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Old 11-24-2009, 02:36 AM   #1
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Default Has there ever been a superstar more hated than Kobe Bryant?

I think the hate Kobe gets can't even compare with any of the other superstars of his caliber.

Did the rape accusation influenced this? how was the hate before it?

Don't tell me its the Kobe fan boys because every superstar has their big bunch of homers. Its clearly something else.

Is it that many thought he came after Jordan to replace him as superstar?, arguably the best ever?


I have thought of this for quite some time and i think the main reason is simpler: The guy is not charismatic.
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Old 11-24-2009, 02:39 AM   #2
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Thre was subversive hate before the alleged "rape" incident.

Alot of hardcore fans hated the way he was forced down our throats, seemed fugazy, bit MJ's style WAY too hard, was an over arrogant youngster

I was apart of that club ...

And then the rape scenario went down and then it translated to media hate, and official hate amongst even casual observers.
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Old 11-24-2009, 02:39 AM   #3
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Old 11-24-2009, 02:39 AM   #4
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im glad he's not charismatic, it's easier to respect his game
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Old 11-24-2009, 02:39 AM   #5
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Default Re: Has there ever been a superstar more hated than Kobe Bryant?

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I think the hate Kobe gets can't even compare with any of the other superstars of his caliber.

Did the rape accusation influenced this? how was the hate before it?

Don't tell me its the Kobe fan boys because every superstar has their big bunch of homers. Its clearly something else.

Is it that many thought he came after Jordan to replace him as superstar?, arguably the best ever?


I have thought of this for quite some time and i think the main reason is simpler: The guy is not charismatic.



His personality is a bit vanilla. But I think success breed contempt in a way.


I think Kobe's behavior and attitude early on in his career kind of planted the seeds for most....Kobe was a bit of a snot nosed, pampered act. He struck me as being someone that was a bit on the pretentious side....not too sure...just how he struck me.


Add all that, with his current success, and viola.
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Old 11-24-2009, 02:41 AM   #6
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I think Kobe's behavior and attitude early on in his career kind of planted the seeds for most....Kobe was a bit of a snot nosed, pampered act. He struck me as being someone that was a bit on the pretentious side....not too sure...just how he struck me.
Agreed.

Yeah the funny thing is he has mellowed out over the years, showed he really just has a passion for the game, and even exhibits great personality now.

He seems more humble now than he did as a youngster.
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Old 11-24-2009, 02:42 AM   #7
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Apparently, at least regarding NBA players (Kyle Busch in NASCAR is hated more than Kobe). There are a bunch of nuts online who see Kobe conspiracies everywhere. Everyone has "haters", but no one has this level of paranoia around him (not even Busch).

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Old 11-24-2009, 02:43 AM   #8
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Agreed.

Yeah the funny thing is he has mellowed out over the years, showed he really just has a passion for the game, and even exhibits great personality now.

He seems more humble now than he did as a youngster.



Yeah, to be honest, i HATED Kobe for the longest. I mean, I could not STAND the guy....now? Not so much. I am just enjoying the guy, and watching him play ball. He honestly hasnt struck me as being the same person as before....at least on camera.
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Yeah, to be honest, i HATED Kobe for the longest. I mean, I could not STAND the guy....now? Not so much. I am just enjoying the guy, and watching him play ball. He honestly hasnt struck me as being the same person as before....at least on camera.
Me too ...
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Old 11-24-2009, 02:44 AM   #10
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Sucks being a star in the age of the Internet..
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Old 11-24-2009, 02:45 AM   #11
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Yeah, to be honest, i HATED Kobe for the longest. I mean, I could not STAND the guy....now? Not so much. I am just enjoying the guy, and watching him play ball. He honestly hasnt struck me as being the same person as before....at least on camera.

I agree, the hate seems to be slighty droping, or at least not increasing due to a more humble attitude by kobe.
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Old 11-24-2009, 02:49 AM   #12
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Yeah, to be honest, i HATED Kobe for the longest. I mean, I could not STAND the guy....now? Not so much. I am just enjoying the guy, and watching him play ball. He honestly hasnt struck me as being the same person as before....at least on camera.
The bolded is true for me as well. I just watch his play and ignore the rest. His personality isn't relevant to his play on the court. If you just sit back and watch the guy play basketball, it's a real treat. The hate - warranted or unwarranted - is keeping a lot of basketball fans from enjoying the play of an all-time great.
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Old 11-24-2009, 02:49 AM   #13
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it's very easy to hate kobe bryant; he's cocky, used to play very selfishly, came into the league with an agenda, was accused of rape, and is a winner. but honestly, people would have easily other great players just as much... that's what happens when you are at that good. i think a lot of kobe's unpopularity has to do with the times, meaning the explosion of the internet, forums, etc
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Old 11-24-2009, 03:04 AM   #14
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VY Canis Majoris, a red hypergiant star in the constellation Canis Major, the most hated star in the universe.
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Old 11-24-2009, 03:12 AM   #15
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Anyone who is ever regarded as the best, or even top 2-3 in their sport is gonna have a lot of haters. People are starting to forget nowadays because he's retired and is gettin his "larger than life" reputation from the new generation, but Jordan was HATED by a lot of people. All the fans of the teams the Bulls knocked out, all the people who hated all the calls he got, all the people who hated his gambling/drinking/smoking lifestyle...pretty much everyone i knew back then hated him. When the Bulls were in the finals i remember my whole family cheering for the Jazz just because they were playng Jordan. There's been a lot who were hated just as much, but Kobe's just the freshest in everyone's memory cuz all the other are retired and once a player retires the public treats them like lost treasures and wont mention it
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