Thunder teammates (especially Russell Westbrook) to win a championship while doing as little work as possible made him the most hated player possibly in NBA history. ...more
He wouldn't have won Finals MVP if he did as little work as possible. I mean, averaging 29 8 and 5 on over 50% shooting from the field, 38% shooting from 3, and 88% shooting free throws doesn't look like little as possible to me.
Kevin’s a snake
My Dad told me that Philadelphians only teach their kids to hate three things:
3. The Dallas Cowboys
And yeah, that is completely 100% accurate. When Terrell Owens signed with the Eagles in 2004, he was seen as the guy to take us to the promised land. He was the missing piece to an otherwise championship roster. And for the entire year, he proved it. His presence vaulted the Eagles into Super Bowl 39 where they ended up losing to the New England Patriots. And trust me, that loss feels a thousand times less painful now. T.O. shocked the football world and Eagles fans everywhere when he signed with the hated Cowboys in 2006. He went from a hero in Philadelphia to public enemy number one in the blink of an eye. I was only seven at the time of his signing, but I remember how pissed off I was at the time and resented Owens for a good six or seven years. Nowadays, I respect T.O. as one of the greatest wide receivers in NFL history and am very glad that he ...more
Brett Favre retired from the NFL in 2007. He unretired and signed with the New York Jets in 2008. He retired again. He then did the impossible and signed with the Green Bay Packers rival Minnesota Vikings in 2009. At around this time, it was just a surreal image to see Brett Favre, BRETT FAVRE, in a purple Vikings jersey playing against the franchise he spent a decade and a half with. Brett Favre sure accomplished a lot in his first season in Minnesota, but it will be forever looked at as one of the oddest and most shocking decisions in NFL history. To this day, people believe he'll come out of retirement again.
I had faith in Rodgers when we got rid of Favre. Favre’s final season in the NFL was ironically the same season the Packers won Super Bowl XLV.
LeBron James was the main guy in his home town of Cleveland for seven years until he reached the free agency market in 2010. With the Cavaliers, he was essentially was a one-man show and the front office failed to match him up with any solid players to work with. As a result, he and Chris Bosh took their talents to South Beach in order to rebuild the past glory of the Miami Heat and form the Big 3 with Dwyane Wade. In retrospect, James' decision to leave Cleveland was very understandable because of all the ways they let him down over the years, but at the time, LeBron was the most hated man in sports. It wasn't until the Heat won a pair of championships and his returning to Cleveland when LeBron was redeemed in a lot of people's eyes. And besides, him being in Cleveland just seems right. Let's see if he decides to leave a second time during the 2018 offseason.
This was probably the most media covered one
2 words: The Decision
Shaquille O'Neal is one of the most dominating players not only in NBA history, but in the history of athletic competition. He was just so big and so strong that he was just impossible to stop on a nightly basis. So after his first four seasons with the Orlando Magic in the mid 90s, he was the largest name on the free agent market by far. Orlando pleaded with him to stay, but Shaq's personality and game seemed to make much more sense in Los Angeles, and he left the Magic behind to rest in mediocrity for a decade while he enjoyed three championships and an MVP in the City of Angels. There was another time when an all-star big man from Orlando moved to Los Angeles to heighten his career nearly twenty years later, but that experiment definitely did not achieve the same level of success.
I disagree. Not controversial.
Well, everyone. It's officially the end of an era. With stalwarts such as Richard Sherman and Michael Bennett departing, the Legion of Boom era in Seattle has come to an end. Richard Sherman built up the reputation as one of the best and most outspoken players in the NFL. He's probably the biggest trash talker in the entire league, but he can sure back it up with his abilities. After a tirade of yelling and mouth-foaming after the Seahawks beat the 49ers in the 2013 NFC Championship, many 49ers fans presumably pledged an oath of eternal hatred to Richard Sherman. But now, he left the Seahawks to join their rival who he has unapologetically insulted over the years. Many Seattle fans are feeling burned by this, but the Niners fans are ecstatic that they have a shot to return to football glory with Sherman leading the defense and Jimmy G leading at quarterback.
Wade Boggs is one of the greatest third baseman in MLB history and one of the most consistent hitters ever. He played for the Red Sox for eleven seasons before heading south an hour to play for the hated Yankees. And while Sox fans still have great memories and appreciation for Boggs' time with them, the image of him winning the World Series with the Yankees in 1996 has got to hurt them deep down.
Johnny Damon was seen as a hero in Boston for being a member of the curse-breaking 2004 Red Sox World Series team. He was a tough and gritty player who always looked like he was having the time of his life on the baseball field. He was perfect for the city of Boston...and then he signed with the Yankees. There are very few rivalries as intense and passionate as the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry, and the hatred the teams and fan bases have for each other is enough to start a war. For Red Sox fans, it was almost like Damon signed a deal with the Devil. Only the devil in this case was George Steinbrenner.
Moral of the story: Red Sox fans will hate you forever if you ever decide to leave them.
No only if you sign with The Yankees. Which is what should be here. Not The Blue Jays.
Nope. It's when he signed with The Yankees.
It's safe to say that the New England Patriots are the New York Yankees of the NFL. They always seem to be good, they always steal small-market players and turn them into superstars, and their attitude just reeks of annoying smugness of how good they are. So when star cornerback Darelle Revis signed with the Pats in 2014, many people were suspicious that he crossed over to the Dark Side. The move paid off however, as Revis won the Super Bowl in his first and only season with the team.