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.
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.
Lance Armstrong listens as he is interviewed by Oprah.   (AP Photo/Courtesy of Harpo Studios, Inc., George Burns, File)
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