Mike Krzyzewski has suspended his star player Grayson Allen indefinitely. Allen clearly tripped Steven Ana during Duke’s game against Elon University on December 21st. This isn’t Allen’s first time being caught blatantly tripping opponents, so Duke had to take action.
Mike Krzyzewski released the following statement. “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.”
Duke’s team is loaded with talent, with sophomore Luke Kennard leading the team in scoring, as well as freshman Jayson Tatum quickly producing in his late debut. Allen is still the team’s second-leading scorer and as a junior, he serves as the team’s leader. Fans buy Duke basketball tickets to watch one of the best and most-respected programs dominate on the court and be a role model off of it. Allen’s actions go against everything that Duke stands for, and as a repeat offender, it’s hard to argue against his indefinite suspension. Duke should still be able to win games without him, but if they don’t, it will be interesting to see how quick Coach K brings back his star guard.