On Thursday night, the Duke Blue Devils took down the Syracuse Orange to advance to the ACC Tournament semi finals against North Carolina. In what should have been a triumphant return for Duke star Zion Williamson, all of the headlines following the game belonged to a mental mistake.
Syracuse forward Frank Howard appeared to try to intentionally trip Williamson during the first half of the game. While Williamson didn’t fall, the fact a player tried to trip him in his first game back from injury sent the sporting world into a frenzy.
During ESPN’s broadcast of the game, former Duke star and ESPN analyst Jay Williams blasted Howard for his actions. Williams said there is “no place” for that in the game.
However, Williams once sang a different tune.
Former Duke star Grayson Allen went through his own troubles with tripping opponents. While, Williams was against Allen’s actions at the time, he did say that he “likes” the fact Allen trips people.
“You know what I’m over it. I like the fact that he trips people. Why not? Be a villain. Enjoy it,” Williams said to TMZ in 2017.
His full comments can be seen below.
Perhaps Williams was just joking with TMZ about Allen, but it’s not a good look for the ESPN analyst to chastise one player and praise another for the same thing.