Duke bans star guard Grayson Allen after latest intentional tripping incident

By The Sports Xchange

Duke All-American guard Grayson Allen is suspended indefinitely for intentionally tripping a player in Wednesday's 72-61 win over Elon.

"We have had the opportunity to review the incident involving Grayson Allen from last night's game against Elon," coach Mike Krzyzewsi said in a statement Thursday morning issued by Duke. "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."


Allen was emotional on the bench, but tearful in his postgame apology.

"I made a really bad play," Allen said Wednesday, apologizing for being a distraction after Krzyzewski had Allen apologize face to face for the incident with 4 minutes, 15 seconds remaining in the first half against Elon College.

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Allen will miss the start of ACC play beginning with a road game at 10-1 Virginia Tech Dec. 31.


Allen's reaction, captured by television cameras, on the bench after being scolded by Duke coaches was extreme. He punched a chair and screamed into the air.

Krzyzewski suggested Allen, who was nailed for intentionally tripping opponents twice before this incident, was merely upset at himself.

"He's a good kid," Krzyzewski said. "He let the team down. He can't believe that he did that."

Allen picked up a technical foul for tripping Elon's Steven Santa Ana on a drive in the first half of a 72-61 win Wednesday night.

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Allen, who frequently posts Bible quotes on his Twitter account, has not been active there since posting a passage from the gospel of John Wednesday morning.

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