Duke Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski didn't seem to condone Grayson Allen’s antics in Thursday’s 80-65 win over the Florida State Seminoles.
Allen was seen tripping Florida State guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes near the end of the game—the second player he’s tripped this month—which prompted Krzyzewski to apologize to head coach Leonard Hamilton on Friday.
"He acknowledged the fact and apologized to our staff and to let Xavier know too,” Hamilton said, per Andy Katz of ESPN.com. "We accepted it and moved on. It's the end of it. I was proud of the way Xavier handled it. We've done moved on. We don't want to let it become an issue. It's over."
Allen, who was not called for a foul on the play, tried to justify his antics postgame, almost suggesting that Rathan-Mayes was asking for it.
"He wanted to keep playing physical, so I tried to walk away from it as he was grabbing me," Allen said, per Bret Strelow of the Fayetteville Observer. "We ended up tangling up and falling. It was really nothing.”
But Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post wasn't buying Allen’s rhetoric and blamed Krzyzewski for condoning the behavior after Allen tripped Louisville power forward Ray Spalding on Feb. 8:
It was, of course, not nothing. There is a line between physical and dirty, and Allen bounded over it. Rathan-Mayes may have been banging Allen. That in no way justifies tripping him, although you could see why Allen might think it does. When he did it before, Krzyzewski acted like nothing happened.
Allen’s trip on Spalding drew a flagrant foul, but the officials did not eject the sophomore. Here is a look at the replay, courtesy of NBC Sports' Rob Dauster:
SportsCenter joked that Allen has joined the infamous list of Duke villains:
Grayson Allen, you are now a member of the Duke villains. https://t.co/u2lvAjFaVk2/26/2016, 9:43:46 PM
With this being a repeat occurrence in a short time frame, CBS Sports wondered whether Duke should suspend the star guard:
If Allen does receive a suspension, it won’t come from the ACC. On Friday, the conference said in a statement that it “considers the matter closed and will have no further comment,” according to ESPN.com. Instead, the ACC issued a “reprimand” to Allen, according to Joe Ovies of 99.9FM The Fan.
Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com gave his take on the way the conference handled the situation: "The ACC reprimanded Grayson Allen. Is that like a detention—without having to sit in a room and stare at the wall for an hour?"
It doesn’t appear as though Duke will hand Allen a suspension, either, as a school spokesman said that “the matter was handled internally and there will be no further comment," according to Kilgore.
Allen, the Blue Devils’ leading scorer, is on the ACC’s radar for foul play. If he continues to have similar issues, he could be headed for sterner sanctions.
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