DURHAM, NC — Duke guard Grayson Allen returned Wednesday night from an indefinite suspension (that turned out to be for a single game) for repeatedly tripping and kicking opponents — and he hopes he was able to inspire others in his return.
“You know, sometimes in life, things don’t go your way for a brief moment no matter how much you tantrum about it and you have to deal with the lightest of repercussions,” Allen said after the 110–57 win over Georgia Tech. “It’s sad, but true. Yet despite all I’ve been through over this last … well, one game … I hope I’ve showed that if you can make it through a light slap on the wrist, you can go right back to the way you always behaved and people will think you’ve changed.”
Allen said he spent one day during his suspension speaking to a local, private boarding school for privileged children.
“I wanted them to be able to learn from my experiences and not make the same mistakes I have,” he said. “People like us can get away with a lot, but if you do stuff out in the open, you put yourself at risk of being quote-unquote ‘punished’ for PR reasons. Always make sure your cheating and cheapshots — in sports and in life — are done away from cameras and prying eyes. I think they heard me.”
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said he thinks enough has been done to Allen to get the media off his back for at least a little bit, but said more punishment could come if Allen goes after another opponent.
“I will make Grayson sign an apology letter than my secretary writes for him,” said the coach. “This is serious stuff.”