The “Controversial Sports Personalities” of 2010 …..

December 16, 2010 |

6) Roger Goodell – This is a difficult entry for me, because I like Mr. Goodell and I think he’s done an extremely efficient job, as NFL Commissioner. However, in recent months he’s allowed a state of confusion and mistrust to exist in regard to “helmet to helmet” hits.

WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 28:  National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell testifies with others before the House Judiciary Committee about football brain injuries on Captiol Hill October 28, 2009 in Washington, DC. A recent NFL study of retired players suggested that N.F.L. retirees ages 60 to 89 are experiencing moderate to severe dementia at several times the national rate.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

In the spirit of protecting defenseless players, I understand and agree with enforcement of penalties against offenders. However, the process of discipline seems “inconsistent” at best, and an air of targeting and censuring certain players is beginning to fester.

Safety is the ultimate goal and I honor such a devotion. Yet, Mr. Goodell is tasked with ushering in a process of fair and balanced execution of rules and resulting sanctions. Get it done, commish !!!!

5) Floyd Mayweather Jr. – I think it’s fair to suggest if we were awarding a “Buffoon Of The Year” trophy, Mayweather would claim it. Like a few other notables on this list, he has emerged to look like a complete jackass on a few distinct occasions, in 2010.

April 28, 2010 - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - Boxer FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR during the final news conference at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino April 28, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather will take on Shane Mosley in a welterweight bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 1.

From bragging about the obscene amounts of money he wastes on gambling, to taunting Manny Pacquiao in profane-laden, racist inspired videotape, to physically assaulting his girlfriend, Mayweather made headlines for all the wrong reasons throughout the last twelve months.

He might be one of the greatest boxers of this generation, but any professional fighter who assaults women can be right rightfully described as a bad guy, period.