NCAA Basketball: Grayson Allen Still Haunted By Reputation of Tripping Players
Duke Blue Devils guard Grayson Allen has built an infamous reputation for himself as a dirty player in the college basketball scene today.
The 21-year-old player had been seen tripping opposing players, seemingly on purpose. These actions have been pointed out through various game clips, which expectedly garnered some backlash from fans. Two videos that have gone viral were during two seperate games in February, where he was seen tripping Ray Spalding of the Louisville Cardinals, and Xavier Rathan-Mayes of the Florida State Seminoles.
In October, his mother Shelley expressed her disappointment about what had happened to her son. In an ESPN.com report, she stated that the reaction from fans was warranted and expected. But for his part, Grayson accepted the fact that his reputation would already be tarnished. At the same time, he treats every single game as a chance for redemption.
"I know there's never completely a blank slate. That's going to be replayed and not forgotten about," Grayson said in the same report. "But for me, every opportunity I get to step on the court is an opportunity to play the game again and play the game the right way.''
Grayson may have expressed remorse for his previous actions two months ago. But on Wednesday night during Duke's game against Elon, he was once again seen doing what he had been infamously known for. In a video posted by CBS Sports' Kyle Boone via Twitter, Allen was seen throwing an extra kick at a driving Steven Santa Ana.
Allen was rightfully slapped with a technical foul afterwards. But in another video posted by Boone, the young player was seen taking great offense on the foul that was slapped on him.
He did make a return to the game with less than 17 minutes remaining in the second half. The Blue Devils did emerge victorious with a final score of 72-61.
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