Posted November 19, 2013

Video: Grizzlies’ Tony Allen ejected for kicking Clippers’ Chris Paul in the face

Ben Golliver, Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, Tony Allen

Grizzlies guard Tony Allen received a Flagrant Foul 2 and was ejected after he kicked Clippers guard Chris Paul in the face while playing defense during a Monday night game at the Staples Center.

Basketball turned to karate with a little less than two minutes remaining in the first quarter and Memphis leading 25-13. Paul split the defense at the top of the key and took off toward the hoop, sucking in Allen from the left wing. Paul head-faked Allen off of the ground, and the Grizzlies guard spread both his arms and legs to attempt a would-be steal. Paul maintained possession, though, and kept his course toward the hoop until Allen’s left leg contacted him squarely on the left side of his head. Paul staggered backward but he did not fall, and he eventually flung the ball backward as he reacted to the direct contact.

The referees initially assessed a Flagrant Foul 1 but that was upgraded to a Flagrant Foul 2 upon video review. The Flagrant Foul 2 designation is given out to fouls that are deemed both “unnecessary and excessive” and it carries an automatic ejection. Allen reacted as if his kick was unintentional, but it’s a little difficult for Allen to argue that it was “necessary” for his leg to be more than five feet off the ground, even if the contact was incidental. The NBA has taken a hard line against blows to the head in recent years and that’s almost certainly what earned Allen his ejection. If the kick lands on Paul’s shoulder this is likely a different story.

Following Memphis’s 106-102 victory, Allen apologized to Paul on Twitter.

“First thing first, apologies [to Chris Paul for the] accidental kick,” Allen wrote.

Allen departed with five points (on 2-for-4 shooting) and one rebound in 10 minutes. Paul was able to continue playing following the unusual foul.

Here’s an up-close, animated version of Allen’s kick to the face.

(@CJZero)

Chris Paul takes a leg to the face from Tony Allen. (@CJZero)

Both Paul and Allen were selected to the 2013 All-Defensive First Team last season.

GIF via @CJZero

13 comments
Joe R2
Joe R2

Karma for all the dirty plays CP3 has made over his career...  I will never feel bad for CP3 or D-Flop Wade if they are on the receiving end of a kick, intentional or not...

CurtisHodges
CurtisHodges

Long time Tony Allen fan and I can tell you he wouldn't kick Chris on purpose but he is often out of control doing stupid things on the court at times. I think this is one of those times...

dallas7072
dallas7072

typical CP3 still trying to over sell the call with the dramatic head jerk


inthepresent
inthepresent

bruce lee and chuck norris both approve. 

rh2000
rh2000

LOL love it!  Turning basketball into kick boxing!  What's next?


NeoSmith
NeoSmith

"That could have been an accident."

-- Danny Ainge.

Pat11
Pat11

Uh, Allen should be sending a resume' to the Rockettes. Sorry Chris not sure why my foot went 6foot in the air like that, must be my dancer instinct.

SpartanTarget
SpartanTarget

C'mon, Tony Allen, show at least a scrap of dignity and don't try to argue that one on the way off the court.

jdane
jdane

@dallas7072 Ha ha!   Good one.   There will even be those on this board who will think you're serious.   Congratulations.