A great match between the Chicago Bulls (who are without key players) and the defending champions Milwaukee Bucks took a harsh turn late in the game. It involved a player who was infamous in his early years for being a dirty player on the court.
During a fastbreak attempt by the Bulls, Alex Caruso went up for a dunk attempt, with Bucks guard Grayson Allen at his heels. The Bucks player attempted to block the shot… in his own way. Take a look for yourself. (via @cjzero on Twitter)
I want Grayson Allen JAILED pic.twitter.com/4Sqc1I6PT8
— CJ Fogler AKA Perc70 #BlackLivesMatter (@cjzero) January 22, 2022
There's bad contests at the rim, and there's whatever the hell Allen attempted here against Caruso. His first swipe at the ball missed, clipping the Bulls guard's wrist in the process. His other arm, though, seemed to try and throw down Caruso as he was still in the air, leading to a dangerous fall that could've ended horribly.
Luckily, Caruso seemed to get up just fine after Allen's dangerous hit. The Bucks guard was hit with a flagrant 2 foul and was automatically ejected from the game for his antics. However, his reaction to the ejection will have Bulls fans clamoring for his head.
Grayson Allen ejected. Smirk while leaving the court. pic.twitter.com/2QhPQuNfPk
— ✶ Ⓜ️𝕒𝕣𝕔𝕦𝕤 ▶️ ✶ (@_MarcusD3_) January 22, 2022
Grayson Allen was smirking. Yes. After nearly injuring Alex Caruso on a play, the Bucks guard was caught smirking as he left the game against the Bulls. That's not a good look for any player, but it unfortunately feels on-brand for him, as former player Richard Jefferson dryly pointed out.
Grayson Allen giggling after receiving a flagrant 2 and being ejected seems pretty on brand for him.
— Richard Jefferson (@Rjeff24) January 22, 2022
Grayson Allen has a rather infamous history of being a dirty player in college, intentionally tripping his opponents and whatnot. Even if his block attempt against the Bulls was done without malice, his past will unfortunately always cast a shadow of doubt on his actions.