Grayson Allen the star guard for the Duke Blue Devils has found himself back in the spotlight thanks to a tripping controversy as the Duke player once again intentionally tripped an opponent from Elon on Wednesday night.
Allen apologized later for the incident that he was given a technical foul for. The latest tripping incident was the third time the Duke star intentionally tripped an opponent within the last year.
Allen was on defense against Steven Santa Ana from Elon late during the first half. Santa Ana drove past the Duke guard down the baseline and Allen intentionally stuck out his right leg that sent Santa Ana down to the floor.
A technical foul was assessed and Allen quickly became emotional on the Duke bench following the incident when he was told he had been assessed the technical.
Following the game, Mike Krzyzewski the Duke head coach said Allen had gone to the Elon head coach Matt Matheny and Santa Ana and apologized during a meeting that Coach K arranged for the four.
Allen later told the press that he made a bad play and he was sorry for what he did and told that to both Santa Ana the Coach Matheny.
Allen also made an apology to the officials, his teammates and his coaches.
Duke Coach K said the incident had been unacceptable and that apologizing in person was the correct thing to do.
Following the technical foul call, Allen went over to the Duke bench for the rest of the first half. He was on the Duke bench to start the second half and was inserted into the game with 16 minutes left.
Coach K criticized Allen as well as defended him. He said the incident was uncalled for and unacceptable, but added that Allen has taken a number of bad shots from others and a great deal has happened to him.
There has been some call for the ACC to suspend Allen for the latest incident. Following the prior incidents of tripping, Allen was not suspended by either the team or the conference, but that could change on Thursday.
The athletic director at Duke Kevin White released a statement that said the officials issued Allen a technical for the latest incident and there will be no further comments from the school or AD at the current time.
When reporters asked Allen if he was concerned over a possible suspension, he replied that it was not in his control so he could not worry about that at this time.