Duke fell to Florida State tonight, but the Blue Devils’ loss might not be the biggest story emerging from the game.
Grayson Allen, college basketball’s most-notorious player thanks to his multitude of kicking/tripping incidents, might have another controversy on his hands.
A video is making the rounds on Twitter, showing the Blue Devils’ star appearing to shove a Florida State assistant coach as he’s diving into their bench.
Here’s the video:
— Caleb Smith (@calebt_smith) January 11, 2017
Of course, it’s impossible to know what Allen’s intent is here. He was diving into the bench as part of the play and, in real time, it didn’t really look like anything serious. But, when you slow it down, it sure looks like he purposely shoves him.
This is the world Allen lives in now and, fair or unfair, he’s brought the scrutiny on himself.
Allen was “indefinitely” suspended in December after tripping an opponent in a game against Elon.
Coach K said on The Dan Patrick Show that he wasn’t sure how long the suspension would last, but Allen wouldn’t return to the floor until he feels good about the situation.
“Maybe it’s three (games),” he told Dan Patrick. “Maybe it’s two weeks. I don’t know. He won’t play until I feel good about the entire situation and where he is at. That’s my responsibility as his coach and as a teacher of young men.”
The suspension lasted just one game, as Allen returned for the Blue Devils’ contest against Georgia Tech last Wednesday.
Allen scored 15 points in the blowout win over the Yellow Jackets and then 12 points in the win over Boston College this past weekend, during which there was another near-trip incident.
On the floor this evening, Allen struggled to contribute a ton, scoring just 9 points in the 88-72 loss in Tallahassee, Fla.
Duke is set to play Louisville on Saturday.