Kris Humphries named No. 1 on NBA's Most Disliked Players list, weeks after Kim Kardashian's divorce filing
Kris Humphries was recently named the No. 1 most disliked NBA player in a new survey, weeks after his much-publicized marriage and split from E! reality star Kim Kardashian.
Humphries, who recently resigned with the New Jersey Nets basketball team and was booed at a New York Knicks game on Wednesday, has not commented about the matter. The survey results were published by Forbes, which said the data was compiled from polls carried out by Nielsen and E-Poll Market Research, a California firm that tracks perceptions of athletes and other celebrities.
"Apparently when you become better known for a quickie marriage to Kim Kardashian than for your play on the court, you aren't popular," Forbes wrote.
Humphries has kept out of the media spotlight in recent weeks following months of mostly negative publicity generated after Kardashian filed for divorce just 72 days after their multi-million dollar California wedding, which was made into an E! TV special.
After Kardashian began dating Humphries in late 2010, he became a part of her public life.
Photographs from their separate bachelor and bachelorette parties in Las Vegas were released to the media. Humphries and Kardashian also star in her newest E! reality show, "Kourtney and Kim Take New York," which returned for a season season in late November and saw a ratings boost. The series depicts their lives as newlyweds, living with her sister and her boyfriend. Humphries and Kardashian are constantly arguing on the show.
"He's been on five magazine covers, all in a negative light," Forbes quoted Stephen Master, VP at Nielsen Sports, which helped run the survey, as saying about Humphries. "It's all so recent, he's gotten all this publicity for something other than basketball talent."
Several NBA players who have appeared on reality shows make up a large part of Forbes' list. Lamar Odom, who stars with Kardashian's sister and his wife Khloe on the E! series "Khloe & Lamar," is No. 10. Odom, who appears on the Kardashian family's recent Christmas card, was recently traded from the Los Angeles Lakers to the Dallas Mavericks. The couple plan to film season 2 of their show in the city.
Ron Artest, a Los Angeles Laker who is also known as Metta World Peace and is a former contestant on ABC series "Dancing With The Stars," is No. 4. Knicks star Carmelo Anthony, who stars in and produces his wife La La Vasquez's VH1 reality show "La La's Full Court Life," is in sixth place. The couple also attended Kardashian's televised wedding.
Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs is No. 3. He was put in the media spotlight for his marriage to "Desperate Housewives" actress Eva Longoria. She divorced him in 2010.
KRIS HUMPHRIES 'MOVING FORWARD'
Kardashian become a sex icon due to the success of the E! reality series "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," a much-publicized sex tape with then-boyfriend, singer Ray J, and many revealing photo spreads, including a 2007 nude shoot for Playboy. Her famous family members are both celebrated and hated by viewers, who routinely make fun of them online.
Kim Kardashian was earlier this year named as one of the least trusted celebrities (see list). Barbara Walters told them in an ABC special that aired earlier this month that the Kardashians are known for "famous for being famous." After the divorce filing, a petition calling for a boycott of the Kardashians' reality shows was launched.
In November,the basketball player filed an annulment of his 72-day marriage to Kim Kardashian, citing fraud. The documents also stated that Humphries would seek a legal separation instead of a divorce, if his annulment is denied.
Earlier this month, Humphries appeared on the ABC program "Good Morning America" along with his mother. The two baked holiday cookies on the air.
"For me, it's just certain things happen in life and you've got to move forward," he said on the show. "Through everything I'm just focused on family and preparing for basketball. Basketball has always been something I've taken really serious and I continue to do that and I'm just moving forward."