Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski finally came to the right decision with Jack Tripper, er, Grayson Allen.
The Blue Devils junior has been “suspended from competition for an indefinite amount of time” for kicking his leg at Elon’s Steven Santa Ana on Wednesday night, at least Allen’s third documented incident of tripping since he’s been in Durham.
The suspension announcement was the necessary turnaround from the typically defiant Coach K, who initially had scoffed at suggestions for further discipline — surprise, surprise — following his fifth-ranked team’s latest victory, saying he didn’t “need to satisfy what other people think I should do.”
“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,” Krzyzewski said Thursday morning in a statement. “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.”
At a time when a video surfaced of a woman being punched in the face by Oklahoma football player Joe Mixon, who was only red-shirted for a season, it’s hard to get overly preachy over this.
But “indefinite” should mean at least a few games here for Allen, a consensus preseason All-American selection who lost control of his emotions after the technical foul was called late in the first half for sticking out his right leg on Santa Ana’s baseline drive, sending the Elon player tumbling to the floor.
Allen was noticeably upset on the bench — smacking a chair and needing to be subdued by Duke staffers — where he remained until intermission and to start the second half. He also was seen crying and sounded remorseful in the Duke locker room after the game.
“I made a really bad play. I’m sorry to him, Santa Ana,” Allen said Wednesday night. “I’m sorry to the officials who had to call that. I’m sorry to my team. It was selfish and taking away from them. I’m not proud of that at all.”
Elon’s Steven Santa Ana is tripped by Duke’s Grayson Allen.
Then, why not stop doing it already? Allen also twice tripped opponents in February of last season: Ray Spalding of Louisville and Xavier Rathan-Mayes of Florida State.
There are plenty of reasons to emulate Draymond Green, but this is not one of them. Leg whipping is a dirty and dangerous practice with no place in the sport.
Krzyzewski and his Duke program are largely disliked across the nation because of a noted air of superiority, so at least Coach K reversed course before the NCAA or the ACC intervened.
Allen is a young man with a bright future, but he needs to be sat down here.
Now, we will see if he can control himself from doing this again.
OUTTA BOTTE EXPERIENCE
Odell Beckham Jr. wasn’t kidding when he decried this week the NFL’s double standard on fining players.
Ezekiel Elliott wasn’t fined and shouldn’t have been for his celebratory leap into a Salvation Army kettle, but neither should Beckham have been docked another $18k — as he claimed Wednesday in an Instagram comment to Washington’s DeSean Jackson — for wearing shoes to honor Craig Sager with the goal of raising money for cancer research during last week’s win over Detroit.
Just remember, it’s perfectly OK in the NFL to wear cleats for charity only when their Fashion Police say it’s allowed, like the well-done #MyCauseMyCleats initiative a few weeks ago.
Even dumb rules are rules, obviously, and Beckham knew he was breaking them again.
Otherwise, the whole thing is just silly and misguided and the least of the NFL’s problems.
— George Karl is ripping Carmelo again, this time in a new book, as a “true conundrum” and “also a user of people, addicted to the spotlight and very unhappy when he had to share it.”
Rinse, repeat. And yawn.
Karl also takes shots at Anthony and former Knicks/Knuggets J.R. Smith and Kenyon Martin as “the spoiled brats you see in junior golf and junior tennis.”
You want me to watch more tennis? A doubles team of J.R. and Kenyon definitely would do that.
— So, Steph Curry, Red Sox fan.
The Yankees still can claim LeBron, we think, even if he bandwagon-jumped his hometown team in October.
— The Islanders will give away a bobblehead of longtime fan Ralph Macchio depicting him doing a Karate Kid crane kick at Friday’s game against Buffalo.
Perhaps, as Miyagi says, “man who catch fly with chopstick accomplish anything.”
Like, even get a few extra fans out to Barclays Center during a losing season.
Speaking of Daniel-San, here are my Top-5 scenes from the original “The Karate Kid:”
(Featuring ‘80s supervillain Billy Zabka, who also needs a bobblehead).
5. YOU’RE THE BEST AROUND
4. SHOW ME SAND THE FLOOR
3. DANIEL LARUSSO IS GONNA FIGHT?
2. SWEEP THE LEG
1.THE CRANE KICK
(Get him a body bag!)…
Source: NY Daily News Headlines Sports News