Milwaukee Bucks star Grayson Allen’s propensity for playing dirty has been well-documented.
Sometimes his actions have minimal consequences. Other times they do very serious harm.
In all the instances, though – he consistently claims innocence and tries to make the case that he is simply misunderstood.
On Wednesday night, in a showdown between the Bucks and Chicago Bulls, Allen got up to his old tricks.
With about seven minutes remaining in the third quarter and Milwaukee up four, this ugly scene unfolded between Allen and DeMar DeRozan:
DeMar DeRozan was not happy with Grayson Allen after this play. pic.twitter.com/YpUGOl6WX3
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) December 29, 2022
As was evidenced when Allen’s girl shared photos of them getting engaged, most of the NBA community doesn’t have a ton of love or sympathy for him.
The reactions largely spoke for themselves:
He got pushed into Demar… BUT. Grayson CHOSE to extend his elbow and create stronger contact with Demar. Open y’all eyes eyes.
— HoopSavvy (@HoopSavvy_) December 29, 2022
He say “somebody need to give him a two piece” I’m crying bro
— Booman Williams (@__lilbooman4) December 29, 2022
because this is his first time right??? smh riding
— drako (@Budrako) December 29, 2022
Classic dirty play from Grayson.
— Andy Minhas (@minhas_andy) December 29, 2022
Dirtiest player in the league today. Once a dirty player always a dirty player. #2pieceNeeded
— Tommy Godlove (@TommyGodlove) December 29, 2022
That said, unlike in most of the other cases he has been embroiled in, Allen did have his fair share of defenders this time around:
Grayson has made plenty of dirty plays before but this time he was quite literally just pushed into him. He did nothing wrong this one time
— Nicks Bizarre Adventure (@NickPykaPhoto) December 29, 2022
Stop the madness — he got pushed into Deebo by a Bulls player — ninja wasn’t trying to take DeMar out — overreach on this one
— I Am Rue (@QueenRuHa) December 29, 2022
It will be interesting to see what stance the league takes on this matter. In the past NBA officials allowed someone to literally break someone else’s wrist and didn’t punish them, so who knows.
NFL fans immediately noticed some off about the photo.https://t.co/abL4DdGjVV
— Game 7 (@game7__) December 29, 2022
Chicago did end up coming back to win this one, so maybe the cosmic gods decided to intervene and hit the Bucks with some karma over Allen’s general way of being.
In any case, though – it is safe to say that the reputation of being a dirty player is something Allen will likely never be able to shake.
Does he actually care? It certainly doesn’t seem like it.
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