Duke suspends Grayson Allen indefinitely following another tripping incident

Published: Dec. 22, 2016 at 11:29 AM EST
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By: WCTV Eyewitness News / Associated Press

December 22, 2016

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- Duke has suspended Grayson Allen indefinitely from the team after tripping an opponent for the third time in a year.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski announced the suspension Thursday, saying in a brief statement that the program "needed to take further steps regarding his actions" because they "do not meet the standards of Duke basketball."

Allen picked up a technical foul for tripping Elon's Steven Santa Ana on a drive in the first half of a 72-61 win Wednesday night.

It's the third time in the 2016 calendar year that Allen has tripped an opposing player. Allen also seemed to intentionally trip players for both Florida State and Louisville last season.

A preseason AP All-America selection who averages 16 points for the fifth-ranked Blue Devils (12-1), Allen was visibly upset on the Duke bench after a foul was called.

He later apologized for the incident in a tearful interview after the game.

Duke doesn't play again until Dec. 31 in its Atlantic Coast Conference opener at Virginia Tech.

Allen, a Florida native, played high school basketball at the Providence School in Jacksonville.