Hours after the NBA announced it had suspended Milwaukee guard Grayson Allen one game for his flagrant foul on Chicago’s Alex Caruso, the Bucks released a statement on Sunday indicating their disagreement with the decision.
“We do not agree with the suspension,” the statement read. “We support Grayson and look forward to him joining our team for Friday’s game against New York.”
Allen hit Caruso hard as the Bulls guard was in the air on a layup attempt. Caruso remained in the game, but it was later revealed that he suffered a broken right wrist which required surgery and would keep him out for at least the next two months.
“I went up, I was going to try a two-handed flush, a little dunk in transition,” Caruso said in his postgame press conference. “I didn’t really know what happened during the game.
“But afterwards, looking at him, I mean, the dude just caught me in the air. Kind of bulls—. I don’t know what else you can do about it. I’m just glad I didn’t have any major scary injuries right away.
The issue continued in the coming days after the Bucks posted a tweet of Allen eating a donut on Saturday, which sparked a Twitter beef with the Bulls account. Bulls coach Billy Donovan echoed Caruso’s frustration after the game, referring to Allen’s reputation for plays that cross the line.
“Maybe he didn’t want to do it, I don’t know,” Donovan said in his post-game press conference. “I just know the play looked really, really bad for a guy who’s been used to doing this since he started college. I hope the league will look carefully at something like this. Because God forbid, this guy was on a stretcher coming out of the building right now. It wouldn’t be good.
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