Duke has suspended Grayson Allen indefinitely for tripping Elon’s Steven Santa Ana, the program has announced. This is the third time Allen has been caught tripping an opponent. Being a repeat offender was finally enough for coach Mike Krzyzewski to discipline him.
Here’s Coach K’s statement on Allen:
"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’s latest trip earned him a technical foul for the officials. Here’s another look at the play from a reverse angle:
Allen promptly threw a tantrum on the bench that was caught by ESPN cameras. He and Krzyzewski apologized to Santa Ana and Elon coach Matt Matheny after the game. Coach K called Allen’s act “unacceptable” in a postgame press conference but stopped short of saying he would suspend him.
Now it’s finally happened. Allen has a history of this exact thing. He tripped a Louisville player in February of last year, then tripped a Florida State player later in the month.
Allen was No. 1 on our preseason list of the best players in college basketball. His brilliant sophomore campaign was marred by tripping opponents and he’s done it again as a junior.
Duke’s next game is at Virginia Tech, followed by meetings with Georgia Tech and Boston College before playing top-25 teams in Florida State and Louisville.