Everyone Hates Grayson Allen
Hoops fans already hated Duke star Grayson Allen—even before realizing he looks like Ted Cruz
Duke guard Grayson Allen has accepted the mantle as “the next hated white Duke player,” and that schadenfreude has a new twist as college basketballs fan realize that he bears a passing resemblance to a presidential candidate with many detractors.
Every time I see Grayson Allen I think of Ted Cruz and that makes me hate him even more
— Thomas Lloyd (@J_T_Lloyd) March 9, 2016
— Stephen Reece (@slibbidy) February 28, 2016
Allen is a sophomore who led Duke with 21.6 points per game and was named one of five national finalists for the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award. He’s an objectively good basketball player whose subjective attributes—an overachiever playing for the Yankees of college basketball; aggressive and sometimes dirty playing style—make him despised by many.
@GraysonJAllen dude you're too good of a player to be tripping and holding players. stop it.
— JQ (@jaadenbrookee) March 9, 2016
There’s a lineage of Duke stars who have inspired outsized animosity—from Christian Laettner to Steve Wojciechowski, J.J. Redick, Greg Paulus, and now Allen—who, coincidentally or not, have all been white. Redick recently tried explaining the phenomenon as fans being “spoon-fed a narrative.”
Allen has done more than most to earn his title, however. Twice this year Allen has blatantly tripped an opponent, first against Louisville and then against Florida State. Then, in Wednesday’s ACC tournament game, he reached out to grab an N.C. State player and was whistled for a flagrant foul.
@GraysonJAllen you aren't anything but a dirty ass player.. The announcers may not have seen your leg stick out but everyone else did
— SAW (@SpencerWright19) March 9, 2016
@GraysonJAllen has absolutely no class. He takes out his frustration on his opponent almost every time. Sit him down.
— Austin Franks (@franks_austin) March 9, 2016
If Grayson Allen can't make it in the NBA, he should always have a job waiting for him with Trip Advisor.
— Brandon Warne (@Brandon_Warne) March 6, 2016
Allen finished the regular season with exactly 666 points, a fact that did not escape notice.
jsyk grayson allen finished the season with 666 points pic.twitter.com/8yNdv9EJVk
— taylor weiter (@babyweitaaa) March 8, 2016
Grayson Allen is more popular than I thought. They are even hanging up signs for him in Panera now. pic.twitter.com/l3TY3scTt1
— Luke Buxton (@LukeBuxton_) March 8, 2016
Not surprisingly, a fan of arch-rival UNC expressed the most intense vitriol.
@Aprahamian7 Grayson Allen is a fucking punk. Likes to trip people. Marcus is 2 time Skip Prosser award winner. GA will work for MP one day
— SPrader (@prader_scott) March 6, 2016
When Duke lost on Thursday to Notre Dame, Allen was visibly emotional on the sideline, prompting many to revel in delight in his tears.
— Pizzaiolo Mike (@PizzaioloMike) March 10, 2016
In all fairness, the tears did appear to be delicious.