January 11, 2017

Did Grayson Allen Shove FSU Coach on Purpose?

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Grayson Allen involved in yet another controversial play.

Everyone’s eyes are always on Duke’s junior guard Grayson Allen after coming back from his one-game suspension for tripping Elon’s Steven Santa Ana. The Blue Devils played the Florida State Seminoles on Tuesday, losing 88-72, but all the talk was on a play in the second half where Allen appeared to shove a Seminoles’ assistant when trying to chase down a ball near the sidelines.

Allen swatted at the ball to keep it in bounds, landed in the lap of FSU assistant Dennis Gates and it looked very, very much like he pushed Gates to the ground. Xavier Rathan-Mayes, who Allen tripped last season spoke on his rematch with him that saw him score 18 second-half points against Allen.

“Ever since he did that I’ve been waiting a long time to see him again,” Rathan-Mayes, who finished with a team-high 21 points, told The Associated Press. “Allen is the head of the snake for Duke. When he goes, they go. I wanted to be able to take him out of the game early and I think I did a good job of that.”

On Wednesday morning, Gates tweeted out that he is not accusing Allen of shoving him.

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