Top 5 Most Hated Referees in Pro Sports

If everybody did their job properly, the world would be a much better place. 

This extends to the realm of sports, namely the officials, who hold the teams’ fates in their hands and generate plenty of hatred from the fans for making mistakes.

Below are the 5 most hated officials in pro sports.

Joe West – MLB




Throughout Joe West’s lengthy MLB career as an umpire, he’s seen some controversy. In 1983 he was involved in a shoving incident with the manager of the Altanta Braves. More recently, in 2010, he viciously criticized the Yankees and Red Sox for playing too slow. Even though he will most likely end up in the Hall of Fame, ESPN player polls constantly rank him as one of the worst umpires ever