NCAA Men's Basketball News: Blue Devils' Grayson Allen Suspended Indefinitely
The Duke Blue Devils decided to suspend Grayson Allen indefinitely after yet another tripping incident, after he intentionally tripped Elon's Steven Santa Ana on Wednesday.
Duke's head coach Mike Krzyzewski stated after Wednesday's game that Allen's tripping incident was unacceptable. After the game, Allen made a personal apology to Santa Ana and Elon's head coach Matt Matheny, after meeting between them and Coach K.
According to ESPN, Krzyzewski said in a statement on Thursday that they had the opportunity to review the incident, and as a basketball program, Duke needed to take necessary actions for that kind of incident, which doesn't meet Duke's basketball standards. The decision revealed that Allen will be suspended from playing for an indefinite amount of time.
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Coach K was uncertain about the length of Allen's suspension. However, the coach indicated that Allen's punishment will be a learning experience for the suspended player.
Krzyzewski said, "I'm going to use it as that, as a teaching moment. And a teaching moment does not stop by giving one game. Or maybe that's what it is. I don't know that right now. "Maybe it's three [games]. Maybe it's two weeks. I don't know. He won't play until I feel good about the entire situation and where he is at. That's my responsibility as his coach and as a teacher of young men."
Duke's response to Allen's incident was supported by ACC commissioner John Swofford. He issued a statement supporting the move, calling sportsmanship "one of the core values of our league" and adding that the suspension "demonstrates adherence to this important principle."
The Blue Devils will face the Virginia Tech Hokies on New Year's Eve (Dec. 31) without Grayson Allen. Here's the tripping incident of Grayson Allen against Elon Phoenix (credits to ACC Digital Network/YouTube).
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