Ex-Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s racist rant helped launch him to the top spot as most hated man in the United States, according to an E-Poll Market Research survey.
Being disliked by 92 percent of those surveyed — including 97 percent of 13- to 24-year old males ? was enough to beat out Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff (90 percent), O.J. Simpson and Michael Jackson’s doctor Conrad Murray (both 88 percent).
Sterling also was more widely disliked than former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who pleaded not guilty to two first-degree murder charges on Wednesday. Hernandez was seventh on the list at 81 percent.
Sterling was dealt a lifetime ban from the NBA and $2.5 million fine from the league as punishment for his comments. He didn’t help his cause after that, as he originally refused to sell the team and threatened to sue the league. However, he has since signed the team over to his wife Shelly to negotiate a sale.
The poll was completed by “1,100 people between 13-49 whose demographics were representative of the U.S. population,” as reported by Bleacher Report. Check out the rest of the results below.
1. Donald Sterling (92 percent)
2. Bernie Madoff (90 percent)
T-3. O.J. Simpson (88 percent)
T-3. Conrad Murray (88 percent)
5. Justin Bieber (86 percent)
6. Phil Spector (83 percent)
7. Aaron Hernandez (81 percent)
8. Michael Lohan (76 percent)
9. Eliot Spitzer (73 percent)
10. Jon Gosselin (71 percent)