The Top Seven Teammates Who Not-So-Secretly Hated Each Other
3. Barry Bonds vs. Jeff Kent
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Shockingly, two of the least likeable players in the history of baseball did not get along while sharing a dugout in San Francisco. Barry Bonds and Jeff Kent reportedly never spoke on road trips, rarely showered together, and routinely badmouthed one another to teammates who were contractually obligated to listen.
In fact, one of the only times the two ever looked each other in their soulless eyes was during a locker room fight, which inspired Kent to tell his manager, “I want off this team.” (Which, by the way, nearly ended up winning the World Series.)
Kent would eventually get his wish and extend his career in Houston without winning a single championship, while Bonds spent the next eight years avoiding jail time and disappointing an entire sport. (So clearly, the split worked out great for all parties involved.)
2. Terrell Owens vs. Donovan McNabb
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In all fairness, who could have seen this coming? Usually when general managers sign players based on a driveway sit-up performance, it results in a Super Bowl. With Terrell Owens, however, things could have gone a little better in Philadelphia (or Dallas, San Francisco, and Buffalo).
After questioning the sexuality of his starting quarterback in the Bay Area (a classic motivational technique), Owens signed with the Eagles and began feuding with franchise signal caller Donovan McNabb. Oddly, Owens’ strategy sort of worked, and the Eagles made a Super Bowl run in his first season with the team.
Though he was unable to carry them to a victory on a broken leg, Owens did manage to throw McNabb under the bus by blaming him for the loss and questioning his toughness (seriously, when is this guy going to start working with children?). McNabb wasn’t particularly happy with Owens’ comments and the two eventually parted ways several months later.
1. Shaquille O’Neal vs. Kobe Bryant
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Any time a story ends with the phrase “and then Kazaam asked him how his ass tasted while Michael Doleac cheered him on” probably isn’t going to be a heartfelt tale of lifelong friendship.
Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal – despite both being rappers/basketball players – never quite meshed together. Some blame O’Neal’s brash personality. Others claim that Phil Jackson simply couldn’t control the egos. A small faction of fans believe that Kobe Bryant telling authorities that O’Neal repeatedly cheated on his wife to deflect attention away from a rape charge may have slightly damaged the big fella’s trust in his all-star shooting guard.
It’s tough to pinpoint an exact reason, but regardless, there has been more ass-tasting than handshaking in this feud since the two split over five years ago.