Nobody likes a drama queen. They overreact to everything and can get overly emotional. And if there’s one thing a drama queen craves, it’s being the center of attention. So it’s no wonder there are so many drama queens in sports, where being the center of attention is possible to the whole world.
With that being said, here are the 10 biggest drama queens in sports.
10. Tom Brady
There’s no denying Brady is going to go down as one of the best quarterbacks in history, but the guy is an absolute maniac on the football field. When he’s not yelling at officials, he’s yelling at his own teammates and coaches. Even his wife, supermodel Gisele Bündchen, gets in on the action.
But Brady’s handling of Deflategate, the football tampering scandal, really did him in as a drama queen. It went to federal court, for Pete’s sake. Deflategate was everywhere in the news, and Brady looked like he was enjoying the attention.
9. Alex Rodriguez
Rodriguez has had quite an extensive rap sheet for drama. There was his ugly divorce in 2008, which played out in tabloid headlines and painted him as an adulterer. But it was his use of performance-enhancing drugs during his baseball career that made him one of the most talked about athletes in sports. He was suspended for the entirety of the 2014 regular season and postseason for violating MLB’s performance-enhancing drugs policy. People hated him and called him a cheater.
Rodriguez hasn’t been in any recent trouble, but he’s been through so much drama that he just had to be on here.
8. Matt Harvey
Harvey returned from Tommy John surgery to be one of baseball’s top pitchers in 2015, striking out 188 batters in 189.1 innings pitched with a 2.71 ERA. But in September, his agent, Scott Boras, publicly expressed concern that the New York Mets would be risking Harvey’s surgically repaired right elbow by letting him pitch more than 180 innings. At first, Harvey seemed like he wanted to stick to the 180-inning limit, but he wound up going over and pitched in the postseason.
Regardless, it was very dramatic for Harvey and his agent to what they did, but it worked out well for both sides. The question is: Will an innings-limit come into play for the 2016 season?
7. Dwight Howard
Howard comes off as a playful giant with a big smile, but there’s more to him than that. He’s demanding, to say the least. He got Stan Van Gundy fired in Orlando, he scorned Los Angeles after one season and it’s not all rainbows and unicorns in Houston either.
At the trade deadline, the Rockets tried to move Howard because he plans to opt out of his contract this summer and become a free agent. Everywhere he goes drama seems to follow.
6. Dez Bryant
The star receiver of the Dallas Cowboys is not one to keep his emotions in check. Sideline meltdowns are his thing, but so are profanity-filled rants directed toward the media. Getting fired up is one thing, but Bryant takes it to another level sometimes.
5. Yasiel Puig
He’s one of the most talented baseball players out there, but he’s also a big-time show-off. Take his signature bat flip for example. It drives pitchers crazy. And when the benches clear, Puig is almost always in the middle of it. He’s quickly becoming a star in MLB, but let’s hope the Los Angeles Dodgers can keep him under control.
4. Bryce Harper
Ah, to be young and talented. Harper became the youngest player to unanimously win the MVP at age 23 after hitting .330 with an NL-leading 42 home runs and 99 RBIs in 2015. He’s brash, cocky and can sometimes be a jerk, but he’s undoubtedly the face of MLB. You don’t have to like him, but he’s here to stay.
3. DeMarcus Cousins
Cousins, or “Boogie” as he’s known in the NBA, has quite the short temper that can lead to a lot of drama. Aside from causing unrest within the Sacramento Kings organization, he’s always challenging players on the court with his physical play and it can get him into trouble. He’s never one to back down from a fight, but that might be the problem.
2. Cam Newton
One minute he’s smiling and dabbing and having a good old time, then he’s the worst the sore loser on the face of the earth. Newton’s Super Bowl 50 postgame presser is the perfect example of a drama queen overreacting. On top of that, the Carolina Panthers quarterback loves being the center of attention. He certainly deserves some recognition for his strong play, but Newton wants the spotlight on him all the time. He wouldn’t act the way he does if he didn’t want that.
1. LeBron James
Where to start? Well, he turned his 2010 free agency into a TV special titled “The Decision” in which he famously told the world he would be taking his talents to South Beach to play for the Miami Heat. Most players just sign the contract and get on with their lives, but not James. He wanted everyone to know where he was going.
Now back in Cleveland, James is still finding it hard to avoid drama. His team is engulfed by drama this season, from the head coach being fired to chemistry issues on the court, it’s a mess. Then, you have the star player of the Cavaliers unfollowing the team on social media and it’s an outrage. James is one of the most recognized athletes in sports and the biggest drama queen.
— CBS Sports NBA (@CBSSportsNBA) March 22, 2016