10 Most Unpopular Athletes

Manti Te'o joins Lance Armstrong at top of list

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 6, 2013 6:04 PM CST

(Newser) – The new Nielsen/E-Poll survey of the most disliked athletes in America has the not-so-surprising name of Lance Armstrong at the top of the list, reports Forbes. More surprising is that Notre Dame star and soon-to-be-NFL'er Manti Te'o tied Armstrong with a measly 15% approval rating. Even if he was a hoax victim, Teo's fake girlfriend saga has taken a toll on his image.

  • Worst three: After Armstrong and Te'o comes Tiger Woods, with a 19% appeal rating. It hasn't budged much since his scandal.
  • Middle of pack: Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler (21%), the Lakers' Metta World Peace (21%), Alex Rodriguez (22%), and Michael Vick (23%).
  • Final three: NASCAR's Kurt Busch, the Lakers' Kobe Bryant, and Dallas QB Tony Romo tied with 27%.
More details on the unlucky 10 here.

In this Nov. 10, 2012, file photo, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o waits for the snap.   (AP Photo/Winslow Townson, File)
Lance Armstrong listens as he is interviewed by Oprah.   (AP Photo/Courtesy of Harpo Studios, Inc., George Burns, File)
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