NCAA Basketball: Grayson Allen No Longer Duke Captain After Suspension
Duke Blue Devils shooting guard Grayson Allen has been removed as team captain following his recent suspension.
The 21-year-old has built himself quite an infamous reputation for intentionally tripping players during their games this season. While he did speak about it with remorse in an October interview with ESPN.com, he was once again involved in the same predicament during Duke's December 21st game versus Elon, where he tripped a driving Steven Santa Ana.
To his credit, Allen did apologize for the incident after the game, but his coaches were not keen on taking the incident lightly. As mandated by head coach Mike Krzyzewski, the team took action against Allen by slapping him with an indefinite suspension.
"As a program, we needed to take further steps regarding his actions that do not meet the standards of Duke Basketball," coach Krzyzewski said in an ESPN.com report on December 23, two days after the incident.
Duke, who is currently at the number five spot in the ACC, was defeated by Virginia tech during their season opener last December 30, with a final score of 89-75. Allen was present during the game, but was rightfully in civilian clothes. But according to coach Krzyzewski, part of the reason why they lost was indeed because of the absence of Allen, whom he had also removed as team captain.
"He was part of the loss today by not being there. Instead of tri-captains, we've eliminated him from being a captain of the team," coach Krzyzewski said via USA Today Sports.
With Allen's removal from the captaincy, that leaves forward Amile Jefferson and guard Matt Jones as the two other leaders of the team. But as for coach Krzyzewski, the frustrating part is having to lose one of their assets.
"Sometimes you have no control of them, like an injury or sickness," coach Krzyzewski said. "Then sometimes something like this happens. We've had a lot of interruptions. We have to stop having interruptions."
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