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Friday, July 10, 2020

ESPN’s Jay Williams rips ‘spoiled’ Grayson Allen

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ESPN’s analysts came down hard on Grayson Allen for the junior guard’s controversial trip of an opponent during Duke’s game against Elon on Wednesday.

Speaking at halftime of the Louisville-Kentucky game, the ESPN college basketball trio of Rece Davis, Jay Williams and Seth Greenberg called for Coach K to take action against Allen for his trip. Williams, who played at Duke, came down particularly hard on Allen and demanded a five-game suspension for the guard.

“Enough already,” said Williams. “I’m disappointed that (Allen) even played in the second half. He should be suspended for five games. The ACC should take immediate action. But I hope that Coach K would take action before the ACC. Because (Allen’s) a junior. No more gifts. We’re done with that. He deserves to sit. He’s showing who his character is, and that’s unfortunate.”

Former Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg said Coach K needs to “make a statement” and suspend him.

Rece Davis compared Allen’s behavior to that of a child.

“He acts like a petulant toddler that can’t control his emotions when he gets angry,” said Davis.

Williams then ripped Allen for pouting on the bench after getting a technical rather than apologizing.

“How do you not show remorse for that? At least go over and apologize to the kid instead of going to the bench and pouting. It just makes him look like a spoiled child,” said Williams.

Allen has a history of tripping opponents going back to last season (see this and this). Coach K has let him get away with it but needs to finally take action.

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