Former Duke Blue Devil and current Milwaukee Bucks guard Grayson Allen caught some heat for a flagrant-two foul which led to his ejection.
Allen went headhunting for Alex Caruso of the Chicago Bulls, and was ejected as a result. It wasn’t all that tough of a decision for the officials as they gathered to review the play near the monitor.
The former Duke player, who made a name for himself first as a top player on the college basketball circuit, and second as someone who’s willing to go over the blurred lines of what some define as a dirty play, hacked Caruso with not one but both arms on a lay-up attempt.
“It was really bad,” Bulls head coach Billy Donovan said. “It was really, really bad. For Alex to be in the air like that for him to take him down like that, it could’ve ended his career. And he has a history of this. That to me was really dangerous, and I really hope the league takes a hard look at something like that because he could’ve really seriously hurt him.”
Grayson Allen foul: Duke fans react to flagrant
Some Duke fans found it tough to root for Allen after Friday night’s shenanigans. Others defended the former Blue Devil, though it’s getting tougher to do so.
Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer defended Allen, claiming the foul was nothing malicious.
“It’s a hard play,” Budenholzer said. “I think Grayson — nothing malicious, went to block the shot. I think it’s a close call. And they went with flagrant 2 and i’m not gonna disagree. It’s right on the border and that’s the direction they went. Just hope for Caruso to be healthy and fine coming out of it.”
Good on Bud for defending his player, but all know Allen didn’t even go for the ball. It’s a dirty play, period.