Bulls coach Billy Donovan didn’t mince words in his post-game reaction to Grayson Allen’s flagrant foul on Alex Caruso last night.
Allen was ejected in the third quarter of the Bulls 94-90 loss to the Bucks after knocking Caruso to the ground on a quick breaking opportunity. Caruso’s head seemed to bounce off the ground; although the guard said he only got out with a wrist injury.
Still, Donovan said the NBA should dig deeper into the foul due to its dangerous nature.
“To do that to a player is really wrong,” Donovan said in his postgame press conference, according to NBC 5 Chicago. “You could have really jeopardized his career in so many ways. I don’t know what his answer will be.
“Maybe he didn’t want to do it. I do not know. 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.
While this was his first NBA ejection, Allen was ejected from a Summer League game in May and received a flagrant foul in the past.
Meanwhile, he also has a history of tripping players and other off-ball activities, including his infamous hip check against rival UNC while at Duke in 2019.
“For Alex to be in the air like that and knock him down like that, you could have ended his career,” Donovan said. “And [Allen] has a story of that. And that, for me, was really dangerous. I really hope the league takes a hard time with something like this because they could have hurt him very badly.
“…For him to even be extended to a blatant-2 and be ejected from the game, it is clear that the officials must have sensed there was an intent there the way [Allen] jerked him off and knocked him to the ground and [Caruso’s] the head bounced off the ground. So a really, really dangerous game.
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