An athlete can be loved by receiving hugs, admiration and from his biggest fan and turn around to walk right into a punch or hate by the next person. This is what you call a "Love em or hate em sports figure."
Sports have its share of athletes that has the "You can't say anything bad about this person" persona. Usually the Barry Sanders' or the Tim Duncan’s comes to mind.
Let's not forget the type of player where 95% of the sport hates this individual like a Bill Lambeer or even Ron Artrest aka World Metta Peace.
"So where would you put a Lebron James," you might ask. This is the perfect list that describe players in their respective sport where it's no between. Either there loved or hated.