Not every sports star fancies appearing in fan photos. The life of a sports star is quite simple; they start quite early; they make huge money; they retire young and live up to their childhood dreams. Irrespective of the sports they chose, if they can get to the apex of their career, they become celebrities.
However, one of the downsides to being a sports celebrity is, your privacy might be challenging to manage. For several sportspersons, anytime they step out, they have had to manage a mammoth crowd requesting pictures and autographs.
One thing that fans fail to realize is, these celebrities have no idea of our identity. And it could be tiring having to grant fans’ requests anytime they leave their apartment. This is one reason why some celebrities do not usually look excited when they take pictures with their fans.
Below are some incidences where sports stars were less thrilled while posing for the camera
#15 – Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods is one of the most popular and successful top-notch golfers in the world. The Cypress, California born golfer has lots of records to his name all through his career. He has been named the number one golfer globally for a good number of consecutive weeks. He is also an 11-time winner of the PGA player of the year award, and he topped the money list for good ten seasons.
Tiger Woods has a record of 14 majors to his name, and he is second to the great Jack Nicklaus, who has 18. Forbes Magazine, in 2009, estimated that the 6.1-foot star had a net worth of about $600 million, which made him the richest African-American, second only to Oprah Winfrey.
The embarrassing “star-fan” picture moment was during the World Golf Championship at Doral, Florida, in March 2014. During the event, Tiger woods accidentally hit two fans cum spectators with golf balls. Thankfully, none of the fans sustained serious injuries. And also, each of them went home with a pair of gloves autographed by Tiger Woods.
It is correct to say that the incident was not one of the best moments in golf, and this was apparent on the look on Tiger Woods’s face.
#14 – Connor McDavid
The 21-year-old professional hockey player is the current captain for Edmonton Oilers in the NHL. When he was 19 years old, he was made the captain of his team, and this earned him the title of the youngest hockey player in NHL’s history.
Connor was born and bred in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada; he was picked as the overall first in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. During his second league season, Connor won the coveted Art Ross Trophy, given to the top scorer in NHL. Still, he won the Hart Memorial Trophy for the team’s most valuable player in that season.
The 6.1 native of Canada took home the Ted Lindsay Award due to amassed votes by his peers in the league. And in 2017, he entered into a mind-blowing deal with the Oilers. The deal was a contract for eight years, which was valued at $100 million. This deal made Connor the highest-paid hockey player in the league. And even though his team didn’t get to the postseason in 2018, he was one of the finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award.
In this photograph, these two fans were elated to take a shot with the hockey star. On the other hand, Connor wore a terrified face.
#13 – Sasha Banks
Sasha Banks, whose real name is Mercedes Kaestner-Varnado, is a wrestler by profession from Fairfield, California. When she was 26 years, she named herself one of the best female wrestlers in WWE. Banks has clinched the Raw Women Championship title on four occasions. And when she was in developmental, Banks, also called “The Boss,” won the NXT Women’s Championship.
Banks made history in 2016 when she became the first woman, alongside Charlotte Flair, her opponent, to be the first female in the history of WWE to headline a WWE pay-per-view in a cell. Banks is not the only superstar in the family. She has some notable first cousins like Brandy Norwood (Singer), Snoop Dogg (Rapper), Ray J (Musician), and Daz Dillinger, the popular music producer.
Banks’ husband is Sarath “Kid Mikaze” Ton, who currently works as a WWE costume designer. Banks once mentioned on her social media that she does not fancy being stalked by her fans when she is in motion.
In this photo, Banks does not look happy. However, the fan is lucky to have “The Boss” appear in his photo.
#12 – Nate Diaz
Nate Diaz is an MMA fighter from Stockton, California. Currently, he is in the lightweight division (155 pounds) with the UFC. Nate became a force to reckon with in 2007 when he clinched the 5th edition of the Ultimate Fighter reality series tournament.
The 33-year-old professional fighter is known to be a fearless and blunt individual. Nate has recorded some important victories over some fighters like Conor McGregor, Gray Maynard, and Donald Cerrone.
When Nate defeated McGregor, who was the most famous MMA fighter, Diaz became a household name in the sport. In August 2016, the Stockton-born lost a rematch against McGregor in what could be regarded as a result of a challenging decision during the match.
Interestingly, Nate Diaz has a brother with the UFC, Nick Diaz. Nick is also famous for defeating fighting legends like Frank Shamrock and B.J Penn. Currently, Nate’s professional record is 19-11.
Even though Nate is seen as someone with a gruff-exterior, he is quite cool with fans. However, it is not obvious in this picture. It looked like he had a long day because it was written all over his face.
#11 – Kelly Kelly
Barbie “Kelly Kelly” Blank is an erstwhile professional wrestler and television star. In 2006, she was signed to WWE at the age of 19 years. At the time, she was the youngest female wrestler. She aired on the ECW brand belonging to the WWE, and she showed off some dance styles on the show. Later on, the pretty blonde became a performer in the ring.
In 2011, the 5’5 blonde captured the World Wrestling Entertainment Divas Championship, and she was one of the organization’s foremost stars for a while. Kelly Kelly was notable for matches with Brie Bella, Maryse, and Beth Phoenix.
In 2012, her contract with the company ended, and at the end of her professional career, she began dating hockey star Sheldon Souray, and they got married in February 2016. The duo had some memorable moments together before they officially split in late 2017.
In this picture, Kelly Kelly is held down tight by a fan who is super-happy to see her.
#10 – Mike Tyson
Mike Tyson is said to be one of the best heavyweight boxers ever. The Brooklyn, New York star is one of the most popular sportspersons in the globe. Tyson is known for his unpredictable behavior in and out of the cage. When Tyson was at the peak of his career, he was known for winning several bouts through TKO or KO during the early rounds.
Also, Mike Tyson had a notable terrific intense punching effect, which earned him the soubriquet “The Baddest man on the planet” and “Kid Dynamite.”
In February 1990, Mike Tyson lost his first fight against Buster Douglas. Till today, Douglas’ victory is one of the surprising upsets in boxing. One of Tyson’s ill-famed moments was when he bit off a piece of Evander Holyfield’s ear during a rematch in June 1997.
This act caused Tyson to be disqualified. Later on, Tyson lost three of the last four fights he had. And he retired from fighting in 2005 after his loss to Kevin McBride.
In this picture, it can be guessed that Tyson is holding back from pushing away the fan’s playful choke on his face.
#9 – McKayla Maroney
California bred McKayla Maroney is an erstwhile gymnast who is best remembered for her superb performance at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Maroney was in the gymnastics team popularly known as the Fierce Five. The team comprised notable stars like Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Jordyn Wieber, and Kyla Ross.
Maroney majored in the Vault event, where she clinched the top spot several times, winning lots of gold medals during the World Championships. During the London Olympics in 2012, Maroney was tipped to win the vault event. However, she slipped during her landing, and this earned her the silver medal.
When she mounted the podium to receive her medal, there was an apparent disappointing look on her face, and she folded her mouth to one side. This expression was used several times by internet users as memes. There was even a time when she was photographed next to the then-President Barack Obama, and the duo showed the same popular expression.
In 2014, Maroney had to undergo surgery on her knee, and it became challenging for her afterward. Then, she had to retire in 2016. Since Maroney is known for giving a pouty face, it is hard to know if she is not impressed or does not want to appear in pictures.
#8 – Hulk Hogan
Terry “Hulk Hogan” Bollea was one of the household names in professional wrestling. Hulk Hogan was one of the most popular performers between the 1980s and 1990s. The muscular god stands at 6”7, and he has retained the title of world champion 12 times both in the WWE and WCW.
Hulk Hogan had a popular fallout with Andre the Giant during the mid-80s that sustained WrestleMania in the limelight. Hogan also had memorable matches with skillful fighters like Roddy Piper, Sting, and The Ultimate Warrior.
Towards the end of the 1990s, the 64-year-old had a slight career rebirth when he became a member of the most notable faction in the history of wrestling, The New World Order.
Hulk Hogan was also known for starring in several movies like Rocky III, 3 Ninjas: High-Noon at Mega Mountain, and Mr. Nanny. Hulk Hogan evolved from being a wrestling star to a pop culture god.
In this picture, which was taken at the MTV Video Music Awards, Hulk is posing with a fan who is so excited to see him. Hulk stands straight with his mouth opened wide.
#7 – Connor McGregor
Connor’s debut in the UFC in April 2003 made him one of the stars to watch out for in MMA. Connor is one of the few fighters to win world titles in two diverse divisions, lightweight and featherweight. The Irish sensation has recorded sweet victories against fighters like Max Holloway, Nate Diaz, and Eddie Alvarez.
He won his first championship by knocking out featherweight legend Aldo Jose within 13 seconds. And he made the news recently when he was to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. Connor eventually lost the match to Mayweather, but he tried to last for about ten rounds with the boxing legend.
After the match with Mayweather, some boxing pundits predicted that the fight might be the last for McGregor.
In this picture, we see Connor in his underwear and crutches, looking quite displeased as a happy fan stands and poses with him for the camera. Since Connor looked away from the camera, it is correct to say he wasn’t pleased.
#6 – Laker Girls
The Los Angeles Lakers, founded in 1947, is an NBA franchise from Los Angeles, California. Back in the days, the team was also called the Minneapolis Lakers. And the pseudonym ‘Lakers’ was from one of Minnesota’s numerous nicknames, “The Land of a Thousand Lakes.”
In 1960, the organization migrated to Los Angeles, and they resolved to maintain the name even though it was affiliated with another state. In NBA history, they are part of the most prosperous franchises, having clinched 16 world titles since they started.
In 1949, the Lakers won their first championship title, and their recent was in 2010. Some of the popular figures to wear a Lakers jersey are Kobe Bryant, Ervin Johnson, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. In total, 23 erstwhile Lakers have been initiated into the NBA’s hall of fame.
Like other NBA teams, the Lakers have their dance squad, and the ladies are called The Lakers Girls. From this photo, one of the functions of a Laker Girl is to appear at regular fast-food joints and take photographs with the fans.
However, the girl on the left tries hard to smile, but it obvious that she was not excited to be in the photo.
#5 – AJ Lee
April Jean Mendez is an erstwhile professional wrestler with the cage name “AJ Lee.” She was trained by the present Ring of Honor professional wrestler, Jay Lethal. Before AJ Lee was signed to WWE, she spent some years fighting on the independent circuit.
During her sojourn in the WWE, AJ Lee clinched the Divas Championship title a record three times, and one of her reigns lasted for a whopping 406 days. Fans cannot forget the New Jersey brunette native for her exemplary work as the fictional GM of Monday’s Night Raw.
The 31-year-old had unforgettable matches with female greats like Kaitlyn, The Bella Twins, and Paige. Lee left the company in 2015 majorly due to her injury and her husband’s feud with WWE. When she retired, she published an autobiography titled: Crazy is My Superpower- How I Triumphed by Breaking Bones, Breaking Hearts, and Breaking the Rules. Her book became a best seller in the New York Times.
In this picture, AJ Lee is at a meet and greet when she was a Divas Champion. And it is quite difficult to state Lee’s mood because her hand and face gestures are warm.
#4 – Shaquille O’Neal
The 7”1 retired basketball star is considered as one of the greats in NBA history. In the 1992 NBA Draft, he was drafted as number one overall by Orlando Magic. The Newark, New Jersey-born, promptly made a name for himself in the game.
Shaquille’s career lasted for around 20 years, and he was an All-star 15 times; he won the league MVP, and he was the MVP for three NBA finals. In the early 2000s, Shaquille, who formerly played as a central player, clinched 3 NBA championship titles with his team, the Los Angeles Lakers. And he won another NBA championship title with the Miami Heat in 2006.
Shaquille’s final season was in 2011 with the Boston Celtics. Shaquille was elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Asides from Basketball, the NBA star has experienced some wins as an entertainer. He’s had some rap albums, and his “Shaq Diesel” went platinum.
Also, Shaq starred in some notable movies like Steel, Kazaam, and Blue-chips. In this picture, the unpleasant smile on Shaq’s face showed he was not comfortable with the way the fan wrapped his arm around his body.
#3 – CM Punk
Phil “CM PUNK” Brooks is an erstwhile professional wrestler and present MMA fighter with the UFC. He is popular for his smooth record in WWE from 2005-2014. During this period, he won the WWE title for a record five times alongside putting up the character of an individual who does not abuse substances like alcohol and drugs.
In 2014, the Chicago superstar left WWE because of health problems. Since then, he has commenced training as an MMA fighter, and he competed in the UFC. In his first match, he faced Mickey Gall, but he lost by submission during the first round.
The 6’2 champion is a co-author of several Marvel comic books like Thor and Drax. In this photo, Punk’s facial expression shows that he was not ready for a photo at that time.
#2 – LeBron James
The Akron, Ohio-born basketball player is arguably the best ever to play the game. In 2003, he was the top overall pick in the NBA draft, and since then, he has had what is debatably the greatest career ever. LeBron James is a 4-time League MVP, 14-time all-star, and a three-time MVP in NBA finals.
In the 6”8 basketball legend’s career, he has won two NBA championships with Miami heat in 2012 and 2013. And he won one NBA championship with Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016.
LeBron has represented the United States, and this has earned him three Olympic medals in return. He led America to victory by winning two gold medals in 2008 and 2012. And he won bronze in 2004.
James has gotten several endorsements deals with some notable companies like Coca-Cola, Nike, and McDonald’s. When people debate who the best basketball player ever was/is, the top two answers are usually Michael Jordan and LeBron James.
In this picture, it is not exactly sure what the fan wanted. However, LeBron did not want it to materialize.
#1 – Connor McDavid
When Connor was just 21 years, he was already successful in the NHL. Connor still manages to keep a low profile by avoiding comparisons with his peers. In an interview with a media outfit, he mentioned that “Guys don’t measure themselves against each other.” Connor went further to explain various reasons why people do not perform better because they compare themselves to their peers.
In 2016, Gretzky publicly mentioned that Connor was the best youngest hockey player he has encountered. In this picture, Connor does not look particularly impressed, judging from the uncomfortable look on his face.