Grayson Allen’s Suspension Exposes his Elitist Character

By Danny Emerman (Online Editor-in-Chief).

The Duke Men’s Basketball team has indefinitely suspended star point guard Grayson Allen after yet another tripping incident, his third in the last 10 months.

Allen, a junior, swept Elon’s Steven Ana’s legs out from under him as Ana drove to the hoop. The guard picked up a technical foul for the heinous crime and drew harsh criticism from NCAA analyst Greg Williams.

“I’m disappointed that (Allen) even played in the second half. He should be suspended for five games. The ACC should take immediate action,” the former Duke star said.

Williams is getting what he wished for, as Coach Mike Krzyzewski has taken immediate action.

Krzyzewski called Allen’s antics “unacceptable and inexcusable” and promptly suspended him indefinitely. In a statement, Krzyzewski said the program “needed to take further steps regarding [Allen’s] actions that do not meet the standards of Duke Basketball.”


Like many star athletes, Grayson Allen has had everything handed to him his whole life. His natural athletic gifts bestowed on him have earned him a roster spot at Duke University, one of the most prestigious universities and storied basketball programs in the nation. When anything goes wrong for him, his instinct is to reach into his bag of dirty tricks.

Williams connects the dots of Allen’s repeated tripping incidents to his moral traits. “No more gifts. We’re done with that. He deserves to sit. He’s showing who his character is, and that’s unfortunate.”

Allen is not the typical hated Duke player. He is more than the quintessential scrappy white guy who shoots threes and riles up blood-thirsty crowds. Grayson Allen is not Shane Battier, JJ Redick, or Christian Laettner; he is a spoiled, whiny, pretentious, cheap-shot artist.

His third trip and ensuing meltdown cements his elitist persona.


He’s also a hell of a player. Allen is averaging 16 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists on a loaded Duke team poised for a deep tournament run two years after winning the National Championship.

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