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Michael Richards
Michael Richards

You may remember Michael Richards, who played Kramer in the hit comedy series, Seinfeld. In 2006, he made a racist comment while doing his standup comedy routine. The scandal become widely known at the time and his career seems to have been ruined because of it. He's managed to get a few projects since and he has publicly expressed regret for his ill thought out actions, but I don't think his career will ever recover from it.

John Rocker
John Rocker

"The biggest thing I don't like about New York are the foreigners. You can walk an entire block in Times Square and not hear anybody speaking English. Asians and Koreans and Vietnamese and Indians and Russians and Spanish people and everything up there. How the hell did they get in this country? I'm not a racist or prejudiced person, but some people just bother me."

John Rocker in a 1999 issue of Sports Illustrated

Few people in the history of professional sports drew as much hate as former MLB pitcher John Rocker did in the late 1990s / early 2000s when he revealed himself to be racist, homophobic, xenophobic, and just generally hateful of everyone who wasn't a straight white male.

Like all people who say controversial things, he issued an apology immediately afterwards. But then he just resumed talking his nonsense. He made more hateful statements to the media. He got demoted in 2000 for threatening a reporter. He was often booed at ballgames before even throwing a pitch. He regularly flipped off and cursed out fans. Conan O'Brien did a great spoof of John Rocker and his "flipping off phase," and it's not far off from how it seemed Rocker really was. Initially, teams were willing to deal with him because of his talent. In baseball, a pitcher who can throw over 95 mph is a valuable asset. Left-handed pitchers are also very valuable. Rocker was both. But eventually he came with too much baggage, and when his performance started sliding, his antics didn't warrant a spot on a roster.

Shannen Doherty
Shannen Doherty

Despite being a popular child actor, when Doherty grew up she apparently became very difficult to work on projects. After being fired (or quitting depending upon who you ask) from two high-rated television programs (Beverly Hills 90210 and Charmed) Doherty's career has been a series of failed television pilots, unsuccessful made for television films, minor roles in reality programming and a brief (3 episode) return to the updated 90210 series which has since been cancelled. None of Doherty's co-workers in her two most famous roles had ( or have) anything pleasant to say about her. And her lack of success in the last decade likely can be directly linked to her penchant for being unpleasant when it is unnecessary to be so.

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