Memphis Grizzlies shooting guard Tony Allen was involved in an odd incident while playing against the Clippers in Los Angeles earlier this season, and now he has found the perfect resolution for the situation.
On Nov. 18, Allen kicked Clippers point guard Chris Paul in the face:
Allen was handed a Flagrant 2 foul and ejected from the game. He was also suspended one game for the ordeal.
He took to Twitter after the game to apologize to Paul:
1st thing 1st apologies 2 @CP3 accidental kick.....— Tony Allen (@aa000G9) November 19, 2013
The 31-year-old is now auctioning off the sneaker, which is autographed, to raise money for charity. The shoe has been placed on eBay.
Here's more information on the shoe, via eBay:
During the Memphis Grizzlies’ highly successful November road trip to California, guard Tony Allen was suspended and fined after an incredible defensive move put his left shoe uncomfortably close to 2013 All-Star MVP Chris Paul’s face. Allen’s infamous accidental-kick was ruled a Flagrant Foul 2, and he was ejected from the game. Allen quickly rebounded from the accident and issued his apologies to Paul.
To celebrate the holiday season, Allen – the NBA’s Season of Giving Ambassador for the Memphis Grizzlies – is donating the renowned shoe to Youth Villages, a national nonprofit organization headquartered in Memphis. Youth Villages will auction the shoe online as part of an effort to raise $15,000 to buy presents for children receiving help on Youth Villages’ Memphis residential campuses and group homes.
'I’m glad that the shoe will be creating something special for kids in Memphis. Everyone deserves to have a Christmas to remember. I’m glad I can be a part of their memories,' Allen said.
- 'The Shoe' (left Adidas Rose 4) is autographed by Allen
- Mounted in a custom Memphis Grizzlies display case
'It’s a one-of-a-kind piece of sports memorabilia that will be an amazing addition to any Grizzlies fan’s collection,' said Richard Shaw, chief development officer at Youth Villages.
Starting bid price of $750 will provide holiday gifts for 10 children in Youth Villages’ care. The auction ends Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013.
All proceeds generated from the sale of 'The Shoe' will be matched 1:1 from an anonymous donor (up to $10,000) and will be used to ensure that all children away from their families this Christmas at Youth Villages experience the joy of the season.
Youth Villages serves more than 1,000 of the most vulnerable children and families in Shelby County every day. While many are served through in-home and community-based efforts, more than 355 children are in Youth Villages’ residential programs.
The highest bid so far, as of 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Dec. 18, is $2,325. The shoe will be on eBay until Dec. 22, so there are still a few more days to lay claim to this unique piece of history.
Allen is doing a good thing by trying to raise money for charity after this unfortunate event. It would have been even cooler had he gotten Paul to sign the shoe as well, but that does not appear to be the case.
Hat tip to Jason Rowan of Sportress of Blogitude for the find.