After his third tripping incident this calendar year, the Duke Blue Devils have suspended Grayson Allen indefinitely.
The decision was made by Coach Mike Krzyzewski following Duke’s game against Elon on Wednesday night and reported by Jessika Morgan of the News Observer.
Allen tripped Elon guard Steven Santa Ana, threw a tirade on the bench after receiving a technical and then tearfully apologized to Santa Ana, Elon and reporters following the game.
Santa Ana drove baseline during the first half of the Blue Devils’ 72-61 victory, and Allen stuck his foot out and tripped him in front of the official. The previous two incidents came on Feb. 8 against Louisville’s Ray Spalding and Feb. 25 on Xavier Rathan-Mayes from Florida State.
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The ACC took action following the latter incident but didn’t suspend Allen; they “reprimanded” him instead, which caused an uproar among college basketball fans.
Coach K’s statement Thursday morning read as follows:
“We have had the opportunity to thoroughly review the incident involving Grayson Allen from last night’s game against Elon. As I stated last night, the incident was unacceptable and inexcusable. He took an important step last night by apologizing in person to Steven Santa Ana and Coach Matt Matheny. As a program, we needed to take further steps regarding his actions that do not meet the standards of Duke Basketball. To that end, we have determined that Grayson will be suspended from competition for an indefinite amount of time.”
Allen had just three points in 21 minutes and was 1-of-8 from the field.
Duke, who’s 12-1 on the season, doesn’t play again until Dec. 31 when they face Virginia Tech to open their conference schedule.
In 12 games this season, Allen is averaging 16 points on 38.6 percent shooting from the field, 4.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists. He elected to come back to school for his junior year despite being a projected first-round pick, citing how he wants to another shot at winning a NCAA Title.
Coach K, who always puts the team ahead of a player, did so yet again by how he acted with his All-American guard. The only question is how long the suspension will last, and if Allen took anything away from his selfish play.
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