Grayson Allen Suspended for Tripping Elon Player: Latest Details and Reaction
Duke Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski announced Thursday that junior guard Grayson Allen has been suspended indefinitely after he tripped Elon Phoenix guard Steven Santa Ana in Duke’s 72-61 win Wednesday night:
We have had the opportunity to thoroughly review the incident involving Grayson Allen from last night’s game against Elon. 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 received a technical foul in the first half after he extended his right leg to deliberately trip Santa Ana.
He was apologetic after the game, per Jessika Morgan of the News & Observer:
Grayson Allen gets emotional in the locker room after tonight’s tripping incident. pic.twitter.com/p34thdrMcI
— Jessika Morgan (@JessikaMorgan) December 22, 2016
Had the incident been a first-time offense, this wouldn’t be a story. However, Allen has a history of tripping opposing players.
The ACC reprimanded him in February after he made contact with Florida State Seminoles guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes in a win for Duke. It was the second time that month he’d tripped a player, with the first coming Feb. 8 against Louisville’s Raymond Spalding.
In an October interview with ESPN.com’s Dana O’Neil, Allen said: “I can’t blame people for saying what they did. I probably would have said the exact same thing.”
He continued: “I know there’s never completely a blank slate. That’s going to be replayed and not forgotten about. But for me, every opportunity I get to step on the court is an opportunity to play the game again and play the game the right way.”