Sometimes in sports, when you are a star and dominating every night, you tend to get a big head. Well this has been the case with Duke’s star guard, Grayson Allen, who has been in the spotlight since his freshman year at Duke. That year, Duke won the National Championship and Allen came in the game and contributed big time. He pulled his team out of a hole that game and the next day, everyone in the country was talking about his performance that night. Since that game, he has been a national star and was even a preseason all-American going into this season. Now after his actions on Wednesday night, he will be watching the Duke Basketball team from the comfort of his dorm.
After his third tripping incident of the season, and then receiving a technical foul, he has been suspended by the Duke Basketball team. He has always been a very intense and aggressive player, but this year it has been more than that and it is not acceptable at all. Allen had a meltdown on the bench afterward, a scene almost as cringe-worthy as the trip itself. At first, Coach K said that he would not suspend Allen for the incident, but after reviewing the film, he made another decision, which was probably the best one he could have made. Sometimes you have to do things you don't want to do and make an example of even your best players.
“We have had the opportunity to thoroughly review the incident involving Grayson Allen from last night’s game against Elon," Krzyzwski 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.” Coach K was not happy that he had to suspend arguably the best player on his team, but in the end, felt it was the right thing to do.
To lose your best player and the leader of your team, in the middle of the season, is heart breaking for the Duke Basketball team right now. Allen had previously been warned that if he had another incident, there would be disciplinary action. Last season, after the most polarizing player in college basketball tripped players twice in less than two weeks, in games against Louisville and Florida State, the ACC announced a public reprimand. Duke doesn’t play again until Dec. 31 in its Atlantic Coast Conference opener at Virginia Tech.