Duke’s Grayson Allen Suspended Indefinitely…But Where Does It Rank With The Biggest College B-Ball Meltdowns!
Grayson Allen, the point guard that helped lead the Blue Devils to the 2015 National Championship title has been suspended indefinitely. Grayson Allen intentionally tripped Elon guard Steven Santa Ana, he was accessed a technical foul and benched the remaining first half.
Coach Krzyzewski reviewed footage after the Blue Devils victory and said, “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”. The ACC could impose additional suspensions, but agreed with the punishment.
Apologies weren’t enough, Duke, a basketball program that prides itself on setting the bar on high sportsmanship and on court conduct felt the need to suspend Allen indefinitely, especially since this is his third tripping incident of 2016. Last year Allen tripped Louisville’s Ray Spalding and Florida State’s Xavier Rathan-Mayes.
Duke’s upcoming slate of games begins with ACC foe Virginia Tech. In the ACC all games are make or break. If Grayson is suspended a total of 5 games, which is what I’m hearing, the Devils will be without him for VA Tech, GA Tech, Boston College, Florida State, and Louisville. These are big games, smh do better Allen.
While Allen expressed remorse, those in the college basketball community immediately called for his suspension. Take a listen to former Duke guard Jay Williams.
Look I am a died hard Duke fan and I understand how important he is to the team, but I 100% agree with the indefinite suspension. Some fans are claiming it wasn’t intentional…. the trip was clearly intentionally and it’s the third time. With the spin move he did last night he could have ended Santa Ana’s season, that easily could have been a broken ankle or leg situation and that is not cool. Allen talked this summer about how he was reformed and sorry for his temper flare ups. There’s embracing the villain role and just being a jerk. Emotions run high and if Allen is going to be a leader on the team he needs to keep them in check. Tripping someone in a playoff game, that could cost your team a National Championship!
Grayson Allen isn’t the only player to have a melt down on the court. Take a look at your favorite college basketball eject-able worthy moments and vote for your favorite.
Chris Paul punches Julius Hodge
Bobby Hurley Arizona
Oregon State player trips referee
Sterling Gibbs punches Ryan Arcidiacono
Which is your favorite?