Duke greats come out harshly against Grayson Allen

Latest tripping incident earns scorn from Bilas, Williams

Christine T. Nguyen—The North State Journal
Augustana guard Levi Jansen (3) defends Duke Blue Devils guard Grayson Allen (3) during the college basketball game against Augustana Friday

While Duke struggled in the first half against Elon, Grayson Allen found himself embroiled in yet another controversy. From the reaction of previous Duke greats, it appears the junior may be losing support from his alma mater. Frustrated in a physical game that saw Elon head to the half with a one-point lead, Allen became entangled with Elon’s Steven Santa Ana while fighting for a loose ball. Santa Ana appeared to pin Allen’s arm against his body, in an effort to draw a foul. In response, Allen hooked his leg around Santa Ana’s tripping him as he headed up court. It’s the third time Allen has tripped a player in a game. He was censured by the ACC last season after tripping players from Louisville and Florida State. This time, Allen was called for a technical foul and pulled from the game, briefly. He became emotional on the bench, pounding the seat next to him and shouting. Assistant coach Jon Scheyer spoke to him, calming Allen down. Allen reentered the game in the second half, but former Duke players in the national media appeared to be frustrated with his latest antics.#Enough The #ACC needs to take action immediately. https://t.co/UZao0BKEox— Jay Williams (@RealJayWilliams) December 22, 2016
Meanwhile Jay Bilas, calling the Louisville-Kentucky game, saw a highlight of the incident and said on air, “There’s absolutely no excuse. Zero. I can’t believe he did that again. I absolutely can’t believe it.”