If you’re like me, you’re embracing March by indulging in a little afternoon basketball. Clemson and Duke are tied at 33 at halftime in the ACC Tournament, and Grayson Allen had to go to the bench after getting a technical (his third foul) for cursing and slamming the ball:
Of course, sportswriters across America are buzzing about the call on Twitter, most of them defending Allen because there isn’t a technical for cursing or slamming the ball in the rule book; however, as we learned last year, refs can interpret slamming the ball as unsportsmanlike conduct, like Pat Adams did when Isaac Humphries slammed down the ball in celebration of a big rebound at Texas A&M.
Moral of the story: both calls are dumb, especially Isaac’s because he was slamming the ball because he was happy, not mad. But, when you hear Duke fans or reporters whine about it, remind them there is precedent.