Duke’s Grayson Allen Trips Someone for Third Time in a Year, Cries About It, Gets Suspended

Bryan Brandom
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If you want to know why college hoops fans hate Duke basketball, look no further than guard Grayson Allen.

A season after tripping two players during games, the 2016 Wooden Award finalist struck again on Wednesday night, tripping Elon's Steven Santa Ana during a 72-61 victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Afterward he had himself a good old-fashioned, toddler-style meltdown while former Duke guard and current assistant coach Jon Scheyer restrained him.

In the locker room, Allen apologized to Santa Ana, Elon head coach Matt Matheny, his teammates, and the officials. He cried while assuring reporters he wouldn't intentionally trip an opponent again.

“I made a really bad play. I’m sorry to him, [Elon’s Steven] Santa Ana, sorry to the officials that had to call that, sorry to my team," Allen said. "It was selfish and taking away from them. I’m not proud of it at all.”

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski then put together a meeting between Allen, Santa Ana, and Matheny, where the guard apologized.

Still, the Blue Devils suspended their second-leading scorer indefinitely.

“We have had the opportunity to thoroughly review the incident involving Grayson Allen from last night’s game against Elon," Krzyzewski said in a statement. "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. As a program, we needed to take further steps regarding his actions that do not meet the standards of Duke Basketball. To that end, we have determined that Grayson will be suspended from competition for an indefinite amount of time.”

There's no word yet as to the extent of the suspension. But whenever he comes back, it'll be interesting to see whether Allen truly changes his ways, or if this is a subconscious, Draymond Green-ian desire to injure opponents with his feet.


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