The 25 Worst Sore Losers in Sports

Steinbrenner, Canucks fans, and LeBron make the list
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 11, 2012 10:19 AM CDT
The 25 Worst Sore Losers in Sports
This June 15, 2011, file photo shows Vancouver Canucks hockey fans rioting in downtown Vancouver.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz, File)

(Newser) – Losing stinks, but being a gracious loser is always more honorable than throwing a tantrum. Bad sportsmanship, however, did not stop these people—the 25 biggest sore losers in sports history, according to Bleacher Report. A sample:

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  • No. 23: George Steinbrenner: The Yankees kingpin was infamous for his short temper after a loss, especially the 1981 World Series when the boss punched a wall and broke his hand, then claimed he beat up two Dodgers fans in the elevator.
  • No. 14: Vancouver Canucks fans: The hockey team lost in game seven of the 2011 Stanley Cup. In reaction, their fans went berserk and started a riot in their own city.
  • No. 5: Serena Williams: Well-known for her on-court outbursts, she refused to shake the umpire's hand at the 2011 US Open because she felt cheated.
  • No. 1: LeBron James: The NBA star decided not to congratulate the Orlando Magic on their conference win and instead stormed off the court into the locker room.
See the whole list here, which includes an appearance by Bill Belichick. (Read more sports stories.)

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