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The 21 Biggest Dickheads in Sports

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The 21 Biggest Dickheads in Sports

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FROM KOBE'S $100,000 F-BOMB TO SOCCER'S INSECURE SUPERSTARS, A SHORT HISTORY OF HOMOPHOBIA IN SPORTS.

1. GORAN IVANISEVIC, Croatian tennis pro

After a ref called his shot out in 2001, Ivanisevic retorted: "That guy, he looks like a faggot little bit, you know. This hair all over him." At Wimbledon, ayear prior, he described himself as playing "like a faggot." We doubt Ivanisevic, who hails from Split, attended the town's first gay pride in June.

2. REGGIE WHITE, former NFL player

The Green Bay Packers star was as vile off the field as he was wonderful on it. In a 1998 address to the Wisconsin State Assembly, the late athlete launched into a diatribe against gays, declaring, "Homosexuality is a decision, it's not a race."

3. JOHN CENA, WWE wrestler

Cena tried to diss wrestler/ actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson with rap lyrics in February 2011: "Just don't go racing to Witch Mountain, Rock, 'cause your mountain is Brokeback." What's worse: a rappin' wrestler or a rhymeless homophobe?

4. PETER VIDMAR, 2012 U.S. Olympic team leader

In May 2011, the gold medalwinning gymnast lasted only a week in his job before his participation in anti-gay marriage demonstrations and his $2,000 personal donation supporting Proposition 8 were publicly exposed.

5. VLATKO MARKOVIC, Croatian Football Federation president

"While I'm president... there will be no homosexuals playing in the national team," said Markovic in 2010. "Luckily, only normal people play football." Not according to our records...

6. JOAKIM NOAH, NBA player

During a May 2011 game, the Chicago Bulls player allowed a heckling fan to get the best of him when he shouted, "Fuckyou, faggot!" in front of a camera. It cost him a $50,000 fine.

7. RONALDO, Brazilian soccer superstar

After being caught soliciting sex from three trans prostitutes in 2008, he said: "As for what happened, I did not have any sexual dealings with those people. I must stress that I am not gay." All right, then.

8. MICHAEL COLE, WWE commentator

Cole called his fellow announcer a "faggot" in March 2011. Where else but on Twitter? He deleted the message, explaining that "it was obviously not meant the way it was taken."

9. DIEGO MARADONA, Argentine soccer legend

Insulted by Pelé in 2009, one of soccer's biggest stars responded: "What do you want me to say? He debuted with a lad." Translation: Pele's a liar because he lost his V-card to a dude. Huh?

10. MARTINA HINGIS, Professional tennis player

At the Australian Open in 1999, Hingis called lesbian opponent Amelie Mauresmo "half a man" and complained about her "hugging and kissing" her girlfriend at the tournament. Hingis "apologized" but later added: "I'm not regretting anything I said about her."

11. BRAZILIAN VOLLEYBALL FANS

Player Michael dos Santos came out to his team, Volei Futuro, and the public in May 2011, after fans kept hounding him with homophobic chants during his matches. …

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