Grayson Allen Reprimanded by ACC for Tripping Xavier Rathan-Mayes

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistFebruary 26, 2016

Jan 6, 2016; Winston-Salem, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils guard Grayson Allen (3) stands on the court in the second half against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Duke defeated Wake Forest 91-75. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
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The ACC has reprimanded Duke Blue Devils star Grayson Allen for tripping Florida State Seminoles guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes during Thursday's game.

ESPN's Dana O'Neil reported the news.

Allen has developed a reputation for using his legs to knock opponents down, with a Vine from SportsCenter showing his actions against Florida State and Louisville:

It's unclear what a reprimand for Allen means. ESPN's Jeff Goodman posited one theory about the definition:

After Thursday's game, which Duke won 80-65, Allen told reporters how he saw the play in question. “He wanted to keep playing physical, so I tried to walk away from it as he was grabbing me," he said, per Laura Keeley of the News & Observer. "We ended up tangling up and falling. It was really nothing.”

Per Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, a Duke spokesman said the situation "was handled internally and there will be no further comment."

Allen's reprimand may be the last strike he gets before receiving a suspension. The Blue Devils need their sophomore sensation as they gear up for the ACC and NCAA tournaments. He leads the team in scoring, assists and three-point percentage.

There's no denying Allen's talent on the basketball court, but he's been creating unnecessary distractions with his recent actions.

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski has one of the strongest reputations and voices in college basketball, so if anyone can get the situation under control, it's the Hall of Famer.

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