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Jerk of the Month: Grayson Allen

Oh Duke, how you make it so easy to hate you. From coach K’s snug look stuck on his face, to the entitled fans who expect their team to never be criticized and to be called the top team in the country – even when they lose four of five games and drop out of the national rankings – to the hated white player they always have, who seems to make their own set of rules.

Grayson Allen stepped into the spotlight in last year’s national title game and has followed it up with an All-American worthy sophomore campaign, but has figured out a way to join Christian Laettner, J.J. Redick, Chris Collins, Steve Wojciechowski, Greg Paulus, Shane Battier, Jon Scheyer…the list goes on.

But people don’t hate him because he is really good and doesn’t care about what people think of him. People don’t like him because he is being a jerk and the rules seem to be being bent around him.

How exactly can this guy trip two different people just a few weeks apart and not get in real trouble for it? How can this guy trip two different people just a few weeks apart and think it’s okay?

On Feb. 8, Allen clearly straightened out his leg while on the floor and tripped Louisville forward Raymond Spalding. Allen was hit with a Flagrant 1 foul, it was an appropriate call for the situation. It was the first time he did something like that, so give him the benefit of the doubt. But then he did it again on Feb. 25, tripping Florida State guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes.

After bumping into each other near mid court, Rathan-Mayes went behind Allen to pass him, and Allen clearly curled his left leg up tripped him.

And while the end result is not Allen’s fault, he was only reprimanded. He was not suspended, only given a stern message saying that if he does it again then they might do something about it.

But how Allen can go out there and have to resort to this makes it easy to hate the guy. Clearly, he is a very talented player with a great 3-point shot and knack for scoring, but it is things like these trips that make it impossible to like the guy; especially when the organizing bodies no nothing to stop one of those “entitled white guys at Duke.”

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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