This is what Grayson Allen brought on himself.
On Tuesday night, for the second straight game, Allen collided with someone from an opposing team in an awkward manner. The video was posted on twitter, it goes viral and, suddenly, everyone has an opinion on whether or not Allen did something dirty again.
Here is today’s “controversy”, in slow motion, with video that The Big Lead pulled from Sportscenter:
Allen goes flying into Florida State’s bench trying to save a ball. He took out two staff members and nearly a half-dozen chairs, but the issue came when it was slowed down on replay. Did Allen shove one of the assistant coaches? Was he just trying to protect himself? Was he trying to push the assistant out of the way so that the guy in a suit didn’t get truck-sticked by a 6-foot-4, 220-pound player running full speed?
The answer, most likely, is that it was just one of those awkward things that happens when a player goes flying off the court like that. When a player run full speed into the opposing bench and you slow the video down as much as possible, things are going to look questionable. Even the assistant that was “shoved” says as much:
But since this is Grayson Allen we’re talking about, and since we’re just three days removed from Allen flailing a leg out after getting hit with a screen in his second game back from a suspension for his third tripping incident, it’s going to get poured over like the Zapruder Film.
This is going to be a weekly occurrence, no matter how dumb the conversation may be.
So you might as well just get used to it.
And, at the very least, it probably will keep people from talking about the fact that Duke got whipped on the road again last night.