Duke University has suspended Men’s Basketball player, Grayson Allen, for tripping an opposing player.
Allen stuck out his leg and intentionally tripped Steven Santa Ana from Elon University during a game played on Wednesday. Allen apologized for his actions but has been suspended indefinitely. This is the third time in the last two seasons that Allen, a star player for the Blue Devils, has purposefully tripped an opposing player, but he was internally disciplined by Duke head coach, Mike Kryzewski instead of being suspended. Many coaches and analysts involved with the Atlantic Coast Conference were skeptical that any formal punishment would be handed down to Allen after his third strike either.
“We have had the opportunity to thoroughly review the incident involving Grayson Allen from last night’s game against Elon,” read a statement released by coach Krzyzewski that was issued on Thursday morning. “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.”
“”It’s a learning experience,” said Krzyzewski on The Dan Patrick Show. “I’m going to use it as that, as a teaching moment. And a teaching moment does not stop by giving one game. Or maybe that’s what it is. I don’t know that right now.