Grayson Allen doesn’t appear to be learning from his mistakes


He’s just not learning.

COACH K (Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski) isn’t around to (half-heartedly) put his foot down this time.

Grayson Allen, Duke’s recidivist tripper, may have resumed his tripping ways in Duke’s 93-82 home victory over Boston College on Sunday (AEDT).

Video is traversing the internet of an odd Allen kick, legs flailing in a Draymond Green impression, with about five minutes left in the first half. Being an off-ball play, there was little awareness (by the officials or internet sleuths) until after the game.

With about five minutes left in the first, B.C.’s Connar Tava set a screen on Allen, the two getting entangled. It appeared that Allen’s knee-jerk reaction was to donkey kick his leg into dangerous Tava territory. Tava half hopped over Allen’s outstretched leg, stumbling a bit as play continued.

Grayson Allen the Draymond Green of college basketball lmfao

— Jahan (@H00PINATI) January 8, 2017

Luckily for Allen, though, the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) said in a statement to ESPN: “There is nothing conclusive that can be determined.”

On Twitter, Tava appeared to call out Allen. “Can’t stop, won’t stop,” he posted on his social media account. Plenty of others had their say too.

Grayson Allen is now officially a complete embarrassment for Coach K.

— Zach Carter (@zachdcarter) January 7, 2017

Grayson Allen didn’t try to trip another player. He tried to back-kick a player in the balls. This kid is out of his mind.

— JT The Brick (@JTTheBrick) January 8, 2017

Fresh off his one-game suspension earlier this week, Grayson Allen is back at it, again

— Keith Britton (@KeithBritton86) January 7, 2017

Grayson Allen is either trying to trip the guy or kick him in the balls. There’s nothing natural about whatever that motion is.

— Brendan Darr (@BrendanDarr) January 7, 2017

What is wrong with Grayson Allen? I’m serious. I think we are looking at a kid with issues.

— Mike Waters (@MikeWatersSYR) January 7, 2017

Grayson Allen stuck out his leg AGAIN, what’s wrong with this kid?

— Jason McIntyre (@jasonrmcintyre) January 7, 2017

He had multiple incidents last season and was reprimanded by the ACC after tripping Florida State’s Xavier Rathan-Mayes and Louisville’s Ray Spalding in the span of a few weeks. He had another during an NCAA Tournament game against Yale.

Krzyzewski suspended Allen for just one game after he tripped Elon’s Steven Santa Ana shortly before Christmas, calling his player’s act “inexcusable”.

Allen received a technical foul for tripping Santa Ana. He was in near hysterics on the bench afterwards but remained with the team and then played in the second half of Duke’s 72-61 win over Elon.

“We have had the opportunity to thoroughly review the incident involving Grayson Allen from last night’s game against Elon,” Krzyzewski said in a statement.

“As I stated last night, the incident was unacceptable and inexcusable. He took an important step last night by apologising 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.”

This was a slight change in tone from Krzyzewski and his immediate response after the game, when he pointed out that Allen had apologised and spoke about viewing this as a teaching moment.

“I had a long talk with him afterwards,” Krzyzewski said. “And the right thing to do was to apologise in person.”

Allen was emotional as he apologised for the incident against Elon after the game.

“I mean, I don’t plan on doing it again,” Allen told AP as he fought back tears. “I made another mistake. I have to try to be better again, just like I tried to be better from last year.

“I made a really bad play. I’m sorry to him, Santa Ana. I’m sorry to the officials who have to call that. I’m sorry to my team, it’s selfish and it took away from them. I’m not proud of it at all.”

It doesn’t look like Allen is learning too quickly, though.

Steven Santa Ana drives against Grayson Allen.

— with NY Post, and staff writers

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