Duke announced on Thursday morning that Grayson Allen has been “suspended from competition for an indefinite amount of time”.
“We have had the opportunity to thoroughly review the incident involving Grayson Allen from last night’s game against Elon,” head coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement. “As I stated last night, the incident was unacceptable and inexcusable. He took an important step last night by apologizing in person to Steven Santa Ana and Coach Matt Matheny. As a program, we needed to take further steps regarding his actions that do not meet the standards of Duke Basketball. To that end, we have determined that Grayson will be suspended from competition for an indefinite amount of time.”
Allen received a technical foul on Wednesday night for tripping Santa Ana during Duke’s win over Elon. This was his third tripping incident of 2016. He tearfully apologized last night, but as our Travis Hines wrote, he may not be the only thing wrong with Duke right now.
And while Allen deserves every bit of the scorn that he is going to get for this incident, it’s OK to have pity. And it’s OK to be empathetic, too.