NCAA Basketball: Duke Suspends Grayson Allen For Tripping Incident; Pundits React
The Duke Blue Devils have decided to suspend erring guard Grayson Allen, for unsportsman like behavior on the basketball court.
Specifically, his sanction stemmed from another incident where he purposely tripped an opposing player. The incident happened during Duke's game on Wednesday against Elon. Allen stuck his foot out in front of a driving Steven Santa Ana, who expectedly tripped and fell to the floor. Afterwards, Allen was seen on the Duke bench visibly irate, seemingly displeased by the technical foul that was assessed to him.
According to a report by USA Today Sports, Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski decided to indefinitely suspend the 21-year-old player, particularly since it is already his third tripping incident. The first two happened earlier in the season, and were caught on video, which eventually went viral.
"As a program, we needed to take further steps regarding his actions that do not meet the standards of Duke Basketball," Krzyzewski said in a statement regarding Allen's case. "To that end, we have determined that Grayson will be suspended from competition for an indefinite amount of time."
For his part, Allen conceded to the fact that his actions were inexcusable. He is also aware that he already built a reputation for himself for being a dirty, unsportsmanlike player.
However, some observers claim that coach Krzyzewski should also get the blame for Allen's actions. As noted by CBS Sports' Matt Norlander, Allen was only taken out for four minutes during the Elon game after tripping Santa Ana.
Initially, many were skeptical if Krzyzewski would indeed take harsher actions on his player. But now that he did end up suspending him, Norlander also hit at the coach's demeanor in front of the media after the incident. It is something which he believes left a bad taste in everyone's mouth.
"Krzyzewski could have made himself more reflective of the values he referenced if he didn't try to twist this into a you-don't-decide-what-I-do lecture directed at the media," an excerpt from Norlander's report reads.
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