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LeBron James Is Now the Sixth Most Hated Athlete in America

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It's pretty clear that everyone else in the nation hates LeBron James and the Miami Heat, but now we have cold, hard numbers to back it up. The Q Score company gauges the favor-ability rankings of various athletes, and after reaching a peak high of popularity last year, James is now the sixth most hated athlete is America. The hate also seems to be rubbing off on Dwyane Wade, because his Q score took a tumble too. Don't worry, though -- they aren't as hated as Chad Ochocinco.

This past January, 24 percent of Americans had a positive view of LeBron compared to 22 percent with a negative view. Considering the average athlete has a score of 15 percent favorable compared to 24 percent unfavorable, that's pretty good. In fact, it was LeBron's highest Q Score.

Fast-forward past "the Decision," and it's no surprise his Q score has taken a tumble.

Fourteen percent of Americans still view LeBron favorably, but a whopping 39 percent view him unfavorably. Yikes. That makes LeBron the sixth most hated athlete in America. Here are America's top five most hated pro sports players:

  1. Michael Vick
  2. Terrell Owens
  3. Tiger Woods
  4. Chad Ochocinco
  5. Kobe Bryant

The rest of the Heat players aren't faring too well either. Twenty-one percent of Americans liked Dwyane Wade in January, but only 15 percent feel the same way now. Eighteen percent disliked him in January, but now 25 percent fall into that camp.

Chris Bosh saw his favorability drop from 13 percent to only 12 percent, but those who disliked him rose from 21 percent to 25 percent.

[Sportsgrid: LeBron James' Q Score Down Significantly Since "The Decision"]
[The Star: It's official: LeBron joins list of most hated athletes]

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