The NBA is suspending Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen for one game over the flagrant 2 foul on Chicago’s Alex Caruso that caused a fractured wrist, sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 23, 2022
The hard foul Allen committed on Caruso caused the 27-year-old Bulls guard to suffer a fractured wrist that will cause him to miss six-eight weeks following surgery. Both Caruso and Coach Billy Donovan have not held back on how they feel about the foul after their 94-90 loss, where the Bald Mamba scored seven points, secured eight rebounds, and dished out four assists in 24 minutes.
“Dude just grabbed me out of the air,” Caruso said per ESPN. “It’s kind of bulls—. I don’t know what else you can do about it. I’m just glad that I didn’t have any major scary injuries right away.”
Donovan didn’t think Allen fouled Caruso with any malicious intent, but he didn’t argue with the referees’ decision to assess Alen a flagrant foul 2 either.
“For Alex to be in the air and for [Allen] to take him down like that, he could’ve ended his career,” Donovan said after the game on Friday. “He has a history of this. That to me was really — it was really dangerous. I hope the league takes a hard look at something like that because that could have really, really seriously hurt him.”
Grayson Allen draws a flagrant 2 for a HARD foul on Alex Caruso pic.twitter.com/NjCJEzo7zu
— Bulls Talk (@NBCSBulls) January 22, 2022
Allen contributed five points, three boards, and one steal before being ejected for the first time in his career. Allen also got called for his first flagrant foul of the season; it’s the second such foul in his career since he was removed from a Summer League game in 2019 after committing two flagrant fouls.
This was the first time Allen has been called for a flagrant foul this season and the second such foul in his career — although he was tossed from a Summer League game in 2019 after committing two flagrant fouls within seconds of each other. Allen cleared up what happened in the aftermath on his Discord channel after being seen laughing on the bench.
“Also to this point. I stood at half court watching till he got up till see if he was okay. Then when I was back by our bench a teammate made a joke and I laughed. I wasn’t laughing at the foul,” Allen said in his defense. “It was very unfortunate how it played out. I jumped to block it with my left and as I’m spinning went to grab the ball with my right hand not throw him down. It was a really hard fall and I’m glad he’s okay. If I could do the play over again knowing he’d fall like that I wouldn’t make the play.”
The next time Allen can play will be when Milwaukee (30-19) plays the New York Knicks (23-24) on Friday.