The Most Hated People of 2017 (So Far)

Let’s face it: 2016 was a rough year all around. Once the calendar year flipped though, there was a collective exhale that could be felt across the globe, promising a fresh start and a much-needed clean slate. And while we’ve gotten that for the most part, 2017 hasn’t exactly been a cakewalk.

Shuffled in amongst the highs have been some noticeable lows, and there is a select group of people who’ve been the most responsible. The people on this list are the ones who’ve earned the public’s disdain in a big way, spanning every sector from politics to sports.

15. Grayson Allen

Grayson Allen throws his hands up in shock during a game

Grayson Allen | Grant Halverson/Getty Images

Grayson Allen checks off virtually every box in terms of “easy-to-hate” athletes. He plays for college basketball powerhouse, Duke University, he helped lead his team to a national championship in 2015, and he’s gained a reputation as one of the dirtiest players in the NCAA. Throughout his time at Duke, Allen has made a habit of tripping opposing players, and it’s garnered notice just about everywhere you look.

He was even suspended for a game by the NCAA to investigate whether his overtly harmful style of defending posed a danger to the rest of the league (or as Deadspin called it, a “suspension for lunatic play”). It’s one thing to be a vicious trash talker. But when you’re purposefully out to harm opposing players like Allen is, that’s not going to do anything positive for your image.

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