The New York Knicks might be doing well in the standings so far this season, but GQ included the team's much-maligned owner, Cablevision exec James Dolan, on a list of the 25 "least influential people" of 2012.
Dolan's place on the ignominious list alongside figures such as Mitt Romney and Guy Fieri wasn't due to any missteps with the media – he hasn't answered questions from the press in several years – but another year characterized by unpopular moves. Namely, many believe Dolan was the one who made the controversial decision not to re-sign international sensation Jeremy Lin after the point guard's Hollywood rise to prominence last season, although nobody has really made it clear who was pulling the strings when Lin was allowed to leave for the Houston Rockets. GQ expanded on Dolan's placement:
I don't understand what possesses the James Dolans and Donald Sterlings and Dan Snyders of the world to exhaust every way to get everyone to hate their guts. Is that rewarding? Is the Knicks owner even human? Does he have some kind of "stubborn dick" gene that the rest of us lack? Maybe Dolan will invite us to his secret daily lunch with Isiah Thomas and clue us in.
Other sports figures on the list included athletes who made slip-ups in 2012 (Dwight Howard, Ryan Lochte, and Lance Armstrong) disgraced coaches (Bobby Valentine and Gregg Williams) as well as Jerry Sandusky's lawyer, Joe Amendola.